A New York Times article said that there's no evidence that chlorine can lower the number of hair follicles. However, maybe that conclusion was based on studies concerning only terminal hairs. Do you think chlorine might have a negative effect on vellus hairs? In other words, is there any reason to wonder if chlorine is bad for those who have male-pattern baldness and makes it harder for minoxidil and finasteride to bring back hair? Chlorine still sticks tenaciously to skin and hair long after a swimmer gets out of the pool and showers. (I had already started my second quarter of a swim class before it became obvious that I was losing hair fast. Age 33.)
Do you think shaving one's head daily, i.e. the shaving cream and razor going over the scalp every day, is likely to have an adverse effect on vellus hair follicles, making it harder for minoxidil and finasteride to bring back terminal hairs? (While waiting and hoping for hair to come back on the front of my scalp, I'd prefer to shave my head. I can't hide minoxidil there anyway, and I don't bother putting any on if I'm leaving the house.)
Do you have an opinion on the effect of fish oil supplements on hair and skin?
Is it alright to use a generic brand of minoxidil (e.g. Safeway), or is it better to use Rogaine? (I was hoping to see you about scars in the summer, but now my extra money is being wasted on minoxidil and Propecia.)
The literature that came with some generic brand minoxidil says that minoxidil can cause a little hair loss during the first couple of weeks, before it causes hair growth. I noticed something about this in an online article as well. Is it true that minoxidil can initially cause a little bit of hair loss? And if it's true, do you happen to know what causes this paradoxical effect?
Thanks for setting up these forums.