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Male Hair Loss Patterns

In 1975, Dr. O’tar Norwood, published a standardized definition establishing a world wide classification in naming the two most common patterns in male pattern baldness. Along with this, he also named several other less common types related to similar conditions predominant to male pattern baldness as well. It is within these classification that hair specialists and doctors that deal with certain hair conditions, base their over all evaluation and approach prior to addressing the proper procedure of applying the needed clinical treatment in regards to male pattern baldness and hair loss.


Class I – This condition is related to adolescent or juvenile receding hairline conditions. It does not necessarily mean an immediate progress resulting to baldness at this stage in the case of the hairline starting above the beyond normal position in regard to the age of the individual.

Class II – This can be easily be indicated with proportion to the eye brow’s crease measuring at a fingers length up to the present position of the hairline. This is usually a condition that starts between the age of the early 30′s and the early 40′s for males. This is normal according to specialists and does not classify as the start of male pattern baldness.

Class III – This is considered as the first sign of clinical baldness. It can be defined as the real start of the manifestation of hair loss and can be determined by the loss of hair or the deepening of the temporal regions of the hairline. The temporal region are the opposite end of the hairline and are the first to manifest the signs of hair loss. As hair loss progresses, the temporal regions deepen further upward, going towards the backside of the head. This can be seen as like that of the letter “M”.

Class III Vertex – This is another Class III condition that involves the onset of hair loss on the top most part of the crown (Vertex) of the head. Unlike the first case condition, it can not be easily visible at a first glance since it usually begins on the top most part of the head and you may need an extra mirror to see the actual condition.

Class IV – This classification is best described as an apparent disappearance of most of the hairs on the top most crown of the head. Its characteristics imply a remaining growth of strands from the original vertex (crown) that still exists, giving it a sparse evident appearance of baldness.

Class V – This condition is the progression from the Class IV condition in which the remaining sparse strands of hair have totally receded. The obvious manifestation of the visible balding area of the crown and the hairlines are almost viewed as one,

Class VI – This condition can be defined as the total loss of all remaining hairs on the crown. The crown has totally lost all visible growth of hair, thus exposing the whole front and top most region of the head. The only visible hair growth that remains unaffected at this point will be that of the sides of the head.

Class VII – This is the final stages of male pattern baldness which can be defined as the total disappearance of all remaining hair from the front, crown and to some extent, as far as the backside of the head. The remaining hair growth on the sides of the head may well be sparse as well.


Dr. O’tar Norwood based his classifications in regards to the most common patterns found in men with male pattern baldness. However, there are also diffused unpatterned hair loss conditions that do not fall within his published clinical studies. The genetic cause of hair loss in men that contributes to male pattern baldness is very hard to determine in regards to finding the adequate solution for clinical evaluations since it is not easy to make constructive diagnosis from clinical data such as these.

Diffused Patterned Alopecia and Diffused Unpatterned Alopecia are both predisposed genetic condition, most of the time hereditary in origin. It is the first imperative to fully understand the origin of it’s symptoms before proceeding to any sort of medical treatment. Diffused Patterned Alopecia (DPA) falls under Dr. O’tar Norwood’s classification. However, Diffused Unpatterned Alopecia (DUPA) has no predictable pattern to begin with and could even start to manifest just about in any part of the head.

DPA and DUPA patients that would want to undergo hair transplant are faced with certain issues regarding the procedure’s chances of being successful. DPA candidate are often times successful when undergoing hair transplant as opposed to DUPA candidates. DUPA face an uncertainty in regards to hair transplant procedures for reasons of their unstable genetic disposition.


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What Causes Thinning Hair In Men?

The nightmare scenario for many men is the onset of hair loss.  The well-follicled among us may scoff at the banality of stressing over the shedding of a few strands of hair, but hair loss is a real problem for people who are experiencing it.

If we think about it, much of our self-image is tied up in the way that we look, and for many of us, hair is an important part of our appearance.   There’s no shortage of bald jokes (I’ve never understood the humor in them) even though a large segment of the population has had to deal with losing their hair – both men and women!

Some Numbers on Hair Loss

Statistics place the number of affected Americans at 56 million (35 million men and 21 million women), with 40% of men experiencing some sort of hair loss by the age of 35.

