Let The Journey Begin (long Term Documentation)

baba_yaga

Experienced Member
My Regimen
~6 months update

Half a year passed by and my hair is still the same. Sides are mostly the same, could be a bit worse but nothing major (as in worsening). My sexual drive is still significantly lower than before finasteride.
I did run out of minoxidil and didnt apply it for a ~week, however I am back on it. I noticed a very small shed during/after that break and it lasted for two days.

Other than that, nothing to report. Keep in mind my hair was already stable before finasteride, so I cant say finasteride and/or minoxidil certainly is/are the cause of maintenance. But I think they will be the reason behind the long term maintenance, hopefully.

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Derelict

Senior Member
My Regimen
~6 months update

Half a year passed by and my hair is still the same. Sides are mostly the same, could be a bit worse but nothing major (as in worsening). My sexual drive is still significantly lower than before finasteride.
I did run out of minoxidil and didnt apply it for a ~week, however I am back on it. I noticed a very small shed during/after that break and it lasted for two days.

Other than that, nothing to report. Keep in mind my hair was already stable before finasteride, so I cant say finasteride and/or minoxidil certainly is/are the cause of maintenance. But I think they will be the reason behind the long term maintenance, hopefully.

Photos for reference.

Have you thought about simplifying your regimen a bit and using 5mg oral minoxidil instead of the hassle topical brings?
 

bluecyclone

Senior Member
My Regimen
What idiot said you have hair loss. You have zero hair loss.
Don’t listen to this guy. His game is shaming people that start with good hair. My hair was like yours even at my age when I started to thin, it can happen fast, oral minoxidil is good but serious and notice the results taper in year two... of you can tolerate the Propecia run with it if not topical can help.

all that said, you could wait, this advice that the meds help works from most but not all and starting meds can change your hair.
 

baba_yaga

Experienced Member
My Regimen
Don’t listen to this guy. His game is shaming people that start with good hair. My hair was like yours even at my age when I started to thin, it can happen fast, oral minoxidil is good but serious and notice the results taper in year two... of you can tolerate the Propecia run with it if not topical can help.

all that said, you could wait, this advice that the meds help works from most but not all and starting meds can change your hair.
Diffuse thinning is a b1tch to spot, but I still "prefer" it over traditional receding as it preserves your hair line and face frame.

I've heard couple of people here saying finasteride made their hair texture different/accelerated their hair loss. However, none happened to me and I will stick to finasteride for the rest of my life, and I think you should do too.
 

shoegazing

Established Member
My Regimen
The strand shaft is on the left? I noticed that some strands of mine are thinner near the bulb/root than the rest of the strand. Actually, the ends are pretty healthy when I shed. Not as thinner as yours though. I still have to attach a picture to show you but I always end up forgetting lol. Gonna wash my hair today and then I upload here.
 

Calikid

Experienced Member
My Regimen
Don’t listen to this guy. His game is shaming people that start with good hair. My hair was like yours even at my age when I started to thin, it can happen fast, oral minoxidil is good but serious and notice the results taper in year two... of you can tolerate the Propecia run with it if not topical can help.

all that said, you could wait, this advice that the meds help works from most but not all and starting meds can change your hair.

go back and look at blue cyclones post from 3 years ago where he said he would be bald in a year. Compare those pictures to the ones he’s posting today you’ll laugh.
 

baba_yaga

Experienced Member
My Regimen
The strand shaft is on the left? I noticed that some strands of mine are thinner near the bulb/root than the rest of the strand. Actually, the ends are pretty healthy when I shed. Not as thinner as yours though. I still have to attach a picture to show you but I always end up forgetting lol. Gonna wash my hair today and then I upload here.
Yes it is on the left. Check your dm.
go back and look at blue cyclones post from 3 years ago where he said he would be bald in a year. Compare those pictures to the ones he’s posting today you’ll laugh.
There is not that much difference, just like in my case. But that does not mean he isnt experiencing hair loss. Just by looking at my general pics, you wouldnt tell anything's happening which is not true. Diffuse thinning is hard to spot in its early stages. Remember the 50% density rule of hair transplants? Same thing applies to us.
Recession is easy to monitor and spot.
 

baba_yaga

Experienced Member
My Regimen
Any reasoning behind doing that?
Just the fact that DHT takes around 7 days to go back to normal levels, I think it is fine to take 1.25 mg every 3 days. This way I can still preserve my hair and maybe alleviate side effects (which are not that bad, but less sides is favorable).
 

Ourkes

New Member
My Regimen
@baba_yaga

Due to a bout of BDD I stumbled across this site a few years ago but never set up an account,

However, I feel so compelled to post a response to this thread that I have registered.

You are a very young man who has completely normal hair characteristics which you are confusing with male pattern baldness,

What I see non stop on here repeatedly is a lack of appreciation for normal hair and scalp attributes. Basically, anyone displaying scalp believes, or is told, they are thinning.

Where the hair changes direction, scalp will show. This is particularly even more true when hair is dark and scalp light in colour. Throw in grease, water, product, fine hair, straight hair and then add harsh lighting of a camera flash / exposure and the visual impact will be exacerbated further.

