Dear Dr. Rassman
During my full time obsession with male pattern baldness, I have observed the hairline of quite a lot of people. I came to notice that some people have hairlines that give the impression that they wont never recede, e.g.: Maradona; Colin Farrel.
These people with this particular hairline appear to be immune to baldness (at least frontal). My brother happens to be a case, when he was a child he had a fuzzy and very low inserted hairline that matured into that particular pattern. My question is could be hair distribution be associated with baldness?
You are doing exactly what Dr. O’Tar Norwood did many years back when he came up with his Norwood classification. You’re observing hairlines.
The pictures you see in the Norwood chart is NOT a scale of hair loss progression, but rather it is observations of how men’s hair can be classified. The thing is, not ALL men go bald. It is roughly estimated that only 50% of men will have some degree of balding. Of those 50%, only a small percentage (around 8% of total male population) will go completely bald. The other 50% will have a full head of hair (maybe like your brother).
So to answer your question more pointedly, hairline placement in youth isn’t an indicator of future hair loss plans.