Can Wearing a Hat Cause Hair Loss?
Trapping Oils in the Scalp
The only time that wearing a hat may be the cause of hair loss is the build up of sebum oil that can occur when wearing a hat. Doing this can cause a build up of oil on the scalp, which can fill the hair follicles and clog the sebum pores of the scalp and hair follicle shaft, which can sometimes cause the hair follicles to die, which leads to eventual hair loss. Simply washing the hair more often with a quality hair loss shampoo to remove the excess oil can reverse or prevent this type of hair loss. Try to wash the hat occasionally, too.
Genetics, Disease and Stress
Hair loss can be caused by genetics from both the mother’s and father’s side of the family and not by any type of actual hair covering like hats, do-rags or wigs. It can be caused by certain diseases, such as hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and alopecia, a condition that causes hair to fall out in clumps. The hormone DHT can also play an important role in hair loss. Hair loss can be caused by stress which will be discussed in a more in depth and biochemical aspect in a future post.
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