The severity of male pattern baldness is commonly rated using the Hamilton-Norwood scale, which ranges from stage one through seven. Dr Rawnsley consults with each individual patient to determine what class they are currently in and how to turn back the clock to two to three classes behind their current state.
Normal head of hair without any sign of baldness.
The hair is receding in a wedge-shaped pattern.
The hair has receded deeper into the frontal and temporal area.
Hair has receded more dramatically into the frontal and temporal area and there are the beginnings of a bald spot at the back of the head.
Hair density is even further reduced.
The strip of hair connecting the two sides of the head is no longer there.
The hair has receded all the way back to the base of the head and the sides just above the ears.
Thinning hair in women can often be treated with products such as Rogaine. For those who are candidates for hair restoration it is usually due to trauma or symptoms similar to male pattern baldness.