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Male Hair Loss Stages

Male pattern baldness is mainly caused due to the male hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone) and can strike in as early as teens or twenties. The hairline starts to recede in a pattern gradually – starting with the crown. Here are the symptoms:

  • Excessive hair loss
  • Scaly scalp
  • Receding hairline in front, temples
  • Thinning of hair on the crown
  • Bald patch on scalp top
  • Partial and complete baldness gradually

Male pattern baldness majorly occurs due to genetic causes and almost 80% of balding men have a history of baldness in their ancestors.

There are stages of male pattern baldness according to the Norwood-Hamilton Scale – a scale for determining hair count/volume. The stage determines the number of grafts that are required in the hair transplant. Dr. Kalia’s extensive proficiency about hair loss and hair transplant enables him to identify the hair stage at a glance, helping him provide the best and fruitful treatment. Here are the stages of male pattern baldness:

Stage 1:

No hair loss.

Stage 2:

Minor hair receding appears at the front of the hairline and some temporal recession.

Stage 2A:

Receding begins across the entire front hairline.

Stage 3:

Temporal hair recession becomes more and more prominent.

Stage 3A:

The front hair progressively recedes towards the back.

Stage 3V:

Besides the hair loss at the front and temporal regions, the crown also starts losing hair.

Stage 4:

Front and temporal hair loss increases and the bald patch at the crown expands.

Stage 4A:

Hair loss spreads past the mid-crown.

Stage 5:

The front bald area starts to join the bald area at the crown.

Stage 5A:

The front and the crown baldness slowly enlarge.

Stage 5V:

The bald patch at the crown keeps widening and is about to merge with the front bald area.

Stage 6:

The crown and front bald areas completely merge.

Stage 7:

This is the stage of extensive baldness where only a strip of hair are left at sides and back of the head.

Female Hair Loss Stages

Female pattern baldness is also known as alopecia diffusa and is majorly characterized by scattered loss of hair from the scalp.

Female pattern baldness mechanism is somewhat to that of male pattern baldness – the main causes being genetic and hormonal. Some other causes of female pattern baldness are:

  • Menopause
  • Pregnancy/Child Birth
  • Menarche
  • Malnutrition/Deficiencies
  • OCPs
  • Crash Diet Courses
  • Fat burners
  • Stress

Here are the symptoms of female pattern baldness:

  • Hair thinning all over the head
  • Visible loss of hair while washing, combing hair
  • Moderate loss of hair from the crown
  • Excessive coarseness of the hair texture
  • Scaly scalp
  • Roughness of facial hair may get coarse in some women (due to the effects of the male hormone)

The stages remain the same as in men, except that it is more gradual and less visible due to more volume of the hair.