Hi! I have been reading this forums for a while now, trying to find information that would make sense in stopping my hair loss. It is time for me to share what has worked for me. I am 43 yo, healthy, with no family history of hair loss. 3 years ago my hair started shedding more then usual and resulted in loosing more then 50%. As it got thinner I had to cut it shorter so it would look decent. It was mid way to my back, now it is shoulder length. Several weeks ago I went to doctor to do thyroid test. No problem there. Doc send me to derm. Derm tested iron and checked for lupus and some other diseases that could cause hair to fall out. Tests came back good. I was diagnosed with alopecia, given prescription of men's rogaine, viviscal and biotin. Derm wants me to come back in few month for checkup. If this does not work, next step would be to get on spironolactone, a blood pressure medicine. If that does not work get on propecia. All medicines I would have to use for the lifetime with no guarantee they would work and accept the side effects that they come with. Oooohhh, my.... It just did not sound good. After reading about Rogaine experiences I am not ready to to start using rogaine, not even to mention other meds. But I have been using for last 1.5 years different natural solutions. I last 2 weeks my hair shedding when washing my hair has gone down from about 150 to 30. That makes me happy! I am glad I had blood work done to check for serious medical conditions and to know my iron and ferritin levels. Ferritin is 52 iron is 92. This is what I found that works for me - First, let me go back 9 years when I had a lot of hair falling out and no hair growing due to stress. I found that vitamin supplement Shen Min helped me to stop loss and regrow hair. I get it from vitacost.com. I used it for few years and then stopped after my hair got back to what I was used to. When current hair loss started I went back to Shen Min. You have to use it for 4-6 months to start seeing difference. This time new hair started growing, but hair loss did not stop. I started researching more. Ruling out different causes, it started to point to nutrition and gut health. All our illnesses start in our gut. Healthy hair growth depends a lot on animal protein we eat. I included red meat in my diet and make sure I have animal protein every day. I used to be a vegetarian for about 10 years 25 years ago, then ate meats except red meat till last year. Don't eat it often if you don't want , but do try to eat at least some every week and get grass fed organically raised with no antibiotics. I recommend you read R. F. Schmid, N.D. book Traditional Foods are your Best Medicine. It will be eye opening. I got me a better juicer and started juicing more. I researched on essential oils and created scalp elixirs that I apply every night and believe that it is what makes the shedding go down. I make my own shea butter mix with essential oils that I put on scalp the night before I will get my hair washes. it is also good on skin as a cream. I did buy viviscal and am starting my second week. It is too early to tell what it will do, but hopefully it will make a positive impact. Supplements that I use and are working for me: Cold pressed cod liver oil. It is important to get it cold pressed I use Blue Ice Royal Butter Oil/Fermented cod liver oil blend. Shen Min Vitamin C 1000 mg twice a day Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother 2tsp in 8oz of water Viviscal (just started) Evening Primrose Oil 1000mg/3 times p day Biotin 5,000 mcg / 2x day Periodically: Iron Ferrous Fumarate 18mg about every other day Eat grass fed beef as often as possible since it contains nutrient that is needed which grain fed beef does not contain. (read that book). I want to included vitamin B complex. Hair routine: Elixir for hair shedding- nighttime treatment for alopecia from The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by V. Worwood: 4oz Apple Cider vinegar, 20 drops Carrot oil, 10 drops rosemary oil. Take 1 tsp dilute with 1 tbl cold water, and massage in scalp before bedtime. Shea butter mix for hair - 4 oz unrefined shea butter, 2 oz coconut oil Essential oils 10 - 15 drops each. I use essential oils that are for alopecia, there are many oils for different conditions. If you have dandruff, oily hair...etc you can use ones that work for you. I use jojoba, carrot, rosemary, lavender, lemon, palma rosa, clary sage. Melt Shea butter and coconut oil (look on youtube there are many videos on how to make it). Add essential oils. Whip with mixer on high speed for about 20 min or until whipped like a butter consistency. Use before washing hair by massaging in scalp and leaving there 30 min to overnight. I wash my hair with natural shampoos, often I have some that I add essential oils to stimulate hair growth. I have a bottle of Nioxin that I use periodically. Henna has been a big improver of my exiting hair. I started using henna about a year ago and my hair strands has gotten much healthier, stronger, shinier. Make sure you use real henna which is green powder and smells like grass. Look on line for how to use it. There are different mixes for different colors. An easy one to use is Rainbow Henna because it comes premixed for different colors. I strongly recommend to consider henna. It is time involved, but all natural, not expensive and results are great especially over time. I am looking into using amla as I am reading it is very beneficial for hair. To summarize: Eat clean - ditch processed food and cut back sugar. Eat animal proteins every day. Take care of your scalp by conditioning it with shea butter mix and AC vinegar & essential oils elixir. Take supplements. Exercise at least 30 min daily (walk, if nothing else) to get your blood flowing. Use Henna to condition/color your existing hair strands. Stay away from chemical hair colors. Hope this helps someone. If I think of anything that I forgot, I will add it. Take care!