questionsdo you know a real solution to slow balding?

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The solution to slow balding is to shave the rest off - that really speeds it up.

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On a more serious note, you answer your own question: embrace it. There are no great fixes short of surgery. Surgery is expensive an doesnt't always work and as the balding progresses you can get a funky look. You could take up hat wearing - it's sylish and keeps your head warm. I wear hats a lot and people sometimes assume I am bald - I'm not. I tried out bald for a while and found it acceptable, but my hair grows so fast I had to shave twice a day. Also, people wondered if I was undergoing cancer therapy. I may not be helping you out here. Generally, balding is genetic and you can't escape your genes.

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@nortonsark: Well, I get the feeling if I don't get any answers from this (not that I would be surprised), I'll at least get a few chuckles.
And, no, I don't think I'm ready to shave it all off yet. I dont plan on the Mr Clean route until I have to

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I went the shaved head route and my wife, mother and employer all hated it... said it made me look mean. So I grew my hair back only to find that the front of my scalp grew back significantly thinner than the rest of my head. After that I tried Rogaine, and I would have to say it worked with mixed results. Did hair grow back? Yes.... but it was black and I am blond. It was really weird having these black strands of hair growing out with the blond. So I said heck with it, scrapped the Rogaine and now I am just going with the flow... as I get older, it gets thinner and I can live with that....

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a side effect of my fatherinlaws medicine is that his hair has slowed down on thining. it's one of the men only meds. for enlarged prostate. i have no idea which medicine it is. hope you don't need the medicine

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So I started balding in college. At first I took up Rogaine (generic brand), which dramatically slowed the process (but did not stop it), with the annoying side effect of lots of dandruff. A couple years later I started with Propecia. I never had a chance to see if it would work, as I experienced an unfortunate side effect from the drug and had to discontinue use quickly (or else said side effect had a risk of becoming permanent!).

Since then I'd started shaving my head, and haven't looked back.

So basically give Rogaine/Propecia a chance if you want, but be aware the costs can add up and there's other potential issues.... plus there's no shame in being bald.

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IF you can find a physician who will prescribe it and IF you are willing to pay the $35-$65 a month cost out of pocket, you might try Bimatoprost (made by Allergan as Lumigan). This is the same stuff as Latisse that is currently being used for eyelash growth, but at a MUCH less expensive cost. There are a few studies already in progress this year to see just what combination of the drug will work on men.

(As a matter of fact, it CAN be used in place of Latisse for eyelash regrowth if a physician will prescribe it. It needs to be paid for out of pocket so your insurance companies won't say "Hey, you've got eye problems now. Note it so we won't cover stuff!"

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A friend's father-in-law went to Bosley's and they wanted to sell him shampoo for $500. He couldn't really afford that, so the lady told him that they recommend getting a shampoo at JcPenney that is made for people who have lost their hair from chemo and it is something like $30-$40/bottle.

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I know of nothing that is 100% effective. As mentioned earlier, genetics are the key. I don't think those can be changed yet. Age gracefully.

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My #1 piece of advice is to do something now, before the thinning gets worse. If you're already concerned, it's REALLY going to bother you if the trend continues. One thing I learned is that it's easier to fight a little baldness as it comes than to try to combat an entirely bald head. Here are my findings:

-transplants. I've had them done 2x, and will do it again once I have the money. It's expensive, and some people have a bad swelling/bruising reaction to it (just as some people have bad reactions to having their wisdom teeth pulled), but it works and it's permanent. The big name places are good, but cost more. I went with a guy who has his own practice, but not before scheduling consultations with many private surgeons. You want someone you can trust isn't going to butcher your scalp and has the same expectations as you. Ask to see some photos of other patients while you're there to see how natural the results are. Definitely take the time to shop around if you pursue this option.

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-drugs. This may be the best place to start, since your thinning has just started. Rogaine is available OTC and is cheap if you shop around online. The foam they make now is much better than the liquid from years ago, as it works like a mousse and isn't as oily as the liquid. They say it works in ~80% of men, but I think it's much better as a prevention than a solution (another reason to start using it now). I believe Propecia is more effective, but at ~$60/month, very expensive. Also, I hate the idea of taking pills indefinitely if they're not necessary for my health. I was taking it 3x a week instead of daily before I stopped using it altogether. It never really grew my hair back, but I think it did do a good job of preventing further loss. The ED side effect occurs in <2% of men; I have a feeling some guys have psychosomatic results because they're aware of the side effect. Both of these meds have to be used daily for the rest of your life or you stand to lose any regrown hair.

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-Hair Club. I think this is best for guys who have significant balding and need to cover a large area--the candidates are usually people who are past the point of what drugs can do and don't have enough donor hair for successful transplants. A consultation with HC gave me the following info: you have to buy your hairpiece upfront, with a price range from $!000-2000. You then need to return to one of their "salons" as often as you'd normally get a haircut for adjustment. They essentially become your stylist, as they remove the hairpiece each time, cut your natural hair, then reapply the hairpiece and blend it in. Each styling session runs about ~60. They've made increadible advancements in terms or realism and natural hairpieces, but I don't like the idea of committing to them for the rest of my life. I'd imagine you'd have to purchase new hairpieces over time as well, if they get worn out or as you get older in order to keep a natural-looking hairline for your age.

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Hair Club may be a good place to start your consultations though, as I think they now offer all of the major solutions (transplants, laser comb, etc.).

-spray on hair. I use this to supplement my hair transplants and it works GREAT!. You'd probably get good results from it too, since it works best on areas that still have hair, as opposed to completely bare spots. It's basically an aerosol that sprays out a fiber that attaches to existing hair. It really only comes off with shampoo and aggressive contact. Use a hairspray with it and you don't have to worry about being caught in the rain it running down your face/neck. Inexpensive and great for enhancing appearance of thinning spots. Go to www.glh.biz

-laser comb. I can't believe this actually works, but it has been FDA-approved. Although it seems like more of a gimmick than anything, I plan on buying one of these soon to give it a try. After all, it's only a one-time cost of $200-400, depending on the model/strength..

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-shampoos and other products. I doubt any of these actually offer significant results. The shampoos contain minoxidil, just like Rogaine, but I'd think that rinsing your hair would remove the drug that's supposed to help hair growth. I believe anything else I've seen advertised along these lines to be a hoax.

So there you have it. Start with the GLH to bulk up your thinning spots so that you have the appearance of a full head of thick hair. Use Rogaine/Propecia to slow down or prevent the thinning. Note: regrown hair is usually never as thick, so it's better not to lose it to begin with). Schedule a consultation with a Hair Club office to see what they recommend. They'll do a scalp assessment and offer suggestions specifically tailored to you.

My motto: you can't blame someone for being bald, only for not doing anything about it. Don't let anyone tell you to deal with it or just give up. Approach it like cancer--early detection and treatment are the best ways to fight it.

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