Tiger Woods says his hair loss is a "no-win fight"
5th August 2014
Former world number one golfer Tiger Woods has lost his prestigious top spot in recent years with the emergence of Rory McIlroy, and maybe that together with turbulent problems in his personal life could have accelerated Woods’ hair loss. Woods, 38, gave an interview to Colleen Dominguez of Fox Sports to speak about various subjects, which included the possibility of appearing in this year’s Ryder Cup, and offered his thoughts on the young stars of today such as McIlroy. Woods first came to prominence with his incredible record-breaking win at the 1997 Masters, in what was his first victory at a major, becoming a dominant figure in golf for well over a decade until the collapse of his marriage and allegations of repeated adultery. Throughout his rise to the top, it has been quite noticeable that Woods has been suffering with thinning hair and a receding hair line, leading to Rory McIlroy poking jibes at this friend a few years ago for “getting old, getting bald”. In the interview for Fox Sports, Dominguez asked current world number 10 Woods about whether he was content with his advancing years, bearing in mind the golfer is now pushing 40 and no longer the baby-faced phenomenon that burst onto the scene in the 1990s. “I'm comfortable with it, but my hairline isn't. I have a nice skylight [at home] and I'm at the point where if I don't wear a hat, I can feel the heat.” Woods was asked if he would shave his head eventually, to which he replied: “I think I will, but I'm fighting the cause, and I'm fighting it hard. It's a no-win fight, but I'm hanging in there.” Unfortunately for Tiger, his hair loss has been left to develop to the extent that an expensive hair transplant is probably out of the question. This is because of the severe thinning at the top (recipient area) and more crucially, the sides and back (donor region) where the hair is taken from to be re-planted where it is required. That particular region needs to be strong, but it seems for Woods, Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) has hit this area too. DHT is a chemical (hormone) that naturally occurs in the male scalp and is present in higher levels in men who suffer from male pattern baldness. In genetically predisposed people, DHT latches on to the hair, deteriorating it and causing the subsequent hair loss. If the follicle is damaged too much, it dies and cannot generate any further hair. However, there are various treatments known as ‘DHT Blockers’ that can prevent those hormones from working to eventually cause hair loss. Three proven treatments to not only halt the hair loss, but in many cases can re-grow hair. These are Minoxidil (contained in Regaine Foam – as seen on TV), Propecia and Nizoral Shampoo. All are available today from Medical Specialists™ Pharmacy at fantastic prices, so there is no reason whatsoever to let hair loss drive you ‘round the bend!