Wearing a hat cause balding?

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4 Aug 2016 - General

One of the myths surrounding hair loss is that wearing hats will cause or contribute to premature baldness. Fortunately, this is not true. There is no scientific research that shows wearing a hat contributes to hair loss. In order for a hat to cause hair loss, it would need to be tight enough to cut off circulation to the hair follicles.

One of the reasons many people believe that hats cause hair loss is because of the amount of hair left inside a hat when you take it off. Whenever you see this, you might worry that your hair is quickly falling out. But we lose hair every day, as much as 80 to 100 strands daily. Usually, you will see this as you comb and brush your hair or when you shower. However, your hats may catch some of this hair and as it builds up over time, it may seem as if there is a lot of hair in your hat.

What Does Cause Hair Loss?

There are a number of reasons for hair loss:

  • Stress or illness
  • Hormonal problems, such as hyper- or hypo-thyroidism
  • As a side effect of some medications
  • Fungal infections
  • Wearing tight hairstyles such as pigtails or cornrows
  • Overuse of chemicals found in permanents or relaxers

Finally, genetics plays a part in male baldness or hair loss. The gene that is sometimes responsible for male baldness is inherited from the mother because this particular gene is found on the X chromosome. For men whose fathers became bald, this could be good news. It seems you should look to your grandfather, on your mother’s side, to find out if you have a higher risk of baldness due to genetics.

This is a very informative article. I thought that male pattern baldness always came from the father's gene. Since we are in the topic of hair loss causes, aging is rightfully not included. Aging per se does not cause hair loss. Some of the hair changes include pigment loss due to less production of melanin. Melanin production declines starting at the 30s age group and this is where we begin to notice gray hair. Another change with aging is thinning of hair strands and decreased rate of hair...
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Stress or illness cause acute telogen effluvium. Basically it shortens the anagen phase of the hair and increase the shedding of the hair. Since telogen hair takes 3-4 months to shed, hair loss will only be apparent 3-4 months after the event. Hyperthyriodism and hypothryidism cause chornic telogen effluvium. Fungal infection usually affect children and the hair loss is usually temporary. usually they get tinea capitis from cattle, cats or dogs. Weating tight hairstyle causes traction alopecia....
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I agree with you, wearing a hat may not directly cause or increase hair loss, unless as mentioned it is too tight so it diminishes the blood supply to the scalp. But indirectly wearing hats for prolonged duration can increase the chance of fungal infections of the scalp, which can in turn lead to hair loss. I have seen people, mainly manual workers who work in the sun, wearing hats all day long . The hats become soaked with sweat and fungi can nicely grow on those. This can give rise to scalp in...
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