Stages of Balding: How to Identify Your Stage of Baldness & Recommended Treatment Solutions

Balding, the receding hairline, and thinning hair are common traits that many men share. Unlike Alopecia areata, male-pattern hair loss is a hereditary trait that is passed through genes, and it may feel like you `have no way of stopping yourself from going bald, at any age. However, it’s important to know the different stages ofbalding so that you can then understand the best treatment solution for you.

Balding can occur in men of any age. Whether you’re in your teens, early twenties, or late fifties, you could experience balding. The most common form of balding is called “male-pattern hair loss.” This male-pattern balding is responsible for about 90% of all men who are losing their hair.

In this article, we’ll discuss the seven main stages of balding and what they all mean, as well as the different recommended treatment that you can use to help with your balding—before you panic and decide you need a hair transplant.

Stage One

Stage one consists of a juvenile hairline or an adolescent hairline and is a normal part of hair growth. This hairline tends to be the hairline that younger children and teens have, before the effects of balding appear. During this stage, there is no hair loss to be seen anywhere, either at the crown of the head or at the hairline. A mature hairline has also yet to appear (a mature hairline does not signify balding, though).

There is no concern for balding at this stage (as it is really hair growth rather than balding). For the most part, if you’re in this stage, you might not even realize whether or not you will experience balding later on in your life.

Stage Two

Stage two is when the mature hairline kicks in. This is also referred to as the adult hairline. While hair loss is associated with this stage, this also doesn’t signify balding at all. Men who have mature hairlines may have a future where they don’t bald at all.

At this stage, your hairline recedes slightly over time and sits a little above your upper brow crease. Hair loss does occur but only at the front hairline as it shifts over time. The hair loss will more than likely not even be noticeable, as this can sometimes take a whole decade to become noticeable.

Stage Three

This is the first sign of balding. Stage three can consist of hair loss associated with male pattern baldness. For the most part at this stage, men can experience their hairline at their temples to recede symmetrically. This part of the temple tends to have a sparser hair covering—or none at all—so it isn’t a huge balding situation. However, the hairline recession will more than likely be noticed (if you pay attention but possibly not to others).

Thinning at the crown of your head can also start to appear at this stage. Again, not immediate balding, just thinning of the hair. You may not even realize that your hair is thinning at the crown of your head. This can also take some time, though in some men it may happen very quickly.

Stage Four

In stage four, your hairline at your temples

In stage four, your hairline at your temples will begin to recede even more than before. Also, the thinning at the crown will now result in hair loss, making balding more evident. If you weren’t sure that you were balding before, you will be if you are at this stage. This balding process at the crown can often result in some thick hair separating your receding hairline from the hair loss at the crown of your head.

However, the sides of your head will more than likely still be covered in hair, with no sign of either balding or thinning.

Stage Five

Stage five of male-pattern baldness consists of severe hair loss. While the hair separating the hair loss at the crown and the hair loss at your hairline is still intact, the hair will now begin to start thinning (though you are not balding in this area just yet). The hair loss areas will also become larger than they were in the former stage; therefore, making them more noticeable.

Stage Six

Atstage six, you will see that the hair that previously separated the two areas of hair loss is now experiencing hair loss as well. At this stage, you may have lost almost all hair in this area. Now, the only hair remaining forms a similar shape to that of a horseshoe, as the most noticeable baldness is at the center or the top of your head and scalp.

You may now also begin to notice that the hair on the sides of your head has also begun to thin out. You may even experience hair loss in this area, as well.

Stage Seven

Stage seven is the most advanced stage of balding and hair loss—and also the final stage. Now, the only hair that remains tends to be on the side of your head and on the back of your scalp. The rest of your head is bald.


Now that we’ve discussed all the different stages of balding (and hopefully you’ve figured out just what stage you are at), let’s talk about the different treatments for you. There are treatments for each stage of baldingbut, for this article, we’re only going to talk about the most common methods of hair loss treatments.

As you may know, there are supplements and pills that you can take that have stated that they help with hair loss. There are also oils and lotions that you can purchase that state that they help with hair regrowth.

If you are in the final stages of balding, such asstage six or seven, you may want to consider a hair transplant. This treatment is technically a form of surgery, though, and definitely more expensive than other treatments. Laser treatment is also a new, more expensive, way to help with hair regrowth.

If you are in the beginning stages of balding, you may just need to change your diet and try to eat healthier to offset some of the later effects of balding or so that your balding doesn’t get any worse. Implementing things like green tea, saw palmetto, and peppermint oil in your diet is said to also help.

It’s important to know about the different stages of balding so that you can find the best treatment available to you. Hopefully, this list has helped you clarify just what stage you’re at.