Hi everyone (apologies if this is a little long) i came across this fabulous site after a quick search on google last night, so heres my story i noticed my hair thinning a few years back, actually ive always had a thin type of hair but lately there has definately been a noticable thinning. It started with receeding in my temples when i was in my 20's but now i think they call it the horseshoe pattern has appeared. I have always cut my own hair and have dabbled with a few styles that best mask the problem area, im not talking about a comb over but ive tried a part and a short mohawk and always kept the sides buzzed short. Ive also tried saw palmetto after reading about it online and heard it was safer than other medications but then found out (not personally) that it could have similar side effects as it does the same thing, also I have been using minnoxidil for almost 8 months now and really havent noticed any improvements and its a bit of a hassle and a lot of cost for nothing, oh and i also tried toppik but that just made a mess lol. So considering my options, ive buzzed it down on occasion to a number 4 also a 3 with a side fade to a 1 and also once buzzed it down to a number 1 allover but let it grow out again, never gone full no guard and dont think i would dare shave with a razor.