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Who here has resolved their hairloss?

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Who here has resolved their hairloss?

Post  helpmyhair1 on Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:16 pm

By that I mean, you have halted your hairloss completely, and perhaps are even on the road to recovery. But I do consider stopping further progression to be a victory.

If you are one of these people, please share exactly what you did that stopped your hairloss and/or gave you regrowth.

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Re: Who here has resolved their hairloss?

Post  CF on Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:25 pm

History:

I lost a bunch of hair above my right temple over a short period of time at the age of 23 (1999).  My hairline gradually got worse on that side.  The left side stayed pretty good up until my first hair transplant in 2005.

I went on Propecia sometime around 2004.  The hair regrowth wasn't too bad. It also reduced the itch, as well as reducing the white bulbs (presumably sebum) that surrounded the hair on fallout.  However, it gave me brain fog and testicular ache.

I had a hair transplant in 2005 along the entire hairline, and of course the bald patch above the one side.  (Sorry, but I have no pics.  I cannot remember how many grafts, either.)

Some years after this I switched from finasteride to dutasteride, just because I assumed (and possibly incorrectly) that it would be better in terms of hair growth.  But I had the feeling I was constantly poisoning myself with either medication.  I was poor during many of the following years but when I had money I was getting into supplements as best as I knew how at the time.

I stopped dutasteride along the way due to a lack of funds and never got back on it.  There was a period of time where I would only use Revita or Regenepure shampoos as a defense against hair loss.  

By 2012  (after coming off a six month course of interferon/Ribavirin with no supplements along the way other than vitamin D) my hair was looking worse for wear. (Sorry, no pics.)  Fortunately I found a crappy job at a call center and got into the IH Top 6 in late 2011.  After quitting that job I found a much better job working as a steel hauler despite having a careless driving charge on my driver's abstract, thank you Jesus.  I no longer work as a truck driver but it's a pretty good job for someone wanting to put a few bucks in their pocket, IMO.  Since then it's been all-in with supplements...for the most part it's been the full IH regimen at a minimum up until now.

As far as hair regrowth/maintenance goes, it always seems to be waxing and waning in different parts.  But for the most part it's held up pretty good over the past 5 or so years.  I now have zero itch.  I don't think my hair is predispositioned to get a shit kicking like a lot of people's, but it's definitely seen worse days, and I'm pretty happy with how it looks these days.  


Here is a photo of the current supplements I take which I consider to be hair loss related:  (I'm not sure if carnosine is pro-hair but CS recommends it for longevity purposes so I thought I would throw it in the photo.  MSM powder is a staple supplement but it wasn't handy so it did not make it into the photo.  FWIW I am currently using Doctor's Best brand.  For the most part the only other supplements I've taken long term are vision or joint related.)

https://i62.servimg.com/u/f62/19/52/68/68/img_0112.jpg


Shampoo (a little under 1 year):

Pura D'Or Hair Loss Prevention Therapy Shampoo, with 40 drops of tea tree oil, 50 drops lavender oil, 70-80 drops of rosemary and peppermint oil. (All NOW brand oils.)  In the past I have added caffeine, but I stopped recently due to laziness.  But I plan on adding it back in because of a recent study that came out.


Topical (a little under 1 year):

Virile Mane along the hair line, and behind the hair line on the temples.  I aim for twice a day applications, although the current iteration makes it impossible if I have school (which is only three times a week).  Previously I could get away with it looking like some lame gel.


Brushing:

I like to use a plastic bristled brush, the firmer, the better.  For the most part over the past year I've brushed my hair after getting out of the shower until it's somewhat dry.  Right now the brush I have is crap so I give it a half-assed brushing but I plan on getting a new one and getting back into it with the same intensity as before.


Before photos of a second hair transplant in 2013 (amount of grafts unknown):

http://i35.servimg.com/u/f35/19/52/68/68/hair110.jpg

http://i35.servimg.com/u/f35/19/52/68/68/hair210.jpg

http://i35.servimg.com/u/f35/19/52/68/68/hair310.jpg


Photos from Aug. 2016:

http://i35.servimg.com/u/f35/19/52/68/68/img_2010.jpg

http://i35.servimg.com/u/f35/19/52/68/68/hair510.jpg

http://i35.servimg.com/u/f35/19/52/68/68/hair410.jpg


Current photos:

https://i62.servimg.com/u/f62/19/52/68/68/sidele11.jpg

https://i62.servimg.com/u/f62/19/52/68/68/front410.jpg

https://i62.servimg.com/u/f62/19/52/68/68/img_0110.jpg

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Re: Who here has resolved their hairloss?

Post  imprisoned-radical on Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:21 am

I halted my hair loss with mostly diet and lifestyle changes. I can confirm that in my case it was possible.

For me personally, adopting a pure diet was what halted and reversed my hair loss. I remember eliminating dairy, all grains except for rice, and all refined and processed foods. My diet consisted mostly of organic vegetables, fruits, and meat. I also incorporated "super foods" like green tea, cacao, broccoli, and onions. Broccoli and carrots should be raw, and onions can be cooked. In general, I try to avoid over-cooking any food. For supplements, I have regularly taken curcumin and resveratrol.

I would also recommend Tom Hagerty's scalp exercise.

These days I'm not as strict when it comes to diet. However my hair is still maintaining although it is not as thick as before.

One of the challenges with having strict diet and lifestyle constraints is that it raises eyebrows. Friends and family might think you're a snob.

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Re: Who here has resolved their hairloss?

Post  imprisoned-radical on Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:22 am

CF, what is your diet like?

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Post  CF on Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:49 am

imprisoned-radical wrote:CF, what is your diet like?

It's pretty terrible. I eat a bunch of fast acting carbs (usually sweets) throughout the day in addition to what are sometimes high carb meals. I don't measure anything but I try to get a decent amount of protein and fat in there as well. Regarding the high carb diet, it's pretty much how I've always eaten and I've found it difficult to change my diet. Lately I've been trying to take a glucose disposal agent along with some of the carbs I've been eating.

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Post  imprisoned-radical on Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:30 am

CF wrote:
imprisoned-radical wrote:CF, what is your diet like?

It's pretty terrible.  I eat a bunch of fast acting carbs (usually sweets) throughout the day in addition to what are sometimes high carb meals. I don't measure anything but I try to get a decent amount of protein and fat in there as well.  Regarding the high carb diet, it's pretty much how I've always eaten and I've found it difficult to change my diet.  Lately I've been trying to take a glucose disposal agent along with some of the carbs I've been eating.  

Thanks. You look very young for your age and I was wondering if you did anything specific in your regimen that has helped with that.

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Post  CF on Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:04 pm

imprisoned-radical wrote:Thanks. You look very young for your age and I was wondering if you did anything specific in your regimen that has helped with that.

Thanks.  I think the supplements help a lot.  If you look at CS he looks really good for his age.  

I've also been trying to combat hereditary dark circles (the type caused by skin thinness and/or a lack of fat deposits under the eyes) for more than ten years, which has had me thinking about ways to increase the thickness of the skin at an age where you still look pretty young.  And from there it just sort of progressed into worrying about the skin on the whole face, so I've been using skin care products and getting some anti-aging treatments done off and on over that time, which I believe have helped.

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