In addition, hair density appears different across all scalps because the skull is rounded and the light will reflect in an uneven manner making parts look wider in places as the skull curves. Take a look at the non balding head of a young woman and you will often see exactly the same thing.

Derms are often not reliable nor hairloss specialists and if a patient is certain they are balding, a Derm will often go with it.

You may wonder why I am taking the times to write this essay, but I genuinely feel that many of the young people on here, including yourself, are not balding at all. This is often why you see no real response to finasteride but believe this to be “maintenance”.

Calikid, CrownBalding are a few others who spring to mind who simply seem to be confusing natural hair characteristics with balding. Makes me sad that so many of you are suffering and taking hair loss medication when it would seem that you really don’t need it, not need to worry about it.
 

shoegazing

Established Member
My Regimen
@baba_yaga

Due to a bout of BDD I stumbled across this site a few years ago but never set up an account,

However, I feel so compelled to post a response to this thread that I have registered.

You are a very young man who has completely normal hair characteristics which you are confusing with male pattern baldness,

What I see non stop on here repeatedly is a lack of appreciation for normal hair and scalp attributes. Basically, anyone displaying scalp believes, or is told, they are thinning.

Where the hair changes direction, scalp will show. This is particularly even more true when hair is dark and scalp light in colour. Throw in grease, water, product, fine hair, straight hair and then add harsh lighting of a camera flash / exposure and the visual impact will be exacerbated further.

In addition, hair density appears different across all scalps because the skull is rounded and the light will reflect in an uneven manner making parts look wider in places as the skull curves. Take a look at the non balding head of a young woman and you will often see exactly the same thing.

Derms are often not reliable nor hairloss specialists and if a patient is certain they are balding, a Derm will often go with it.

You may wonder why I am taking the times to write this essay, but I genuinely feel that many of the young people on here, including yourself, are not balding at all. This is often why you see no real response to finasteride but believe this to be “maintenance”.

Calikid, CrownBalding are a few others who spring to mind who simply seem to be confusing natural hair characteristics with balding. Makes me sad that so many of you are suffering and taking hair loss medication when it would seem that you really don’t need it, not need to worry about it.
How about the thin strands he says to be growing all around his scalp?
 

Ritchie

Senior Member
My Regimen
if crownbalding and babayaga were naive they could potentially get off treatments and if their hair went downhill you would be responsible for it. Think before you say something like this. They know their own hair better than you do. BabaYaga is immune to a receding hairline but he can still diffuse thin. Norwood 1's can thin out too. He seems to be doing well with treatments and it could possibly stay this way as long as he stays on treatments. Dont take it away from him.
 

Ourkes

New Member
My Regimen
if crownbalding and babayaga were naive they could potentially get off treatments and if their hair went downhill you would be responsible for it. Think before you say something like this. They know their own hair better than you do. BabaYaga is immune to a receding hairline but he can still diffuse thin. Norwood 1's can thin out too. He seems to be doing well with treatments and it could possibly stay this way as long as he stays on treatments. Dont take it away from him.
@Ritchie

I don’t disagree with you, treatment should be considered if one feels they are losing hair.

However, certain hair types / attributes can certainly give the impression of balding and this is very often overlooked on this site.

There are a number of individuals on here who are young with great hair and I genuinely do not believe they are balding.

They will often confirm there is no genetic predisposition, but they shed a lot of hairs for 2-3 plus years with no real deterioration. Plus you will see a high hair to scalp contrast and fine straight here in many of these individuals taking photos under harsh lighting.

I hear what you are saying about being responsible for someone coming off treatments when they shouldn’t and I certainly would want this. On the flip side, taking finasteride from a young age without clear balding, is not ideal either.

I’m just trying to highlight that some individuals may be confusing hair loss with other factors. There are young people on here who may have BDD when they should be care free.
 

Ritchie

Senior Member
My Regimen
@Ritchie

I don’t disagree with you, treatment should be considered if one feels they are losing hair.

However, certain hair types / attributes can certainly give the impression of balding and this is very often overlooked on this site.

There are a number of individuals on here who are young with great hair and I genuinely do not believe they are balding.

They will often confirm there is no genetic predisposition, but they shed a lot of hairs for 2-3 plus years with no real deterioration. Plus you will see a high hair to scalp contrast and fine straight here in many of these individuals taking photos under harsh lighting.

I hear what you are saying about being responsible for someone coming off treatments when they shouldn’t and I certainly would want this. On the flip side, taking finasteride from a young age without clear balding, is not ideal either.

I’m just trying to highlight that some individuals may be confusing hair loss with other factors. There are young people on here who may have BDD when they should be care free.
he says he has a lot of minuatirzation on his scalp. Normal ranges of thinner hairs should be 10-15% because these hairs are in the natural growth cycle but he says he has a lot more than this. Also you are probably referring to bluecyclone aswell, his hair seems to be slowly going downhill too for whatever reason whether its a rare form of male pattern baldness or something else. Members with bdd are like siisid and alexander shenton but they are not on treatments. The only members i can think of from the top of my head who are on some treatments who i am certain do not have male pattern baldness are @Northface32 and selb.
 
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