Hair fall has become a very common concern for most of the men but its severity differs from man to man. To measure extend of hair fall pattern, Hamilton-Norwood scale is available. It categorizes the level of male pattern baldness. It is a standard scale that measures male pattern baldness, which ranges from first to seventh stages; with the indication; higher the number, more advanced the loss is.
History and significance of Hamilton-Norwood scale
Hamilton-Norwood, this name contains the contribution of two researchers; initially, it was introduced by Dr. James Hamilton in the 1950s and later on in 1970s revised and updated by Dr. O'Tar Norwood. It's one of the easiest ways to conclude how far along a man may be with hair loss and what he can expect if left untreated. It is the most common and widely recognized way available so far.
The Hamilton-Norwood Scale’s stages
The scale itself is way too simple approach. But depends upon the experts is how they interpret the results that matters. The Norwood Scale is universally accepted as the standard for measuring the progress of male pattern baldness.
As you know that this scale defines 7 progressive stages this is because some men first start losing their hair on their temple and others on their crown and this scale defines each stage with two versions accordingly. However, it is not be tricky to determine where your hair is at.
Stage 1- it is just beginning stage when most men do not even realize they have hair loss. There is almost certainly no noticeable thinning anywhere on his head unless he has been closely examining it for years.
Stage 2 - The hair loss is becoming manifest, the hair is still retaining its overall shape, either the crown or the temples are clearly thinner.
Stage 3 - At this stage, the hair line clearly moved away from its original position and leaves only baby-fine hairs behind. Some thinning on the back of head can also be noticed.
Stage 4 – At this point of time, one can notice the thinning hair on top of head and the thinning on the back head are moving toward one another. The hair between the two areas is becoming gradually more exposed.
Stage 5 – The intensity of hair loss is denser, as area between two spots clearly merges into one balding zone. Though, normal hairs sparsely can find in this area.
Stage 6 – AT this stage, only baby-fine hairs on top remains and moves down to an area level with the top of ears. Basically, this is the hair's very last chance at survival.
Stage 7 – This is the last stage when hair on most of head has finally died. One has left with no more baby-fine hairs; all follicles have shrunken and disappeared completely, leaving only slick, shiny, smooth skin.
Interpreting Hamilton-Norwood Scale
With the above given info now you are very clear to give your hair loss an accurate number. Let’s understand what these numbers means. If not you are a number 7, your hair is still alive. It can still be saved.
If you are anyone from stages 1 to 6 will have the best results using a usual, holistic approach by consulting hair treatment experts to solve the actual health problems which led to hair loss. Well, do not worry if you are at stage 7, because for you there is the most effective and successful treatment available for you that is hair transplantation.