The various stages of hair loss

Measuring the stages of hair loss in men is normal. Hair loss affects around 1 in 3 by the age of 30. We said it. The stigma shall be broken! There’s no denying that us blokes become attached to our hair – it shows people who we are, gives an insight into our lives and how we look after our appearance.

Fortunately, with the advances in medical research, that rotten, three-word phrase ‘male pattern baldness’ can be prevented if the different stages of hair loss are addressed earlier on in its path. And it can even be possible for men to regrow hair with the right treatment.

The victims of hair loss can usually be found among those who failed to spot the warning signs, or at least until it was too late! Being proactive is better than being reactive, therefore get on top of your hair loss as soon as you spot a change in your locks. There is a way to follow your hair these days, carry on if you’d like to hear the various stages of hair loss and how you can track them!

The Norwood Scale

The Norwood Scale is a set of images that depict the different stages of hair loss. Now, whether they try to avoid the situation or not, most men know what to expect when they see the early signs of hair loss. To sum up, what’s the use of such a diagram that only states the obvious?

Well, the rate at which men lose hair varies enormously. Male hair loss can begin as early as puberty and while some men may shed rapidly in their 20’s up to a Type 3 or Type 4, others may have no detectable amount of hair loss until they are in their 50’s. Only to advance to a Type 6 or Type 7 in just a few short years. Primarily, the scale is used to assess how advanced a man’s hair loss is. The higher the number, the more advanced the loss. Moreover, if you start to thin or recede early in life, there’s a good chance you’re destined to lose quite a bit of hair.

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The different stages of hair loss and the Norwood scale:

Type I. Minimal hair loss.

Type II. Insignificant hair loss at the temples.

Type III. The first stage that requires treatment.

Type III vertex. Receding hairline and thinning hair on the vertex.

Type IV. A more significant pattern on the vertex and hairline.

Type V. Patterns at both sites are bigger, however, a thin division line is still present.

Type VI. The bridge is gone, but several strands of short fine hair may remain.

Type VII. The most severe form of hair loss. Little hair on the front or top of the head.

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Scott McDougall (MPharm) is a clinical pharmacist and in addition to being Cornerstone’s senior in-house pharmacist, is the co-founder of The Independent Pharmacy, one of the UK’s leading independent online pharmacies.

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