I had another flare up with my alopecia. This one was really bad. I will usually just get a few bald spots hidden under my long hair, but this time I ended up with one huge one behind my ear, and four on the back of my head. Thank god that I hadn't cut my hair short. I am getting by hiding it by pulling my hair back in a barrette. I didn't want to go back to the derm for treatment due to insurance issues, and a bad experience at the last one. Anyhow to make a long story short, I thought I would try the herbal oil routes, and it is working. Prior to this I had been applying hydrocortisone to the spots (it helped with the pain, but the hair was not coming in short of fine hairs). I tried a combinatiion of the coconut oil, lavender oil, vitamin e oil, tree leave oil, peppermint oil, and sweet olive oil. I have been doing this for about 3 weeks now (applying the oils, sometimes overnight with a shower cap, and sometimes just for a hour or so.......depending on my schedule), and it is working! I have new growth, and the spots seemed to be shrinking. I have also been taking biotin, and prenatal vitamins (approved by my Dr). I have changed my diet to include more protein (90 grams per day, and again approved by my Dr. for my height and size). The one thing that I did notice since using the oils has been that the pain I encounter on my bald patches is gone along with the itching. I think this flare up was caused by my young niece's suicide and some other stress factors. I was just curious if anyone else had success with these methods? Prior to this, I used the injections from the Derm, and also applied hydrocortisone topically.