Anyone else going bald?

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    Mar 30, 2010 1:32 AM GMT
    I always thought that Rogaine was only effective in treating thinning hair at the crown and that it didn't do anything for a receeding hairline. A few days ago, I came across an article that said some recent study showed that it can help with frontal hair loss as well - although the results aren't as impressive.

    Just wondering if anyone here has used Rogaine to fight frontal hair loss and what kind of results you have had with it.
  • Timbales

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    Mar 30, 2010 2:18 AM GMT
    I didn't have much luck with it and it was a major hassle. I did Propecia for years and it definitely held onto the hair I had. I stopped about a year and a half ago and it has thinned considerably.
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    Mar 30, 2010 2:26 AM GMT
    I tried it a number of years ago but had an allergic reaction so had to quit.
    fwiw.. my allergic reaction wasn't a visible rash or anything but a swelling of the joints and palms of my hands oddly enough.. very itchy and sore. I could barely close ball my hand into a fist and it hurt like hell trying to drive the car.. It took me months to figure out that Rogaine was the cause after all the allergy tests were showing nothing.. Quit using it and within a day or two all the swelling subsided.

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    Mar 30, 2010 2:27 AM GMT
    Not yet. But I've always said if I do I'll go bald gracefully! Doesn't bother me enough to worry about Rogaine and the like.
  • allatonce

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    Mar 30, 2010 2:42 AM GMT
    Not that I don't think this is anything but scandalous hearsay but my aunt implied I am starting to bald (and I may have already been concerned). Maybe I should try something like this, attack it early.
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    Mar 30, 2010 2:47 AM GMT
    Invest in an anti androgenic shampoo such as Neutrogena T - Gel. Or T Sal. T Sal is lipophilic - which means it binds to all of the sebacious secretions which are a by product of Dihydratestoserone, and removes them (much like palmolive sticks to oil and grease and pulls it off dishes; and your hands, DHT is what is causing baldness..most likely.

    Then put on Rogaine. You can't put on rogaine on an oily scalp. It is a vasodilator (expands capilaries) which means it must be clean and pores be open for it to work well.

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    Mar 30, 2010 8:47 AM GMT
    I was stressing about a receding hairline for a few years before I started taking a generic version of propecia. According to their data it will stop hair loss in its tracks for 90% of guys and help regrow for 20-30%. The best thing about it is that it helped me stop stressing. I knew I was doing what I could and if I lost it after making an effort, so be it.

    I order it online to save money, and just take a small pill every morning. It takes 9-12 months to see results, since hair cycles are so long. I haven't noticed new loss for 2 years, or any side effects, so I'm pretty satisfied.
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    Mar 30, 2010 9:39 AM GMT
    Thanks for the replies, guys. I just started with the Rogaine. It is inexpensive enough and only takes 30 seconds in the morning and again at night to apply. Plus the potential for side effects seems pretty low although I'll keep an eye out for allergic reaction.

    I'm still curious though, if anyone has had success with using it for frontal hair loss as opposed to hair loss on the crown?

    BTW, if anyone has used Propecia and had success with it, I'm happy for you. But I know of at least two guys that used it that had really bad side effects - sexual side effects - that I've decided against using it.
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    Mar 30, 2010 1:23 PM GMT
    sashaman said
    I'm still curious though, if anyone has had success with using it for frontal hair loss as opposed to hair loss on the crown?


    The studies were mostly done on crown hair loss for practical reasons. It is easy to define the relevant parameter as a haircount in a region of a certain area on the crown. It is much more difficult to define a scientifically measurable parameter quantifying frontal recession.

    Therefore, because of the way the studies are done, for legal reasons they cannot make claims about frontal hair loss on the insert. That doesn't mean that it works any worse for frontal loss. They just cannot claim it works for frontal in the absence of a study.
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    Mar 30, 2010 1:24 PM GMT
    Yeah, but I am getting used to it
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    Mar 30, 2010 1:28 PM GMT
    I suffer from terninal baldness. I tried Rogaine years ago. It caused peach-fuzz hair growth so I stopped.

