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Help with my thinning hair, what products and haircuts to get
05-28-2015, 10:15 AM
Post: #1
Help with my thinning hair, what products and haircuts to get
Hello everyone looking for some advice on what to do with my current hair loss it's driving me crazy and really affecting my confidence.

I've uploaded some photos for you to look at the problem is the hairs are ridiculously thin and you can clearly see my scalp. Also the front of my hair is very gappy.

Just want some advice on any products to use or which haircut to go with in the future.

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05-29-2015, 09:04 AM
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Re: Help with my thinning hair, what products and haircuts to get
Hi mate first of all, what's your age? this is very important to know because what you have is male pattern baldness. This is a very common type of hair loss but the bad news is that the hair loss is permanent. You can treat it and stop it and even regrow some hair. However there isn't a cure for male patter baldness.

I see that you have a high hairline. Have you always had a tall forehead as in your hairline a bit higher than the hairline of your friends for example? some men just have high hairlines which looks like they're balding but it's just the way their hairlines are. I think this is your case but the hair thinning is a symptom of male pattern baldness. It also looks like you have have some hairline receding already.

If possible tell us if your hairline has been like that since you were in your teens and if you have any pictures of your hairline or hair in your teens.

The solution for the hair thinning is to go on minoxidil ASAP. Minoxidil is a substance that treats male pattern baldness, from stopping the loss of hair to thickening the hair strands of the hair that has been thinned. Minoxidil is also a safe substance with hardly any side effects, and even the harshest side effect is itching if you're unlucky to have some sensitivity to minoxidil.

The most common product containing minoxidil is called Rogaine in the United States and Regaine in the United Kingdom. I'm not sure in other parts of the world but I think in other Commonwealth countries the product is also called Regaine. There are also other products containing minoxidil that are cheaper but that don't have the good reputation of Rogaine simply because not many people use them. Rogaine has a strong market share of the hairloss industry so it's a brand everyone recognises.

If you're interested in buying Rogaine or any other minoxidil product then click on this link that takes you to a post by one of our moderators with the best minoxidil products listed by brand. You have Rogaine in that list plus a couple of other minoxidil products. If you can't afford the Rogaine then have a look at the other minoxidil products.

For minoxidil to work its magic you need to use it daily for six months. This is because it can take that long for minoxidil to fully work on your follicles. The sellers in that list above have Rogaine and the other minoxidil products being sold for 4 months, 6 months and 12 months supplies. I recommend that you at last get the 4 months supply but try to go for 6 to 8 months.

Aside from the Rogaine you can try a thickening shampoo that helps against dandruff and that helps to thicken the hair. There's a theory with some strong evidence that dandruff can make male pattern baldness worse so it's common for dermatologist and hair loss specialist to recommend the use of an anti dandruff shampoo. You don't need to be shedding a lot to have dandruff as it's cyclical. So just to be safe get a good anti dandruff shampoo.

A good thickening shampoo with anti dandruff properties can be found in this post by one of our moderators. Actually that post is in a thread that you too started so did you get to trying out that shampoo or at least the conditioner? It's not the cheapest shampoo and conditioner combo but it's a great add-on product to help you thicken your hair.

You can also get thickening hairstyling products. These are products that you use to style your hair and which will make your hair thicker. Right now your hair is very short but if you're going to grow your hair a bit longer, then consider using some good hairstyling products to thicken your hair.

Another post that you should read which lists some good thickening hairstyling products is this post by one of our moderators too. He recommends a hair wax and a hair mousse which I think are great products for your type of hair if you want to grow it out a bit longer or even much longer.

For a haircut I would recommend that you keep it simple. With your hairline I think that a high and tight haircut would look great on you. See the forum's high and tight haircut guide as there's lots of pictures of the high and tight and it shows you how to cut the hair in a high and tight.

If you don't fancy a high and tight haircut then you can try a side part with a taper haircut. This is what we call a classic hairstyle. You would ned to grow your hair on the top of the head to two inches in length while the hair on the sides and back of the head is kept in a taper haircut. Don't worry, you just tell your barber that you want the sides and back in a taper and that you want to grow your top to two inches long. He'll understand it.

