The Stages of Hair Loss


Hair Loss in Men:

The most common form of hair loss is Androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness. It’s commonly linked to the genetics and hormonal imbalance. In this type of hair loss, hair follicles are genetically oversensitive to the dihydrotestosterone.

DHT hormone is produced by the male hormone testosterone and it causes the hair follicles to shrink with the passage of time. And leads to the hair thinning and ultimately to balding or total hair loss.

Other Factors which cause Hair Loss:

Aside from hereditary factors which cause hair loss, there are non-genetic hair loss factors too. Like the intake of certain medications, stress, and nutritional deficiencies.

Symptoms of the Male Pattern Baldness:

  • First of all, hairline begins to decline resulting in an M shape.
  • Then hair on the crown region becomes shorter and finer than usual.
  • Then a bald patch will be formed at the crown region of the scalp.
  • Breakage of hair, scaling, pain or redness are some other symptoms of male pattern baldness.

Male Pattern Baldness, the Norwood Scale:

There are 07 hair loss stages in male pattern baldness which are categorized using the Norwood scale.

  • Stage 1
  • Stage 2
  • Stage 3
  • Stage 4
  • Stage 5
  • Stage 6
  • Stage 7

·         Stage 1:

In stage 1, the hairline starts to recede.

·         Stage 2:

In stage 2, a change occurs to the hairline region. Very mild hair loss begins to appear at the front part of the hairline.

·         Stage 3:

Early signs of hair loss are noticeable in stage 3, as the hairline starts to recede at the temples as well.

·         Stage 4:

In stage 4, the hairline is prominently receding from the front parts of the temples and the forehead. Increased hair loss at the crown region also starts in stage 4.

·         Stage 5:

Hair loss becomes more severe and the crown region becomes more prominent due to hair thinning.

·         Stage 6:

Only few hair follicles are left on the head in stage 6. And a horseshoe-like shape is formed at the center of the scalp due to baldness.

It’s the most advanced stage of hair loss and in this stage, only sparse hair remains at the back and sides of the head.

Hair Loss in Women:

Female hair loss has more factors as compared to men hair loss. Like thyroid disorders, childbirth, intake of certain medications like birth control pills, arthritis, heart disease and depression.

Crash dieting, hormonal imbalance during menopause or after pregnancy, the habit of making tight hair up-dos such as the tight ponytail, braids, bun or cornrows are some of the common reasons due to which women get affected by hair loss.

Symptoms of the Female Pattern Baldness:

Female pattern hair loss typically appears with gradual hair thinning on the crown region with a widened parting. And the hairline is not affected, unlike men.

But sometimes, female pattern hair loss can show its signs by excessive hair shedding before the prominent hair thinning is observed.

Female Pattern Baldness: The Ludwig Scale:

·         Stage 1:

The female pattern baldness starts from the hair thinning at the crown region of the head.

·         Stage 2:

Overall hair thinning is the most prominent symptom of hair loss.

·         Stage 3:

In the last stage of female pattern hair loss, women completely lose hair from their crown regions.

Seek Professional Help:

If you are observing these symptoms of hair loss then it’s very important to visit a hair transplant surgeon and get his help to cure your hair loss in time.

Visit a Hair Transplant Surgeon at the Hair Transplant Clinic:

Consult a Hair Transplant surgeon at Hair Transplant Dubai Clinic. He will examine your scalp very carefully and will evaluate your hair loss treatment options.

Use of Medications or a Hair Transplant to treat Hair loss:

The hair transplant surgeon may recommend you to use certain medications if your hair loss is at an early stage. But if your hair loss is getting extreme and reaches to the stage 7. Then there only one safe, long-lasting and effective treatment to cure your hair loss i.e. hair transplant.


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Written By: Dr. Cagatay Sezgin

Dr. Cagatay Sezgin is a celebrity hair transplant surgeon with over 20 years of experience in hair transplantation and restoration. He is the First Turkish Board Surgeon to become a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and the Asian Association of Hair Transplant Surgeons (AAHRS). Moreover, he has the honor of becoming the first hair transplant surgeon in the world to perform hair, eyebrow, and beard transplantation all in one case and that too in a single session.

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