Do Hats Cause Hair Loss?

Do Hats Cause Hair Loss?

Hair loss can be a source of insecurity for men as it is often associated with being less attractive and older. Hair loss can come in the form of a receding hairline, a thinning crown, or both. While hair loss can cause insecurity or a negative self-image, nearly two-thirds of men in American experience hair loss. Hair loss is common and, more often than not, is inevitable for many men. Most experience hair loss due to a hereditary condition called androgenetic alopecia (also referred to as “male pattern baldness”). Despite hair loss being a reality for many men, there are effective treatment options. Many wonder, do hats cause hair loss?

Causes of Hair Loss: Is your ball cap hiding or contributing to your hair loss?

The most common cause of hair loss is due to a hereditary condition known as androgenetic alopecia. Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness, usually begins with a receding hairline and a thinning crown. The condition is caused by a genetic sensitivity to a byproduct of testosterone known as DHT (also referred to scientifically as “dihydrotestosterone”). The follicles are sensitive to DHT and begin to shrink and eventually stop producing hair over time.

While it’s been scientifically proven that most men who lose their hair suffer from this condition, there is a lot of misinformation about men’s hair loss. Many myths have been debunked over the years that still end up circulating and causing concern. A few of the most common myths include that shampoo, direct sunlight, and your ball cap are the culprits for male pattern baldness. These are not true! Many men use a hat or ball cap to cover their male pattern baldness, so instilling the idea that it is also causing the issue is problematic. Wearing a hat does not cause hair loss.

Effects of Habits

However, it is important to note that certain habits can cause your hair to fall out, but this is not how male pattern baldness affects your hair. As mentioned, the condition is caused by shrinking follicles that no longer produce hair rather than actual hairs falling out of your head. Wearing an extremely tight hat often can cause hair to fall out. But this does not mean all hats cause hair loss. This is the same for women (or men) who wear extremely tight ponytails. Again, this is not a major cause for concern as it relates to male pattern baldness.

There is a small percentage of men who experience hair loss unrelated to the genetic condition as well. Some other causes of hair loss for men who experience hair loss in conjunction with other symptoms include:

  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Possible side effects of a medication
  • Health concerns

Contact a medical professional if you have hair loss in addition to other symptoms so you can receive proper diagnosis and treatment.

Treatment Options for Hereditary Hair loss

NeoGraft is one of the most exciting medical advancements regarding treatment for hereditary hair loss. It is a noninvasive transplant alternative that has major benefits, including short recovery time, no scarring, and less activity restrictions post-surgery. The procedure is highly effective with minimal risk. While the procedure can help restore your hair, patients also report the boost in their self-esteem and confidence levels. While hair loss is often associated with men, women may also experience hair loss. This treatment is available for both men and women.

McCracken Face and Eye Institute

If you are experiencing signs of male pattern baldness or hair loss, contact McCracken Face and Eye Institute. Dr. McCracken and his team offer a wide variety of treatment options to help with any of your cosmetic needs. Set up an appointment today and take the next step to a better you!

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