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First I want to say that I have no connection to Rogaine, other than I've been using it for over a year now. I'm not being paid in any way. I'm writing this to help other balding guys.
I'm 46, I noticed my hair getting thin when I was 18 or 19. For me it happened slowly. It was the early 80's and there were no real solutions yet. In the mid-nineties I began to hear about Propecia and started to take it daily in 1997. I still had bit of hair on top, but it was very thin and I felt that it was only going to be a few more years before I would be a "bald guy". The Propecia was expensive, like $50/month back then. But over the course of several months it did seem to halt my hair loss, and it even reversed it a bit. But the truth was that I had lost a lot of hair in the front and on the crown that just didn't seem to want to come back. I was happy enough with the hair that I had preserved that I kept using the Propecia.
I had also tried Rogaine, years ago when it first came out. It was this sticky thick goo, that I could not understand how any balding guy could use twice a day. My hair would have been matted to my head. Might as well get "Hair in a Can" lol.
Then like a year and half ago I noticed Rogaine Foam. I bought a can and used it for a month. At first I did it only once a day, in the morning. The foam is much easier to manage and really acts like styling mousse. I'll tell you, I'm a skeptical guy, and did not expect real results but this stuff grew back a lot more of my old hair. I am using it twice a day now. I'm very happy with the amount of hair that has already regrown and I keep noticing new hair growth all the time.
Here's the deal, no product currently out is going to give you back the hair like you had when you were a kid. But I'm the oldest of three boys and when I see my brother, who is six years younger, he is still jealous as hell that he's totally bald and I've got quite a nice hear of hair. It's not perfect, but I'm happy with it and I don't think anyone would even consider me "balding" anymore.
One poster stated that the Rogaine melts away in his hand. I think he is not taking advantage of the can design. It's long, narrow nozzle allows you to put the product directly on your scalp, through your hair. No need to put it in your palm at all.
This is a description of my daily Rogaine regimen. I've fine-tuned this procedure by experimentation over the course of several months, it works for me, it might help you...
In the morning, directly after getting out of the shower, I towel dry my hair, then while it is still damp, I dispense five or six small blobs at different points on my scalp. By small, I mean nickel sized blobs. I do this with a hand mirror, leaning backward looking into the mirror on the wall to precisely place each blob. Then, still leaning backward I use my index finger to spread each blob around to cover most of my scalp. I only treat the balding area. Then I face the wall mirror and carefully rub and massage my entire scalp to better disperse the Rogaine over my scalp and hair.
I blow dry and style my hair and that's it for the morning.
In the evening, an hour or so before bed, I perform a second application. But this time I apply it to my dry hair, still using the two mirror system. Then I run a wet comb through my hair to evenly spread the Rogaine over my hair.
One thing that tripped me up for awhile was trying to clean my comb. The Rogaine leaves a white residue on the teeth of your comb that is hard to get off. I bought one of those comb bottles like the barbershop has. I soak the comb in a combination of alcohol and Barbicide. That keeps it pretty clean.
Good luck my fellow balding brethren.
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Elizabeth whom our family never stopped praying for after she was kidnapped, is an amazing woman. The day we heard on television at the San Juan High School counseling center where I was a counselor, in Blanding,Utah, no one could hear what they were actually saying on the TV reporting she had been found, because our little counseling center became fuller and more packed with students, and us 4 counselors, crying, cheering, all yelling at the same time. There are few so vivid memories I have but that is one that is permanently etched in my mind. Elizabeth has gone through an evil ordeal designed by two evil people, both culpable and their egregious violations against Elizabeth has put them where they belong - prison. This was at times a most disturbing read because of how she was violated and feeling her fear made it very disturbing. However, Elizabeth has shown us we do NOT have to remain victims, we can rise above our situations. It's a fine woman indeed you are Elizabeth Smart.
I used to have Norton several years ago and found it to be not only cumbersome to use, but a huge resource HOG. I vowed to myself to never use it again. I've had nearly all of the internet security suites out there and antivirus programs and to be honest, none of them were perfect. I just got off a two year subscription with Bitdefender and it seemed to lock up a lot and couldn't clean certain things off my system.
I just purchased this Norton internet security 2012 last night (digital version, 3 pc's $31 -amazing!) and installed it on my 3 systems in less than 15 minutes. I even had a hodge-podge of other previously installed internet security programs on all 3 systems, Norton immediately identified them and prompted me to uninstall them. By far, this was my easiest installation of internet security software to date.
The user interface layout is REALLY REALLY nice, I actually love it. We'll see in due time how the software does about detecting viruses and keeping my system running smooth, but based on what I've seen so far...I am very optimistic.
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