One of the most significant changes in men, when they get older, is baldness and hair line receding. This condition does not occur suddenly. The whole process of getting bald involves various stages and each stage takes a lot of time to be visible.
So, the whole situation does not take place in one night. In the following article, we will get to know about the male pattern baldness stages. Let’s get into the stages of balding!
What is the Norwood Scale?
We have scales to measure the extent of various issues. In this case, we too have a scale to the intensity of the baldness. The Norwood scale or the Hamilton-Norwood scale is a type of scale that measures the extent of male pattern baldness. Thus, giving us a simple classification of stages of baldness in men.
With the easy images to be referred to, the Norwood scale is trusted by doctors, researchers, and hair transplant surgeons as well. Though there are scales that are used for measuring female pattern baldness, the Norwood scale is specially designed to focus on male pattern baldness.
The Norwood scale is highly used by medical practitioners to diagnose the extent of baldness, to discuss the treatment options, and the further effectiveness of the treatment.
What are the stages of balding in men and hair line receding?
As we had discussed earlier, noticeable baldness does not occur at once. The initial loss of hair does not feel like a big deal and is taken into the category of normal hair loss. But this is not ordinary. With the thinning of the forehead hair, a bald patch is slowly noticeable.
Male pattern baldness stage 1
This stage begins with the thinning of hair around the temple region of the forehead. As per the Norwood scale, the initial stage of male pattern balding is not practically visible as there is not much of a change in neither hairline nor the hair loss scale. This stage is known as the early sign of balding.
Male pattern baldness stage 2
This stage involves pattern baldness of a higher degree. When compared to stage 1 of male pattern baldness, here the hair situated at the forehead and the temples shred their protein and become thinner. This condition of hair loss is also known as thinning at the crown, in terms of male, or front baldness.
This is the early sign of baldness that is noticeable and that results in having a wider forehead and the temples become more visible. The pattern that the loss of hair creates around the forehead can be denoted as an M-shaped hairline.
The intensity of this stage depends upon the different hair loss grades of a man’s life. It has been scientifically proven that besides genetics, male pattern baldness can also occur due to environmental fluctuations.
There have been researches that prove that men, who specifically lived-in polluted areas or frequently smoked cigarettes were to get male pattern baldness earlier as compared to others.
Male pattern baldness stage 3
In the Norwood Hamilton Scale, stage 3 of male pattern baldness is even more evident and visible as compared to the previous stage. The forehead becomes wider as a result of the hairline getting deeper. Thus, taking a shape of U, M, or V on the forehead.
The amount of hair loss at this stage has certainly increased and comes under the “baldness” category, as per the Norwood scale. There might be the occurrence of bald spots at this stage of male pattern baldness.
Male pattern balding stage 4
This stage mainly focuses on the intense hair loss on the back of the head. By now you have got an idea that with each of the succeeding stages, the amount of hair loss increases. In this stage too, there is a lot of hair loss.
The intensity of the bald spot increases and is evident. Whereas the hair situated on the crown starts to become thin. The hair loss at the back of the head takes place in the form of large patches.
Male pattern balding stage 5
The shape of the hair loss in this stage is presented by a classic horseshoe-shaped or even U-shaped baldness at the crown of the scalp. At this stage, the hairline disappears significantly due to heavy loss of hair. When someone reaches this stage, the treatment for baldness becomes more difficult. Stage 5 of the Norwood scale is denoted by severe baldness and hair loss.
Male pattern baldness stage 6
This stage of the scale is denoted by the visible scalp and the occurrence of enlarged bald patches. As the bald patches widen, it gives rise to the thinning of hair on the head. Moreover, hair loss also spreads on both sides of the head.
The treatments available for this stage are hair transplant and scalp reduction procedures.
Male pattern baldness stage 7
When someone has reached stage 7 of the Norwood scale, they must have lost almost all of their hair. The hairline which was once in the temple now has been receded to the crown. There is a little hair left only on the sides of the head that is very thin.
The treatment options for this last stage are scalp reduction and micro-pigmentation. Another artificial and the most common way is to wear a wig of the same hair color and texture.
The bottom line
Now, you must have got an idea regarding the option of treatments when you reach the last stages. So, what are the treatment options when you are at an early stage on the scale? When you are in the early stages of balding, apply natural herbs that have regrowing effects on the lost hair. The herbs can also delay the process of genetic balding.
Moreover, you can also make use of DHT blockers to delay balding. Foods that are high in zinc and rosemary-infused shampoos and oils are also helpful in reducing hair fall. You can also use derma rollers and moisturize the scalp with warm oil. All these methods are highly effective in regrowing lost hair.