Tiger Woods is undoubtedly one of the greatest players to ever grace the game of golf. He is currently tied with golfing royalty Jack Nicklaus for the number of PGA Tour wins and is second only to the big man in major championship wins with 15, compared to Jack Nicklaus’ 18.
Tiger’s life on and off the golf course received equal media attention, and he appeared to hang up his golf clubs several times. His most recent retirement scare came in February 2021 when he was involved in a near-fatal car accident, which saw him suffer a broken ankle and compound fractures in both legs.
But, in true professional and fighting spirit, Tiger Woods will play in the 2022 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. He was even quoted as saying he believes he can win it. It won’t just be the golf community that will be glued to their screens April 7-10, but much of the world will be eagerly waiting to see if Tiger can produce (another) one of the greatest sporting comebacks in memory. recent.
However, Tiger already looks set to complete another big comeback and it’s all about his hair.
Tiger Woods was never one to sport a completely full head of hair and it’s often hard to find pictures of him, or even see him, without his baseball cap on his head. But, find such a picture and it is clear that he suffered from male pattern baldness, otherwise known as androgenetic alopecia.
According to Medline Plusit’s a common form of hair loss in both men and women (it’s not exactly the same cause of hair loss for Jada Pinkett Smith, who became the butt of a Chris Rock joke at the 94th Academy Awards) and sees the hair become thin and lost above the temples and crown, and finally sees the hairline recede.
The main cause of this form of alopecia is an “increased sensitivity of the scalp follicles to dihydrotestosterone (DHT)”, according to a report published in the National Library of Medicine.
Tiger Woods may have only recently started treatment as some recent footage of him during the Masters preview rounds still shows him with a slight bald spot around his crown. However, the image at the top of this article clearly shows a return of her hairline.
DMARGE previously spoke with David Allen, who has had a hair transplant himself and started his own business providing hair loss solutions for men, about hair transplants. He once told us “You can inherit DHT from either parent. DHT causes hair follicles to go through a process called miniaturization. Hair becomes weaker and thinner until ’till they can no longer break through the skin, so that the skin pushes over it.
“For some reason, and no one really knows why, but DHT doesn’t affect the hair on the sides and back of your head.”
It’s not entirely clear what kind of treatment Tiger Woods underwent, but given his wealth, it’s likely to be follicular unit extraction. This, David Allen told us, sees hair taken from the back and sides of the head, which is then planted individually in the follicles on the top of the head.
Tiger Woods isn’t the only male celebrity to have had an alleged hair transplant, as Formula 1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, footballer Wayne Rooney and actor Joel McHale all appear to have undergone highly effective treatment.
The 2022 Masters kicks off on Thursday, April 7 at 10:34 a.m. ET / Friday, April 8 at 12:34 p.m. AEST, with Tiger Woods in the first group alongside Louis Oosthuizen and Joaquin Niemann. Australian viewers can watch all the action via sports streaming service Kayo.
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