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Does Wearing a Hat Cause Hair Loss?

Does Wearing a Hat Cause Hair Loss?

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Do hats cause hair loss?

In short, no. Hair loss is caused by a combination of genetic and hormonal factors, none of which have anything to do with whether or not you wear a hat.

Does wearing a hat cause you to lose hair? There are numerous urban myths related to hair loss, with people blaming everything from sunlight exposure to some hair styling products for their thinning hairlines.

One of the most common hair loss myths is that wearing a hat can cause your hair to fall out, leading to male pattern baldness. Like most health-related myths, it’s 99% bogus and only, in some very specific circumstances, something you’ll need to worry about.

Below, we’ll explain the real science behind how your hair falls out, as well as the effect that wearing a hat can have on your hair’s thickness and health. We’ll also take a look at how this myth started and why it’s become so persistent in the world of men’s hair loss.

So, Does Wearing a Hat Cause Hair Loss?

In short, no. Hair loss is caused by a combination of genetic and hormonal factors, none of which have anything to do with whether or not you wear a hat.

However, it’s easy to assume that a hat is responsible for your hair loss. After all, when most people take off their hat, they’ll notice a few stray hairs inside. Plus, just about everyone’s hair looks a little flat, thin and messy after wearing a hat for several hours.

Male pattern baldness (the hair loss most people notice when their scalp hair starts to thin or their hairline starts to recede) is caused by dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a male steroid hormone that’s created by your body as a normal, natural byproduct of testosterone.

In pregnancy and during puberty, DHT is an important hormone for helping the body develop male sexual characteristics. As a male, you can thank DHT for the fact that you have facial hair, body hair, male sex organs and other physical aspects of masculinity.

Beyond its role in helping you develop male sexual characteristics, DHT also affects certain parts of the body into adulthood. One of these is hair. If you’re genetically sensitive to DHT, normal amounts of DHT can bind to your hair follicles and cause them to miniaturize.

This means that the hair follicles don’t grow as effectively as they used to. Over a long time period, the effect of DHT on your hair follicles (assuming your hair is genetically sensitive to DHT, as not everyone’s is equally sensitive) results in hair loss.

Now, there are also some other factors that can cause hair loss, such as a poor diet or bad health habits. However, these usually cause temporary hair loss, rather than the permanent baldness that happens when your hair follicles are exposed to DHT.

You can read more about the role DHT plays in hair loss, as well as how you can stop DHT from damaging your hair follicles, in our DHT and Male Hair Loss Explained guide.

So, simply put, your hat isn’t responsible for your hair loss. Instead, the primary cause of your hair loss is more likely to be a combination of normal levels of DHT and a pre-existing genetic disposition to male pattern baldness.

Wearing a Hat Isn’t Necessarily Good For Your Hair

With this said, there’s a caveat. While wearing a hat isn’t going to make you go bald, it isn’t necessarily good for the overall health and appearance of your hair if you wear a hat often.

If you often wear a hat in hot, sunny weather or while you exercise, the sweat that soaks up inside the hat can potentially irritate your scalp. Wear your hat too tight (assuming it has an adjustable snap closure) and it can also rub against your skin, causing irritation.

Now, neither other these issues are going to cause genetic hair loss, meaning you shouldn’t worry about them causing your hair to fall out. However, it’s best to keep your hair and scalp nice and clean if you wear a hat often.

For the optimal mix of hair health and hair loss prevention, you can do this using a specially formulated hair loss prevention shampoo like our DHT Blocker Shampoo, which adds extra volume to your hair while reducing the levels of DHT in your scalp.

In short, wearing a hat won’t cause you to lose your hair. If you’ve noticed your hairline starting to retreat, your best option is to learn more about the hormones that affect hair loss, then think about how you can control them using products like finasteride, minoxidil and shampoo.

Important Safety Information

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Finasteride is for use by MEN ONLY and should NOT be used by women or children.

Read this Patient Information before you start taking Finasteride and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment.

What is Finasteride?

Finasteride is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia).

It is not known if Finasteride works for a receding hairline on either side of and above your forehead (temporal area).

Finasteride is not for use by women and children.

Who should not take Finasteride?

Do not take Finasteride if you:

  • are pregnant or may become pregnant. Finasteride may harm your unborn baby.
    • Finasteride tablets are coated and will prevent contact with the medicine during handling, as long as the tablets are not broken or crushed. Females who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not come in contact with broken or crushed Finasteride tablets.
    • If a pregnant woman comes in contact with crushed or broken Finasteride tablets, wash the contact area right away with soap and water. If a woman who is pregnant comes into contact with the active ingredient in Finasteride, a healthcare provider should be consulted. If a woman who is pregnant with a male baby swallows or comes in contact with the medicine in Finasteride, the male baby may be born with sex organs that are not normal.
  • are allergic to any of the ingredients in Finasteride. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in Finasteride.

    What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking Finasteride? Before taking Finasteride, tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • have any other medical conditions, including problems with your prostate or liver

    Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

    Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

    How should I take Finasteride?

  • Take Finasteride exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it.
  • You may take Finasteride with or without food.
  • If you forget to take Finasteride, do not take an extra tablet. Just take the next tablet as usual.

    Finasteride will not work faster or better if you take it more than once a day.

    What are the possible side effects of Finasteride?

  • decrease in your blood Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels. Finasteride can affect a blood test called PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) for the screening of prostate cancer. If you have a PSA test done you should tell your healthcare provider that you are taking Finasteride because Finasteride decreases PSA levels. Changes in PSA levels will need to be evaluated by your healthcare provider. Any increase in follow-up PSA levels from their lowest point may signal the presence of prostate cancer and should be evaluated, even if the test results are still within the normal range for men not taking Finasteride. You should also tell your healthcare provider if you have not been taking Finasteride as prescribed because this may affect the PSA test results. For more information, talk to your healthcare provider.

  • There may be an increased risk of a more serious form of prostate cancer in men taking finasteride at 5 times the dose of Finasteride.

    The most common side effects of Finasteride include:

  • decrease in sex drive
  • trouble getting or keeping an erection
  • a decrease in the amount of semen

    The following have been reported in general use with Finasteride:

  • breast tenderness and enlargement. Tell your healthcare provider about any changes in your breasts such as lumps, pain or nipple discharge.
  • depression;
  • decrease in sex drive that continued after stopping the medication;
  • allergic reactions including rash, itching, hives and swelling of the lips, tongue, throat, and face;
  • problems with ejaculation that continued after stopping medication;
  • testicular pain;
  • difficulty in achieving an erection that continued after stopping the medication;
  • male infertility and/or poor quality of semen.
  • in rare cases, male breast cancer.

    Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

    These are not all the possible side effects of Finasteride. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA1088.

    How should I store Finasteride?

  • Store Finasteride at room temperature between 59˚F to 86˚F (15˚C to 30˚C).
  • Keep Finasteride in a closed container and keep Finasteride tablets dry (protect from moisture).

    Keep Finasteride and all medicines out of the reach of children.

    General information about the safe and effective use of Finasteride.

    Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in this Patient Information. Do not use Finasteride for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Finasteride to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.