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    as the thread suggests I had a question about male pattern baldness. as a current sufferer (at 25) Ive done a little reading and found out its because of a hormonal imbalance. (shocker) specifically andosterone. so I spoke with a doctor to find out there are pills and rubs that can help but with a disappointing end. lose the functionality of your penis, or once you stop using the meds your hair falls out. Just wondering if there were any used-to-be-balds out there practicing the paleo lifestyle. Ive been living like grok for a month now, and feel great just wondering if this hormone imbalance can be corrected with proper diet and hormonal regularity.

  • #2
    I feel your pain. I started going bald around 28 and by 35 I was in need of someone to tell me "shave it off, dude" - but I resisted till a couple of years ago. The bald life is better I promise. Simpler, very masculine, low maintenance. Much better than either losing penis function or becoming dependent on a cream steroid rub every day.
    The bald look goes well with having a bit of muscle though, so that's another reason to get some proper strength exercise in.
    If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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    • #3
      You can shave it off and be proud, comb it over and look like an idiot or save your pennies for a decent transplant. If you're not that far along have the barber buzz it to a mm or less. Any topical or internal treatment as you note has side effects worse than the "problem." I would not even put it in the top ten things I would change about myself. In ten years the majority of men your age will be in the same boat anyway and you'll be more worried about keeping hair from growing where you don't want it.

      I don't buy the imbalance theory, it seems to grow fine everywhere else but the top.

      T is right, now that my chest is bigger than my waist women think it's attractive, before not so much.
      Last edited by IvyBlue; 02-05-2012, 11:31 AM. Reason: saw above
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      • #4
        Danny Roddy's website offers lots of info on the topic -- it's basically been a life quest for him.
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        • #5
          got it too, have it in the front, not the back. started buzzing in my late 30's using a #2. That was in the early 90's. now at a #1 and thinking about shaving, but not a lot of encouragement from my wife on that. still not having to really worry about hair is a blessing. save a ton on haircuts as you can totally DIY this. just start buzzing or shaving and you won't look back.

          have been wondering about primal impact on hair growth. i have had chronically low testosterone and have been on androgel for over a year. at my age, this is only a concern for prostrate issues and you have to watch PSA pretty close (test every 3 months) but I have been able to get it back up (excuse the pun)to normal levels and am doing fine. once i reach my major milestone weight i am thinking about cutting back and stopping the gel and see what happens, but my low readings were really low for my age. since i started using the androgel have not had any problems with functionally in the junk department. testosterone levels have a lot more to do with a overall feeling of well being then sexual functionality.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by IvyBlue View Post
            You can shave it off and be proud, comb it over and look like an idiot or save your pennies for a decent transplant. If you're not that far along have the barber buzz it to a mm or less. Any topical or internal treatment as you note has side effects worse than the "problem." I would not even put it in the top ten things I would change about myself. In ten years the majority of men your age will be in the same boat anyway and you'll be more worried about keeping hair from growing where you don't want it.

            I don't buy the imbalance theory, it seems to grow fine everywhere else but the top.

            T is right, now that my chest is bigger than my waist women think it's attractive, before not so much.
            THIS!
            Sorry... hope you don't mind a gal chiming in.

            Seriously, embrace it. Confidence is sexy.
            My husband started going bald in his early 20's... we met in our mid 20's. IMO he would look silly WITH hair. Mind you... I'm 5'9"/blonde/blue and he is 5'6"... and there were no shortage of tall guys with full heads of hair chasing my tail back them. Personality and confidence are what is important. Find a way to be comfortable with yourself and everyone else will be too... and honestly if they aren't F* them.

            Bald is hot.
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            • #7
              I'll echo what others have said. I started losing mine early, in my mid 20's. Now, in my late 30's, I take either a #1 or a #2 to it, depending on which one I find first. I find that I like the buzzed close look, and others prefer it on me too.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
                Seriously, embrace it. Confidence is sexy.

