The Norwood Scale visualizes male pattern baldness, showing the seven stages one may experience in their hair loss journey. It measures the severity and patterns in which you lose your hair, so it gives hair loss specialists a barometer to determine the best course of action in determining what type of treatment would be best suited for your needs.
Stage 1 is where one can either begin or continue to identify symptoms of thinning. Thinning is best considered mild, with the only slight recession of the hairline.
Stage 2 is the stage when there is a recession of the hairline. It is also called an adult hairline.
Stage 3 is when the first signs of clinically significant balding can begin to appear. The hairline begins to recede at the temples, taking on an M (or U, or V) shape. The receding spots are entirely bare, being sparsely covered in hair.
Stage 3 vertex, the hairline remains the same as stage two, but significant hair loss has progressed to the point where it covers most of one’s forehead above one’s eyes.
Stage 4 is when the recession becomes more severe than in stage 2, and there is less hair on the vertex. There are two areas of hair loss separated by a band of hair that connects to the remaining hair on the sides of the scalp.
Stage 5 is a later stage of hair loss. At this point, the section of hair that has been lost now comes across as above average wider and covers more area than those in stages 1 through 4. The area between these wide spots, however, is less densely populated by hair.
Stage 6 starts when the temples develop bald spots that meet with the receding hairline at the top of the head. The areas near the ears are now nearly fully bald or just beginning to thin out if you’re lucky enough to have some hair still there.
Stage 7 is the most severe stage of hair loss. Stage 7 is where only a band of hair around the sides of the head remains. This hair is usually fine and maybe not dense at all.
Norwood Class A is a slightly different yet less common progression of hair loss. The main difference from Norwood class B is that the front-to-back progression happens without leaving an island of hair in the middle. Instead, there is no bald area on the vertex, and it slowly progresses back uniformly from the front to the back only.
Male pattern baldness is not an illness, but it does cause a lot of stress and anxiety. The best way to fight male pattern baldness is a scalp micropigmentation treatment which is the process of tattooing the skin on top of your scalp, making it look highly natural and realistic as if your hair still grows naturally. We offer this treatment here at SMP Trendsetters or you can get it in USA at True Micropigmentation Clinic.