Hi, I am a 16 year-old female. I started experiencing hair loss when I was 13-14 years old, but it wasn't serious. It only became worst when I was 15 years old. I decided to see the doctor and he prescribed me 2% minoxidil. He said my hairloss was heriditary, because my father also suffered male-pattern hairloss. (My hairloss was mostly the scalp area.) However, there was a period of time, when I was 12, I used to tie my hair tightly. Also, it was the time I caught the lices and my mother used to dettol to killed it. I wonder if it could also be the cause of hairloss? It may be a combination of things. The tight hair styles may cause traction alopecia, which sometimes responds at least partially to minoxidil. There may also be some inherited traits, but you probably need to be worked up more thoroughly by a hair specialist. A scalp biopsy may be required to give the diagnosis, as there may be something else going on. Traction alopecia is hair loss that is caused by long term hair pulling and breakage due to very tight ponytail, hair weaves and cornrows. Depending on the stage that the hair loss caused by Traction Alopecia has reached, it is possible to grow some hair back and stop any further hair loss as long as no further tension is applied to the areas Very often traction alopecia is not reversible because the follicle is destroyed. However, at your young age, this may not be the case. The doctor recommended seeing a hair specialist who may want to put you on 2% Minoxidil again to try to help the hair grow back. If all else fails, transplantation will be the next option. Good luck and please don't go back to the tightly pulled hairstyles! We recommend you a well balanced diet or vitamins that are essential not only to prevent hair loss, but also to promote healthy hair. Hair Cycle products are designed and formulated to nourish hair and allow the hair optimum health. Hair cycle are designed for all types of hair because they are free of harsh chemicals, and use safe natural ingredients that thoroughly cleanse the hair without unnecessary lathering. Natural ingredients combine to prevent premature hair loss and increase hair growth by supplying hair follicles with essential nutrients.