Am I going bald?

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    Jul 08, 2013 11:55 AM GMT
    I'm 21, and all the men in my family are either balding or bald. I'm worried that it's starting to happen to me and that my hairline is receding. Is it actually receding (pics below)? Should I start using propecia or should I cut it into a buzz to make it less noticeable?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/90483978@N05/9203468855/lightbox/
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    Jul 08, 2013 11:58 AM GMT
    Could you link them please?
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 08, 2013 12:31 PM GMT
    I have a cousin who started losing hair in college, I remember he used to talk about it when I was in law school at the time. I thought he was overreacting. He did lose his hair.

    My reaction is focus on your health and fitness. If you are healthy, thats more important than losing hair. If it really bothers you, see your doctor and get facts (always get facts, don't just worry). He or she can give you some input on the most prudent approach to consider should you wish it.
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    Jul 08, 2013 2:59 PM GMT
    Propecia is also a bad idea. There are lots and lots of reported sexual side effects (i.e., impotence) which doesn't always resolve when you stop the medication.

    If you want to try anything try Rogaine (or its generic equivalent).
  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 08, 2013 4:45 PM GMT
    Ya, I was on generic Rogaine plus Propecia for a while and became terrified to stop using them because the literature says when you stop, within six months you'll be back to wherever you would have been if you'd never used them. And who knows what that would be? But, I live at the beach and learned Rogaine will make your head extremely sensitive to sunburn, as in second degree sunburn so I quit that. No change. And Propecia? A lot of evidence that it can make you not only impotent, but completely lacking in any kind of sexual desire. Who would chance that? I quit it, too. No change. I understand your panic, but my advice is to let it do what it wants to do and deal with it with a good barber. Try the buzz. See how you like it. If it looks good on you, you've got the easiest haircut ever and if not, it'll grow back and you can try something else. Just please, don't do the god-awful compensation thing of growing facial hair. It's obvious. Think military look instead. Very hot. I think you'd look great with a buzz.
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    Jul 08, 2013 4:49 PM GMT
    Your hairline is receding. You're not losing a lot of hair yet. There's no reason to panic until it starts thinning.
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    Jul 08, 2013 4:50 PM GMT
    I don't think you're balding, you just have a big forehead and that gives the illusion that you're balding....Don't worry babe, you're fine! ^_^
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    Jul 08, 2013 4:50 PM GMT


    My hair has thinned out alot and at first i was always trying to hide it, but i decided there is no point so i got a buzz cut and keep doing that. I got used to it.


    Also you can save your money and later on get a hair transplant. I have been told it looks completely normal.
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    Jul 08, 2013 5:37 PM GMT
    My hair line has receded when compared to my high school days. However, I haven't experienced any thinning or bald spots. If your hairline is just receding I would pay it no mind. Now if you notice thinning, or bald spots beginning to occur then that is a sign of premature baldness. There's a lot you can do if this is the case. You could try good old rogaine and see if that works. If not then there's propecia, and then last resort could be shaving your head. Most guys actually look really good with a completely bald head.
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    Jul 08, 2013 5:48 PM GMT
    I don't blame you for being concerned but there's not much you can do about it. Is the crown of your head thinning? Everyone is different and although it probably is hereditary, who's to say whether you have the gene or not. My brother, a year older, was almost bald when graduating from high school. I however didn't start thinning until I was in my mid 30s, now I'm almost bald. It's hard to get use to but I'm finally coming to terms with it. Cutting your hair shorter helps you to accept it I think but if you're receding or balding, it's going to continue and be noticed. Sorry!
  • Webster666

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    Jul 08, 2013 8:10 PM GMT
    You look great, just the way you are.
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    Jul 08, 2013 8:25 PM GMT
    Your hairline is receding a tad but your hair is still thick. My hairline has receded a bit over the past 10 years but nothing major.

    Very few guys have the genes to keep thick lustrous hair into their 30's. Just a fact you have to deal with I'm afraid BUT your only 21, you have like a decade before you have to start worrying icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 08, 2013 8:26 PM GMT
    When I was was 20 I started losing hair on either side of my forehead, but mysteriously stopped on it's own and hasn't changed since. Maybe you'll be the same way and lose just a little. Just wanna give you some hope.
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Jul 08, 2013 8:56 PM GMT
    You have nothing to worry about. Bald guys are damn sexy.
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    Jul 08, 2013 9:26 PM GMT
    Thanks for the help, you guys! Hopefully, it won't recede anymore. Still, based on what some guys said, I think I might try a buzz cut (or shaved head if I'm brave enough) just to see what I'll look like. However, I'm afraid of what it will look like since I'm really skinny. What types of guys usually look good with that style and could I rock it at all lol?
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    Jul 19, 2013 4:19 AM GMT
    lotus824 saidThanks for the help, you guys! Hopefully, it won't recede anymore. Still, based on what some guys said, I think I might try a buzz cut (or shaved head if I'm brave enough) just to see what I'll look like. However, I'm afraid of what it will look like since I'm really skinny. What types of guys usually look good with that style and could I rock it at all lol?


    You need to pack on muscle to pull off bald. There's a reason that twinks with receding hairlines keep what's left of their hair.
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    Jul 19, 2013 4:22 AM GMT
    Showme isn't exactly 100% correct about Propecia.

    It's a simple DHT blocker, and while the half-life of finasteride is only like 6 hours or something...it takes much, much longer for DHT (which is what causes hair to fall out) to replenish, so you can actually take a half dosage of Propecia every other day which basically takes away the risk of sides, while still being effective enough to prevent the hair loss.

    A lot of guys that do cycles start taking Propecia or Fin to combat that potential side effect of increased testosterone.

    Looked into a lot when researching doing my first cycle.
  • HottJoe

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    Jul 19, 2013 4:26 AM GMT
    SkittleGangsta saidWhen I was was 20 I started losing hair on either side of my forehead, but mysteriously stopped on it's own and hasn't changed since. Maybe you'll be the same way and lose just a little. Just wanna give you some hope.

    Same here.