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Wed Dec 5, 2012, 05:40 PM

 

While on the subject of aging.... who here is balding prematurely

I certainly am. Genetic male pattern baldness - my mom says I remind her of her father every day.

She also says I look cute.

I loved him dearly, and even named my son after him.

I'm only 36 years old, and I've lost about maybe 30% of my hair..

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Reply While on the subject of aging.... who here is balding prematurely (Original post)
Panasonic Dec 2012 OP
monmouth3 Dec 2012 #1
Panasonic Dec 2012 #7
frazzled Dec 2012 #2
Avalux Dec 2012 #3
pnwmom Dec 2012 #11
RC Dec 2012 #4
madokie Dec 2012 #9
Enrique Dec 2012 #12
Panasonic Dec 2012 #13
CrazyOrangeCat Dec 2012 #31
Codeine Dec 2012 #16
Dark n Stormy Knight Dec 2012 #24
mythology Dec 2012 #5
LeftofObama Dec 2012 #6
pnwmom Dec 2012 #10
Codeine Dec 2012 #15
pnwmom Dec 2012 #21
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #8
Codeine Dec 2012 #14
bluestate10 Dec 2012 #18
Codeine Dec 2012 #19
pnwmom Dec 2012 #22
Dark n Stormy Knight Dec 2012 #25
Codeine Dec 2012 #27
Dark n Stormy Knight Dec 2012 #29
bluestate10 Dec 2012 #17
Aristus Dec 2012 #20
Tom Ripley Dec 2012 #23
Lightbulb_on Dec 2012 #26
mainer Dec 2012 #28
Codeine Dec 2012 #30
Chan790 Dec 2012 #32
Egalitarian Thug Dec 2012 #33
REP Dec 2012 #34

Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 05:59 PM

1. Happened to my younger son (today he is 50), so he just shaved the entire head. He looks great.n/t

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 06:18 PM

7. This is my eventual goal...

 

to go bald completely before the end of next year. And get people used to it.

I did this last summer, just a preview, and they didn't quite get used to it.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 06:07 PM

2. Don't worry too much ...

My husband started losing his hair (receding hairline) in his mid-twenties. But honestly, it hasn't really changed all that much since that initial loss. He's sixty now, and still as handsome as ever. He does wear hats more frequently now, which fortunately is stylish: fedoras and ivy caps in winter and straw hats in summer, the hipster look he traded for his long ringlet hippie locks of old!

You'll be just as manly and attractive with a little skin on top (put sunscreen on if you don't wear a hat). It's what's inside that counts!

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 06:08 PM

3. If it bothers you, try Rogaine.

My mother started going bald in her early 30s (yes, it does happen to women). She started using Rogaine in her late 40s and grew hair. She continues to use it daily and at 68 has a full head of hair.

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Response to Avalux (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 06:54 PM

11. I'm glad it helped your mother, but it doesn't help all patterns of baldness

in all people.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 06:12 PM

4. Wearing hats causes baldness.

 

How many bald men wear hats? Lots.
How many pictures of cave men who were bald, have you seen? Not very many to none, correct?

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Response to RC (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 06:46 PM

9. Pictures of cave men?

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Response to RC (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 06:59 PM

12. here's a caveman with a comb over

does a comb over count as a hat?

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Response to Enrique (Reply #12)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 08:42 PM

31. BWAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!



Just when I thought he was back in the cave . . . he shuffles back out.

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Response to RC (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 07:27 PM

16. Never worn a hat in my life.

I look stupid in them so I've always avoided wearing one, and I'm as bald as Dr. Evil's kitty.

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Response to RC (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 08:02 PM

24. LOL!

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 06:14 PM

5. Depends on how one determines prematurely bald

My maternal grandfather was completely bald in his early 20s. I'm 31 and I've said I'm bald for several years now, but it took longer than I would have thought.

That said, I wish the scraps left on top would go away. It looks ugly (and with my mug I don't need any help in the ugly department) when I don't shave it, but I hate shaving.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 06:15 PM

6. I started losing mine in my early twenties.

It was traumatic at first, but a buzzcut will work wonders. The closer to the scalp, the better.

I used to hear a lot of people say I wore a ball cap because I didn't have any hair. Truth is...

1. I wear a ball cap because I've worn one since I was 14

2. I wear a ball cap now because a sunburn on my head hurts like a MFer!

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Response to LeftofObama (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 06:52 PM

10. My son started losing a lot of his hair

in high school. He got a buzz cut right before he left for college, which was a good decision.

