I am an African American male who is 37 years old and started noticing my hairline receding at the age of 27. My hair loss at this point is not bad (probably class II). At the moment, I have no balding in the crown area but as I said earlier, my hairline is receding. My mom side of the house (brothers have full heads of hair) and my dad still had his hair before he passed at the age of 43. I have a few questions
1. At what point if any does your hair loss (receding)stops?
2. I decided a few years ago to take propecia after I started taking some other DHT blockers (procerin, kevis, follicure etc…). I even visited the hair club for men. Is there anything right now that I can do (laser therapy) that will continue to reduce hair loss.
3. Has avodart been approved for hair loss yet and would you recommended it?
4. Are there any good Dr’s you could recommend from my area (Hampton Roads are of Va)
- Most people start their balding process in their early 20s, some like you in the late 20s and a few after 30. The general rule is that for those who have hair loss in their 20s, most of it will slow down by the mid 30s and by the time the person reaches 40-45, it should slow down even further. There are no real rules other than what you see. You can anticipate it by mapping out your hair for miniaturization to see what the future may hold for you.
- There is only one FDA approved, proven DHT blocker, however with that said, many products claim DHT blocking effects without the science behind those claims. You must, of course, make your own decisions. I’ve written about laser treatments quite a bit — see Low Laser Light Theraphy and the general “laser” keyword search.
- I do not prescribe Avodart, because it is not FDA approved to treat hair loss. It is doubtful that the drug company which produces it (GlaxoSmithKline) will seek FDA approval for hair loss.
- For doctors in your area, I would intervew those who are on the ISHRS.org website, for at least they are interested in education for themselves.