Two Bottles Left

It’s been five months since I started my Minoxidil journey, and I’m down to my last two bottles (I ordered a pack of six). Unfortunately, my beard growth hasn’t been as spectacular as I had hoped. In fact, it’s been miserable – it feels like the chemicals didn’t make a difference. I just don’t have any extra hair follicles where I want my beard to grow. However, it’s supposed to take at least six months for it to happen – so I’ve got at least one more month of applying that chemical on my face before I can officially conclude that this experiment was a failure, and I wasted money purchasing the six bottles of Minoxidil.

Other side effects I’ve noticed from using it – I now have a flaky chin – which is essentially dandruff on the opposite side of your head (LUL). I’ve been using moisturizing cream and washing my face with a moisturizing wash to alleviate the problem, but I guess it’s not going to go away until I stop using Minoxidil. I think my face also gets bloated when I use it, which gives me sleepy looking eyes and a fat face for the first few hours of the day and night (I apply 1 ml of it on my face twice a day). I also feel extra tired in the mornings, but I’m not sure if it’s due to the drug or my lack of sleep.

Fortunately I haven’t had anything serious like chest pains or difficulty breathing. My heartbeat is pretty fast – but it’s only something I noticed when I started wearing a smart watch. I’m not sure if it’s always been that high, and if it is – I don’t know if it’s because of the coffee or cigarettes I consume. Maybe it’s a combination of all three. Haha.

I have also gained some weight over the past few months, though I think it’s likely due to my eating habits more than anything else. I have been trying out a lot of new places over the past few months.

I wish I had good news to report to everyone but unfortunately I don’t. Then again, maybe it’s going to take one more month. I’ll be using up the remaining two bottles before I come to a definite conclusion. Fingers crossed for some magic to happen!

Hair by Hair

You know what else takes as long as waiting for your keyboard parts to arrive?

Me growing a beard. Actually I think I’m going to receive all my keyboard parts before I grow a decent beard.
It’s been a few months since I started using Minoxidil and I don’t think it’s making a big difference. However, I am only on my second bottle, so I didn’t really expect anything so soon. I definitely have noticed a few additional hairs on my face, but they are countable and I am still nowhere near being a poster-child for beard Instagram.

Regardless, the journey must go on and I shall continue using Minoxidil until I run out of it. Here’s to a better beard future.

On the other hand, the hair on my head has been growing quickly and is showing no signs of slowing down (woot). I am constantly being nagged by my mom to get a haircut though. I dread going back to the days of styling my hair every morning before going out. But I also don’t think I’d look good with a shaved head. Decisions, decisions.

If only there was a way we could control where the hair grew on our bodies. Or at least swap our hair follicles. I’d probably trade away hair on my pubes and armpits for hair on my face. That would be a pretty good deal. I’ve probably got way too many pubic hairs.

Beard Diary #01

Didn’t really know what to write about today so I thought I’d just put some sort of update about my adventure in beard growing. On the 3rd of April, I received my shipment of Minoxidil. I’ve been applying it daily for about 2 weeks now and I’m not sure if it’s working yet. I’m definitely feeling its effects – dry skin (I actually get dandruff when I scratch my beard haha) and my face bloated up a bit initially. After a few days, I decided that I’d cut down my intake from 2ml/day to 1ml/day for my body to get acclimatized to it. Next week I’ll probably go back to 2ml/day again.

As for the hair on my face, there’s nothing significant but I’m definitely seeing the growth of some new hairs on spots where there wasn’t any hair previously. Literally less than 20 new hairs, so it’s going to take a lot more time to grow. Hopefully I have hairs waiting to come out in the spots that matter.

Due to the nature of the chemical, it is important to make sure your hands are clean after you’re done applying it on your face. I guess it’s so that you don’t accidentally apply it on other parts of your body or on other people if you touch them. Imagine giving some girl you dislike a beard (haha).

I guess this is a pretty pointless update, but I thought it would be nice for me to have some dates down and a reference point that I can look back on in the future. It’s still too early to tell if it’s going to work or not, but I’m hopeful. In other news, I think I’m going to grow out my hair again. There are no rules on how I need to look like for my job, yay for flexibility.

Nobeard Problems

There are many different kinds of problems in the world. One of the problems I’ve been facing my whole life has been not having a beard. However, all that changes. In a few months time. Hopefully.

You see, I’ve been doing some research (i.e. Googling) on how to solve the problem for a while now, and it turns out that short of a hair transplant, there’s only one solution: Minoxidil. In the past I’ve tried some organic oil which was said to promote beard growth but it didn’t make any difference (I thought I’d try something cheap before forking out cash for something more expensive).

Last night, I made up my mind and placed an order for a few bottles of Kirkland which will hopefully arrive in a few weeks. This will be my last shot at growing a full beard. If it does nothing, then I guess I’m destined to have a thin patchy beard for the rest of my life. Curse you genes!

Assuming the Minoxidil actually works, I’ll be able to do the following things:

Dress like a pirate
Sing Four Year Strong songs
Wear flannel shirts while looking the part
Wield an ax
Get featured on incredibeard

Hopefully it won’t take too long to see results. If not I guess I’ll just remain regular ol’ me. PepeHands.