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So Lets Talk Hair
« on: April 04, 2020, 07:09:01 pm »
I promised that I would write a post on hair and here it is.

A word of caution, I have been lucky, and my results may not occur in other people. Also note that I started my hair treatment in 2016 and after 4 years I am still ongoing, It is a long slow process.

So the good news is it is possible to re-grow hair. My hair is slowly returning as shown by the photos below, however I do want to tell you the story.

Other posts have explained that my first transition fail. While it is not the only cause I was going bald and hated the fact that I was going to have to wear wigs for the rest of my life. I always found them itchy and uncomfortable and hot to wear in summer. I still need to wear them at work but if I feel hot or for any other reason, I will take my wig of at work. 

I had been thinking for some time about having another at transition, so I started with hair. In late early 2016 I started my first medication for hair loss.  I went to a specialist in September 20016 and learnt that one of the key medications in Minoxidil can be compounded and taken in tablet form. I started with a low dose just after I saw the specialist and progressed to a higher dose which I am still taking today.

HRT for a second time start in September 2017 and at the time I wrote this about my hair growth.

My current plan is to go full time in around 18 months but for that to happen 2 things need to occur. 1) HRT goes well and 2) My hair continues to grow to something close to covering the top of my head.

Hair grow has been slow but consistent. I do have some hair on top of my head and I expected it to continue to come back at it’s current pace. I have a full head of baby hair and the process to convert it to full hair will take some time hence the 18 months time frame. It may take longer to completely grow back but at least I have something to aim for at this stage.


I went full time in July 2019 knowing that I would still need wigs for the next few years but I could no longer hold on. Going full time has proved to be a turning point for so many things in my life. For one I noticed that my eye lashes started to grow after going full time. My hair grow has been very slow but very steady.

So here are some photos of my progress

Pre Treatment


Current Progress



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Re: So Lets Talk Hair
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2020, 12:45:19 pm »
Hi @Alice,

If you don't mind me asking, how long have you not had hair for on your scalp?

I have the same level of baldness that you have had, and I think I've had that for around 20 years.

I'm not desperate for the hair to be restored but if it is at all possible, I'd like to explore that. I'm OK with wigs and I'm OK with not wearing one at times but if I had the option of growing my hair out, that would be wonderful!

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Re: So Lets Talk Hair
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2020, 04:10:51 pm »
I was definitely more bald than Alice, for probably most of the last 20 years. I kept it shaved from about age 23 on. I’ve been on EV for a little over a year and a half now, added Finasteride and Minoxidil for the last year, and I have a similar level of recovery. I’m a little less optimistic that it will be much more than peach fuzz and baby hair, but then again, I never thought any hair would come back at all. I was always told that anywhere my head was shiny bald, the hairs were long gone and that if it’s been gone for several years, it wouldn’t come back. Not a rule, more of a guideline, as it turns out.

Thinking about trying Prp and/or microneedling now,  worth a shot,  and I never would or did consider those options in the past.

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Re: So Lets Talk Hair
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2020, 04:01:12 am »
Thank you, @Kate.claire!

When the current "heightened-alert" condition eases somewhat, I'll talk to my GP about that. - E
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Re: So Lets Talk Hair
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2020, 07:48:30 am »
Hi @Alice,

If you don't mind me asking, how long have you not had hair for on your scalp?



Ellie,

I guess my hair had been receding over a long time, I probably noticed it starting about 20 years ago. I will see if I can come up with a better time line by looking at old photos.

Alice

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Re: So Lets Talk Hair
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2020, 09:16:48 pm »
So here is my progress.

Photo taken on the 30th December 2020


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Re: So Lets Talk Hair
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2020, 11:59:48 pm »
That's impressive growth! I have lots of thin hairs on top, but the front few inches are shiny bald. I don't expect to get anything back (just 8 weeks on HRT, plus a year on Finasteride). For now I just wear hats; I don't own any wigs besides a $25 costume shop one I used for awhile a couple of years ago. That'll be a future step, going to a good wig shop that I've heard about locally.
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Re: So Lets Talk Hair
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2020, 02:51:38 am »
Thanks, Randy.

I know there is still a long way to go but I am hoping in a few months the whole half will be filled.

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Re: So Lets Talk Hair
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2021, 06:16:12 pm »
Hi all,

I have taken more photos of my progess. As you know it is a long slow progress but you can now see I have hair coming through on top of my head.

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Re: So Lets Talk Hair
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2022, 01:05:58 am »
OMG,

My hair has grown so much since my last photo so I just had to share. I am hoping that post-surgery my growth will continue to fill in the top and the front. I am sure that it is has picked up pase after my surgery, I am so excited.

Alice



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Re: So Lets Talk Hair
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2022, 06:18:35 am »
Alice,

You have some impressive hair regrowth. Is this just from the Minoxidil treatments alone? Have you been using a DHT blocker, such as Finasteride as well?

No matter how much hair growth you reclaim, there is always hair transplants, which I have had to cover my temples. The good news is that I see a lot of hair on the typical donor sites on the sides and back of your head.




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Re: So Lets Talk Hair
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2022, 03:29:40 pm »
Alice,

You have some impressive hair regrowth. Is this just from the Minoxidil treatments alone? Have you been using a DHT blocker, such as Finasteride as well?

No matter how much hair growth you reclaim, there is always hair transplants, which I have had to cover my temples. The good news is that I see a lot of hair on the typical donor sites on the sides and back of your head.

Rakel

I was taking Finasteride all the way up until my Gender Affirmation Surgery. Post-surgery Finasteride is not required.

I am well aware of hair transplants and will consider that in the future once my hair growth from the medication is completed. At this stage, I do not expect that I will have any transplants.

Alice

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