I was 16 when my hair started falling out, until then I had long, beautiful black hair that reached my waist. I don't remember noticing a lot of hair fall and I don't remember being too concerned. Since I had had long hair for a while, I was sort of tired of it and just wanted to chop it all off. So the minute a quack suggested that the hair fall could be because my scalp couldn't bear the weight of my long hair, I went to the nearest salon and chopped off over half of it. I was really tomboyish, and I didn't seem to care that my hair was falling out, not until college when boys started noticing me and I started feeling conscious about my looks. Anyways, it's been 18 years now and I sport a boy cut, I can't ever remember what it felt like to have long hair. I don't remember enjoying a beautiful breeze or the sun...am constantly conscious of my scalp shining through...my hand involuntarily rushes to the rescue of the wisps of hair on my crown when a stiff breeze threatens to blow them away. Living in India, I see a lot of women with long hair beautifully braided, and I can only look at them longingly. My hair has thinned considerably...to a point where my scalp on the crown is quite visible...and also on the sides of my head...the hairline is still the same though...but there's considerable thinning. Hair still falls out quite a lot...it seems to drop out all on it's own...like trees shedding their leaves in Autumn. Friends and family tell me it's alright and that it's barely noticeable and that it doesn't matter. But I can't help feeling conscious and this has affected my self-confidence a great deal. If I notice anyone looking at me, I cringe...I know they must be appalled at the sight of my head. Doctors don't seem to care or understand since they see worse health issues, sometimes life-threatening. Sometimes I have to console myself with the thought that I still have enough hair to carefully conceal thin areas. It's quite distressing. It's amazing how many people are totally unaware of Alopecia and how incredibly insensitive they can be. I've tried all treatments there is, you name it...I've tried it...Alopathy, Homeopathy, Ayurvedic, etc... I've even tried Finestride 5mg per day with Amexidil (has minoxidil, same as Rogaine but less priced). Right now though am taking these herbal supplements called Hair Essentials and Fo-ti root. I've noticed hair growth and have also noticed that my eyebrows and eyelashes have become thicker. Hair Essentials seems to have good reviews- a US-based company. To get the product, I have to ask a friend to buy and ship it to me as Hair Essentials don't ship to India. I hope to see better results in a couple of months. I've taken some pics, will post them here if I see improvement after two months. The picture attached here is how my scalp looks now. If not, that's the last. I'm just going to give up on medications and treatments and maybe one day settle for a wig.