Areas of the scalp

Do you know the different parts of your scalp?

The moment you noticed that your hair was falling out more than usual or that it was gradually becoming thinner probably took you to come across more than a couple of concepts you had never heard of before; scientific or even difficult to pronounce terms abound when you try to learn a little more about hair loss. But what happens when you want to know about the exact area where you are losing hair? Have you ever wondered what each part of the scalp is actually called?

Four principal areas of the scalp

The decrease in the amount of hair, regardless of the cause, is known as alopecia. Although this condition affects both men and women, men are statistically the most affected. Androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness (MPB) is the most common cause of hair loss in men, and as the name suggests, it is easily identified by the pattern it follows on the scalp.

The scalp areas are composed of 4 parts: the frontal region (or central forelock), the mid scalp (or posterior mid scalp), vertex transition zone (or vertex transition point), and the crown (or vertex).

regions of the head

Frontal region

Also called central forelock, is the area located just in front of the head. It covers the hairline and the hair around the temples. This is the region that specialists refer to when talking about a receding hairline, M-shape or bitemporal regression.

For those men experiencing androgenic alopecia, this is the first area of the scalp where hair loss is noticeable.

Mil-scalp region

As the name indicates, this area is located just in the middle part of the scalp, behind the frontal region. It is also known as posterior mid scalp. Commonly, hair loss in that area occurs when the patient is in an advanced stage of male pattern baldness.

If you decide to undergo a hair transplant, it is important that the surgeon detects exactly the areas that need implants, because if grafts are only placed in the frontal region and none in the mildscap, it is quite likely that the result will look unnatural.

Vertex transition zone

Equally called vertex transition point, this area is located between the mid-scalp region and the crown. The vertex transition zone is a very important area to create density to reduce the illusion of baldness at the back of the head, as well as to frame the posterior scalp.


Commonly referred to by specialists as vertex, the term literally means the highest point. This area is located at the back of the head. The posterior mid scalp finishes at the vertex transition zone and that is where the crown starts.

▮Everyone loses hair naturally and it is normal for hair to thin when you get older. But the truth is that male pattern baldness is a genetic condition and only a specialist can help you determine the best treatment to restore your hair.

Everyone loses hair naturally and it is normal for hair to thin when you get older. But the truth is that male pattern baldness is a genetic condition and only a specialist can help you determine the best treatment to restore your hair.

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  • What is the front part of your hair called?

    Hairline. The hairline refers to where the hair on your scalp begins, and the shape can vary from person to person. A hair transplant could be a good solution to receding hairline. It could restore the hairline with a natural look.

  • Where is the crown of the head?

    The crown of the head is located at the center of the scalp. It's the highest point on the head where the hair growth typically forms a circular pattern. In most cases, an FUE hair transplant could be a good solution to restore the crown area.

  • What's the donor area on a hair transplant?

    The donor area in hair transplant refers to the area of the scalp where healthy hair follicles are taken from and transplanted to the recipient area. The donor area is usually located at the back and sides of the scalp.

  • How much is a hair transplant in Tijuana?

    The price of an FUE hair transplant depends on may factors like the number of grafts needed for the procedure. Normally the price of an FUE hair transplant in Tijuana is between $2,990 and $6,900 USD.