Can Wearing a Hat Cause Hair Loss?

Can Wearing a Hat Cause Hair Loss?

Can Wearing a Hat Cause Hair Loss?

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Hats are a great way to protect your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays. And they're even more critical for preventing sunburn during prolonged outdoor activities. But did you know that wearing a hat could possibly cause hair loss? However, there is not much evidence to support this theory.

How to care for your scalp

You should wear a hat whenever possible. If you're not a hat person, that's okay. It's just one more thing to add to your beauty routine.

Sometimes when cutting or trimming your hair, you can end up with shorter sections of healthy hair and longer sections of damaged-looking hair with no roots (this is called "fragmented" or "T-shaped" alopecia). Instead of cutting it, trim only the tips off as needed—you don't want to get rid of all those precious inches inside your scalp!

And don't pull at the scalp when you wash it—the pulling causes inflammation, which can lead to scar tissue formation and baldness. If you must use shampoo or conditioner on your head (and we hope this is something you can avoid), use products designed specifically for the scalp instead. These are gentler and won't irritate the skin as much as regular shampoos—plus, they'll help prevent dryness too!

Wearing a Hat Causes Hair Loss?

If you wear a very tight hat for long periods, your hair follicles can be damaged and cause traction alopecia, resulting in hair thinning.

Traction alopecia is stress on the hair follicle caused by tight hairstyles or wearing a hat for long periods. It may cause the hair to fall out, resulting in bald patches on your head. Wearing a hat, on the other hand, does not increase male pattern baldness and even female pattern baldness but can be caused by genetic hair loss.

The Follicle Damage Caused by Hats

Hair follicles are tiny structures that grow hair. They're found in the skin, and they're made up of cells that produce hair. Each follicle is connected to a network of blood vessels and nerves by tiny tubes called "follicular trichilemmal." The root of each strand (called a "hair shaft") is surrounded by the bulb-shaped part of the follicle (called "dermal papilla"). Together, these parts make up what we know as hair growth at its most basic level.

The damage caused by hats can occur in two ways: directly on your scalp or indirectly through friction against your forehead or ears—the parts where hats usually rub against when you wear them.

Aggravating Factors to Consider

The leading cause of hair loss is male pattern baldness, which is genetic. Genetics, age, medications, and stress can cause hair loss. But there are also several other things you should consider before pointing the finger at a hat:

  • Traction alopecia. It is where constant pulling on your hair causes permanent damage to your follicles and results in bald spots of varying sizes. For example, tight ponytails or cornrows (even braids) can lead to this kind of damage if you wear them for long periods every day.

  • Hot oil treatments for relaxed or natural afros can also result in temporary thinning due to build-up from the oils used during treatment sessions.

3 Simple Things You Can Do Now

hair follices can be affected causing a bald spot

You can take some simple steps to prevent hair loss that might cause bald spots.

  • Use a wide-toothed comb or brush to remove tangles, avoid pulling hair and help distribute natural oils evenly. It might seem counterproductive to pull at tresses when trying not to lose them, but using a detangling method that doesn't tug at the roots is vital for maintaining an optimal amount of circulation in your scalp.

  • Wear hats with suitable linings (avoid an extremely tight hat). Hats lined with cotton are best because they allow air circulation around the head; this helps keep moisture out and reduces the likelihood of breakage or shedding. A hat that's too tight will pressure your follicles and may cause damage over time.

  • Avoid hot oil treatments and hair dyeing/perming products—both can lead to breakage, exacerbating any existing problems with shedding due to heat styling damage or balding genes passed down from parents (or grandparents). It has also been observed that women who pull their hair tightly (like a tight ponytail) create tension in their hair follicles.

At Welzo, we offer treatments and consultations to help you manage your hair loss. To learn more, visit our information page here

What You Should Be Wearing This Fall Season

A wide-brimmed hat is the best choice for many people. This hat will provide sun protection and stay in place, even if you're out on an adventure. It's also essential to choose a hat that fits properly. A hat that is too tight can cause hair loss, so make sure it doesn't squeeze your head too much or pull at your hair when you put it on. If the fit isn't right, consider purchasing another size or style until you find one that works well for you!

Why Hats with Bad Linings are Bad for Your Hairline

To prevent unwanted hair loss, wear a hat with a breathable lining.

This will ensure that your head can breathe when the hat covers it, and there are no gaps in the material which could cause sweat build-up, leading to an increase in oil production and clogged pores. The best linings for this purpose include leathers, cotton, and wool.

If you want to wear hats consistently, ensure they aren't too tight on your head or loose, so they don't fall off easily (or at all).

You should also avoid wearing hats that give off heat or moisture, as these can lead to headaches or other health issues like scalp infections. If not taken care of quickly enough, you must seek professional medical advice immediately following exposure during everyday activities such as work/school.


In conclusion, hats can cause temporary hair loss if they are not adequately cared for or have a bad lining. The key is to ensure that you get a hat with a good quality lining and don't over wear it. If you have any questions about your hairline or you are experiencing increased hair loss, please consult your doctor as soon as possible to determine your medical conditions and overall health.

If you would like to learn more about hair loss in the UK, or find medications and treatments to reduce your hair loss, you can view our Hair Loss page here

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