I started losing hair around the age of 26-27. Prior to that I had a full head of hair and never imagined that I would start losing hair at that age. But I had a several throat infection around that time and the doctor just put me on antibiotics one after the other. I was on strong antibiotics for 3-4 months. Plus the water where I was living was extremely saline and did mess up my hair real bad...I noticed hair falling off everyday in the shower but never gave it a thought...Thats the thing about hair loss...you do not realize that you are noticeably losing hair until you have lost 50% of it. Fast forward 6 months and I started losing hair alarmingly - which in fact was telogen effluvium at work in response to the shock my system had from that antibiotic treatment.
I researched and fretted about it, thought it would all come back but what was gone was gone.In talking to Dr. Konior I learned sometimes telogen effluvium can initiate the onset of androgenetic alopecia...So something that was supposed to happen at maybe 45 started happening at 26...tough luck ;) My father has had a full head of hair until he was 55-60 but my grandfather from my mom's side was bald early in his age so maybe the genes came from the mom's side...Whatever losing your hair is a big time dampener....
I still had decent coverage but then I had to start using hair concealers to hide my hair loss...For some years it worked but then hair loss can never be completely reversed...You can slow it, halt it for a year or two but the nemesis never lets its foot off the pedal...So eventually I battled it out for 8 years before I decided to go in for a hair transplant. I am 35 now and my hair loss has stabilized for the last year or so....I could no longer rely on concelaers so had to go under the knife ;)