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My hair is receding in the front, and it's starting to move towards the middle, like the two sides are going to connect, giving me one of those frontal islands. On top of that, it's thinning in the back. Whenever my brother, my cousin, and I get together, we always compare our baldness progression. I'm the youngest of us at 23, and mine is by far the worst. :(

I hear ya. I'm on the fast track to the horseshoe.

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