Medication

When you start to lose your hair, you should take action immediately. Hair loss is progressive. Don’t assume your temples will recede and then magically stop. Or that bald spot won’t get bigger. It’s a mistake that I’ve made and so have many others. Typically, by the time we get past denying our hair loss it’s too late.

Background

As many of you know I’ve suffered from male pattern baldness since the young age of 20. I was an expert at denying my hair loss. I figured I was looking at too much porn. I wasn’t eating healthy. I was working out too much. It couldn’t be male patterned baldness. My Dad had hair! My brother has hair.

Eventually I accepted that I wasn’t doing anything wrong. It was a problem with my DNA. My hair was susceptible to the affects of DHT. I had been screwed since birth. I was afraid and felt hopeless. If I lost my hair I may never get screwed again.

However, I was blessed with big calves and a pretty awesome face. That didn’t provide much solace.

I decided to take action. I started reading hair loss forums. It became an obsession. Everyday, for hours, I would scour the latest posts. I would go back years to see if anyone had tried an unusual concoction that may have produced a glimmer of hope. I tried vitamins, supplements, herbal potions, mixed my own elixirs and even stood on my head. At some point I accepted that there was no magic cure. And if there was, I was unlikely to discover it. And I was starting to get afraid I might give myself skin or brain cancer if I kept up with my crazy self-experimentation.

Big pharmaceutical companies aren’t hiding anything. If there was a cure, they’d patent it and make billions selling it. And if the cure was as simple as rubbing cocounut oil on your head and sprinkling in some baking powder, people like me would have already figured it out.

I accept that there are two medications out there to help with hair loss.

Medications That Work…Kind Of

Currently there is no magic pill or lotion that will regrow your hair. At least not in the way you would like it to regrow. But there are some medications that you should start today.

Finasteride (Propecia)

If you are losing your hair or at a high risk for losing your hair, I strongly suggest you get on finasteride. Do it quickly.

Finasteride won’t regrow much hair. If you have diffuse hair loss it may help to thicken it up a bit. But ultimately, finasteride is a preventative. It will slow or completely stop your hair loss. In my case, it has basically stopped. Thank god. I take my finasteride religiously.

And don’t be afraid of the side effects. Yes, finasteride has some side-effects that are real but they are not common.

Minoxidil (Rogaine)

Minoxidil does regrow hair. But not like you’d hope it would. Imagine a soccer field with two trees in the middle. This is minoxidil. The trees are a couple of dark hairs that magically grow and the soccer field is the wispy blonde hairs that surround the trees. Minoxidil grows a lot of small,  light, wispy hairs but these hairs don’t typically turn into real hair. They do make you want to keep using minoxidil and keep hoping they will one day turn into thicker, real hair.

Take Action

That’s it for now on this topic. Just get on finasteride. Don’t wait. Try minoxidil for 3 to 6 months and see if it helps. I’m not going to tell you to buy a bunch of silly devices meant to regrow hair. I’ve done it and they were a waste of money. Remember, the time to take action is now. Your hair is not going to get better on its own.