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  1. Looks great, no sign of hair loss at all from what I can see!
  2. I'm a DermMatch fan too, although I don't use it every day. A shortcut I've used before, is to just rub the disc on my dry hair/scalp, then comb it through. I'm not sure if it's waterproof when applied that way (I haven't tested it by going swimming or getting caught in the rain), but it's worked well for me. Even applied that way, it seems to stay in my hair better than hair fibers.
  3. I've been on Finasteride since 1999, I was 22 at the time. My crown was starting to thin a little bit, and the hairline was starting to slide back. It was a long time ago and I didn't document my journey very well, but I recall that it essentially stopped my hair loss in its tracks and I was able to grow back a little, primarily in the crown. It didn't completely restore what I had lost though. Since then, I really haven't noticed my hair loss advance much past that stage at all, and I'd say I'm probably classified as a Norwood II with some slight/moderate crown thinning. Oh, and no side
  4. Hairline has pretty much stayed put, a little higher than I’d like but still generally solid with slight “divots” at the corners. I have enough hair left to hide those divots pretty well. Seems like I’ve seen a bit more scalp on the crown lately, but I still have enough hair there to do concealers (Dermmatch mostly, if I decide to use it that day). I’ve tried Nizoral a time or 2 before, but my hair is naturally wavy/dry anyway, so that really dried it out.
  5. It's possible that this could be the beginning stages of MPB. I echo what Melvin said though, there are medical non-surgical treatments available to you. I've been on Finasteride for over 20 years, since I was in my early 20's, and have had no side effects...and fortunately, I've been able to keep most of what I had at that time (slight crown thinning and temple recession had started, but Finasteride has kept it from progressing since then). Something to look into.
  6. Oh, forgot to mention in case it helps, I've used Minoxidil only sporadically over the years. Sometimes I'll get on a kick where I'll use it religiously for a few months, then see that it just isn't doing much, then fall off the wagon. Long-term, I just don't think it does much to help, but that's just me. And I haven't really used any other treatments to speak of. All that to say, I attribute my keeping my hair intact long-term to Finasteride, and nothing else.
  7. Old topic I know, but I've had good luck using Dermmatch in my thinning crown area. I actually rub the disc directly on the crown area and brush through it gently, and it seems to work great for me (lean over the sink if you try using it this way, as the dry powder can go everywhere just like it does for fibers). This method might not work for everyone, but fortunately I have enough hair left in the crown to pull it off.
  8. Somewhere between a II and III. Using Finasteride, and catching my hair loss young, has definitely been a game changer for me.
  9. I started on Finasteride in 1999, at the age of 22 (no side effects to this day, BTW). I was thinning some in the crown area and the hairline was sliding back a bit. It's definitely helped me keep what I've got, though I do think in the last few years both the crown and hairline have lost a *slight* bit of ground. And yes, I'm positive that I would have been at least a Norwood V (or worse) by now without it, as both my dad and older brother (and other relatives on both sides of my family) are firmly in Norwood VI-VII territory.
  10. Indeed. If I hadn't started Propecia when I did, I'm sure I'd have been a high Norwood years ago. As it is, my thin area is still just that, a small area, and can be masked easily with concealer.
  11. First noticed it when I was 17, in the 11th grade (3rd year of high school). A girl in one of my classes, and not a particularly attractive girl at that, told me that I had a bald spot on top of my head. I had (and still have) fairly thick, wavy/curly hair otherwise, but sure enough, I went home and held a hand-held mirror up to the wall mirror in my bathroom so that I could see the crown, and there it was. A semi-circular strip of scalp, taking on that classic horseshoe shape, around the back edge of the crown. That was over 25 years ago. I started on Propecia 3 years later, right a
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