Understanding the Classification of Women’s Hair Loss

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Hair loss is more commonly associated with men, but in reality, over 40 percent of all Americans experiencing hair loss are women. The reasons behind female pattern hair loss are not well understood, but they may be linked to aging, changes in hormones or a family history of male or female pattern baldness.

Female pattern hair loss is a progressive condition. This means that over time, women with hair loss may see their condition worsen with a continuously widening part and diffuse thinning overall. To help women understand and categorize their hair loss, hair restoration professionals often use the Ludwig Classification Scale. This chart separates female pattern baldness into three grades based on severity:

Grade I

This is described as minimal thinning, which can be camouflaged using different hair styling techniques. Hair loss at this stage may be so slight that it goes unnoticed. Typically, at this stage, a woman’s hair will appear thinner, but the front hair line does not recede.

Grade II.

This stage is considered moderate hair loss. Women in this category may notice decreased volume and a widening of their part. More of the scalp may become visible and an increase in shedding may be noticeable.

Grade III

Often described as diffuse thinning, this type of hair loss creates a see-through appearance on the top of the scalp. This is the rarest, most severe type of hair loss for women and it’s difficult to mask with hair styling techniques.


If you’re suffering from female pattern baldness, know that you are not alone. At Hair Club, we understand how devastating hair loss can be, particularly for women. It often affects a woman’s self-esteem and emotional well-being. The good news is you have options.

Hair Club offers only proven solutions, including surgical* and non-surgical options, as well as exclusive products and services to help you achieve thicker, fuller hair. Many women choose our laser hair growth devices, including the LaserHelmet, LaserBand and LaserComb, in their battle against hair loss. Hair Club’s laser technology is FDA-cleared+ and helps reduce further hair loss, increase hair density, improve the condition of your hair, and stimulate hair growth.

To learn more about these cutting-edge devices, schedule your free, private consultation with a hair loss expert today. Join the thousands of women who have restored their hair and transformed their lives with Hair Club.

* Professional hair transplantation services provided by the affiliated physicians of the Bosley Medical Group. No procedures are performed at Bosley® until the patient has been examined, diagnosed and accepted for treatment by a Bosley® Physician.

+ Laser Devices are indicated to treat Androgenetic Alopecia, and promote hair growth in males who have Norwood Hamilton classifications of IIa to V and in females who have Ludwig (Savin) I-4, II-1, II-2, or frontal patterns of hair loss, who both have Fitzpatrick Skin Types I to IV. LaserBand and LaserComb are FDA-cleared for men and women. LaserHelmet is FDA-cleared only for females with same indications. These devices are also cleared by Health Canada.