The last time I remember my hair being normal was October 2008. After that, the hair loss was so gradual, it took months before I could get over my denial and realize I had a problem. I didn't have insurance until this year, so I wasn't able to get into a dermatologist until this April. By the end of the month I was diagnosed with diffuse alopecia areata and androgenic alopecia. I'm not sure how much hair loss can be attributed to each cause, but I'm hoping less was caused by androgenic alopecia because I don't want to use Rogaine for the rest of my life. This is so ridiculous, I'm 25, I shouldn't be losing my hair! I wish I could go back two years and feel my normal hair just once. I've forgotten what it's like to have a full head of hair I haven't worn my hair down since before Christmas, the all over hair loss is very noticeable and the only way to cover it up is to carefully fix my hair. I have to apply Rogaine foam (which is better than the liquid!) in the morning and Olux-e (a steroid foam) at night. I have to apply the Rogaine very carefully or it will make my hair look greasy. The Olux-e is awful, no matter how I apply it, it makes my hair look like I haven't showered in a week. Thankfully, I only have to apply this one at night (for now). I hate applying it, though, because I'm very busy and usually don't get home until late and the last thing I want to do is take 10min to apply the foam and then wait 30min for it to dry so I can go to bed. It will be worth it if it works, but only time will tell. I'm so tired of this, I just want my hair back. I have found that Toppik and Couvre work REALLY well to cover the thinness. I apply Couvre (it stains the scalp the color of your hair) first and then shake on the Toppik fibers (keratin fibers that match your hair color) which cling to the hair to make it look fuller. It took a couple uses to figure out the best way to apply it, but now I have my confidence back. I hate having to use it, I'd rather have my real hair, but it's better than nothing. I can almost make myself believe I don't have a hair loss problem when I put it on. The company that makes these products have several other products that I'm contemplating. I was hoping I'd be diagnosed with hypothyroidism, or something easily treated/curable. I usually just tell people I have an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss and I don't even tell them I have alopecia areata unless they ask. I never mention androgenic alopecia, because that's the one known as female pattern baldness and it makes me feel ashamed...like it's my fault or something. I know its not, but I can't help feeling that way. I just imagine other people are thinking that. I haven't even told that many people...only a few women in my church, my immediate family, a friend, and my boyfriend. My boyfriend has been AMAZING through all of this. He has an autoimmune disease (and multiple other things) as well, so he understands. What are the odds of that! It's nice to be able to relate to someone I know about all this. My one fear is that I will never regrow all of my hair. I can't even imagine that...I need to believe I will.