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SpencerKobren
03-09-2012, 10:04 AM
I made the below post when we first launched the forum. I thought you guys might want to read about my emotional struggles with hair loss and why I do what I do.

http://www.baldtruthtalk.com/showthread.php?t=145

Artista
03-09-2012, 10:20 AM
Depression can be a very dangerous period in one's life. Thanks to you Spencer, people who have depression due to hair loss have a place to vent and share with others.

clandestine
03-09-2012, 10:25 AM
Having dealt with depression and anxiety prior to hair loss, this is no easy task to overcome! All we can do is remain optimistic, negativity and resisting our condition will only further perpetuate a miserable attitude. Great read, good to know we're never alone.

Artista
03-09-2012, 10:40 AM
Same here,,Im glad that i am a survivor and so the hair issue later in life didnt worsen things for me.

clandestine
03-09-2012, 11:06 AM
Same here,,Im glad that i am a survivor and so the hair issue later in life didnt worsen things for me.

Haha true, good to hear you're doing alright mate. The hair issue for me is early on in life, the depression was even earlier. Currently only 20 years old.

TheNitwon
03-16-2012, 04:29 AM
I made the below post when we first launched the forum. I thought you guys might want to read about my emotional struggles with hair loss and why I do what I do.

http://www.baldtruthtalk.com/showthread.php?t=145

Hey Spencer, what treatments have you used to combat your hairloss? You seem to have a pretty damn good head of hair to me. I know you use (or have used) finasteride. Anything else? I'm just curious...I'm the same age you were when you first noticed your hairloss, and I just started an aggressive treatment regimen of fin/minox/nizoral/biotin. I know you're not a fan of the "kitchen sink" approach but my doc told me that I'd be well-off with this regimen. Hopefully I can keep my hairloss (which is pretty mild to begin with) at bay until better treatments come along.

SpencerKobren
03-16-2012, 09:24 AM
Hey Spencer, what treatments have you used to combat your hairloss? You seem to have a pretty damn good head of hair to me. I know you use (or have used) finasteride. Anything else? I'm just curious...I'm the same age you were when you first noticed your hairloss, and I just started an aggressive treatment regimen of fin/minox/nizoral/biotin. I know you're not a fan of the "kitchen sink" approach but my doc told me that I'd be well-off with this regimen. Hopefully I can keep my hairloss (which is pretty mild to begin with) at bay until better treatments come along.

My current regimen is 1 Proscar tablet about 3 to 4 days per week, and prayerÖSo far so good. If you think your current regimen is working for you, stick with it.

Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I "paint" my head.:)

Tracy C
03-16-2012, 10:12 AM
Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I "paint" my head.:)

But you do such a good job no one can tell. :)

Speaking of Dermatch. I had a problem with the company and I'm not sure if I should bother to do anything about it. I bought some in red because I am a red head. What Dermatch calls red is not even close to what a natural red head looks like. It looks like clown hair orange once it is on your head. I complained and they gave me a full refund. So no harm no foul. I have since read from other red haired women in the Women's Hair Loss Project forum who have the exact same complaint about Dermatch.

Well anyways, when I had a follow up appointment with my Doctor he suggested giving Dermatch another try. He did make note that my hair color would be difficult to match. He suggested trying another color so I tried to order the color my doctor suggested - but Dermatch will not sell it to me unless I repay for the product that I had previously tried. I do not agree with their reasoning for refusing my order. I feel their reasoning is unethical.

The folks at Dermatch said that they only refund if you don't like the product and/or their prouct doesn't work for you - not if you don't like the color. My thinking is if the color cannot match, the product isn't going to work. One of us is being unreasonable. Is it me?

Dermatch could save a lot of grief if they sold smaller samples so people could figure out what color will work for them without paying too much just to figure it out.

Fortunately I don't need to use very much concealer. Auburn hair fibers are working fine for me and matches my hair really well. So it's not a big deal other than the ethics of it all bugs me. If I am the one who is being unreasonable, it's totally O.K. to say so. I won't be offened.

I would be interested to read your opinion on the matter.

Take care and thank you for doing what you do.

Tracy

SpencerKobren
03-17-2012, 11:11 AM
Hi Tracy,

Thanks for the kind words!

In my view, the customer should always be right. I did speak with the company yesterday about their policy, and they explained that in the past they have been burned by many customers who would exchange color after color only to return each and every purchase. Since it is makeup, I can understand having a stringent return policy, but I did express that they might want to rethink their policy, or at the very least, inform their customers of the policy so they can make a better informed purchase.

Also, I think your color sample idea is a good one. Perhaps they would consider a small color palette containing all of the different shades that consumers can purchase to ensure they order the right color.

Tracy C
03-18-2012, 09:07 AM
Thank you Spencer,

Sorry for going off topic.

Tracy





ÖWe now return to your regular scheduled topic in progress.

DAVE52
03-19-2012, 09:30 AM
Spencer

If you stop taking the meds do you belive your hairloss will accelerate
( I assume it will :( )
and
If I may ask , why have you not proceeded with a HT

Thanks

Tracy C
03-19-2012, 10:20 AM
Hi Dave52,

I can't speak about what happens when you stop Finasteride but I am quit sure that if you stop Minoxidil abruptly you can experience an accelerated shed. Maybe the same thing holds true for Finasteride and Spiro but I don't know. The information I could find says the hair loss simply resumes itís natural course.

BTW, in case anyone didn't already know, Spencer is awesome. :)

SpencerKobren
03-21-2012, 01:53 PM
Spencer

If you stop taking the meds do you belive your hairloss will accelerate
( I assume it will :( )
and
If I may ask , why have you not proceeded with a HT

Thanks

Hey Dave 52,

Basically, Iíve stalled the hair loss process for the past 17 years by taking Proscar. If I were to stop taking the drug, the process would, in essence, be switched back on. Itís difficult to say if it would be accelerated or just appear to be accelerated I were to go through a telogen effluvium, but honestly Iíd prefer not to find out.

As to why Iíve never had a hair transplant, I donít think Iím a great candidate for one at this point. Iíve always been hyper concerned about the possibility of shock loss, and at 46 years of age, Iím of the mind set of if it ainít broke, don't fix it. Iím still cool with the comb over and the paint job for now.:)

hdude46
04-10-2012, 05:19 PM
My current regimen is 1 Proscar tablet about 3 to 4 days per week, and prayerÖSo far so good. If you think your current regimen is working for you, stick with it.

Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I "paint" my head.:)

Spencer,

Why take a full pill every 3-4 days instead of a 1/4 every day, or a half a pill every other day? Have you found one works better than the other?

Also kind off topic but have you heard anything more from prp patients? I remember a few years ago when it first came out with all the hype you mentioned to me you were hearing good feedback, but now that its been out for a few years have you heard anything new or different?

Thanks Spencer!