Does Wearing Hats Contribute To Hair Loss?

When it comes to hats and hair thinning there are a lot of conflicting opinions out there. This is why we thought we’d do a roundup of the viewpoints that pertain to this argument, so our readership can weigh up the various arguments and decide for themselves. Do hats contribute to hair loss?

OPINION 1: Hats alone do not cause hair loss/alopecia

The abounding opinion is that the casual link of if hats contribute to hair loss, is too flimsy to be substantiated. The proponents of this opinion normally point towards the fact that hair thinning is very seldom the result of a single lifestyle choice, and is normally caused by a combination of stress, diet and the effect of hormones or medication.

OPINION 2: Constant hat wearing does contribute to hair thinning

One of the main thought processes behind whether hats contribute to hair loss is the friction causes by wearing tight hats can cause hair to become damaged and more easily breakable, which places it in the category of hair fall called ‘traction alopecia’ along with tight buns, braids and other hairstyles that puts undue strain on the hair follicle. Additionally, the human scalp also requires proper circulation in order to bring nutrients to the hair follicles. Tight caps and close-fitting woollen hats could potentially impede this process.

As you can tell both of these opinions have merit, which is why we chose to present it here. While it is up to you to decide which camp you fall in, we do have some recommendations that will help to ensure that you do not exacerbate any hair fall tendencies when you do choose to wear a hat.

The safest way to wear a hat

If you do suffer from hair loss, but would still like to wear a hat on occasion, we recommend that you adhere to the following:

  • Choose the right kind of hat: The best kind of hat for individuals who suffer from alopecia is made from 100% natural fibres (e.g. cotton or wool), does not constrict the head in any way and allows the scalp to breathe.
  • Don’t wear it all the time: Continuous wear is not a great idea if you are concerned about traction alopecia, so we recommend that you take some time out once you are indoors and no longer require protection from the sun or cold.
  • Clean it regularly: This is particularly pertinent in the summertime when our heads tend to sweat a lot and the resultant sebum and sweat collects on the rim and inside of caps and hats. This kind of residue irritates the scalp and could exacerbate any existing scalp issues you have. The best course of action is to clean your hat/cap regularly to ensure that no irritants remain on the surface.

Alopecia-approved headwear

Now that we’ve discussed the various viewpoints pertaining to hats and hair loss, we’d like to point out that there are various alopecia-approved headwear options available on the market for those individuals who suffer from hair thinning but who would still like to make a style statement or protect themselves from the elements. The American National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) website lists a great selection of products and vendors that have been approved according to their stringent requirements. This includes 100% cotton caps, soft hats, turbans, special swimming hats and more.

Find out why your hair is falling

If you are unsure whether your hair is thinning due to regular hat wearing you may have to take a closer look at your lifestyle and the reasons for your hair loss. The first step in the process to identifying your hair restoration options is to ascertain why your hair is falling. At Advanced Hair Studio UAE, we offer Advanced Hair Check, a scientific approach using advanced technology and state-of-the-art instruments, to answer questions related to hair loss, thinning and overall scalp condition.

Our experienced and thoroughly trained Hair Loss Consultants examine all aspects of your hair and scalp condition in order to recommend the most suitable procedure or combination of procedures to suit your age, face, personality, and expectations to give you a head full of hair. This approach ensures that we establish the root cause of your hair loss before you make any decisions regarding treatment.

Keep in touch & stay informed

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