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Can Wearing Hats Cause Balding

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Can Wearing Hats Cause Balding

Most grandparents tell their grandchildren who wear hats indoors that they will become bald. Dermatologists are asked if this is true or not all the time.

Some people wear hats to hide their hair loss. If you see someone with a hat all the time and then realize that he is bald or has thin hair, you may start thinking that the hat is the cause.

Hat wearing is not a cause of balding. Genetics is the main cause of hair loss. Whether it is a male pattern or female pattern baldness, they both are triggered genetically. These people have a higher sensitivity to DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) hormone than others.

The DHT hormone affects the hair follicles by forcing them to shrink. That is why many popular hair loss treatments work by decreasing or even preventing the production of dihydrotestosterone hormone.

Other factors contribute to the acceleration of hair loss and the development of baldness. For example, pulling hair back can weaken the hair follicles over time making the hair fall out after a while. This appears in people who make ponytails.
Hats do not produce this tightness. Try always to wear a hat that does not leave a mark on your skin. This mark is an indication that your hat is tight. It will not lead to baldness, but it may enhance the hair loss process, especially if baldness runs in your family.

Too tight hats can irritate your hair follicles and wearing them for years can be one of the contributing factors that damage your hair. In addition, you should be aware of the materials used to make the hat. The textile or the dye of the hat can play a role in enhancing hair loss, especially if they trigger scalp allergies and inflammations.

Another way to irritate your scalp is when you wear a hat while sweating. The salts accumulate and irritate your scalp leading to inflammations which can accelerate the hair loss process.

In general, hats are safe. They may contribute to baldness in certain ways, but wearing a hat is not a serious contributing factor to baldness.

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