Are you worried about hair loss? Hair loss can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, reactions to medicine or medical procedures, stress, and age. While your individual hair loss experience will be unique, there are general baselines to help you identify the early stages of hair loss and get treatment to restore a full, beautiful head of hair.
You’re Not Alone: Hair Loss is a Common Concern
Before defining the specific stages of hair loss, we want to reassure you that it is normal to lose hair. We all lose hair every day — normal hair loss, on average, is between 50 to 100 hairs a day. As we age, hair will naturally thin, and hairlines will recede for many people.
It’s easy to get increasingly preoccupied with hair loss when you can see a demonstrable difference in your hair. Maybe you have a receding hairline, thinning hair, or bald patches that are getting worse. It’s important to recognize if you’re in the early stages of hair loss or if you’re further along. Read below about how to identify the stages of hair loss to see where you fall in the categories.
Recognizing Early Stages of Hair Loss & Further Progression
There are many different ways to measure or track hair loss, but the Norwood scale is generally accepted as a good baseline. The Norwood scale defines seven stages of increasing severity for hair loss.
- Stage 1: The first, or baseline, stage could be thought of as the “ideal” or “original” status of hair, where hair loss remains within normal ranges and the hairline has not receded visibly. Note that this stage is not a universal standard; some people’s baselines will include thicker hair or a more covered scalp than others.
- Stage 2: This stage is when hair loss becomes visible but not yet significant. Hair loss is typically restricted to the temple area for an adult or maturing hairline.
- Stage 3: Balding becomes obvious. The receding hairline typically falls into a pattern resembling the letters M, U, or V. Hair may have significantly thinned or be completely absent in those areas. In this stage, hair loss can also emerge around the crown of the head.
- Stage 4: There is little to no hair along the vertex, or top middle, of the scalp. Hair remains a normal thickness on the sides of the head, with hair loss increased at the crown and temples.
- Stage 5: Hair thins significantly, and the band of hair that separates the crown and temples decreases.
- Stage 6: Separate areas of hair loss merge, with very sparse or no hair left on top of the head.
- Stage 7: In the final stage, there is only a thin band of hair around the sides and back of the head, and the hair may be sparse or overly thin.
The later stages of hair loss often occur incrementally in this pattern.
Is Hair Loss Irreversible?
Hair loss is complicated. While hair that is lost cannot be put back in, new hair can grow. So if, for example, hair loss occurred as a reaction to medication taken (in a process called anagen effluvium), stopping that medication will also stop hair loss. That doesn’t fix the hair loss that has already happened, but it will prevent more hair loss from happening, and over time, hair growth can come back in. Most hair loss, however, comes as a result of age and cannot be as easily restored.
Ultimately, while there is no cure for hair loss, treatments are available. You may find success with medical-grade hair care products and supplements and/or hair care procedures. Hair loss can be combated with hair transplants, such as ARTAS robotic technology, or PRP hair rejuvenation.
Feel Confident in Any Stage
Don’t let hair loss get you down. No matter what stage they’re in, some people embrace hair loss. Plenty of bald men are proud of their sleek appearance. But if your hair loss causes you anxiety, loss of self-confidence, or any other negative emotions, it doesn’t have to stay that way.
Take control of your look at any stage of hair loss when you schedule your personalized complimentary consultation here at Salameh Hair Transplant. We’ll walk you through your options when it comes to hair transplants and rejuvenation so you can feel confident in your appearance again.