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Does Wearing a Hat Cause Hair Loss?

Kristin Hall, FNP
Medically reviewed by Kristin Hall, FNP Written by Our Editorial Team Last updated 5/23/2021

If you’ve searched for information about the causes of hair loss, you might have come across videos, blog posts and other sources of information that claim wearing a hat can cause you to shed hair.

Like other hair loss myths, the idea that wearing a hat causes hair loss isn’t backed up by any real science. However, it’s a persistent myth that’s been around for decades.

Below, we’ve explained what causes hair loss, as well as why it’s totally alright to wear a hat if you’re starting to lose your hair.

We’ve also listed proven, science-based options that you can use to treat hair loss and protect your hair from the effects of male pattern baldness.

Do Hats Cause Hair Loss?

Wearing a hat won’t cause you to go bald. In fact, there’s no reputable scientific research that suggests that wearing a hat plays any role in hair loss.

The most common form of hair loss in men is androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern baldness.

Male pattern baldness is caused by a combination of your genes and hormonal factors, such as your sensitivity to the effects of the hormone dihydrotestosterone, or DHT.

Your body produces DHT as a byproduct of testosterone, the primary male sex hormone. 

If you have a genetic sensitivity to DHT, this hormone can bind to your hair follicles and cause gradual damage that eventually prevents them from producing new hairs. 

We’ve talked about this process in more detail below and in our guide to DHT and the hair loss process.

Does wearing a hat cause hair loss? There are lots of urban myths about hair loss, with people blaming everything from sun exposure to stress, sleep habits and hair styling products for their thinning hairlines.

Since wearing a hat has no impact on your DHT levels, there’s no reason to think that it plays a role in hair loss.

So, Do Hats Make You Bald?

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.