Long have i thought to write this, and so i end that longing right now. I am 18 now. Started at about 16(thinning , receding). Was torture.absolute torture. I specifically hate people who say 'get over it' and 'shave & move on' Why the hell should I? i am a 17 yo stud, for satans sake! . I need my hair , and i need it nice and dense. Alas that wasnt to happen , and my hair went on thinning and the line kept on receding. but never once did the feeling of 'giving up and accepting my fate' strike me as a plausible feeling. I serached and surfed , and only god knows how many things i tried. I moved to a new city about one year ago , and thats when things started to go downhill really fast. You see , there is a lot of stress when you move out of your natural habitat to a new place without your family. And that stress may not be apparent to you , but its there , and it shows. My hair went on receding really fast , coupling with thinning. I was like-- Everywhere i went , i had to check on the placement of my hair. Be it in the bathroom or the reflection on the rear-end of a car. And the wind! thy evilness led me to frustration and anxiety that knew no bounds. And when someone you are talking to breaks his eye contact to glimpse on your forehead , where hair once was. I know that you know what i am talking about. [i shall discuss here only 2 medications. i have tried other things as well , but they are the ones that really work] So , anyways , moving on , i started with finasteride. i knew it was an extreme measure(for someone about 2 months from 18) , but my condition was becoming more unbearable by the minute and i knew something drastic was needed. Finasteride(Finpecia) And so i began taking the pill. I live in India , so I was lucky. The price of that here is 50₹ for 10 tabs. Which means a months supply costs less than 3$.unk:unk:unk: It is a high quality product from a big pharma company. So i took it once everyday ,along with Tinfall ( a combo of biotin and folic acid). It stopped everything. It didnt necessarily improve stuff , but stopped the bad stuff from happening. I hope you know how finasteride works , because i wont tell you. Biotin(tinfall) did help. It definitely does. No controversies here. it made my hair denser,thicker and healthier. The immediate effect was great , but eventually,i think, the body got used to it , and the results werent drastic , so to speak. I took finasteride for about 8-9 months. then i stopped it. Mainly because i started using minoxidil on my receded hline , and also because my stocks ran out and i was too lazy to refill them. My relationship with finasteride had many ups and some downs , but i will not discuss them here ,so that i could give sufficient footage to the star of the show (No, It's NOT minoxidil!) Minoxidil So , i started with minoxidil recently , mainly because it was quite expensive. A 60 mL , 5% minoxidil soln costs upwards of 500₹. It may not sound much to a firangi from a developed country( about 10$ ) , but as a high school student , who wanted to keep everything secret , from everybody , I had to give a pref to finasteride . Besides it seemed like to much hardwork... But it works. I started applying it on my receded area , and voila! , make way for the one and only , our superstar, the HAIR!:love::woot::wow::notworthy It is not out-of-the-world sort of thing, but there is hair. Not vellus hair , black hair. they are thin and small , but they are there , and i have done about a month of it. i havent always been spot on on its application. Some days i would apply late , or early , or just once , or even never. But as someone who has literally been thinking hours a day,almost everyday,on about how to improve my hair , this is a welcome gesture. :sobbing: Finally something that paid off ! :sobbing: Anyhoo , It is time for me to unravel what i found. The hero of my recent story. This is something i started doing recently. It has increased the density of my hair and made them thicker , so much so , i cannot see my scalp(on top of my head) in bright light or while wet in front of a mirror. It is something we all can do , and it costs 39.95$ only! jufft Kidding Although you do need 2 hands. if you dont have them , borrow them from someone else. So what is it? I call it the A-1-3 method. other people would probably call it massaging. They would be right to do so. It is Massaging or relaxing I know that doesnt make much sense but carry on. let's bring some logic here. Logic: Hair is a dead tissue. alive are the follicles ,and they , like vampires ,live on blood. Your hair grows from these follicles which are present on a thin membrane on which we find our scalp. This thin membrane , stretches from the Occipitalis muscles from the back , to your forehead(google anything suspicious) This thin membrane is made up of blood vessels. Loads of them , pumping the juice to your follicles. Before i move on , i need to ask you something - Have you ever had an headache? What do you think caused that? brain Doesnt have pain receptors, so it has to be something on the outside. And it is. According to wiki , there are 9 areas which cause ,alone or in combination , headache. Most common headaches are tension type headaches.What happens is that the thin membrane gets tensed up due to stress. Now , tension doesnt neccesarily have to cause a headache. it can be there , in the background , causing you misery but you have gotten used to it. And you have forgotten what the pre-tension days felt like. i can say that because thats what i have felt myself. I remember one day i was trying lucid dreaming with the aid of an audio induction. In that the person first relaxed me , so that i could move into lucid dreams. Although i didnt have a lucid dream that afternoon , i did have this amazing ,cool feeling on top of my head , slightly to the left. By cool , i mean as if someone had put a cool , dense liquid inside my brain , in a particular area , and it felt awesome. That feeling very gradually evaporated , but i remember having a lighter head that day. I have never had such a great experience like that , after that. [Which may be because i never tried that audio tape again.] Now ,that day , I was 15-16 yo. I blames increased the circulation to my brain for that cooling effect , but since brain doesnt have any pain receptors , it was actually the relaxation of some long tensed muscle/head membrane(membrane is not an appropriate word for it , but whatev). I found this accidently. i was having headaches , so i youtubed for a head massaging tutorial. I found a lot of good ones , and even saved one of them on my pc for future use. I felt great after doing that,so i did it again he next day(or the day after that,idk). And it felt great. I used hair oil.It is an indian brand called 'Navratan'. i use it because it gives a slightly cooling effect , and the smell is not too bad. Also it is great for hair conditioning . (I do the massaging usually 3 times a week. The day after, i shampoo my hair with a ketaconazole shampoo.) And my hair got great,among other good things. What i found was there are these nerve endings which get tensed up a lot due to stressful events in ones life.( I also found such tensed up nerves on my face. ) Especially those above and around my ears.( i wear specs , and sometimes wonder if their arms are doin some harm ..it is possible ,yk..) Also , relaxing or meditating helps. Meditation is one thing you should do without thinking twice. Rest i would say , go discover yourself. Experiment , as i did , and never give up. I am not a very successful person in real life. I fail almost as many times i attempt. But this is something i am proud of.The fact that i got through such troubling times , of which balding was just a small part of the problem, (almost had a suicide and whatnot) , but i withstood , and never gave up(on my hair).unk:unk:unk: Thats the message i wanna give to you all... and thats it folks! Hope you get your hair in better shape. Please add/critique anything you know and i dont seem to from this post. I will be happy to be wrong. Thanks!