Hey JWM I remember you too! I really loved those early days of the hairlosshelp forum. There were some great guys there like troymaclure, zimmy, tommyboy, uglyman4life, sideshowbob, and remember rammer with the parrot avatar? That guy was always freaking out over his hairloss and totally disregarded what everyone told him when they tried to calm him down. I hope he's ok because he seemed a bit unhinged. Back in the early 2000's I didn't have the internet at home so I spent most of my day at work (in an office) sneakily posting on the forum. I was in my mid-20's and my hairloss was really getting me down at that time and that forum was a lifesaver for me, not only as an emotional support but the sharing of information and experiences. I attribute my successfully holding on to my hair for the past 20 years primarily to the knowledge shared in that forum. Too bad it eventually went downhill.
As for me well, l've changed up my regimen quite a bit over the years but I've always stuck to minoxidil (as Ozbrew) since for me, that was what made the biggest difference.
Right now my regimen quite simply is:
minoxidil 1-2 a day
Dermarolling every 1-2 weeks (1.5mm dermaroller)
I started dermarolling in May 2020 and I noticed an immediate difference. For me it's a gamechanger and, like minoxidil, is undroppable. I saw a response immediately. From the first time I started rolling I noticed my hair was stood up stronger, like on a good hair day. The biggest difference was on my crown and within a couple of months the thinning had been reversed. I had always held onto my crown hair, but it goes through phases of getting thinner and thicker. But with dermarolling it got and stayed thicker. The hairline also responded ok with some new vellus hair, but I don't think it was every going to regrow what was lost. I think it did however strengthen the existing hair.
Like I said, earlier this year I got a 1,600 graft hair transplant on my hairline. I'm at month 7 and while not thrilled with the results so far, at least it's not a botched job. I didn't do my due diligence in picking the right surgeon and think there were much better ones out there, but I did it in a bit of a hurry (thinking more lockdowns and travel bans were imminent) so I went with the most practical one for my circumstances.
So I'm looking to start Zix again because I did have success with it; I guess, so much so that I stopped using it. But combatting hairloss is an eternal game of tug-of-war and so I'm returning to it because I'm confident it will help. I just made up my first batch yesterday and started using it, so I'm hoping I will strengthen my gains.
Here are a couple of pics. The first is from before my hair transplant. The second is from last month, 7 months after my hair transplant. Considering I started battle hairloss 22 years ago, you can imagine how satisfied I am that I've made it this far with a relatively decent head of hair (and with an older brother that is complete horseshoe)