I noticed my hair loss beginning when I was around 19(temple recession). When I look at old pictures I can see that it probably started when I was 17. My dad, and all my uncles on both sides of my family are about as bald as you can be, so when I noticed it worried me quite a bit. I began using rogaine foam 5% min when I could afford it, which happened to be when I was about 20.
For quite a while after that I noticed tiny little white hairs on my hairline and I felt like the loss had stopped, and regrowth began. It has been 4 years now, and my bald family members where as bald as they are now by that point they tell me.
I seem to be at about the same place I was then, but recently I have noticed an inner thinning(not a receding as I was experiencing before now). This has scarred me a bit since I have a hard time applying the rogaine to the inner hairs because I have very long hair, and my hair gets very greasy when I apply it well in this area(if anyone has some tips Id appreciate it.)
After quite a bit of research I am going to start taking proscar, cut down into 4 pieces very soon, and nivea shampoo 1% every 3 days. I know that side effects are possible, but I need to do what I can to help the situation since I've been fighting this for so long, I'd hate to loose now
I may post some pictures of me now for reference soon also. I don't have any exhibiting my loss from 4 years ago for an example but ill post the best pic I have of my hair in a while.
Anyway, a belated thank you for all the information I have found here and the helpful atmosphere.
Here is an old picture from right as I think I started receding a bit. I started using rogaine about 2/3 years after this point as I didn't realize at the time
and here is a picture of me last year. It has been about at this level for 4 years or so, though has recently gotten slightly worse.
when I get a good picture of my current hairline ill post it on here. It will be better than those two since I will be trying to show the recession level instead of hiding it