Does wearing a hat cause hair loss?

Can Wearing a Hat Cause Hair Loss?

There is a century old debate on whether wearing hats can cause baldness, and it is possible that this myth is increased by the fact that so many men wear hats on a regular or even habitual basis. A lot of time men  (and sometimes women) are wearing those hats to either cover a bald head. Wearing a hat is not the cause of the hair loss. The myth is thought to start after WWI in which people noticed the young men who had a full head of hair before the war suddenly come back to America and notice less hair on the head of the soldiers. It is just coincidence though.

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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