We all try to look our best, well, most of the time. That’s not to say that men and women are inherently vain. But for many of us, our hair is quite important. A good head of hair will perfectly accent our facial features. It is closely associated with youth. Often even well-being and good health. Signs of hair loss can bring on a state of fear, checking on hair loss patterns and stages, as well as family history. What’s your hair loss stage? What can you do about it?
Do you wait or treat at the first signs of hair loss?
Another reason why hair loss goes untreated is not seeing the signs. Or, seeing them but hoping it´s just a blip. What you need to remember about reversing the effects of hair loss is the best approach is a proactive one. There is no cure for hair loss. The best plan is to preserve first. The better your odds are of stopping your hair from thinning the earlier you treat the problem. You can always wait. Wait until the majority of your hair is gone. But generally, this becomes more involved and requires a surgical option.
Understanding Male Pattern Baldness
Male pattern hair loss affects the vast majority of men over their lifetime. Not every man loses all their hair. Hair loss can follow other males in the family. From either the mother or father´s side. The pattern or stage of hair loss often follows the genetic pattern.
The Norwood Scale is a simple representation to help identify the male hair loss stages. With variants to represent hairline and frontal hair loss. Also, mainly crown or vertex hair loss patterns. The Norwood 1 or 2 represent little to no hair loss stages. Norwood 3 stage signifies a recession of the hairline and temple points. This stage is often when many men start to consider treatment. The receding hairline look is becoming more obvious. The idea of the Norwood scale is very simple and helpful. It clearly displays the ways in which hair loss evolves in men. The younger hair loss starts the higher the chances that your hair loss pattern will end up at a higher stage.
It’s all about the DHT
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), is thought to be mainly responsible for hereditary hair loss. If your hair follicles are genetically sensitive they will shrink due to the male pattern baldness gene. 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.
Progressive hair loss stages
It gets to the point hair loss cannot be hidden. Hairstyles are being dictated by the lack of hair. By the time you reach Norwood 4 male pattern hair loss is very evident. Your hairline has receded back. Visually it´s not really recognised as a hairline any longer. The hair on your crown will begin to thin out and you may start losing large patches of hair in the back of your head at the vertex, or in the front of your head.
Stage 5 is really considered to be the first stage of advanced hair loss. The early signs of the horseshoe-shaped hair pattern. with a hair loss pattern throughout the top of the scalp. This is when hair loss is entering a severe stage where it becomes more difficult to treat. More advanced stages are less common. Stages 6 and above.
These are the more classic horseshoe look. That leaves the top of the head completely bald. With the crown and often the sides moving down at the same time. Reducing the amount of hair around the back and sides. Unfortunately, if your hair loss has advanced to these stages your hair restoration options are more limited.
Get Started as Soon as Possible
If you are concerned about hair loss. And think you are noticing increased thinning or hair shedding, it’s never too early to seek professional advice. You’re going to need to take action as soon as you can if you don´t want to start seeing noticeable hair loss. Or, if your Norwood stage is more obvious to prevent further thinning and maybe restore areas of hair loss. You’ll be drawn more to a treatment program within the first stages of the Norwood Scale. But even in the later stages, treatment can still be beneficial. Especially when used with a surgical hair restoration option. Such as a hair transplant.