Going Bald: A Hairy Situation (how have you dealt with it?)

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    Dec 31, 2008 5:06 PM GMT
    This is the official forum for the RealJock feature Going Bald: A Hairy Situation (With a Variety of Solutions.

    The hair loss experts RealJock spoke with for this article offered their insights on the causes and treatments of male pattern baldness, which most men will experience in one form or another.

    Experts are great, of course, but we want to hear personal experiences from RealJock's members. Are you balding? Do you keep it short, shave it off, or treat it with drugs... or rugs? Have you tried any of the treatments listed in the article, and if so, have they worked? Any suggestions on what to try, and what to avoid, for our members?
  • joggerva

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    Dec 31, 2008 7:53 PM GMT
    My hairline is thinning and starting to recede. I think most guys look good with shaved heads, but I'm not sure if it would work on me. Probably this summer I'll shave it off to see what it looks like - actually, now that I think of it, there's some charity shave-your-head thing for Saint Patrick's Day, so I'll probably do that.

    If it doesn't look good, I'll probably start using Rogaine. However, I was looking at that Rogaine foam stuff and it said it was only for thinning/balding at the back of the head and not for the hairline. Does Rogaine work for the hairline?

    I just realized I totally look bald in my profile pic. Meh, it's not so bad.
  • Timbales

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    Dec 31, 2008 8:02 PM GMT
    I curse my genes and silently cry at night when I am alone.

    I used to use Propecia, and I had good luck with it, but decided to stop it.

    Now I'm trying to get in shape, because I don't want to be fat and bald.

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    Dec 31, 2008 8:05 PM GMT
    I'm 21 and going bald. My hair is so thin that I just shave it off. My dads genes came up waaay early. I tried using rogaine but didnt do much for the front of my hair line. I look alright with a shaved head but man I miss that big mess of latin curls!
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    Dec 31, 2008 8:24 PM GMT
    Baldness on another guy doesnt bother me one bit. A man can be as attractive with or without hair.

    However, I hate being bald myself. Two reasons I think. 1) Cause I knew myself when I had hair, therefore I miss it. 2) but probably more, because I know others look down on baldness.

    My baldness is too profound to do anything about. So I just buzz my head myself.

    I have thought about a toupee....but I am too afraid one would look phony. I would rather look bald then look like a fool.
  • Timbales

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    Dec 31, 2008 8:32 PM GMT
    I would honestly give up a testicle to have the hair I had at 19 again.
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    Dec 31, 2008 8:54 PM GMT
    TheEndandTheBeginning saidI'm 21 and going bald. My hair is so thin that I just shave it off. My dads genes came up waaay early. I tried using rogaine but didnt do much for the front of my hair line. I look alright with a shaved head but man I miss that big mess of latin curls!


    I've actually remembering studying in Biology that male pattern baldness is inherited from the female. When two people produce a male child, the woman gives the recessive x-linked sex trait, and the man gives the y trait. Baldness is found on the X chromosome.

    That is as much as I know. I have heard it is more complicated though.
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    Dec 31, 2008 9:08 PM GMT
    I shave my head and couldn´t care less. (well maybe I care just a tiny bit, as it rather hinders my quest to look like Brad Pitt, which is where I´m aimed when I stop eating like a pig to gain weight)

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    Still.. who can possibly say that bald is not hot

    francois_sagat_breathless.jpg

    And the article doesn´t mention getting a tatoo on your head which is what Sagat did...