I've read that in a young man, it can be almost as traumatic as the loss of a limb.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #10)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 07:26 PM

15. It really does a number on your self-esteem.

I don't mind it now because I'm in my forties and I actually look good with a shaved head, but it really sucked to be noticeably balding when I was very young.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #15)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 07:47 PM

21. His longer hair was covering up most of the problem

for the rest of the world, but he was really suffering. I was really glad he got the buzz cut before he went to college (entirely his own decision), so he didn't have to dread that moment anymore.

Kind of like ripping off a bandage, maybe. The faster, the better.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 06:41 PM

8. True story.

My only brother started going bald in his teens. He spent his childhood with super short hair because of a much beloved grandfather that insisted they go to the barber shop together each visit. Finally he was able to grow his hair out - only to discover he was already going bald on top. A typical occurrence on my mother's side. He is in his 50's now and completely bald on top (for years & years now), with a little hair on each side. No comb-overs for him - just complete acceptance of his shiny pate.


Years ago...

During one of his visits back home he was unpacking his shower kit from his carry-on and he pulled out this huge bottle of shampoo and an instant grin hit my face - his, too. He dug into his bag again. This time out came a matching bottle of conditioner. Both our grins grew wider. (and his face redder) Once again into the bag he goes - pulling out a large bottle of hair mousse. Well, that was all I could take. I rolled.




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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 07:22 PM

14. Mine started a bit of thinning at the ripe old age of 17.

My grandfather had Picard hair at 23, so I actually consider myself lucky.

This is me in my thirties;



and here's me after I just gave the hell up and shaved it off.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #14)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 07:34 PM

18. You look better in the bottom photo. I could not look that manly good with a bald head. nt

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Response to bluestate10 (Reply #18)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 07:39 PM

19. Thanks! There was a great deal of trepidation the first time I put razor to scalp,

but I'm glad I finally got up the courage to do it. It's higher-maintenance than I anticipated, however -- takes forever to shave it without missing lots of little blond hairs.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #14)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 07:53 PM

22. My son might be on his way to Picard hair by 25.



You look great with a shaved head. Somehow, it makes you look younger! I hope that works for my son eventually. Right now he's convinced that he's very old looking. I don't think that's true at all, but what does a mother know?

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Response to Codeine (Reply #14)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 08:03 PM

25. Lookin' good. What beach are you on?

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Response to Dark n Stormy Knight (Reply #25)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 08:10 PM

27. San Buenaventura State Beach, I think -- Ventura, CA. nt

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Response to Codeine (Reply #27)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 08:21 PM

29. I'm from the East coast, and the only beaches I've been on here are sand. We are saving for a CA

trip, so maybe next year I'll see a rock beach. I know a lot of British beaches aren't sandy, but I never made it to the beach on my visit there.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 07:32 PM

17. My hair has become thicker and fuller over the last decade. I started using a supplement called

Shen Min when my hair started to thin about a decade ago. I buy the pills from a local health food store.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 07:42 PM

20. I started going bald when I was 24. It never bothered me much.

It's just hair. And I knew it was going to happen. My father started balding early, too. I went bald in the exact same pattern as my Dad.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 08:00 PM

23. Thank god I am not; I am tall and thin with a very long face. I would look a little too much like...

an alien or Nazi scientist.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 08:04 PM

26. Started at 20...

 

Good news is the Army is good for shaved heads...

The rest of the genetics are in my favor though...

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 08:12 PM

28. Let me say this: Baldness is NOT a turn-off for women.

In fact, every man I've ever been attracted to has had male-pattern baldness.

I suspect it's more of a problem for the man himself.

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Response to mainer (Reply #28)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 08:37 PM

30. I've met plenty of women turned off by baldness.

Just because I don't mind big girls doesn't mean fatness isn't a turn off for some men. Some ladies love my bald dome, others not so much.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 08:46 PM

32. I balded early.

It started in HS. By the time I graduated college, I was told I had lost all I was ever going to lose:

A smallish spot on the top of my head and a little thinner upfront. I just keep it short...being tall (6'3") nobody really notices anyways.

Also, there's no point to Propecia or Rogaine...I'm not thinning. I'm thinned.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 08:49 PM

33. A potentially useful tip. At 40 I had a high paying, high stress job and, among other symptoms, my

 

hair started falling out. After coming to the conclusion that no job is worth dying for, no matter how much it pays or how many perqs come with it, I quit. 10 years later, I have the same amount of hair. I haven't changed anything else, I get about the same amount of exercise, I eat the same bad foods, I smoke and drink and imbibe unlawful substances, and I will not use any pharmaceutical potions that claim to regrow what I lost, but it stopped falling out. I also dropped 40 lbs. and the chest pains went away.

Just some food for thought.

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Response to Panasonic (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 09:51 PM

34. Not bald (or a dude) but it started turning white when I was 12

It's always been very thick, even after it started thinning a bit due to one of my many ailments. Hairdressers complain.

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