Survey Thinning Temples - Hair Falling Out in Clumps - Taking Biotin. Any other tips?

I have a few questions for all of youse out there.
1. Do you take biotin? If so, for how long, in what amount? How long before you saw results? Does it also help keep your skin clear and strengthen your nails?
2. Do you use MegaTek? If so, how do you apply and how often?
3. How can you tell if your hair is protein sensitive?
4. Are there any oils I can massage in my scalp either on a weekly or nightly basis to stimulate hair regrowth?
5. Any other treatments I didn't think of?
6. Your own words of advice?
7. Hairstyling techniques I should avoid?
8. Any other vitamins or minerals or herbs that help reverse it?
9. Do you use shampoo or products with silicone in it? How often do you deep condition?

The background to my questions is below in a long confessional rant cuz I can't sleep. Figured I'd skip straight to the questions for those of you impatient types that don't like to read too much.

Hey everyone - this is my first post under this name (I coudn't remember the password to honeyes787 ).
I have 3B hair. My hairline has been receding, thinning at the temples, hair falling out very easily for a number of months now. Before my hair would fall out when I would take a new birth control pill/method, but I stopped taking birth control in November. I think the stress of being in my last semester in school, working, my internship and still trying to keep up with my social life is taking its toll on my hair and health - constant sniffles, headaches, back, neck & shoulder aches.
But what bothers me the most is the thinning hair. It actually keeps me up and gives me goosebumps (hence the late hour of this post). I used to take Dr. MIrcale, but I had a few problems with his temple & nape gro balm. His commercials are offensive to Black women, there are no ingredients listed because it is a secret formula, the smell is unbearable and the secret formula irritated my scalp and made me break out. I started taking multvitamins with a hefty dose of biotin at the beginning of the month.
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Thanks everyone in advance for your replies!
1. Do you take biotin? yes
If so, for how long, in what amount? Biotin will be a lifelong thing for me. My hair loss is from having lupus. I take 2 Biotin 5000 mcg nightly.
How long before you saw results? hair/skin/nails take forever to respond. I'd give it at least 6 months.

Does it also help keep your skin clear and strengthen your nails? never had an issue with acne. my nails are better but nothing impressive.


2. Do you use MegaTek? If so, how do you apply and how often? no

3. How can you tell if your hair is protein sensitive? Fine hair needs protein, coarse hair needs little protein. Hair can be sensitive to specific types of protein. If that's the case, experimenting is the only way to know. Search the archives for protein sensitivity and you'll find a wealth of info.

4. Are there any oils I can massage in my scalp either on a weekly or nightly basis to stimulate hair regrowth?
Herbal Hair Loss Solutions | eHow.com

5. Any other treatments I didn't think of? Rogaine!!!! It's scientifically proven to help with hair loss. I use the men's rogaine once a day. Great stuff!!! At Target, it's 20$ for 3 month supply.

6. Your own words of advice? find the underlying cause of the hair loss and address that. There's a reason you are losing hair.
Lots of great helpful info here
Hair Loss in Women | LIVESTRONG.COM


7. Hairstyling techniques I should avoid?
any types of weaves, braids, tight ponytails, tight buns, etc anything that puts stress on the scalp/hair is bad

8. Any other vitamins or minerals or herbs that help reverse it? You want to get your vitamins and minerals from whole foods. I supplement with biotin and a B complex, vitamin c, and fish oil

You need to find the underlying cause. Only then will you know if the hair loss can be reversed or not.

9. Do you use shampoo or products with silicone in it? How often do you deep condition?
I don't use cones but don't believe it has anything to do with hair loss. I lost my hair while avoiding cones. My health affects my hair. Sometimes my hair is drier than others and I condition according to my hair's needs.
thank you for your advice and I will be sure to check out those links you recommended!

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