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Hamilton-Norwood scale

The progression of male pattern baldness is generally classified on the Hamilton-Norwood scale, which ranges from stages I to VII. The Hamilton-Norwood Scale was first developed by Dr. James Hamilton in the 1950s, this measurement scale was later revised and updated by Dr. O'Tar Norwood in the 1970s and is commonly referred to as the ‘Hamilton-Norwood Scale’.

The Hamilton-Norwood scale is a guide only in order to determine how advanced a man’s hair loss/level of baldness is. The higher the number, the more advanced the hair loss.

The rate at which males lose hair is very individualized. Some men will at younger age lose their hair rapidly and stay at a certain point for the rest of their lives. Other men can have no detectable hair loss until they are in there fifties, only to advance to a high degree of hair loss in just a few years. Typically, if thinning occurs early in life there is a very good chance that the person is destined for a great deal of hair loss.

There is no accurate indicator of how hair loss will evolve but to possibly help determine how far hair loss will advance one should look at the family history. Look at any older males in the family. Look at both sides: the father, brothers, grandfathers, uncles, etc. The notion that the balding gene comes from just one of the parent’s side is an old wives’ tale. If at least some people in your family have a good degree of hair loss and you are noticing signs at a young age then you may want to prepare yourself that there could be more hair loss. Still, you can only use your family history as a guide.

So what do you do with this knowledge once you have determined where you are on the Scale?

Educate yourself about the options available to you: Research everything there is to know about hair transplant and non-surgical hair restoration! Consult with these places, many offer Free Consultations in order to assist you in making the best decision possible; we do at World Hair Institute.

If you consider medication (pills, cream etc.) consult with an MD, Dermatologist or similar in order to determine what would work the best for you. At the same time you would have a person who closely can follow the development and guiding and monitoring any results.

Are you confused? Don’t know where to start or where to go? Or do you feel unsure of who to trust? We at World Hair Institute have done the research for you and found highly qualified doctors such as Dermatologists, MDs, psychologists etc.

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