Tiger’s Battle Against Hair Loss
We’ve discussed professional athletes and their hair loss in the past. From Lebron James to Tom Brady to Jose Canseco, many athletes have dealt with hair loss in both the public eye and behind closed doors. One athlete that has spoken out in recent years about his hair loss is professional golfer Tiger Woods.
Woods spoke to Fox Sports a few years ago about his hair loss. He admitted to losing his hair and said that while he is comfortable with aging it appears that his hairline is apparently not as comfortable with the idea. He even admitted that he can feel the heat on his scalp from his skylight at home if he isn’t wearing a hat. When asked by Fox Sports if he would consider shaving the rest of his hair, Woods said he is still fighting against the hair loss but called it a “no-win fight”.
While Woods normally wears a cap on the golf course, he has been known to remove his trademark hat when he is enjoying a night on the town. As recently as 2015, celebrity watchers got a rare look at his bald spot during an evening out in Las Vegas.
If Woods does decide to get a hair transplant, his heritage needs to be taken into account as his mixed-race heritage includes African-American, Dutch, Thai and Chinese. His hairline leans towards an African-American profile which means that his hair follicles might have more of a coiled end. This is a concern when performing a hair transplant as the African heritage can put Woods at a larger risk of transection during surgery. Transection is when damage occurs to the lower part of the hair follicle and might stop it from generating any new hair. Plus, Tiger’s darker complexion also puts him at a larger risk for keloid scarring.
Until Woods makes a decision to either shave his head or undergo a hair transplant, it looks like he just might stick with wearing a hat at all times on the golf course.