Read this side part with taper haircut guide for lots of advice on how to get this classic look and hairstyle. As with the high and tight haircut guide, this side part guide also has a lot of pictures of the hairstyle and haircut so that you can choose which type of haircut you like the most. You then print it out for your barber or show him the picture with your phone. I'm a barber and I always tell our customers to do it that way even tho it may look a bit awkward. Barbers are very visual so with just a single picture we can quickly know exactly what you need to get done! Smile

One last cool haircut for thinning hair is the Caesar haircut. See this tremendously useful Caesar haircut guide to know what type of haircut it is and how to get it. You basically end up with a short fringe which is used to shorten your forehead's height and hide a bit your receding temples. With your type of hair you will be able to easily get a Caesar hairstyle.
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05-30-2015, 11:55 AM
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RE: Help with my thinning hair, what products and haircuts to get
Thanks for the reply Bradley really appreciate it! I do believe my hairline has always been like that which leads to a big forehead lol.. ill post a picture of my hair in my teens shortly. Ill try the regaine approach all though i do believe you have to keep using it for the rest of your life and with money a bit tight at the moment I may struggle.
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05-30-2015, 12:04 PM (This post was last modified: 05-30-2015 12:05 PM by leon2020.)
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RE: Help with my thinning hair, what products and haircuts to get
Here is a pic of me in my teens and I'm currently 25.

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06-15-2015, 10:54 AM
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You do have a high hairline but you seem to also be balding.
Bradley went through pretty much everything that you need to know about male pattern baldness. Your teenager picture does indeed confirm that you have a high hairline, which is perfectly normal. However, I would say that you do indeed have male pattern baldness, but you're in the early stages and you can still get it treated well.

I'm not keen on diagnosing male pattern baldness through pictures with too much lighting, as per your initial pictures. Not just from my experience, there are countless examples of guys in this forum who thought they were going bald by looking at pictures of their hair under a highly-lit scenario (with the scalp showing through). Then, under normal lighting conditions, the hair looks fine and dense.

I can say that there's some receding of the hairline already taking place, although you still have enough of a hairline to style any hairstyle that you want. It's the hair thinning on the top of the head that worries me a bit more, but, again, this could be from the high lighting used for the pictures.

I think that you should give minoxidil a good run if you can afford it. The most known brand of minoxidil is Rogaine, which isn't cheap but it's a standard in treat male pattern baldness. However, you can try cheaper brands of minoxidil which have some good feedback on this forum.

Here's the link again for the list of hair loss products containing minoxidil. You will find Rogaine in there (at an affordable price out of all online and offline vendors out there) and you will also find other brands of minoxidil-based products.

The good thing is that minoxidil doesn't have any harsh side effects whatsoever, so you should be safe to jump on it as soon as possible. Minoxidil can take up to 6 months to have its results showing on you scalp, so make sue that you're, at the very least, getting a 4-month supply of any of the minoxidil-based products that you may buy. Having said this, you can start noticing visual results by the first month already.

I would still advise you to see a dermatologist. Explain your case and have him or her take a deep look on your scalp. You may be offered finasteride (most commonly known as Propecia), which is a prescription-only medication to treat male pattern baldness. It's an effective hair loss medication, but it can have harsh side effects, especially sexual side effects.

If you end up going with the finasteride option, it's absolutely imperative that you get your sex hormones measured before going on finasteride. Do not do like many guys who jump on finasteride without getting some lab work done and then complain of erectile dysfunction as you will not know what is causing it. So check your basal dihydrotestosterone, testosterone and oestrogen levels, among other hormones that your dermatologist may want to include. However, do get at least dihydrotestosterone measured before starting finasteride. Dihydrotestosterone also goes by the initials of DHT.

If you go on minoxidil or finasteride, keep your hair short so as to notice the changes fast. Once you're getting results and they've settled, you can then grow your hair. As said, your hairline is sufficient enough for just about all hairstyles, although I would keep the length as a medium length, which gos from 2 to 6 inches of hair length.

Cool hairstyles for men with male pattern baldness but with still sufficient hair include the Caesar haircut, he Faux Hawk, the Messy Top and the Side Swept with a fringe. Alternatively, look into the High and Tight haircut if you want to keep your hair short but with some styling. I'd actually go for a High and Tight haircut for the first 6 months of you minoxidil treatment, since the short cropped haircut that you currently have is not very aesthetic (if you're worried about aesthetics).

Let us know what you decide to do when it comes to treating the male pattern baldness. Also, just because I've had a look at some random pictures that you've posted, that doesn't mean that you may have male pattern baldness. I can only offer my educated opinion by looking at your pictures with bad lighting.

