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Are you curious about the stages of male pattern baldness? If you are, take a look at the seven stages to see where your symptoms may fall, as well as which stage is next. A hair tattoo might be a great option to improve the look of any unwanted hair loss.

7 Stages of Male Pattern Baldness

There are seven stages of male pattern baldness. These stages are based on the Norwood scale. The scale helps to classify and identify the amount of hair loss that can be expected if you experience male pattern baldness.

The Norwood scale offers a point of reference for hair loss practitioners to diagnose how extensive a person’s baldness is. From there, they can recommend a solution to improve the appearance of hair loss.

Stage 1: Unrecognizable Hair Thinning

The first stage of male pattern baldness on the Norwood scale is unrecognizable hair thinning. Minimal thinning occurs around the face, mainly by the forehead and temples. Hair on the top of the head remains unaffected in stage one.

Men in stage one typically do not notice significant hair loss or balding. Male pattern baldness is genetic and difficult to detect at this stage. It can start to appear in men at any age. About 25% of men who experience hereditary baldness will begin losing hair before turning 21.

Stage 2: Continued Hair Thinning and Hairline Shape Change

In the second stage, men can experience continued hair thinning along their face line. A hairline shape change can be noticed. The new hairline shape is referred to as an M-shaped hairline.

Baldness begins at the front of the scalp and begins to recede back towards the center of the head. Stage two is when most men start to notice they are balding. The changes in the hairline can make the forehead appear wider. Hair covers most of the top of the head at this stage.

Environmental factors like smog and cigarette smoke can make baldness worse at this stage.

Stage 3: Visible Hair Loss and Continued Hairline Shape Change

By stage three, balding due to male pattern baldness can be easily recognized. The hairline recedes and either further defines the M-shape. The hairline can also recede to make the shape of a “U” or “V.”

Stage three is also known as the vertex stage. Vertex baldness refers to a bald spot towards the back of the top of the head. Hair continues to cover most of the top of the head except for at the vertex.

It is sometimes difficult for men to notice balding at the vertex; however, by stage three, they will most likely realize their hair has started to thin and recede.

Stage 4: Continued Hair Loss at the Top of the Head

In stage four, a man has a very noticeable bald spot on the top of his head. The hairline will continue to recede back towards the top of the head. The bald spot at the vertex will continue to widen in diameter.

Some hair will continue to cover some parts of the top of the head. The remaining hair will divide the receding hairline and the increasing bald spot at the vertex.

Stage 5:  Large Hairline and Top of Head Balding

Stage five is recognizable by the significant amount of hair loss at the hairline and top of the head. The hair shape of men who experience male pattern baldness will look like a horseshoe. A small portion of hair will separate the two areas of hair loss seen in the previous stages.

Stage 6:  Balding Areas Join

During stage six, the two balding areas will join together to make one large bald area. The band of hair that once separated the two areas will have almost completely disappeared or gone away entirely. It is possible for a small band of hair to remain; however, it will be small and thin.

Stage 7: Exposed Crown with Minimal Hair

Stage seven is when men will experience the most extensive amount of hair loss. In the final stage of hair loss, men will have almost no hair on the top of their heads.

The remaining hair wrapping around their head may have bald patches. The hair usually feels less dense than it used to, in addition to being thin.

Get a Hair Tattoo to Improve the Look of Hair Loss

Men who experience male pattern baldness might want to enhance their appearance and lessen the look of hair loss. One way to achieve their desired look is to get a hair tattoo, also known as scalp micropigmentation.

Hair tattoos are applied to the scalp of a client by a trained practitioner. The tattoo makes existing hair appear thicker. It can give the appearance of a buzzed haircut, too.

Scalp micropigmentation is a great option for men who want a solution for their balding or thinning hair.