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Okay, here are some updates. I took 4 sets of pics. All are post shower (used J&J baby shampoo, no conditioner) and no product/medicine.

The first 4 are after towel + air dry. I didn't style hair at all.july131.thumb.jpg.ec9af616198dc470ae8bc5766775d54d.jpg

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The next 4 is what I usually do when I go to work. I didn't use it here because it takes time to dry and I style it after, but I apply minox and it helps hold the style similar to hair product.

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And now I have the post haircut pics. I washed my hair (in photos above) to get rid of minox and to make my hair easier for the barber to cut. The photos below are post shower and simply towel and air dried. No product/minox and no styling.

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The pics below are styled how I would before I go to work. Again, I normally use minox to hold the style, but I didn't use it here.July135post.thumb.jpg.2e0eb9bfaff38c9471a7a43f43cc95c6.jpgJuly136post.thumb.jpg.239f166d567b002a2ed88fdace6b73af.jpgJuly137post.thumb.jpg.0dae40a1c84988ad3594e998b6430613.jpgJuly138post.thumb.jpg.2617b2be97aea37941cc2f58d4f0f744.jpg

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Here is my donor post haircut. I didn't update in a long time, but I figured it's not worth mentioning (which I think is good). July139post.thumb.jpg.acc3881ccda7997b9e8c129fc3055027.jpg

 

The real bummer is the crown thinning. I haven't been applying minox there in probably 1-1.5 years or so. I think I need to apply minox regularly there again. I'm honestly not surprised I'm thinning and balding at the crown, but of course it sucks. Oh well. As another member said recently ,"It won't bother me unless it becomes shiny" or something to that effect. I completely agree. If I start really thinning there, I think I'll change my hairstyle to a shorter on crown style, very similar to what @CosmoKramer is currently shooting for. It'll soften the transition from hair to balding area while also letting me keep the top long.

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I wrote some thoughts here, but I managed to loose it all, even with the editor thing trying to help. I can explain the points, but I'll just use bullet point format.

What I basically said is:

  • I am very pleased with my progress.
  • I got my expected results (for the entire HT) very fast (at 6 months), and I don't know if I can expect more growth, but I feel satisfied with my HT.
  • ******I was nervous for a trip I have in 1month, but am thrilled to be ready (hair-wise) for it. I booked it in December, before my HT. I fully expected to look less complete, like my 120 day result I am posting below. This progress has been a real gift.*****
  • My only "improvement" I'm waiting for is the new hair to loose it's curl. Not a complaint, as it is expected and normal, but I think that will be the largest improvement to my look from this point forward.
  • I look younger objectively. Coworkers, grocery stores, and especially restaurants think I am younger now. I get carded at restaurants like I did in my early 20s, maybe up to 25/26. I used to "never" get carded, where now I think I'm 5/6 or 5/7 in last two months.
  • I made that point above to emphasize: "We are our own worst critic". If the world sees you as: younger, healthier, more attractive etc, let them. Don't feel like you have to keep improving your look to meet some Instagram expectations.
  • Don't buy into the hype of others when it comes to hair. Everyone has different hair, and no one makes a huge deal about it. Look at Brad Pitt. He has great hair. Look again at his temples, they literally go above his eyebrows. If he was on this forum saying he just had a HT he would get roasted by members saying his temple points look ridiculous and unnatural. His temples do look unnatural compared to others. Kit Harrington has a wacky hairline compared to others. If members got those styles from a doc, I can already imagine the toxicity. Just own your appearance and don't concern yourself. You'd be surprised at what passes as "acceptable" to the eye test of the passerby.
  • A massive take away is this: I am now ready, at the 6 month mark, to basically start my public life over. I mean this as, I don't post to social media or take professional pics. I am ready to update my social media from basically 6-12months before my HT. I need to update my LinkedIn with a fresher pic. It's wild, but I feel like I only have a passing resemblance to my prior self. I try to make sure I don't show coworkers pics of me before the HT (during India trip I had with SO, I only show SO by zooming in on only my face or only on SO). All of those pics from that trip were not posted. I am excited to actually share with my social world my travels and myself (if I didn't do a HT, I probably would have shared travels. Now that I know my appearance is changing/improving I guess I am choosing to wait).

Anyway, thanks to everyone for following the journey. I think I will make updates at the month mark now. Maybe I'll continue the bimonthly thing, but IDK if it's necessary. Happy to answer any bullet points that were not clear, again, real bummed that everything was lost from first edit.

 

Here is the pic for the ***** bullet point, where I thought I may be at the 7 month mark from having "so few" grafts. This is again at the 120 day mark.

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Just after the six months stage results looks fantastic.

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1 hour ago, Shakib said:

Just after the six months stage results looks fantastic.

Thanks. I may chalk it up to being a fast grower, but the results from HT are great. Everything I wanted. 

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Your 6th month progress looks great Lennny, especially post haircut, what a nice change from your pre-op state photos!

Your attitude and expectations along this process has been really good and in the end if you are happy that is the only opinion that matters.

Ps. Regarding the crown, yeah maybe start adding minoxidil there as well but if it still doesn’t do much it looks like you have much more donor in reserves for a top up down the road if needed.

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Lenney

you seem like a great guy and I’m happy you’re very satisfied with your results. You look great at 6 months. Should thicken and grow some more. It brought a smile to my face when you mentioned you’re ready to start your public life over. I felt the same way and hope I can do the same soon. Thanks for sharing your story bro!

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I've been following this tracker for some time. Result looks great at 6 months. Any updates at 7 months ?

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Inspiring results, congrats!  I think the most daunting thing for me about getting this procedure done is the waiting game.  I don't know if I'll be excited/hopeful for the growth phase, or anxious that it's not going to work and that I've made a big mistake.  More likely I'll probably oscillate back and forth.  If I actually schedule a HT, I'll probably start another thread about how to handle the "mental game" of this procedure.  I have fair skin too so I'll probably have the redness for months too.

Btw, you don't really need it BUT a little Toppik sprinkled on the crown will completely hide the thinning look.  You're still in very good shape but the Toppik could come in handy in the future if necessary imo.  

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