I was a Norwood 5-6 only eight months ago, and now I’m a Norwood 1 from only the Big 3 (fin 1mg daily, min 5% twice daily, keto shampoo twice weekly).
I’ve seen first-hand that the Big 3 works if you’re perfectly consistent and disciplined with it. I also know that consistency and discipline are rare qualities. I’ve seen it in so many ways — guys saying they’re following a skincare or lifting routine, for instance, but skipping days here, skipping days there, while still swearing up and down that they’re following a routine.
Let’s suppose a $5 tablet were developed that could completely restore hair overnight. Let’s suppose we had some way of knowing the tablet to be perfectly safe and effective. How many whining bald men would hop into their cars and drive to the pharmacy the day it became available? I don’t think very many. They’d wait at least a few days, maybe a few weeks. After all, what’s a few more days? What’s a few more weeks? And that’s true enough, but the point is the sloppy mentality, the lack of drive, the lack of impetus.
Men like me who regrow our hair completely are men with force of character who act with gusto and firmness and bend reality to our wills. The moment I read about finasteride and minoxidil, I made an appointment with my doctor to get a finasteride prescription THAT VERY DAY. I went to the pharmacy, collected my finasteride from the pharmacist, grabbed some minoxidil 5% from the shelves, and started my routine THE MINUTE I WALKED THROUGH MY APARTMENT DOOR.