He may currently be rated the fourth best golfer in the world, but 24-year-old American Justin Thomas is already struggling with the hair loss
condition Male Pattern Baldness
and his pals on the US PGA Tour know all about it.
Thomas has been joking about his thinning locks for a while now, with some running banter between himself and young Californian golfer Rickie Fowler (whose hairline is very much intact) having first appeared on Twitter in 2015. Back then, Thomas wrote: “It’s always a bit emotional walking in to get a haircut… Never know if it may be my last.”
Fowler offered to lend him some hair and mild guffaws could be heard across the golfing Twittersphere, but it wasn’t Fowler that was ribbing Thomas at the recent Northern Trust Open in New York. That honour appears to have fallen to their Floridian PGA tourmate, Bud Cauley.
“@budcauley you’re mean” wrote Thomas alongside a photograph he posted on Snapchat which depicted a written message hanging on the door of his hotel room. It was addressed to Justin Thomas and read: “Grow some hair.”
Insult easier to bear
The two players Cauley and Thomas are clearly good friends, as they were recently filmed taking part in a series of silly challenges for an online video. Hopefully, this will have made Cauley's insult a little easier to bear.
Millions of men around the world are losing their hair to androgenetic alopecia, and while most will start to experience this for the first time while in their 30s and 40s, there are still a sizeable percentage who see thinning in their 20s - or even earlier. In simple terms, anyone unlucky enough to be experiencing a receding hairline
or thinning hair around their crown and top of their head has been pre-selected by genetics to lose hair at some point in their life. The misconception exists that this doesn’t happen to a man until he is middle-aged, but it can actually start to present any time following puberty.
Whenever it strikes, many men opt to use male hair loss treatment
designed to stop thinning hair and encourage regrowth. Two clinically-proven products - finasteride 1mg and minoxidil - which are licensed by the MHRA in the UK and approved by the FDA in America are the only recognised treatments for this condition and can be used alone or together, depending on suitability.
While the finasteride 1mg
helps to block a testosterone by-product named DHT
(which causes hair to gradually thin when men have an inherited sensitivity to it and can eventually lead to baldness), topical applications of high strength minoxidil
is applied directly to the scalp to encourage hair growth.
Further hair growth supporting products such as follicle-stimulating LLLT devices including the HairMax Laser Comb, and highly-targeted Hair Vitalics
food supplements, a blend of premium vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts including biotin, zinc and selenium for the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth.
Stress may speed things up
It is becoming increasingly common for men to lose their hair earlier on in life, starting in their late teens or early 20's. There is evidence that strongly suggests external factors may be contributing to this trend towards premature male pattern baldness
One of the most common is stress
, which can lead to an all-over thinning condition named Telogen Effluvium
. While this is treatable
, and will also usually clear up on its own within around six months, this can exacerbate the rate of hair loss for men who are already showing signs of MPB, or speed up the onset on male pattern baldness in men with an underlying but not yet active genetic predisposition.
It certainly wouldn’t be unreasonable to wonder if, at 24, and with the rigours of countless major golf tournaments under his belt, Justin Thomas hadn’t endured more than his fair share of stress since turning professional. As a Caucasian male of 5 ft 10", it may be that this adds to his already high chances
of developing male pattern hair loss at an early age.