I started to lose hair on my sides after I believed at the time a bad chemical reaction to a perm (I have afro Caribbean hair), I had this happen a while before but my hair grew back. This time however it didn't grow back and so I got worried and went to my doc. I had the test and was diagnosed with PCOS so I thought it was coincidence that this was happening. I also had braids but I had them for ages and in=fact they grew my hair.
Having gone to docs again (who don't really have no knowledge on hair loss), they referred me to have biopsy on my scalp, and when the results came back said I had a degree of 'scarring' due to traction alopecia!
I also had bloods and my iron was low! It seems every time I asked for GP help, they never could give me a diagnosis to my hair loss which now is coming up to 4 years. I am not bald, but my temple/side hair just seems to stay at 1cm while the rest of my hair is thick and grows. I have taken high does of iron but it seems to be taking ages to build this up. I use Rogaine for Women which I took about 2 years ago and helped a bit. I stopped and have started again. I have tried everything, have done so much research, but it has just been guess work. I am so frustrated that I have to only do hairstyles to constantly hide my sides which do not suit my face. I just want someone to diagnose and say this is the real issue so I can tackle it without anymore guess work.