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Classifying Women’s Hair Loss on the Ludwig Scale

November 11, 2013

Posted in Hair Loss Treatments, Hair Replacement, Hair Transplantation, Thinning Hair, Women's Hair Loss


Female hair loss is much different than men’s.  Women tend to have thinning hair throughout the scalp, unlike men who develop full bald spots. Male baldness can be classified by the Hamilton-Norwood Scale but because female hair loss is of an entirely different nature, there is a separate scale for women’s hair loss. Female baldness is measured on a chart known as the Ludwig Scale.

The Ludwig Scale is designed to classify Female Pattern Hair Loss. This pattern of hair loss occurs among women who have Androgenic Alopecia, which is characterized by increased thinning or diffused hair loss all over but most noticeably at the part line and top area just behind the bangs, with little disruption to the hairline. Below, you’ll see the three classes of the Ludwig Scale as well as an illustrated depiction of other types of female hair loss: Traction Alopecia, Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Areata.

Ludwig Scale for Women

  1. Female baldness is the least severe with thinning on the top of the head.
  2. Hair loss is more significant with the scalp showing through thinning hair.
  3. All of the hair may be lost on the crown of the head.

The Ludwig Scale can help you gauge the best course of treatment for your stage of hair loss. No matter where you are currently on the scale, treatment options are available.

This hair loss assessment can give you a better idea of which Hair Club proven solution might be best for you.

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Jasmine Arteaga "Struggling with hair loss is something no one can understand unless they have walked in my shoes. Never did I think I could have the hair I always dreamed of! Once I gave Hair Club a chance they made my dream become reality and exceeded my expectations. This feeling of happiness will always stay with me!" - Jasmine Arteaga

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