Well my hair is chopped off into a short bob and surprisingly I love it! I don't know how it will look when it's not blow dried/ straightened, but it definitely hides the thinning parts.
My doctor said I have telogen effluvium and I have a referral for a derm. Her medical text book said that this can be caused by cessation of contraceptives. The particular pill I was on is actually supposed to help stop hair loss, so it's quite possible I have female pattern balding and that pill is what's kept hair on my head all those years! So it's a wait and see as to whether my hair will grow back.
Thanks all for your responses 😊