  • Male pattern baldness can begin before turning 21
  • Men can lose 50% of their hair before it gets noticed
  • Normal average daily hair loss is 100 hairs per day, so persons experiencing appearance changing hair loss lose their hair at a much higher rate
  • 30% of women experience some degree of hair thinning in their lifetime

Causes of Hair Loss

Hereditary factors are the most common causes of hair loss.  This is what is known as male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness for women.  Hormonal changes due to pregnancy and menopause can also cause hair loss, although these losses are temporary.

Medical conditions can result is hair loss.  People who have experienced problems with their thyroid, scalp infections, and other skin disorders can experience hair loss as a consequence.

Certain medications have side effects that contribute to hair loss.  These include: prescribed cancer treatments, high blood pressure medications, and medications that address heart problems, arthritis, and depression.

Our emotions and our behaviors can also result in hair loss.  A 2011 study revealed that the stress of divorce, heavy drinking, smoking, and exposure to the sun are all linked to hair loss.  These factors were found to contribute more to hair loss in women, as many men in the study experienced their hair loss due to male pattern baldness.

Bad nutrition is often linked to temporary hair loss, so taking a holistic approach to the problem that promotes general good health can yield positive results.

Remedies to Hair Loss

When there’s a big problem or concern, there are many people who work tirelessly to find a solution, and then there are the hucksters.  In this case, they tout home remedies for hair restoration that many medical professionals dismiss as being ineffective and expensive.  Some “natural” products may be effective in prolonging the stay of hair that you have, but they won’t help new hair grow.

Promoting positive lifestyle choices is another type of “natural” attempt to stem hair loss.  Incorporating these choices into your everyday life will have a better effect than any home remedy product.  These lifestyle choices include: better nutrition, efforts to reduce stress, seeking medical advice and checking for vitamin deficiencies in your diet, and ensuring that your shampoo is not overly abrasive.  These choices could help to sustain the hair that you have and help you to lose hair at a slower rate.

Non-surgical hair restoration medication can be effective.  There are many brands available, but the top three medications make up 56% of hair restoration remedies that are prescribed: Propecia, Rogain Foam, and Minoxidil.

The last resort for some is hair restoration surgery.  Statistics from 2010 show that over 100,000 people chose this option in the United States and nearly 280,000 people worldwide underwent this surgery.


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The Five Best Shampoos For Thinning Hair In Men

After reviewing some shampoos that can help women treat thin hair and hair loss yesterday it is time to do the same for men today. You may ask yourself why men and women don’t use the same shampoos to treat thin hair. After all they are suffering from the same condition. The answer is quite simple. The causes for hair loss differ between men and women. Men often suffer from what is called “male pattern baldness” which is a genetic condition. While other causes like stress, malnutrition and improper hair care can be evident in both men and women male pattern baldness only applies to men and is the main differentiator and reason for different treatment options.

Now lets get to it. Here are the three best shampoos for men with thinning hair. For more infos just click on the picture or the Amazon link.

hair shampoo men1. Rogaine: Rogaine is without a doubt one of the best solutions to regrow hair or stop hair loss in its roots. Rogaine has been clinically proven and is FDA-approved. The active ingredient is minoxidil. It has been proven in different studies to help 85% of all men regrow hair. Rogaine is also available at Amazon.











Alpecin shampoo2. Alpecin is one of the cheaper options available. It is a caffeine rich shampoo that will help stimulate the hair roots and stop hair loss. A daily wash is enough to strengthen your hair and give it more grip. You can get it for just over $11 at Amazon.






vive pro shampoo3. Vive Pro by L’Oreal Paris: Vive Pro is a shampoo by L’Oreal Paris. It’s for the daily use and caters to the need men have in their shampoo. It’s also one of the cheaper options available but customers have had fantastic results using it. Check it out at Amazon.





If you experience hair loss feel free to browse through the above recommendations. All three are highly popular products by reputable brands.

Please keep in mind that the above recommendations are just that. We are not doctors neither do we produce or sell any of the products mentioned. All recommendations are therefore tips and no guarantee is made.

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I am 53 years old and live in Miami. I have two kids, one boy and one girl with my wife Linda. My son Jon is now 19 years old and in College. My daughter Jennifer is 14 and still in High-School. We also have a dog. When I don’t work in the marketing department of a health company, I like to spend time outdoors with my family and friends. I don’t do as much sport as I should but my family and me go on a skiing vacation at least once a year.