November 14, 2017

Norwood Scale and the different types of balding

if you feel like you might be starting to display signs of hair loss, this guide will help you to recognize the different stages of baldness.

Norwood Scale

The Norwood Scale is a simple visual representation to help you to investigate hair loss stages as well as different types of declining hairlines. The Norwood 1 hairline and 2 are the earliest stages where hair loss is still basic. It’s at the Norwood 3 stage that you might want to start seeing some form of treatment. The concept of the Norwood scale is really simple, it displays the rate and ways in which hair loss evolves in men. The earlier you start to display those signs, the higher the possibility is that you’ll be losing quite a bit of hair over time.

The progression of male pattern baldness is generally classified on the Hamilton–Norwood scale, which ranges from stages I to VII.

Stages of Balding



Displaying a diminishing hairline is clear sign that you’re about to enter a series of hair loss stages. The process usually starts at the temples and gradually extends to the crown of the head. However, the rate at which you could lose your hair isn’t the same for every man. The Norwood Scale is a useful tool as there is a level of predictability in hair loss patterns. That’s because hair loss is connected to hormones and your genetic history. Needless to say that if there are cases of baldness in your family, you might be prone to hair loss.

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a derivate of testosterone, is mainly responsible for hereditary hair loss. If your hair follicles are particularly sensitive to DHT, they will reduce as a result making your hair thinner and weaker. Over time, this process will cause your hair follicles to eventually stop producing any hair. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that your follicles are absolutely dead. If they’re still alive but not producing hair you can still grow hair with hair loss treatments.

However, with the Norwood Scale, you can already start assessing what stage you might find yourself at.

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