How Bald are you Based on the Norwood Scale?

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If you feel like you might be starting to display signs of hair loss, this guide will help you to recognise the different stages of baldness. Read on to get familiar with the Norwood Scale and the different types of balding.

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Norwood Scale

The Norwood Scale is a simple visual representation to help you identify hair loss stages as well as different types of receding hairlines. The Norwood 1 hairline and 2 are the earliest stages where hair loss is still minimal. It's at the Norwood 3 stage that you might want to start considering some for 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 chances are that you'll be losing quite a bit of hair over time.

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Signs of Receding Hairline

Even though signs of hair loss are usually related to ageing, you might start showing signs of receding hairline right after puberty. One of the things to look our for is what shape your hairline starts to develop as a result of thinning out. For example, if the hair on the frontal part of your scalp starts growing in a V shape, that's a clear sign of receding hair line and eventually hair loss.

If this is what you're dealing with, check out the video below with a variety of hairstyles for men with high foreheads and receding hairlines.

Stages of Balding

Displaying a receding 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. That said, the Norwood Scale is a useful tool as there is a level of predictability in hair loss patterns. That's because hair loss is related 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.

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 shrink 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 completely dead. If they're still alive but not producing hair you can still grow hair with hair loss treatments.

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On That Note

As usual, you'll need to consult with professional in order to decide how to go about your stages of baldness. However, with the Norwood Scale, you can already start assessing what stage you might find yourself at.

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