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The Ludwig Scale

There are several scales to help determine the stages in women’s hair loss for instance the Olsen scale, and the Ebling-Rook scale, but the Ludwig Scale and the Savin Scale are the two most commonly used methods for creating a uniform analysis of hair loss in women. Although the Ludwig Scale & the Savin Scale are nearly identical in nature, the main difference is that the Savin Scale measures overall thinning as well as density.

Above illustrations show female crown density images ranging from no hair loss to severe hair loss.

On the chart there are three columns and three rows of the female heads. The nine different shots of each head are all positioned in the same manner in order to show the crown and scalp area. Each image shows evidence of the areas with different patterns of hair loss.

In the first image (labeled I-1) the central parting of a woman with no hair loss is shown. In the images labeled I-2, I-3, I-4 the width of the parting gets progressively wider indicating thinner hair along the center of the scalp. The images labeled II-1 and II-2 show diffuse thinning of the hair over the top of the scalp. The image labeled III represents a woman with extensive & diffuse hair loss on top of the scalp, but some hair does survive. Picture 8 shows a very advanced stage of Hair Loss while picture 9 is an illustration of frontal recession (hair line is thinning from front going back); both densities are fairly rare on women.

Women and Hair Loss

Hair loss in women can be absolutely devastating for the sufferer's self image and emotional wellbeing. On the other hand it is considered much more acceptable for men going through the process of hair loss than it ever has been for women. The way society looks at thinning and baldness has made many women suffer in silence.

Just 10 years ago there were very limited options for women’s hair loss solutions while today you have a tremendous amount of options in quality, attachment methods, and styles. Today’s women make up forty percent of American hair loss sufferers, Unfortunately it is only recently that the medical community started showing a serious and growing interest in women's hair loss.

There is a lot to understand about women’s hair loss. While the information in this overview might have helped you gain some understanding and explain any problems you may be experiencing you might want to contact your medical professional. If you are looking for an MD, Dermatologist, or any other professional specializing in this area we have done the research for you having made a list of highly skilled professionals that we can recommend.

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