Hi there, just wanted to tell my story. I'm a 20 year old in 3rd year of University now that's a NW3 With some diffuse thinning throughout.
I've been losing my hair since about late 17-early 18. I first noticed it when i shaved my head just before turning 18, my hairline was somewhat receded although not much more than a NW1. It didn't really effect me at first(In fact i hardly paid attention to it) but as I went into grade 12 it was getting worse and worse.
Mid-grade 12 I went on Minoxidil which seemed to slow it down a bit, ended up as a NW2 by the time i graduated. Luckily for me the shaved head look looks decent its just the fact that i have a receding hairline that sucks! People wouldn't say a word if I simply had a 1/8th inch shaved head with a full hairline, but because it's receding it kind of makes people look at it badly, and it's almost funny when im wearing a hat the odd time and someone takes it off and they're like "WOO". I guess it's just the way society is brought up?. Either way I definitely want the hairline back!
anyways, fast forward 2 years to today, I've gradually with the minoxidil gone to a NW3 with diffuse thinning. Minoxidil definitely slowed down but a few weeks ago I finally decided it was time to start on Fin. I'm now 3 weeks or so on that with zero side affects so far which is great! And I do have alot of Vellus hairs(probably thanks to minoxidil) around my hairline, could these potentially come back on fin? I suppose i'll find out. But even going back to a NW2 would be amazing. Would my thinning hair possibly come back too? Not expecting much more than to maintain what I have, but even that would be great, I dont want to have a bald head!
I will say though, the worst thing to do is obsess over this stuff, yea it sucks but ultimately your attitude and personality can really make up for it. There are gonna be people out there that are shallow/mean about your balding head, especially if you're younger but there's also tonnes of people that don't care(or even some that like it!). Ultimately though, I do hope something major comes along soon so that the people that don't want a balding/bald head can just grow their hair back.
Here's a couple pictures for reference. I'll keep track of my progress as it goes along on fin.
-pencil line in the 2nd picture is just around where my vellus hairs are which arent really visible in the picture!
- Oh and my current regime is Nizoral twice a week, Minoxidil 4 days a week when not using Niz, Propecia 7 days a week(one day off niz and Min so hair doesnt completely get killed!)