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Difference between baldness and alopecia

Scalp Tricopigmentation is applied in the treatment of Alopecia and Baldness. It is very often that people confuse the terms alopecia and baldness. In this post, we would like to highlight the difference that exists between these two terms. 

The Norwood Scale


Alopecia is an autoimmune pathology. The body understands the bulb and the hair follicle as an external body and therefore acts to destroy it. There are many causes of alopecia (Universal or total alopecia, Alopecia Aretea), such as stress, thyroids problems, medication. We can treat Alopecia both on the scalp and the beard.


Baldness is not an illness. Baldness can appear due to a weakness of the bulb or the hair follicle. There is an enzyme or cell called the 5-alpha reductase enzyme, produced by the hair follicle, which makes the bulb weaker, making it smaller until it disappears and dies.

There are many different levels of baldness. Doctor James Hamilton designed a scale to classify these levels, known as the Norwood Scale. This scale divides baldness into seven levels, from 1 to 7, Level 1 being the most mild (for instance, a small thinning) and Level 7 being the most severe condition, where there is no hair, except on the occipital zone (nape) and the sideburns.

Our experience is that the intervention with Tricopigmentation improves the situation of the client both in the case of Alopecia and at any level of baldness.