                My husband started going bald in his early 20's... we met in our mid 20's. IMO he would look silly WITH hair. Mind you... I'm 5'9"/blonde/blue and he is 5'6"... and there were no shortage of tall guys with full heads of hair chasing my tail back them. Personality and confidence are what is important. Find a way to be comfortable with yourself and everyone else will be too... and honestly if they aren't F* them.

                Bald is hot.
                You are sending mixed messages. Be confident with yourself, but bald is hot?

                I shaved my head bald for the past 6 years and got tired of the look. More than that, I realized that the fact that I shaved it to hide a perceived deficiency was a hindrance to my self-esteem, no matter how good I looked bald. I am letting it grow out now, with a full beard. I find that if you are not bothered by your baldness, no one else will be, including chicks.
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                • #9
                  1/4" buzz will change your life. No need to dive right down to the floorboards.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Grumpy Caveman View Post
                    You are sending mixed messages. Be confident with yourself, but bald is hot?

                    I shaved my head bald for the past 6 years and got tired of the look. More than that, I realized that the fact that I shaved it to hide a perceived deficiency was a hindrance to my self-esteem, no matter how good I looked bald. I am letting it grow out now, with a full beard. I find that if you are not bothered by your baldness, no one else will be, including chicks.
                    So sorry... it should have been "IMO bald is hot." as I have a tendency to have a thing for bald guys... at least bald confident guys. Personal preference and all I'd take a bald guy with a winning personality and confidence over a the same confidence in a guy with a full head of hair. I just don't find a lot of hair all that important on a guy. I didn't think it was a mixed signal at all, but you are of course able to interpret it however you like.

                    Mt husband does not shave his head and never has. He keeps it all short and neat. But shaving to complete baldness is good too IMO. You might think that a full shave is hiding something... it's not. It's still pretty obvious which parts of the head have hair and which do not.
                    “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
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                    And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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                    • #11
                      The difference between a shiny dome and a short buzz is not the point here - the OP must be talked out of rogaine. That is the purpose behind which we are all united.
                      If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                      • #12
                        I have a full head of hair except for that fifties onset receding bit on the flanks which I think makes a buzz-cut unappealing. Also, it's very thin (think Tom Petty). My head's shape doesn't fill me with confidence for going with it shaved. I think I envy men with well shaped heads who can shave them clean.

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                        • #13
                          I started going bald around age 20 when my barber told me I had a tan scalp, which was my first clue. I told the barber, " Well, I have a sunroof in my car!" LOL But every morning I woke up with more hair on my pillow. I tried all sorts of hair styles, grew the beard, and now buzz the head with a #1. My wife hates it when I shave the beard, so it has only been done a few times since our honeymoon. I met her when I was done playing around in my early 30s. She is a trophy bride too. So, It happens. cori93437 is right though. Girls can be tough on you, some truly don't like us, but some do find the bald look sexy. And with so many guys rippling with the muscled look shaving their heads. It makes bald better than it was in the 70s and 80s. Hang tough, develop your mind and body.
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                          • #14
                            I have dealt with this problem for a number of years now, and I am only 25! So, you are not alone. I actually have a theory about this; one that is substantiated by some studies that were done (though I can't find exact ones now to be sure). The culprit - as with many health related issues - is once again wheat. From what I understand, when baldness occurs, the body undergoes an auto immune response in which the follicle is triggered to reject the hair on the prone areas of the scalp. Ever notice that when you started going bald....the scalp felt inflamed, red, itchy.....? Inflammation....autoimmune...

                            wheat....

                            causes....

                            inflammation and auto immune issues. it is really not too hard to link the 2 together. I'm not saying that humans would not experience baldness as a natural sign of maturation; but once again the process, I think, is rapidly hastened and even aggravated by our dietary consumption of wheat and grain based cereal foods. My roommate and I are both going primal, and in the first week he told me that his acne problem had lessened from the change in diet. Once again an inflammation response was done away with by eliminating wheat. I had an excess sebum production on my face, etc, and that was attenuated by removing grains, too.

                            That's at least what I have come to believe about the whole "hair loss" thing.

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                            • #15
                              Go bald....although I find since going primal hair grows faster and thicker so it takes a lot of work to keep it clean but well worth it.
                              Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
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