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Does Wearing Hats Cause Hair Loss?

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A lot of men that have some level of hair loss tend to wear hats often. But, which came first, the hat or the hair loss? It is something of a common saying for older generations to state that wearing hats can cause hair loss, but is there actually anything to this statement?

Read on as we break down if hats cause hair loss, and what might have brought about this idea.

Outdated theories

As it turns out, there is not a lot of evidence or credence to the idea that hats can cause hair loss. So, most hat wearers out there can breathe a sigh of relief and pop on your favorite cap without worry.

These theories may have come about as men who start seeing signs of hair loss may start wearing hats more, and this may prompt others to make an incorrect assumption about the hat being the hair loss culprit.

Very tight or dirty hats could be a concern

A few of the ways that a hat may even potentially affect hair loss at all would be in a few very specific and difficult to achieve situations.

If theoretically, you were to wear your hat so tight that it was leaving marks on your forehead, and be physically putting lots of pressure on your hair follicles, they could become damaged over time and increase hair losses. But, since wearing a hat this tight would be very uncomfortable and difficult to wear, it is unlikely that many people are in this situation. Another rare potential problem with wearing hats is if the hat were very dirty, and had been worn for a very long time without washing.

The hat would have a buildup of sweat, dirt, and microbes that could potentially irritate the scalp or cause a scalp infection that may lead to excess hair loss.

What can really cause hair loss

Many of the main causes of hair loss are known, and they do not include hat wearing. Hair loss can occur due to your age, genetics, health conditions, medications, or be hormonally related. In men, male pattern hair loss is related to a by-product of testosterone called DHT.

When DHT is in your scalp it can lead to the miniaturization of hair follicles that can eventually lead to permanent hair loss. If you are concerned about your hair loss, don’t start by ditching your hat, begin with speaking to a doctor about proven hair loss medications like Finasteride or Minoxidil.

These medications work by either blocking DHT or increasing the blood flow to the scalp. You can have a free online hair loss visit with our doctors today, if you are a good fit for treatment with a hair loss medication, your treatment can be shipped directly to your front door with our free shipping.


There is no evidence to back up hats causing hair loss with normal wear and use, and this appears to be an outdated theory that has since been debunked.

However, if for some reason your hat is unreasonably tight or dirty, you could block blood flow to the scalp or cause irritation that could cause hair loss in these rare situations. The things that can cause hair loss include getting older, your genetics, hormonal changes, DHT, certain health issues, and some medications.

If you are concerned about your hair loss, speak with a doctor about treatment options in person or with a free online visit at Strut.

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