I am very happy that I found your great site! I am 24 year old male with about a Norwood 2. Here in Hungary I dont think we would have good doctors being expert in hair loss treatment. I visited one of them (advertised by the spectral dnc site), but she stood against taking pills for my hair loss at such a young age (and after reading some hair loss forums I think she seemed to be incompetent in the topic). However a lot of international sites contain posts by even younger men successfully applying medications. I insist on trying them because any more hair loss would destroy my self image.
My frontal hairline must have started receding about when I was 20. The previous and this summer I observed that my frontal hairline rapidly shedded about 2-3 millimeters and I have a bit high forehead already. All my existing hairs are thick and they suddenly switch to short light hairs so the thinning is not gradual. What I want is to keep my current hairline from getting worse, but I would like to aim regrowing some hair, and I would have a few questions regarding this. I may also have some thinning on the entire crown, but Iam not sure about that, maybe its only my hair dresser who lessens the density…
I already tried Spectral DNC for 6 months with no success. (Note that the source of the DNC was not trusted but I admit that it was truly minoxidil because it made the hair on my hands and face much stronger…) I want to attack the problem at its roots so I would like to take finasteride or dutasteride. Is it possible for some men to keep all their hair with finasteride? I have a lot of small light hairs along my original juvenlie hairline. Do I have a chance to regrow them, or is it going to remain just normal bald scalp for sure? What do you think about starting with dutasteride 0.5mg if I want better results (www.dutasteride.com)? I read about some men with side effects on finasteride, but great success without side effects on dutasteride, is this possible? Thanks for your answers!
If any medication made it so you kept all of your hair, that could be considered a cure. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, there is no cure for hair loss. Finasteride (and perhaps dutasteride) will slow the loss down, possibly regrow hair, and should hopefully maintain the existing hair for some time.
Dutasteride (also known as Avodart) has a longer half-life and is a stronger medication than finasteride. If you see side effects from finasteride, I would assume you’ll have those same effects from dutasteride… but they may be stronger and possibly last even longer. Dutasteride was studied as a prostate medication in men over 50 years old, and I don’t have all the info because as far as I’m aware, proper studies of younger men taking it to treat hair loss have yet to be released. It also isn’t approved by the United States FDA for treating hair loss and thus, I can’t recommend it at this time.
Regardless, both finasteride and dutasteride are prescription medications and you’ll need to talk to your doctor about taking either. If your doctor wishes to prescribe dutasteride to you, that’s not my call to make.