Does Regularly Wearing Caps Cause Hair Loss?

Receding hairline is probably one of the biggest cosmetic problems in modern men. Not only does it hamper our appearance, but in some instances, also our self-confidence. We all have had somebody (usually elder) in our family who has told us to not wear hats all the time. Why? It may make you bold. But does regularly wearing caps cause hair loss? Let’s find that out in what follows!

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Q. Does Really Wearing Caps Every Day Cause Hair loss?

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As the top researchers have said time and again, NOPE. Truth be told, we have all wondered at some point, “Does regularly wearing caps cause hair loss?” Turns out, it was never anything more than an urban myth, that we are hoping to debunk – once and for all!

Truth be told, hair loss has seldom anything to do with whether the subject wears hats or caps, or not. Both “Male pattern” and “Female pattern” baldness are triggered by certain responses to the hormonal byproduct of Testosterone, known as DHT, or Dihydrotestosterone. This is usually due to sensitivity towards the said hormone that is passed on in genes. Thus, whether the person has a habit of using any head apparel is really of very little consequence.

There is one thing, however. This thing shall be referred to as – Traction alopecia. As the name suggests, it is alopecia (baldness) caused by traction. If someone has a habit of dawning say, pretty tight headgear, like caps or bandanas, repetitive pulling of the hair may result in permanent follicle damage. This is also applicable for those who tie a man bun or topknot, a bit too tightly. However, that is a discussion for some other day.

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In these cases of both genetic and non-genetic hair fall, however, don’t fret altogether. We still have a few tricks up our sleeves. Meet your best buddies and bets when it comes to hair restoration –

  • Finasteride
  • Minoxidil
  • Sulphate-free Shampoo and Conditioners

The first two are steroidal over the counter drugs that one can buy off of any nearest pharmaceuticals. Although, it is highly advised that one consults with a reputed doctor before going down the path of any steroidal medication whatsoever.

As for the third one, it simply maintains good hygiene. Trust us when we say this, good hygiene does lead to a great life.

But Then, Is It All Good?

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Now that we know the answer to “Does regularly wearing caps cause hair loss?” is not a direct no, let us go furthermore into some details.

We have already discussed how tight headgear can adversely affect one’s hair health. Moving further, we want our readers to know why we felt it important to mention the need for good hygiene at the end of our answer to the title question.

Sure, caps (and hats) can protect your hair from weather and pollution (and your eyes from the glare of the sun). But does it protect you from yourself? Let us clarify. Usually, in hot weather, your scalp sweats just like your skin. Along with that, come the dirt and grit in the air that settles on your cap. This along with the dried sweat can become an irritant for your scalp and make it a bad state for your hair to be in. Thus, it is not enough to maintain good hair hygiene. One must also be diligent and maintain good hygiene of all head and hair apparel used.

Thus, keeping in mind the “thing” about Traction Alopecia, with these pointers, you are good to go and can go about and wear all the head apparels that you want to wear.

Bottom Line:

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Thus, we conclude our article on whether does regularly wearing caps cause hair loss or not. Keep in mind that as far as the genetic hair loss goes, you will lose what you are meant to unless you use counteractive medicine or therapy. Another important thing that you may want to look into when it comes to that is DHT blocking shampoo. Trust us, it works wonders.

Maintain the etiquettes discussed in cap-wearer-ship and you shall have nothing to fear whatsoever. So go break out that flat cap or bowler that you have been saving up till you were sure and go wild!

Make sure to tune in to Mensopedia for our next bunch of interesting articles on Men’s Grooming. Till then, ciao and have a great day ahead!

References:

  1. https://www.forhims.com/blog/does-wearing-a-hat-cause-hair-loss
  2. https://www.keeps.com/learn/do-hats-cause-hair-loss
  3. https://time.com/5608072/does-wearing-a-hat-cause-hair-loss/

Disclaimer: This article does not represent the views and opinions of medical professionals. It is solely based on research and reference by the author. It does not offer any medical suggestions or advice.

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