Okay, yeah – I’ll admit it. When I first started losing my hair, I did my research, and quickly decided that I wanted to get on the big 3.
For those of you that don’t know, “the big 3” is a combination of hair loss treatments that in unison work very well together. These are finasteride, minoxidil, and ketoconazole. You can mix and match different brands, but I had a few favorites.
I tried a plethora of different ketoconazole shampoos, and this
As for minoxidil, I honestly believe that they all work to the same effect. Because of that, my favorite was Rogaine Foam
For finasteride, they’re really all the same, so I just got a generic 5mg brand and cut it into fourths. Doing this is significantly cheaper than buying name brand finasteride.
So yep – that’s what I used!
Now, let’s get into how it went.
Personally, I’m a really cautious guy. There are many seriously disturbing accounts of finasteride horror stories, so I planned accordingly. Starting out, I was taking 1.25mg finasteride every other day to let my body get accustomed to the treatment initially, and slowly built up to finasteride daily. It worked, I think – I didn’t have any sexual issues which was my primary fear. I did however notice that I felt seriously out of it for the first week or so, like some sort of brain fog overtook me. I had called my doctor and he said it was a normal side effect, so I just kept at it.
When I first started, I was noticeably thin up top. My hairline had slightly receded, though not by much. The issue wasn’t my hairline, it was how thin my hair was up top. After 8 months on TB3, there was noticeable improvement. It was still somewhat noticeable that I was thinning, but it was dense enough that I could comfortably rock the look. Around this time, a few interesting things happened in my life.
I broke up with my girlfriend. I went backpacking through Southern Africa. I was primarily in South Africa and Namibia, and while I was there I ran out of rogaine
So, to be honest, that relationship was a very significant one for me. She made me realize that, despite being bald, I could still form great relationships with beautiful girls. In fact, she provided me so much confidence that I broke up with her, even though 7 months prior I would’ve considered her far out of my league, leaving a girl like that would have been an impossibility in my mind.
Today, about 4 years later, I’ve been perfectly content in my dating life. I’m bald, I don’t shave my head with a razor, I buzz it to a zero every few days. I’m not scared to show it, it’s just who I am and I don’t really even pay it much thought anymore.
So, I guess to sum up my experience with The Big 3 – It worked. If you really want to keep your hair, get on TB3. Seriously. The treatment was completely successful, I regrew hair and it looked like I would be keeping it for a while. By chance, I was forced to quit, and after being forced to quit I kind of had an “Ah, ha!” moment, leading me to accept going bald. Haven’t looked back since.