The phases of hair loss

Hair loss - the different stages.

Hair loss in women the Ludwig classification
Hair Loss at Women the Ludwig Classification

The phases of hair loss: Regardless of an exact diagnosis of hair loss, it is often possible to identify how far hair loss has progressed using cruder methods. To provide an objective standard, there are a number of classifications of the different hair phases. For men this is often the "Hamilton-Norwood scale", for women usually the "Ludwig Classification".

The Hamilton-Norwood scale gives a unit for the different stages of the androgenic hair loss in men. It was developed by Hamilton in 1951 and modified by Norwood in 1985. In total, the scale includes seven stages of baldness, which in about 80 % of cases with hereditary hair loss occur. This allows a uniform documentation of hair loss according to the different stages:

The phases of hair loss

The levels of the Hamilton-Norwood scale

  • Hair loss phase I: No or hardly any regression of the hairline
  • Hair loss phase II: Hair loss in the front area and the back of the head. Formation of bays no more than 2 centimeters above an imaginary line connecting the ears.
  • Hair loss phase III: Incisions in the direction of the back of the head, extending beyond the imaginary line of connection. Baldness in the first stage.
  • Hair loss phase IV: Frontal and cranial areas run into each other, laterally increasing extension of hairless areas.
  • Hair loss phase V: Zones with little hair in front and on top of the head are separated by a narrow zone with hair. The hair on the temples and the back of the head take the form of a horseshoe (also in stage VI and VII).
  • Hair loss phase VI: The hairless areas on the forehead and skull have grown together. On the sides there is an expansion of the hairless areas.
  • Hair loss phase VII: All that remains of the original hair growth is a narrow fringe that runs from the ears to the back of the head.

In 1977, an alternative classification system was developed and published by Ludwig. This system was derived from the Hamilton-Norwood scheme. It describes mainly diffuse forms of hair loss spreading from the skull over the head. It is therefore more suitable for assessing hair loss in women. Of course, men with this type of hair loss (± 1/5 of the Men with hair loss) can be used.

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