It can be said that losing your hair is a fact of life. Almost all men will experience some hair thinning as they grow older but the rate and amount of hair loss you experience could be down to genetics. Androgenic Alopecia or male pattern baldness is the cause of 95% of men’s thinning hair. While thinning hair can start at any age, the first signs are usually visible between the ages of 30 and 40 with 50% of men in their 60s experiencing significant hair loss. This being said, hair loss is usually a slow business and it can take someone up to 15-25 years to go completely bald. So, wherever you are on your hair loss journey, you still have time to do something about it. Understanding Male Pattern Baldness and its stages can be key to helping you choose a treatment and beginning your hair loss prevention journey.
The Stages of Hair Loss
So you think your hairline is receding or maybe you’re starting to feel a little thin on top? A visit to your doctor will classify you into one of the stages of Male Pattern Baldness; otherwise known as the Norwood Scale. This is a form of classification for Male Pattern Baldness that was developed by – wait for it – Dr. O’tar Norwood in 1975. You can see a diagram of the Norwood Scale here.
The Norwood Scale
· Stage 1: You have no significant signs of balding.
· Stage2: You have a small amount of thinning concentrated at the temples – some consider this to be a normal adult hairline.
· Stage 3: The thinning at the temples increases, giving the M shaped appearance of the hairline. This is the first stage where the hair is clinically considered to be thinning.
· Stage 3 Vertex: Stage 3 is intensified by the beginning of hair thinning on the crown of the head.
· Stage 4: Thinning at the temples continues to progress. In this stage very little or no hair is left on the crown.
· Stage 5: The two thinning sections are still separated by a line of hair but they are moving closer together.
· Stage 6: The two thinning sections meet to form one bald spot covering the crown of the head.
· Stage 7: The bald section enlarges so that the only remaining hair is a ring around the side of the head.
Treatments To Consider
Once you have identified where you fall in the stages of balding, it’s time to consider which male hair loss treatment is best for you. As most treatments for Male Pattern Baldness are preventative, it is important to start male hair loss treatment as early as possible. If you are around stage 3-4 of the Norwood Scale, it could be the perfect time to consider Minoxidil as this topical male hair loss solution works to prevent further hair loss and can help you retain the hair you still have. Similarly, at The Dense Hair Club, we have a 2 in 1 product containing Finasteride and Minoxidil – two of the best FDA approved hair loss products! Not only do they tackle hair loss at the root of the problem, but you can also sleep easily knowing that they don’t contain any of the nasty side effects you hear about in other products.