One of the most prevailing myths about hair loss is that baldness can be caused by the frequent wearing of hats. Like most beauty-related myths, there is only a shred of truth to this common misconception. If this myth were entirely true, how do we account for the millions of men and women who wear hats who aren’t bald or suffering from hair loss? And how do we account for the popularity of this myth? To answer these questions, me must examine the wearing of hats and how it affects hair and scalp health.
Let’s start by examining the scalp. Since the scalp contains the hair follicles, from which all hair growth begins, a healthy scalp is necessary for healthy hair. A healthy scalp should be slightly pink in color. This indicates proper blood circulation, moisture content, and oxygen content. If the scalp is deprived of blood, moisture, or oxygen, the quality and growth rate of the hair will suffer. One of the possible results of poor scalp health is premature hair loss.
This type of hair loss differs from male or female pattern baldness. If your genetics dictate that you will lose your hair, then it makes no difference whether you wear a hat or not; at some point, you will suffer from hair loss. Wearing a hat can increase the rate of hair loss, however. Even if you have great genetics for hair, constantly wearing a hat can compromise scalp health, and this can also lead to premature hair loss, but fortunately this condition can be easily reversed.
The main side effect from constantly wearing a hat is lack of oxygen to the slap and a decrease in blood circulation. Neither of these factors lead to excessive hair loss except in extremely rare situations where other health issues are already present.
In other words, if you have a genetic predisposition to baldness, wearing a hat may make you balder faster but it will not, in itself, cause baldness. This means that if you have no family history of hair loss, wearing a hat will not lead to baldness. Only in a worst-case scenario will hats lead to hair loss in those with no family history of baldness; and even in this scenario the hair loss will be minimal and is easily reversed once the scalp becomes healthy.
As you can see, wearing a hat does not lead to baldness. It will just make your genetically inevitable baldness appear sooner.