    (BTW, I don´t really want to look like Brad, I want to look like me, but he has the sort of body that I do, and so I have to accept that I will never look like François icon_cry.gif )
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    Dec 31, 2008 9:17 PM GMT
    Lostboy76 said
    Still.. who can possibly say that bald is not sexy in the light of this

    francois_sagat_breathless.jpg


    What? Color our heads with magic marker???? ..... icon_eek.gif .... icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Timbales

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    Dec 31, 2008 9:19 PM GMT
    Lostboy76 said

    Still.. who can possibly say that bald is not sexy in the light of this

    francois_sagat_breathless.jpg



    i can

    he is so not sexy to me
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    Dec 31, 2008 9:22 PM GMT
    Timberoo, I am sure you are very nice... but your taste in men is terrible

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    François Sagat is dreamy icon_cool.gif
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    Dec 31, 2008 9:25 PM GMT
    Lostboy76 saidTimberoo, I am sure you are very nice... but your taste in men is terribleicon_cool.gif


    I'm with Timberoo on this one, tattooed helmets are not sexy.
  • Timbales

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    Dec 31, 2008 9:27 PM GMT
    Lostboy76 saidTimberoo, I am sure you are very nice... but your taste in men is terrible

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    François Sagat is dreamy icon_cool.gif


    i admire a wide variety of looks, but not his
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    Dec 31, 2008 9:27 PM GMT
    Get a crew cut. works for everyone.
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    Dec 31, 2008 10:03 PM GMT
    are you guys straight or something? icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 31, 2008 10:28 PM GMT
    Lostboy76 saidare you guys straight or something? icon_lol.gif


    LOL, I think they are. Francois spends a lot of time in SF and I've seen him frequently at the gym (and in the locker room), and I tell ya, when you see this man, you could care less what's on his head. He's also a complete goofball -- hilariously funny, with a smile that could melt the Arctic.

    OK, with that lust out of the way...

    I honestly never had a problem losing hair, which has been happening very slowly to me for a few decades now. I personally like all kinds of guys, with all levels of hair, from big mops down to cue balls.

    My personal issue, however, is that I don't exactly have a nicely shaped head, so when I've shaved my head really close in the past, people comment that I remind them more of a cancer patient than a Marine.

    I think when the last follicles give out, and I can no longer compensate for the odd shape of my head with any remaining hair, I might give 1-800-HairClubForMen a call just to... you know... check into it for ... a friend of mine. Either that, or more hats.
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    Jan 01, 2009 12:02 PM GMT
    I think Sagat is hawt. icon_razz.gif If I was a tattoo artist though, I'd complement the helmet tattoo with something geometric or aztec down his back or the sides of his head. It looks good though, kinda out-of-this-world cyberpunkish. icon_razz.gif

    Anyway, hair. Mine is thick, my dad's is thick, my brother's is thick. I do have one balding uncle on my mother's side... I wonder if I'll get it. icon_razz.gif

    The article made me realize though that there really are effective hair-growing products? icon_eek.gif For the longest time I thought they were hoaxes. Hmm... now I wonder if they would make me grow a beard too... icon_lol.gif
  • Timbales

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    Jan 01, 2009 3:41 PM GMT
    iguanaSF said
    Lostboy76 saidare you guys straight or something? icon_lol.gif


    ... with a smile that could melt the Arctic....


    That must be nice. Whenever I've seen pictures he has a look on his face like he's just smelled something rancid.

    I'd rather have Marco DiSilva.
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    Jan 02, 2009 2:17 AM GMT
    I started going bald when I was around 19 or 20. I briefly tried Propecia. But, the thought of taking a chemical substance to stop a natural genetic process was obsurd!!!

    I quickly shaved my head, and have never looked back.

    Don't try to be something your not. Learn to work with what you've got!!!
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    Jan 02, 2009 2:57 AM GMT
    I don't mind the thinning balding look, but think it looks much better if it is at least buzzed at that point. I had a young (28 yo) marine buddy who always wore his hair short anyway, but his hair was thinning and he had that hair transplant where they graft some from the back of the head to the front .. I was impressed with how good it looked after growing in.
  • Timbales