    As I understand it, Rogaine helps by causing active follicles to produce multiple hairs. So if there are no active follicle (see my pate) then it doesnt do much good. But I might be wrong about this science. Since it didnt work, I dont have much interest in how it theoretically is suppose to work.
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    Mar 30, 2010 1:30 PM GMT
    The cure for going bald is to get there.
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    Mar 30, 2010 1:45 PM GMT
    If my hairline recedes any farther, the hair is gonna start dropping off my ass! ... icon_eek.gif ... icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 30, 2010 2:55 PM GMT
    Bald spot and thinning hair here. I wouldn't look good with a shaved head I don't think, so I wear a cap. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 30, 2010 3:19 PM GMT
    I'm pretty fortunate, I don't have problems, but my cousin does..... I remember in college he started telling me how he was losing hair in the shower. I thought he was crazy and told him to change his shampoo and how he was washing his hair. I wasn't even thinking about hair loss.

    He went through the Rogaine treatments. He probably tried for a number of years and his comment to me was, "it tends to help hold what you have, but doesn't do much to help regrow hair".

    I think he finally gave it up, I haven't seen any of the stuff around when I visit over there.
  • rnch

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    Mar 30, 2010 3:25 PM GMT
    even as a teenager, i had baby fine, thin hair. in my late 20's it was already leaving, shifting down to my pecs, abs and back.

    given the choice of parting my hair one inch above my ear and doing a "combover" or shaving it all off, i deceided to "go topless" and shave what was left off entirely.

    my social and sex life improved immediately! i was fotunate to have doner DNA that favors no scalp hair. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Celticmusl

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    Mar 30, 2010 3:29 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidI didn't have much luck with it and it was a major hassle. I did Propecia for years and it definitely held onto the hair I had. I stopped about a year and a half ago and it has thinned considerably.



    Ditto. Rogaine caused a lot of scalp issues too.

    Propecia or Avodart is the way to go. Propecia killed my sex drive, so I switched to Avodart which seemed to work much better. Really though, I just gave up on messing with it all and just shaved my head and have been happy about the choice ever since.
  • rnch

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    Mar 30, 2010 3:35 PM GMT
    Celticmusl said... Really though, I just gave up on messing with it all and just shaved my head and have been happy about the choice ever since.
    as are many, many other peeps! icon_cool.gificon_wink.gificon_twisted.gif
  • Timbales

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    Mar 30, 2010 3:40 PM GMT
    Celticmusl said
    Timberoo saidI didn't have much luck with it and it was a major hassle. I did Propecia for years and it definitely held onto the hair I had. I stopped about a year and a half ago and it has thinned considerably.



    Ditto. Rogaine caused a lot of scalp issues too.

    Propecia or Avodart is the way to go. Propecia killed my sex drive, so I switched to Avodart which seemed to work much better. Really though, I just gave up on messing with it all and just shaved my head and have been happy about the choice ever since.


    Propecia didn't have an adverse effect on my sex drive, lucky for me.

    I'm not ready to shave my head yet. I don't want to be fat and bald.
  • MadeinMich

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    Mar 30, 2010 3:42 PM GMT
    yes i am, and i've got the sexy shaved look to prove it.
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    Mar 30, 2010 3:44 PM GMT
    Oh yes. Started going bald awhile ago so I decided just to shave it all off. Best thing I have ever done.
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    Mar 30, 2010 3:46 PM GMT
    Well this is going to sound vein, but I already have a savings for the day I bald to get fake hair implants. haha And since my grandpa did he, I talked him into donating to my savings.

    My dad on the other hand. let his hair grow almost shoulder length and had a very obvious bald spot. He finally buzzed it! THANK GOD!!
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    Mar 30, 2010 3:47 PM GMT
    I'm not going bald (knock on wood), but my dad is almost completely bald, so I've asked my hair stylist about it and he says that there's a drug called Proscar that works really well. It's actually used to treat prostate problems in men, but has been proven to cause hair regrowth. Might want to talk to your doc about it.
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    Mar 30, 2010 4:41 PM GMT
    Caslon14000 saidIf my hairline recedes any farther, the hair is gonna start dropping off my ass! ... icon_eek.gif ... icon_lol.gif


    LMAO icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 30, 2010 4:46 PM GMT
    scftnsguy saidI'm not going bald (knock on wood), but my dad is almost completely bald, so I've asked my hair stylist about it and he says that there's a drug called Proscar that works really well. It's actually used to treat prostate problems in men, but has been proven to cause hair regrowth. Might want to talk to your doc about it.


    Thanks. I'll keep that in mind. I've got a six month supply of the Rogaine so I'll see how that works and let y'all know.