Male pattern baldness can only be diagnosed in person by a dermatologist or hair loss doctor who will also ask you for pictures of yourself in your teens and ask for a history of your hair loss. If you would rather not visit a doctor or if it's too expensive, you may jump on minoxidil (at your own discretion) and see what results you get. As said, minoxidil is safe enough to be OTC (i.e. over the counter), but this is a decision that you must be fully responsible for (I always advise seeing a doctor first).

I cannot caution you enough to see a doctor if you want to go with finasteride and to get your sex hormones measured prior to the finasteride treatment. Finasteride is relatively safe, but, if you happen to be one of those guys who gets side effects, it can be harsh on you.

If you would rather avoid minoxidil or finasteride, then go through Bradley's post again and look at the different hair loss products that you can also use but which do not have the effectiveness of minoxidil and of finasteride.

I'm one of the admins of this forum. Any questions/issue? Contact me directly or any of the moderators. We welcome any feedback to improve our community.

You can also check out our forum's BEST HAIR PRODUCTS FOR MEN thread to read opinions and useful information on men's hair products.
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06-17-2015, 03:51 AM
Post: #6
RE: Help with my thinning hair, what products and haircuts to get
Thanks for your reply means a lot I've bought the Rogaine but the problem is that it's not meant to be used on the front of the hair which is where my thinning is happening so not sure if I've wasted my money
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06-17-2015, 07:52 AM
Post: #7
Rogaine works very well for a receding hairline and not just on the vertex for MPB!
(06-17-2015 03:51 AM)leon2020 Wrote:  Thanks for your reply means a lot I've bought the Rogaine but the problem is that it's not meant to be used on the front of the hair which is where my thinning is happening so not sure if I've wasted my money

No, you haven't wasted your money whatsoever. Rogaine has been proven to work very well on the vertex through plenty of tests. The vertex is what we call the crown area of the head or the back of the top of the head, which is the area of the head that thins out and loses hair fast in the regular form of male pattern baldness.

With the above said, that does not mean that Rogaine doesn't work on the front of the scalp. In fact, there's plenty of evidence showing that Rogaine works on the front of the scalp too, as what Rogaine does is increase the blood flow to the hair follicles regardless of location and prevent the miniaturization of the follicles (the latter is what leads to permanent baldness).

It's just that the manufacturers of Rogaine have found that the product works extremely well for the vertex area, which is the area of the head that worries balding men the most. A receding hairline is usually fine until the Norwood IV stage sets in, so Rogaine emphasize that their product works really well for the most-worried area of balding men. But Rogaine will work very well on the forehead's hairline too and the rest of the head where thinning is occurring.

As a matter of fact, one of our forum members recently tried Rogaine on his facial hair to see if it could help him grow a thicker beard and it actually worked!

One more thing, just because you cannot see it nor can it be seen in your pictures, you may very well have thinning going on already on the vertex. The top of your head (other than the front) seems to be losing hair and thinning too, so I would not be surprised if you had something akin to that on the vertex too. If you want, do take some pictures of the back of the top of your head to evaluate your vertex, but, if not, I would still consider applying the Rogaine to your vertex too just in case.

You've purchased a great product that is among the very few that are proven to treat male pattern baldness and even regrow hair. Actually, Rogaine works its best when it is used at the beginning stages of male pattern baldness (i.e. precisely your case). Rogaine isn't very effective once a Norwood IV and above has been reached, which is why we've urged you on previous posts to act now as you still have plenty of hair left.

So do not worry whatsoever about buying Rogaine and start using it as soon as possible. Feel free to update us on your progress on this thread or in a new thread over at the Blogging section of our forum! Smile

One last thing, it will also help you to clean up your diet (if you don't have a healthy diet and take a couple of hair-essential supplements to complement your diet. Nutrients like vitamin A, C and E plus zinc and omega-3 fatty acids are excellent to complement your diet and maximize your hair loss treatment.

We have a huge hair nutrients discussion in the link with all the listed supplements that help to keep healthy hair. I've also listed cod liver oil further down in that discussion. Cod liver oil is an excellent supplement for hair loss as it has natural vitamin A in high quantities and also has omega-3 fatty acids in high quantities too. The recommended cod liver oil in that discussion is also cheap, so it's very much worth adding that cod liver oil to your current hair loss treatment.

I'm one of the admins of this forum. Any questions/issue? Contact me directly or any of the moderators. We welcome any feedback to improve our community.

You can also check out our forum's BEST HAIR PRODUCTS FOR MEN thread to read opinions and useful information on men's hair products.
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