Hair loss is surrounded by myths. Everything from sunshine, to the shampoo you use, and even your parents have been blamed for hair loss. While yes, genetics are the main culprit in hair loss, don’t go completely blaming mom and dad just yet. Could what you wear on your head also be causing your hair loss? Let’s comb through the facts together.
Hair loss in Men
More than 80 percent of men experience significant hair loss during their lifetime. For many Jacksonville, Florida men, the thinning starts well before middle age.
Hair breakage can be caused by many things, but that’s not the same as hair loss from damaged or diminishing hair follicles.
In most cases, genetics or hormonal issues are what causes hair loss in men. Signs to keep an eye on are the recession of your hairline, loss of hair at the crown, or if the hair in those areas is getting shorter and wispier. This process is called miniaturization. Over time the follicle will stop producing new hair, which will then cause noticeable signs of hair loss.
Other causes for men’s hair loss is due to medication side effects and cancer treatment. The lost hair usually grows back after cancer and treatment, but it’s not uncommon for the hair to remain thin.
Other factors such as traction and alopecia can cause hair loss as well, but in far fewer cases than those caused by genetics and hormones.
So Does Wearing a Hat Cause Hair Loss?
No, it doesn’t- so you don’t have to torch all your favorite hats just yet. In actuality, there are several things that can create the appearance of hair loss from frequent or regular hat wearing.
Old folklore says that constantly wearing a hat suffocates the scalp and/or hair, leading to hair loss. If that were the case, men everywhere would all be missing a lot of hair in the spot covered by their hats.
One thing that feeds the myth of “hats causing hair loss” is normal hair shedding. Hair goes through a cycle of growth, rest, and falling out to make the way for new hair growth.
The average person sheds 50 to 100 hairs a day, according to the American Academy of Dermatologists. That sounds like a lot, but since the average person has more than 100,000 strands of hair on their head at any given time, it’s actually very little. Yet, when people remove a hat and see hair in it, they assume the hat caused the hair loss instead of considering normal shedding.
When a hat is worn, it rubs on the scalp shaking loose hairs that are ready to be shed. Much like how combing and washing your hair generally leads to loose hairs. But, the hat itself is not what causes the actual hair loss.
Is Wearing a Hat With Wet Hair Bad?
Yes, wearing a hat with wet hair is bad, but not for the reason you think. Wearing a hat on wet hair will not cause hair loss as in a receding hairline or thinning hair. However, wet hair is more fragile than dry hair so it could contribute to breakage which affects the hair shaft.
Excessive breakage will affect the volume of your hair in terms of length, but the hair follicle should be unaffected.
The main reason not to wear a hat over wet hair is due to the results when you take it off – the rim of the hat will often leave a ridge. It could also lead to flat hair also known as “hat hair”, and other unsightly results.
Do Bandanas or Turbans Cause Hair Loss?
Possibly, yes. Wearing a bandana and turbans are tighter than the average hat so it can cause traction alopecia. Even then, in most cases, it’s not so much the bandana or turban that causes hair the loss, but rather the way the hair is tightly pulled or constrained under the bandana or turban.
Traction alopecia happens when hair is constantly pulled tight, like when wearing your hair in a ponytail. The ongoing tension causes inflammation and can, gradually, lead to permanent hair loss.
The good news is that if caught early, traction alopecia is reversible. It’s also easily preventable. If you wear a turban daily, try to vary how your hair is constrained under the turban or make sure there’s enough slack that the hair restraints aren’t pulling on the scalp.
If you wear a ponytail or bandana for style or convenience often, make sure to give your hair a break regularly by wearing it down or in a style that doesn’t pull on the scalp.
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After you leave our salon you won’t have to wear a hat again…unless you want to.