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Stages of Hairloss

Hair thinning and loss has long since been a central insecurity to men and women alike, so commonplace that much scientific research has been carried out to better determine the causes and characteristics of hair loss. The Hamilton-Norwood model is the classic way of measuring male hair loss, and breaks the process down into eight definite types, which can help sufferers better identify the issue they face and the most suitable solution.

Type I: no or very minimal hair loss or recession of hairline

Type II: triangular or otherwise symmetrical frontal recession of hairline; slight hair loss at temples

Type III: the first stage defined as ‘balding’; symmetrical hairline recession with bare or sparsely-covered temples; hair on the vertex may begin to thin in Type III Vertex

Type IV: front temporal recession more noticeable, as is thinning on crown; sparse band of hair linking temporal and crown

Type V: band separating vertex and temporal is much less distinct

Type VI: little to no remaining bridge between temporal and vertex; further hair loss at temples

Type VII: the final stage of balding; horseshoe-shaped remaining hair pattern around the sides and back of the scalp

Of course, not every sufferer will experience symptoms exactly like this. Some people will find they get combinations of these types of hair thinning, or that they leap from one type to another quite drastically; this does not matter. The Norwood scale simply makes it easier for sufferers to identify their symptoms and for trichologists to treat them effectively.

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Mens Hairloss

Hair loss in men is a very common issue. In fact, research suggests that up to 50% of men will experience hair loss at some point, and it is one of the few afflictions to take centre stage in the male grooming market. It can be brought on by any of a multitude of causes, from nutritional deficiencies, to stress or trauma, to hormonal imbalances. Unfortunately, it is often regarded as an unavoidable trait of being a male, and has often been put down to genetics.

The hormones have a lot to do with this, regardless of genetics. As men age, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the naturally-occurring hormone that promotes the growth of hair, among other functions, begins to wane and cause a shortening in the hair growth cycle, limiting growth. Consistent damage to the hair through dyeing or other harsh grooming products can cause further thinning.

For many men, the issue of balding or hair thinning is that it makes them look older than they are, and this can cause a plummet in self-esteem. The majority of sufferers also do not want to take such drastic measures as surgery to find relief from thinning hair, and would rather avoid the invasive and expensive solutions. The lower end of the market offers various products for men’s hair loss, although there is little evidence to support the claims made by these manufacturers, and they tend to delay the problem rather than offer any solution.

This is where scalp micropigmentation can provide the perfect fix for male hair loss. It offers instant noticeable and long-lasting results without the need for surgery, so men of all ages can feel confident about their hairlines.

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Womens Hairloss

Hair loss is a problem almost always synonymous with men; however, around 5% of women experience hair thinning or balding throughout their lives, which can be the result of a number of factors, such as medical conditions, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and stress. Because of how heavily hair loss is associated with men, affected women often feel the additional strain of suffering from a ‘male’ condition, and the resulting defeminisation.

Scalp micropigmentation is a flexible treatment that is not just for men, and not just for short hair. Whatever a woman’s existing hairstyle or the severity of the hair loss experienced, micropigmentation can reverse the appearance of hair thinning or balding, restoring a full and youthful head of hair that can be enjoyed once again.

Modern women are found to suffer from hair loss much more than previous generations, which has been put down to an increase in stress levels. Most importantly, in the event that stress is the cause of female hair loss, having micropigmentation treatments will in no way impact the follicle’s performance, so should causes such as stress or hormone levels alleviate, the natural follicle will be ready to perform its function once again with no problems.

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