Does Wearing a Hat Cause Hair Loss?

Are hats bad for your hair?

  • Q:  I am a 28 year old man experiencing thinning hair, and I am worried this may have something to do with me wearing hats.  I love hats, and I have worn them daily since I was a teenager. Hats are a big part of my image.  However, I also really love my hair, and I read somewhere that wearing hats can cause damage to your hair.  Is this true?

Answer: The simple answer to this question is no. Wearing a hat does not cause men or women to go go bald. Hair loss is caused by a number of different factors, the most common of which is androgenetic alopecia.  Although, wearing a hat regularly can lead to hair damage, especially if worn quite tightly, any form of head gear will not lead to receding hairline or thinning scalp.

Wearing a hat can actually benefit your locks.  Wearing headgear during the hotter months of the year can protect your strands from the harmful rays of the sun. The problem is, excess sweating is not good for your hair, especially during the summer season, therefore be sure to wear hats that allow air to the scalp.  Mesh baseball caps, and straw hats are particularly good for this.

Again, wearing a hat or a cap will not stump or slow down hair growth.  This is purely a myth, as baldness is caused by a number of natural factors.  Causes of hair loss and causes of hair damage are two completely different things.  A hat can cause damage to your hair, but it will not cause it to fall out from the root.

So, fear not, you can enjoy wearing your caps without the worry of going bald because of it.  If you are experiencing thinning hair, then it will likely be male pattern baldness.  You should seek advice form an expert and look for treatments as soon as possible.  The quicker you act, the better chance you will have of stopping the shedding.

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