I started a thread in January that detailed my story, but I've never officially shared it in this forum, so here goes:
- 25-year-old male
- Always had a high hairline/widow's peak. My temples have looked receded since I was probably 15 or 16, which made it difficult to tell if I was really losing or not.
- Hairline started thinning/receding slightly at 18 or 19
- Zero family history of hair loss (lucky me)
- On and off Propecia from August 2006 to November 2008
- Noticed more thinning at hairline and on top of head in August 2009
My current regimen:
- 1.25 mg Fincar daily (started 3/1/10)
- 5 ml Kirkland minox twice daily (started 4/10/10)
- Nizoral 1% two-three times per week (started February 2010)
- Biotin daily
- MSM daily (started 5/9/10)
I also eat clean the majority of the time, including lean protein, green veggies, good fats, and minimal carbohydrates. I lift two-three times a week and try to get some sort of physical activity in each day.
Here's what I can share about my regimen so far:
- Fincar: Haven't noticed any sides. If anything, I seemed to experience a boost in sexual drive after I started taking it.
- Kirkland: Not as messy as some around here seem to think it is. I have shaggier hair, so perhaps that helps keep it from being too messy. I usually apply it in the morning and at night, though I've had a few days where I only got one application in. Never missed a day entirely, though.
I apply it with the dropper, focusing on the hairline, since that seemed to be my biggest problem. I then rub the Minox around my scalp with my fingertips, just to spread it about.
I've noticed some headaches and dark circles under my eyes, though I think the latter is more due to lousy sleep.
- Nizoral: Makes my hair look great some days. Not so much other days. It's been drying my scalp out a bit, so I'm looking for a good shampoo to use on other days.
A mixed bag. I'm not really sure what to expect, since most of my problem seems to be a thinning hairline. I've pursued the standard Big 3 regimen because it seems silly not to try the proven products. Naturally, I'm concerned with the downsides of these treatments, such as sides and shedding.
Even as my hair got thinner last year before starting treatments, I never noticed a lot of hairs in the shower. Really different story lately, especially in the month since starting Minox. I don't wash my hair every day (usually every other day), but I'm getting quite a bit of hair in my tub. I don't count them, but it's enough to create a noticeable visual in the tub after three or four days.
I'll say particularly that my hair has looked awful the last week. My hairline was the most noticeable thing before I started treatment, but it was usually possible to hide it at the front since my hair is longer. The front of my hairline is pretty much transparent over the last week. I'm assuming this is a result of the Minox. The density seems less than usual and the hairs themselves are getting pretty wispy.
All these things considered, I'd say I'm definitely going through a shed. I knew this was a likely thing and that it's often a sign that the treatments are working. Still not easy to look in the mirror.
I've taken pictures of my hair at three points since joining HLT. Unfortunately, the angles and lighting have been a bit different each time. I'm still trying to find that uniformity that will be the most accurate gauge of my progress. Regardless, here are some snaps.
Things to note:
The first batch is from late January. Flash is used in some, but not others.
- The second batch is from April 24. Flash is used.
- The third batch is from earlier tonight. Flash is used. This was immediately after my night application of liquid Minox, so the results are pretty close to what my hair would look like when wet (the top shot, especially). The strands of hair themselves actually look a bit thinner in some because they're damp.
- From now on, I'll take some pictures before and after my Minox application.
Jan. 23, 2010
April 24, 2010
I'll post tonight's photos in a second post.