How to Measure Hair Loss

Hair Loss

Hair lossWhen you notice that you are suffering from hair loss, you likely want to jump immediately into treatment. It is typical for people to panic when they see the first signs of balding. While quick action is a good idea for preventing even more hair loss, it’s also important to measure your level of hair loss before you start seeking hair loss treatments.

Why You Need to Measure Hair Loss

If you’re losing hair, why should you waste your time measuring hair loss? Well, one reason is because hair loss can be deceiving. In fact, everybody loses a certain amount of hair daily. On average, men and women lose anywhere from 50 to 100 hairs each day, so even if you notice hair coming out in the shower, it could be completely natural. Other factors, like the temperature and your hair colour, can also affect how much hair you lose normally.

While you may not be losing as much hair as you think, the opposite can be true as well. Often, balding isn’t noticeable until it has progressed quite a bit. Your hair may have been thinning for a long time, but you may only be noticing the first signs of baldness. That can make you think your hair loss isn’t that bad, and you may end up putting off treatments that can help.

Measuring your hair loss is important because it will help you determine what treatment works best. Different treatments are more suited to different types of hair loss. For instance, if you lose hair due to stress, a shampoo might be enough, while male pattern baldness may need a stronger approach. By measuring your hair loss, you can take the right steps to get back a full head of hair before it’s too late.

Norwood Scale to Measure Male Pattern Baldness

If you are a man and believe that you are suffering from male pattern baldness, then using the Norwood Scale is a good to measure the level of your hair loss. The Norwood Scale is used to measure the different stages of male hair loss. Usually, male hair loss occurs in a distinct pattern, beginning with recession around the hairline and temple, as well as balding on the crown.

The Norwood Scale has seven stages, going from minor or no hair loss to complete baldness. By looking at diagrams of each stage, you can compare to your own balding pattern and see how far your hair loss has progressed. Usually, Stage 1 and 2 may not require treatment, but by Stage 3, you are considered balding.

Measuring Female Pattern Baldness Using Ludwig Scale

The Norwood Scale works for men, but how do you test for hair loss in females? Women usually experience hair loss in a pattern formation too. Female pattern hair loss, however, doesn’t occur in the same pattern that it does with men. While male pattern hair loss starts from the hair line or crown, female pattern hair loss occurs in more of a diffuse thinning. This means that all of the hair on the top of their scalp begins to thin.

The Ludwig Scale can be used by women to determine what level their hair loss is at. Like the Norwood Scale, the Ludwig Scale features several stages of hair loss, shown in diagrams or pictures. Unlike men, however, female hair loss occurs throughout the entire scalp. For women, it is easiest to measure hair loss with their hair parted along the middle of their scalp. If hair loss is occurring, it will be evident along the part.

Other Means to Measure Hair Loss

There are other ways that you can measure your hair loss. For instance, there are now web sites that have hair loss calculators, which use questionnaires to help determine your hair loss. These online tools will take into account your sex, age, and family history of hair loss. However, they are not always entirely accurate. The most accurate way to measure your balding is to see a hair loss specialist. Hair loss specialists have a variety of advanced techniques that can be used to precisely determine your level of hair loss. Many offer free consultations to check your balding.

For a free hair loss consultation, The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists is an experienced hair transplant organization located in the heart of Mississauga. We have 20 years of experience in hair transplants, replacements, and hair loss treatment procedures. Feel free to contact us for more information about hair transplants or any other hair or scalp concern at (905) 272-0190.

by Ken Robson

In business since August 1, 1986, I am the president and also a client at The Canadian Institute of Hair & Scalp Specialists. Having worked with a team of Doctors and Chemists over the years I have compiled a great deal of knowledge in this area, originally involved with a Pharmaceutical company manufacturing vitamins for the hair loss industry. Years ago I was fascinated by the new developments in this area as my own hair was beginning to thin. Studying Trichology at the Toronto clinic I then opened my own office and have enjoyed it ever since.