Well, OK then. Thought I'd share my results, I believe I can call myself a success story at this point, only 3.5 months in. I just hope progress continues as it has been so far!
I'm currently 45 years old and have always had a thick head of hair - no receding hairline, no thinning visible - that is, until I hit about 42-43 years old... Started seeing some signs of thinning at the top front of my head - nothing on the crown, no receding hairline to speak of - but some slight thinning. Well in the last 12/18 months, that thinning really accelerated to a point where this past Fall I happened to catch myself in the mirror and it just clicked - 'OMG, WTF'. Suddenly I could 'see' what was some slight thinning had become (gulp) nearly bare patches... Holy crap!! For someone that had grown used to thinking of themselves as having no hairloss problems for their adult lives, this was a bit humbling.
Set about researching options last Summer (2011). Tried and bought Laser Comb, but after a couple of months on that I decided to take them up on their 80% refund offer. Not saying it doesn't work, I just had decided upon more research to try a more aggressive approach...
Debated starting Fin, and have seen all the history and successes with it - but in the end I decided that I would start out trying simply Rogaine Foam 2x / day combined with 2x / week Nizoral 1%. I decided that I would attempt this regimen for starters, applied RELIGIOUSLY with no variance and would make a determination at the end of four months.
I can honestly say that in the 3.5 months since I started in mid-November 2011, I have not missed an application of either. I will say that the application times have shifted around - for example, on a weekend I might not do morning application until 1pm, waiting until after I exercise and sweat my head off and shower late - then 2nd application around midnight before bed - but most days it's a more regular schedule.
I experienced no shedding that I could notice (though if you see the Day 1 pics, Good Lord, not much to shed .
In my experience the Foam is dried enough immediately after application such that I can comb/style, I've been very pleased with how it 'feels', very minimally problematic. While it does leave the hair a bit 'sticky' (as if you had some gel or hair treatment left over in there) - it's certainly no big deal (not to me).
OK - now for the pics. I did my best to use controlled lighting and circumstances for each of these... This is in a closed bathroom (no windows) with my hair styled/cut immediately after a haircut, so all controllable factors are approximately the same. Length, lighting, angle, etc to the best of my ability.
Couldn't figure out how to post inline photos, so I created an album in the other part of the site. Three pics from Day 1, and three pics from today (3.5 months into treatment).
I'll continue to update as things progress. I'm convinced I see decent results after just 3.5 months, and can see much new growth coming in even beneath the visible growth evident in the photos.
As you guys I'm sure know you stare and stare and ask "is it really working???" Well I believe I finally think it is (glad I took Day 1 photos!!), and the wife does too... So bravo to all of you for your postings and details, it helped me decide to take the plunge and I'm pleased to report my success (hopefully you all agree it is indeed a success .
Will keep you all apprised!