I was struck down by hair loss in 2014 after some traumatic personal events. I was only 20 at the time, my hair was coming out in handfuls to the point I was afraid I'd be bald within a year, and trying to deal with this on top of the awful events made me feel like the world was ending. My hair thinned out like mad, my hairline receded at the temples in the classic MPB pattern, I lost at least a centimetre of my front hairline, my parting widened, and the sides of my head appeared to have bald patches. This continued for 4 years and I gave up hope that it would stop or my hair would regrow. I worried about it continuously and lost all my confidence. I stopped going out much and became a shrinking violet. I did try spironolactone but it made me feel nauseous so stopped, and didn't want the facial hair or wrinkles you get with minoxidil, so thought there were no options. I think I probably read every page on the internet about hair loss. Blood tests and a biopsy both showed nothing wrong, but I thought it was early-onset Androgenetic Alopecia anyway because of the MPB hairline and because post-menopausal women in my family have Androgenetic Alopecia with the classic parting/crown thinning. About 7 months ago, I was sick of feeling terrible about the way I looked and worrying about my hair loss all the time, so I got tape-in hair extensions. I know extensions are terrible for hair that's weak and falling out, but I was at the end of my tether and did consult a hair loss specialist first who said that tape-ins are gentle and don't cause damage. (Not true, sadly!) Anyway, the result was... My stress levels reduced so much that my hair started growing back. I'm not exaggerating. Because of the extensions, I could no longer see my hair loss in the mirror, so I stopped worrying about my hair entirely. Gradually, hair regrew at the temples, my MPB-style hairline started to regrow (not a lot, but enough to notice), my front hairline grew back so I have a little fringe of regrowth, and a very noticeable amount of hair regrew at the parting and on the top of my head. The regrowth at the parting is normal hair growing to a normal length. A lot of it is grey, though, even though I'm only 24 (but early grey runs in the family!). The last 6 months have been the happiest time I've had in years, not because of this regrowth, but because I started doing all the things I enjoy which I used to avoid because I was ashamed of my hair loss. The downside - I have lost most of the hair around the sides and back of my head because of the weight of the extensions, despite being told they're ideal for fine hair. So I'll stop using the extensions and find a different cosmetic solution (ASAP, because I am dependent on covering up my thin hair). This lost hair may or may not regrow. I am very sad about it but I don't exactly regret getting them because I've learned something important... Find a cosmetic solution that makes you feel good, whether that's cutting your hair short, wearing extensions, a topper or a wig. Even if it's expensive, it's worth it if it'll make you feel confident again and stop worrying about your hair. I know a lot of women feel guilt about spending money on something frivolous like that even if you can afford it, but happy, confident people are much nicer for others to be around than sad, anxious people, and the less energy you're spending on worry the more energy you'll have to spend on things that are important to you. Log off forums like this and do whatever will allow you to get on with enjoying your life. So to reiterate, because I'm sure people will ask, the only factors have been: - stress reduction - taking iron tablets (not consistently) - taking the Yasmin pill (this won't be a cause as I began taking it in 2015, but it may have helped) - eating well and keeping a consistent healthy weight (had a low weight during time of stress) My 2019 resolution is 'don't worry so much, and embrace the fake'!