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  1. I stopped taking Fin months after my HT due to sides. And now I'm seriously considering skipping Rogaine all-together. I already only take it once a day instead of two. It leaves my hair super-plumb and greasy. Has anyone stopped taking these post-HT and noticed any negative effects?
  2. I had my HT more than a year ago. I'm happy with the results. My hair is medium-light brown but in the summer due to sun exposure it can get very blonde. I really liked that effect, and being that I don't have as much free time as when I was younger to spend in the sun, I decided to use a lightening spray (Go Blonder by John Frieda). I loved that the effect was gradual, you didn't went from brown to blonde in a day. But after having the HT I got advised in not applying it anymore due to its harsh chemicals and peroxide. What's the best alternative? Is there something that gradually gets your hair blonder without damaging one's hair?
  3. Haven't used any dye since the HT. Pre-HT I tried other brands occasionally. My worry is that post-HT hair might be more sensible or something like it.
  4. It's been a year since my HT, very happy with it. Now I'm considering applying the shampoo/dye Just For Men Control GX. Can anyone tell me if it's safe and will not damage my hair, please? Ingredients Water/Aqua, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Decyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycol Stearate, Ethanolamine, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Dimethicone, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, N,N-Bis (2-Hydroxyethyl)-p-Phenylenediamine Sulfate, Acetic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, 1,2,4-Trihydroxybenzene, Cetearyl Glucoside, Erythorbic Acid, Sodium Sulfite, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Stearamide AMP, Panthenol, Manganese Sulfate, p-Aminophenol, Laureth-4, Laureth-23, Sorbic Acid, Etidronic Acid, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene, Linalool.
  5. I personally haven't noticed any changes in my hair after stopping taking Fin. I still take Rogaine, though.
  6. I wonder if Rogaine works worst if you haven't washed your hair that particular day. Is there any correlation between having your hair superclean and the absorption of the product?
  7. My best gains appeared between month 6 to num 10 post-HT. I wouldn't worry to much.
  8. I think my Rogaine treatment is working as I don't notice any shedding of hairs and my hairline looks as fuller as ever. But the downside is that Rogaine leaves my hair really greasy and plumb in the mornings. I'm considering only applying it at nights. Who here is doing the same? Does the effect is still the same or equivalent? Do you think it's the right choice?
  9. I'm the original poster, so I figure I should update my situation. I'm almost a year out of taking Fin and I 100% think it was the right decision. The sides disappeared after a few weeks for the most part, and then a few months later they were completely gone. My sex drive / quality of erections / ejaculation and everything is a good as ever. Also, I didn't notice my hair falling or in worse shape than before. I still take Rogaine, though.
  10. I wanna start this topic to encourage people who are on the fence about getting an HT, to help them getting a new perspective. The decision to undergo surgery took me a really long time, and every step was filled with paralyzing doubt and dread. Getting the money, trying to know whether I was a suitable candidate, picking one doctor instead of another, mapping out the time off work, the pain of the surgery and the inconvenience of the days after, then the first months where you don't see any progress and wonder if it's all been for nothing... It was all draining, but in the end it's been 100% worth it. A HT won't give you happiness or solve all your problems, but it would be disingenuous to say it doesn't help. I think that, for a newbie, this forum can be very helpful and informative but also discouraging at the same time. You can get lost in between all the people disappointed by the results, the botched jobs, complications post-surgery, sky-high expectations... But the thing you have to remember is, most people have really good results. And once they get them, they get away from forums and go back to living their lives. It's healthy in a way, but it leaves a very skew vision of HT. So let's use this occasion to talk about the effect HT has had in your life, and spread some good vibes. My case was mostly thinning and low hair density. I still had a good hairline but you could see my scalp, which made me very insecure (much more than I'd have admitted at the time). I tried Toppik and other hair concealers, but the effect made the hair look dirty and quite unnatural. I keep telling myself it wasn't so bad, but it was. Only now, a year post-HT, I can feel the difference. My confidence greatly increased, I feel much more at ease with myself and that translates to your environment. Thinks like flirting, having a heated debate with a coworker are much more easier now. Before I either felt I alternated between being too agreeable or too aggressive in order to overcompensate how I was feeling at the time. While post-HT I'm just calm and relaxed, secure in my habilites, which inspires respect. And the thing is, most of the time, no one will know you had any change done. Unless you're completely bald and come to the office next time with a full set of hair, people won't know. They'll say "you look great, you've been working out?" or "new clothes? love your new style". To them you just look younger, healthier, more well groomed and put together. Even if if for you, it's clear that the only difference is the hair, they don't, and won't put 2 and 2 together (at least consciously). Everything isn't rosey, though. There's always like things you wish had knew before the surgery or details that you're unhappy with. In my case, in hindsight, I'd have corrected a bit my mature hairline. Also, I didn't ended up getting as much thickness and density as I'd have wished. But those are minor nitpicks, overall. My main and only big regret is not having done it sooner. My final advice to everyone considering HT is, by all means, get as informed as possible in regards to the procedure. But don't let the avalanche of information paralyze you, either. Try to get the best doctor possible, and know that in the end, everything is a leap of faith. You could get killed every time you cross the street, but that doesn't mean you have to be a shut-in and never leave your house.
  11. 1. I knew about baby shampoo during the months after HT, but not in perpetuity... 2. I only used Fin during the first month post-HT.
  12. In a few days it'll be just 1 year after I got my HT. I'm very happy with the decision and the result. In hindsight, maybe I'd have wished to correct a bit my hairline and to have gotten a bit more density. But those are minor complains, honestly. I've ended up with a result that looks natural and also miles better than what it was pre-HT. I've got several questions for those with (at least) 12 months post-HT: - Do you follow any particular regime still? I'm on Rogaine twice a day, but stopped with the Fin shortly after having side effects. Haven't noticed any worsening yet. - What kind of champu/conditioner/scalp treatment do you use? - Have you tried any tint? If so, what kind so it's not bad for the hair? - Any particular recommendations or tips, NOT-to-dos ... ?