Hugs to you from me, too. I also have the "dime" ponytail. Thyroid issue in my case (autoimmune).

I have one niece that's totally bald (alopecia universalis), and when my hair started thinning some years ago, i was so worried I'd end up hairless.

So, I'm grateful from every strand that stays put!

Go for volume to disguise the thinning. Very defined curls/clumps just makes the thinness look more obvious.

And I hope the Rogaine works for you. I have not gone that route yet (still early in using the biotin internally and MSM/rosemary/sage on scalp).
Natural since 11/25/09
Then: fine, superdry, non-elastic, porous
Now: medium, dry, elastic, lower porosity, BSL

Curl Junkie Conditions!
Eden BW Cleansing Condish Rocks!

~CJ Protein Tx
; BEE-U-Ti-Ful Deep Condish
~SMasters Method; Pixie-curling
Dumped clumps for VOLUME!

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