Forero thank you for the effort and time to post this. You're right it may take very long to improve and I firmly believe it will. I think we are both well off, could be much worse and I believe we have a few good years more to go with hair. Thanks for the pics, this is very interesting! Have you read the 10yr study on Fin too? They also showed that in most cases it took a long time (at least 2-3 years) and that hair continued to get better for many years but the first year seems to be a good indicator. If it gets better after one year, Fin will improve your hair more after more time on it.
I'm also trying to be reasonable. My hairline is so good right now, it will be back to my juvenile hairline by the time all that small hair grows in I'm guessing! I have a weird pattern of hairloss and it does not seem to go in a Norwood pattern because my front still stays so strong. When my hair is wet I see it being a little bit thinner in the front than on the sides but I guess that's normal. Other than that it is really from the middle of my head to the vertex where I'm thinning. And I've never seen anybody bald in the back only while keeping their complete front?! Well maybe Ted Danson.
What I'm trying to say is I don't think there is a reason to believe that all my hair will fall out in the back while my front stays intact. So as long as my front is still thick I will hold on to most of my hair in my vertex. Am I making sense here? I guess, only time will tell.
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Studies never seem to mention shedding so much but we know so many anecdotes from reading the forums. Really anything is possible and I truly believe that the 100 hairs a day rule doesn't matter too much anymore when you are on meds. I got Minox and Fin interfering with the hair cycles, and who knows how many hairs are currently "out of balance" from where they normally would be.
Let's keep the faith. Also, in a few years there'll be some exciting treatments available and there is a lot of hype going on (Replicel, Aderant, HTC, cloning, Bimatoprost, that PG2 or whatever ****, Equol and what not). Good luck all...