Trying to gather information and planning to track my progress as I begin to try and do something about my hair loss.
I'm 38 years old and first started noticing that I was losing my hair when I was about 19. I've lost most of my frontal hairline and have thinning throughout the upper scalp with more in the back, but no bald spots there yet. Some coverage everywhere back of about halfway on my head. For the last two years I have considered myself functionally bald and essentially keep my head cropped down to 1/4" to 1/8".
I just started applying minoxodil 5% yesterday and have some finasteride en route. I plan to take 1.25 dose daily once I have the meds.
I'll be trying to get some pictures added as I am having a hard time really evaluating my loss, and I want to have a good baseline for how my hair MAY improve. I'm guessing I'm closest to a 4A on the Norwood scale and figure I'm destined for a 5a or 6 without treatment.
Surgery for me is cost prohibitive and have other concerns with it.
Add: I've added some photos. Fresh 1/4 inch hair cut this morning.
My best hope is that I could somehow get back to that 2005-6 range, but we shall see.