A little over a year of being on 1mg finasteride pills and using 5% minoxidil once daily. Not much hairline progress since my last update, but my hair has thickened significantly. Extremely happy with these results.

It has thickened because you took finasteride and minoxidil and probably reversed the miniaturization that might have progressed to hair loss. Nice!

This man strengthened his forelock and the bald area around the forelock in just 7 months of finasteride with minoxidil

Am I a good hair transplant candidate?

Yes, you may be an excellent candidate for a hair transplant because you have a persistent juvenile hairline which doesn’t need to suck up grafts and the grafts can be distributed to more easily cover the balding area on top and in the crown.

When I see an SMP like this, I must assume that this man wanted this look and found someone to do it for him because I can’t imagine any professional would do this voluntarily. I wouldn’t do it if I were asked, not for any money!


This is a unique way of looking at age related hair loss.  I am not sure how genetic hair loss fits into this hypothesis.

Hi I’m a 24 year old female and one night I got stressed and started plucking hairs at my hairline. This is the first and only time I’ve ever done this. It happened January 24. It’s been almost 2 months now and absolutely no regrowth has even started. I don’t even see little black dots appearing Will they ever grow back? When? They was the only time I’ve ever plucked those hairs out. I’m so nervous

A single plucking will not result in permanent hair loss. I had a patient who was mugged and held by his hair. At the end of the beating they pulls out his entire frontal hairline and he was devastated. It all grew back within 6 months. You hair will likely grow within 6 months of the plucking

The hair appears thicker on the right after the 19 months on finasteride but it is hard to be sure from the photos alone.  It would be better to have done a HAIRCHECK test  before and after the 19 month timeline. This gives an objective measurement of the hair bulk increase, if any, see here: https://baldingblog.com/haircheck-test-how-it-is-done-video/

Saw Palmetto is a very weak DHT blocker.  I can’t explain the numbers you are reporting with your testosterone levels. What did your Urologist tell you?

Saw Palmetto Induced Post Finasteride Symptoms from tressless

 i’ve seen you comment in several hair loss posts so i wanted to reach out. next week i will be 5months post FUE and i’ve noticed shock loss in the front near my hair line for the past several months. at what point could i expect to see the hair start to regrow? it currently looks worse than it did before i had the operation in October. thank you for your time.

Shock loss is the loss of miniaturized hairs associated with a hair transplant. These usually don’t comeback. It can be prevented 95% of the time by taking finasteride. Your transplanted hair should be growing by now and in a couple of months you should have the length to style it.

In some men, finasteride alone can reverse frontal hair loss. If you add minoxidil to the routine, the odds get better and if you add microneedling then they probably get even better

I’ve been soaking and massaging twice a day per my doctor’s orders. I’m on day 5 now and quite a bit of scabbing has come off, but there’s still some left to go. I’m being gentle and no bleeding at all, so I’m just going to keep at it.

It is tricky to get scabs off at 5 days as the grafts get attached under the scabs so when the scabs come off, the grafts can be pulled out. The risk goes away at the 12th day. Read this article I wrote with Dr. Robert Bernstein: https://newhair.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/mp-2006-graft-anchoring.pdf

I have terrible scabbing just 3 days after my FUE.  I haven’t touched the area, what should I do.

Use a surgical sponge to wash it by rolling over the grafts, back to front. If you don’t keep the scabbing away, they form in the first three days and won’t come off for 2-4 weeks.  Read this very important article about the impact of crusting and scabbing after surgery:  https://newhair.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/mp-2006-graft-anchoring.pdf

This is what you should look like with good washing:




When ringworm strikes, it can form pustules and require a surgical drainage. This photos shows the scar from this happening to him when he was 3 years old. Fortunately, this can be treated with hair transplants.  Read more and see more photos here:  https://www.skinsight.com/skin-conditions/child/kerion

4 months on finasteride. You clearly have growth starting up. Hair grows at a rate of 1/2 inch/month so in a few more months you will see a nice contribution to your hairline

From the recent issue of the Hair Transplant Forum and also an article in the recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, there is a report that CBD may work on preventing hair loss similarly effective but by a different action to Finasteride. There is no mechanism suggested for this finding at this time.

Apologies for the poor photo