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    Jan 02, 2009 3:18 PM GMT
    RowBuddy saidThe article forgets to mention the brand name drug Avodart, generic name dutasteride. Dutasteride, like propecia, was originally developed to treat enlarged prostate and problems (clears throat) tinkling. It is prescribed for MPB in other countries but not currently sanctioned by the FDA for anything other than enlarged prostate in the USA. Dutasteride works like propecia by targeting the testosterone and keeping it from becoming DHT. Unlike propecia it works on both types of DHT. There are two types of DHT, kinda. For those NON-biology majors, think of molecules as being right handed and left handed people. Propecia only works on say, killing off the left handed people. Dutasteride works on killing both. Getting a prescription for Avodart is easy, if you have an enlarged prostate. But if you happen to have a problem peeing, how is your doctor going to know you also want to re-grow your hair? Some doctors have even started prescribing Avodart as a preventative measure for those with family histories of aplastic benign prostate hypertrophy. (Yah! My big word of the day!) Does it work? Yes. I have more hair (on my head thank you) then I did almost 2 years ago when I started the treatment. Im sure though if it had been around when I started losing my hair at 21 that I would still have a full head. Avodart is good at regrowing hair that is still alive and even some hair that is mostly dead (there's a difference!), but it wont grow it back where you are already totally bald and "shiny". Those hair follicles are dead Jim. Oh, and you gotta take it forever or it all falls out. Its kinda funny now when someone says to me now "you are losing your hair" when its actually growing back in, if not staying the same. But.... gay men are gay men and only go off first impressions. Stupid bitches. Anyhow, maybe in another 20 years, after I have captured myself a husband and we are both fat and over each other I will stop taking it and just surrender myself to looking like my fat, bald uncle. Or maybe they will have invented a pill that grows hair and makes you thin and muscled. Then we can all be abercrombie models! icon_razz.gif

    Go do a quick google on dutasteride. Its got a lot of support and information. There are even some FDA trials on it for MPB. If you are able to get prescriptions filled from canada its worth looking into.

    Disclaimers: This drug my cause runny nose, smelly feet, vaginal discharge, dry vagina, bloody stools, hot flashes, cold sweats, scaly skin, pregnancy, menstrual cramps, bloating, anal leakage, incontinence, dehydration, flatulence, temporary blindness, paralysis, coma or sudden death. Use with caution. For erections lasting more than 4 hours seek a cheap date right away and enjoy it while you can.


    all kidding aside, i would assume that the possible side effects are similar to Propecia?
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    Jan 02, 2009 3:46 PM GMT
    I usually only like guys losing their hair.......nothing sexier to me! Bring it on daddy!!!

    Ya'll can keep the young ones with all their lockes!

    Though, I know, after all this while, what I love, not EVERYONE loves so.....it's what makes the world go round I guess.

    Either way...ya'll losing your hair a bit is some sort of fucking igh-candy fo me!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 02, 2009 4:52 PM GMT
    I've been pretty lucky... I haven't had much of a problem at all....yet. Some members of my family have lost hair and some have turned a little gray.. early. I haven't had the problem. I consider myself lucky.
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    Jan 02, 2009 5:23 PM GMT
    A few years ago, mine started thinning radically in the front and back. I tried minoxidil for a few months, but that just made my scalp itch furiously and feel greasy all the time.

    Finally I just gave up and figured that it would probably end up being a good look for hanging out in the Fortress of Evil. I used to have long hair, and I was starting to look like Riff Raff.

    Switching to a short haircut made it look "fuller." What hairs were left "stand up" more that way. (Also reached that age where the hairs were breaking off faster than they were growing.)

    Recently, the thinning seems to have reversed a bit. It's not just a delusion, I think, because other people noticed it before I did. I didn't "do anything" to it, and don't have an explanation. The hair re-growth does seem to have coincided with doubling my protein intake and gaining about 15 pounds of lean body mass. May be related. I don't know.
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    Jan 02, 2009 6:44 PM GMT
    I started losing my hair when I was 21. I got really depressed about it back then and tried Propecia and lots of other things. I decided that I would rather be bald than damage my body by taking a drug for the rest of my life. Now I just shave it all off. You just need to get to a point where you are comfortable with yourself and screw all the other people that judge from the sidelines. They'll be there soon enough!