Time to add ‘hair’ to the list of things missing from Tiger Woods’s life.

The pictures speak for themselves. Whether it’s pictures from the first time he put on the green jacket or pictures of him post split from nanny/model Elin Nordgren, it’s easy to the progression of hair loss of golf’s $600M man Tiger Woods.

The hair loss should come as no surprise, really. We’ve discussed the effects of stress and genetics play in hair loss. Given the amount of the scrutiny and pressure Woods experienced as the most visible athlete in the world, that alone should be enough to contribute to the accelerated hair loss.

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And all that was BEFORE the sex scandal and the high profile divorce. Tack on the scrutiny that comes with the juicy gossip of his multiple infidelities and having his personal and family life crash and burn, all played out in the public eye for the world to see, it really isn’t that hard to explain why there’s a little less on the scalp.

So if all this apparent to the rest of us, the what, the how, the why, the question shifts then back to Mr. Woods: if you know you’re rapidly losing your hair, why haven’t you done anything about it?

Perhaps he has. It’s possible that he could be using any of the bevy of hair loss products out there like Rogain, Nizoral, or Propecia, but nothing is confirmed. If he is using him, the results are nonexistent.

But what about a hair transplant? Surely he can afford the the best hair transplant money can buy. But perhaps he knows something the rest of us don’t know.

As a multi-raced athlete of African, Chinese, Thai, and Dutch decent, Woods literally brought a new face to the game of golf. Woods with his high level game and his multi-ethnic background brought a fresh interest to the game of gold, quickly becoming a global icon not just in golf, but in any sport. Nike knew a good thing when they saw it and before long it was nothing but swooshes and smiles all over the place.

But what does being multi-racial have to do with a hair transplant? As it would turn out, more than it might first appear.

Many don’t realize that the hair follicles have different growth patterns. Every wonder why some people have straight hair and other have curly?

photo BMost people of African decent, event if the heritage is present in the multi-race person’s background, have a coiled hair growth pattern. This can lead to challenges when harvesting and then attempting to transplant the hair on a new area of the scalp.

In addition to the hair growth pattern, dark skin complexions have an higher probability of keloid scaring. A keloid scar is a result of the body over producing collagen to heal the wound, resulting in a raised or ‘puffy’ scar.

As if the risks and challenges of a hair transplant weren’t high enough, these added factors can make things even more difficult for someone in the same situation as Woods. Perhaps Woods already knows this and that would explain why he’s yet to undergo any sort of procedure.

It would be foolish not to mention something about picking the right procedure/company etc. As with any big decision in life, be sure to do your homework. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, as many questions as you can think of — any company worth your time and money will have nothing to hide and have no problems talking through the procedure with you.

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