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LavenderRain Fri 22-May-15 16:24:10

Hi, just wondering if anyone has any advice/tips/experience?

DS is 18 and is developing a bald patch
He is really self conscious about it and has taken stick from his so called workmates!

I feel really sad for him and am happy to buy shampoos, sprays, vitamins etc but I realise a lot of these things are just gimmicks. His dad is bald and both grandfathers went bald quite early so the poor boy hasn't much chance!!

Has anyone's DH/DS had success with any product?

TIA

BeginnerSAHM Fri 22-May-15 16:28:55

Yes! From the Belgravia clinic. It halted it... There are pills you can take that work. Google which ones!! They are hormonal I think and can affect sperm so not recommended when trying to conceive but I take it that is not an issue!! You can buy them online for much cheaper but I'd definitely go via a doctor to get a proper prescription. Suggest he goes to the GP and try to get it on the NHS. I think they'd be very sympathetic as it will affect him psychologically. Mind you, my uncle went bald at 18... He loved it because he was a medical student and all the nurses thought he was a consultant. Poor lad though. Good luck!

PacificDogwood Fri 22-May-15 16:38:23

Have a look at Minoxidil aka Regaine.

Male patterns hairless is genetic though - I think it is passed down from the mother's father? My son's are DOOOOOOMED

Shampoos and the likes won't make any difference tbh.

The coolest and most fanciable boy in my year at school went bald from about 16 btw and he was more than popular.

MrsMarigold Fri 22-May-15 16:38:39

My brother started going bald at 16 and was old for his year so it was particularly tricky, the teasing was quite bad. He went to a trichologist and it was temporarily halted at 18 he stopped the medication and went quite bald.

In his first year at university people frequently asked him if he was a mature student and how it was coming to university in your 30s.

Now he is actually in his 30s he doesn't seem bothered by it at all. Despite this my brother is popular and had a series of very attractive girlfriends.

MrsMarigold Fri 22-May-15 16:42:16

Minoxidil that's the stuff he had

LavenderRain Fri 22-May-15 18:31:02

Thanks all, have been googling Regaine, reviews sound promising, not cheap thohmm but I know DS will be happy to pay for it bless him

PacificDogwood Sat 23-May-15 07:41:56

It does work, but only as long as he uses it. When he stops, the hair he 'regained' will fall out again, sorry.
There is a male and a female strength - make sure he gets the right stuff.

ludovica Sat 23-May-15 09:35:41

Regaine works, in terms of stopping the hair loss. It won't cause regrowth of what he has already lost. You can get it a bit cheaper in Costco.

UniS Sat 23-May-15 09:38:29

Dh just embraced his baldness. Eventually.
Initially he grew his hair long , then in very early twenties he went for short hair. Its been getting shorter and sparcer and greyer ever since.

Lindor Sat 23-May-15 09:48:00

DS is the same, also 18. I really feel for him. He decided not to go for tablets and is using regaine. He's at uni so we give him extra money to pay for it as it's so expensive. DH is bald , his family have a genetic disorder that can affect hair teeth and nails sad.

Anyway DS' girlfriend doesn't seem to mind. But
if I could swap with him I would.

Reluctant2ndtimer Sat 23-May-15 09:57:38

Kirkland minoxidil works really well. A friend has completely regrown hair over his bald crown. His before and after pictures are very impressive and even at 50 he has a very good coverage. Had been going bald since mid thirties.

Reluctant2ndtimer Sat 23-May-15 10:01:03

I've just looked on eBay and you can get 6 months worth for around £25. It's well worth it.

LavenderRain Sat 23-May-15 10:20:20

I use Costco as my corner shop so will have a look in there, smile thanks reluctant

Meloria Sat 23-May-15 10:44:47

The Boots Hair Loss service is good. A pharmacist talks you through options then can prescribe a course of treatment.

mum2boys3girls Sat 23-May-15 11:34:50

I would recommend seeing a specialist , my son in his first year at Uni felt he was losing his hair ... GP was useless and said come back in six months . I can't begin to imagine how utterly worrying it must of been for my son and I was of the thinking that let's see someone who is qualified in telling us what's going on .As I wanted to protect my son's mental health ( sounds dramatic ) My son is at Birmingham Uni so I researched the area nearly saw a trichologist but decided against it . In the end we saw a Consultant Dermatologist who specialised in hair loss . It was £250 for an in depth consultation but in my opinion worth every penny and if my Ds needed any treatment would of been switched back to NHS care . The consultation consisted of his hair follicles being looked at with this amazing hand held microscope which took photos and projected them on to a screen . For my son his hair had just got stuck in the shedding cycle but we had a proper diagnosis and if he was starting to lose his hair the treatment options going down this route were many , including corticosteroid injections . Hope my experience helps .

LavenderRain Sat 23-May-15 15:11:56

Thanks mum thats interesting.

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