How far will it go?
If you’re experiencing hair loss, you’re probably wondering how far it will go. What can you expect to look like over the next several years or further in the future? Will you like how you look?
For men, hair begins to recede at the forehead or the crown. Most people seek a doctor’s evaluation only after they have started to notice significant hair loss in these areas or begin hearing comments about a visible bald spot. The question then becomes how much hair loss should you be concerned with? And which treatments can reverse it?
The average person sheds anywhere from 50 to 100 hairs a day, an undetectable amount compared to the roughly 100,000 hairs on your head. If you suddenly notice a significant amount of hair being left behind in your comb or on your pillow, it may be the first sign of balding.
The Norwood Scale
The most common hair loss patterns are represented by The Norwood Scale.
How Far Along Are You?
- Class I No visible hair loss.
- Class II Initial stages of recession. A “widow’s peak” begins to appear on the forehead.
- Class III Slight loss of hair above the temples, at the forehead and crown.
- Class IV More noticeable loss on the crown, above the temples and/or frontal areas.
- Class V Significant levels of hair loss now occurring on the top of the vertex and crown.
- Class VI Even more significant hair loss, although transplanting donor hair can still make a noticeable improvement.