Can Wearing Hats Cause Hair Loss?
Is there any truth to the old wives’ tale that says wearing hats can subsequently lead to hair loss? Maybe the rigmarole stemmed from so many balding men that used to wear hats to cover up their hair loss or maybe it/s because people think that hats have a negative effect on scalp circulation? We’re here to tell you in truth – hats do not cause or contribute to your hair loss! No need to hang up your favorite baseball cap, you can carry on wearing hats even on a daily basis without it affecting the amount of hair on your head.
A clear majority of us men and women that bear with balding or thinning issues ‘suffer’ from what’s called androgenetic alopecia – a predisposition for receding hairlines, thinning hair and that pesky bald spot in the center of your scalp. Unfortunately, people with androgenetic alopecia can’t escape the inevitable; it’s in their genes. That is to say, if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen! No matter what, the blocked production of DHT will interfere with the natural hair cycle. It doesn’t make any difference if a person with androgenetic alopecia or “pattern-baldness” wears hats…they’ll still lose their hair. Likewise, a person who doesn’t suffer from male or female-pattern baldness is not going to cause a sudden onset of hair loss by wearing hats frequently. Fortunately now, there are ways you can slow it down with products such as Propecia (Finasteride), Minoxidil (Rogaine) and a DHT blocking shampoo such as GroMD Hair Loss Prevention shampoo.
With that said, theoretically – one of the only ways that wearing a hat could have any affect on hair loss would be due to sebum buildup. Sebum is the thick, oily substance excreted from oil glands that can build up on your scalp in extremely hot, humid and sweaty conditions and can create a stiff “plug” that cuts off the hair follicle’s circulation leading to clogging of the pores in the scalp which can cause hair growth to slow down or even stop. This is completely preventable by simply washing the hair regularly in those warmer temperatures.
Speaking of circulation being conducive to hair growth, couldn’t wearing a hat disrupt follicle circulation? A hat would have to be extremely tight and be worn for a long amount of time before it started affecting the scalp’s circulation. If you’re comfortable wearing hats…we say wear them! There’s no way it will affect your hairs growth.
In contrary, hat-wearing may actually be beneficial to hair growth. Hats offer your scalp and hair protection against the sun – which can cause hair loss. Healthy hair grows quickly, and hair that has spent extensive amounts of time soaking up those harmful sun rays is less likely to be as healthy. Hats also protect the scalp from sunburn, which has shown to lead to slower hair growth.
If you feel so compelled, you can let your friends know who insist that your everlasting Dodger cap is going to leave your head shiny and glistening by the end of your 30’s…that it’s just an old wives’ tale.
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