08-11-2012, 06:39 AM
This is my first post after reading for the better part of a year different posts on this forum. I am 26 years old and was easily at a Norwood 5/6/7 with diffuse thinning. 2 months ago I decided it was better late than never and time to take MPB into my own hands. I reached out to one of the big US consultants for one of the best of the best in the transplant business, someone often discussed on these forums, knowing I likely could not get a transplant at this time but wanted to start the conversation in the event that I was a great responder to meds as I am still younger and never had to take medication for anything else prior in my life -- I thought that might make a difference. Long story short, I received a surprisingly appaling voicemail back telling me to put it all to rest and just enjoy living a life with a shaved head because it was a hopeless situation. I still listen to the voicemail if I ever need a little boost of motivation to stick with it. I am only 1.5 months into this, but I wanted to share my before photos as well as where I currently am just before the 2 month mark. I have not grown my hair out since 2008 for more than 2 or 3 days. Around the 1 month mark of using minox and fin I started seeing the small blonde hairs typically described in posts on this forum, but pretty quickly after that I started seeing small new black/dark brown hairs growing in areas I have seen in years -- mainly lower crown, vertex and temples, but literally all over my head. Additionally, my hairline has started to recreate itself where I last remember it in 2008 -- finer hairs but many of them seem to be growing stronger and darker and turning "terminal." I am very very early on in this process, and I am really looking forward to the ride. I had originally promised myself I wouldnt post on here until the 6 month mark, but based on what I am seeing and having always been motivated by some of the Bernstein photos of individuals my age just on the meds, I really want to document this journey and share my story. I was in a pretty diffused state, much of which seems to be growing back in slowly but surely. I have seen a complete turnaround to where I was and whhile the gains may look smaller to others, I see constant change in the right direction. The longest of the hairs in the photos is the length I have been able to grown over the 1.5 month period, the majority of the hairs that are just barely sticking out are hairs regrowing that, as I mentioned, I haven't been able to grow in sometime. Many of them are strong hairs about 1/3rd the length, or you can see them just starting to come through. The Nioxin just arrived so I will add that to my "regimen" this weekend. Thanks for taking time to read my post!