The hats you wear are not only fashionable but also functional. They help in keeping you warm in the winter and help protect your skin from the sun's UV rays in the summer. But what many people believe that wearing a hat is bad for hair health? This statement is largely a myth, but certain tight hats and materials may cause some minor damage.
What do you mean by hair loss?
If you were to ask us, both men and women experience hair loss every single day. However, when you are blessed with a healthy head of hair, old hair tends to be quickly replaced by new ones. As a result, you don’t notice hair thinning at the crown or other signs of male baldness.
Naturally, here we are not referring to this process when we use the term “hair loss” in the general sense. That is because your actual hair loss occurs when the cycle of regrowth gets disrupted and the hair follicle is damaged beyond repair.
Another word for hair loss in men is alopecia and it can take various forms, which is affecting just your scalp or occasionally removing all the hair from your body. The most commonly known type of alopecia amongst men is male pattern baldness and it accounts for about 95% of hair loss. If you notice hair thinning at the crown area, male pattern baldness appears to be the culprit. However, if there are patches of your hair falling out of your beard or other areas, you might be suffering from a more serious type of alopecia.
What are the causes of hair loss in men?
Before looking at the various ways and methods through which you can treat the hair loss problem, let us quickly look at the reasons that cause hair loss in men.
1) Surgery or Illness
Your recent surgery or serious illness that you are recovering from may be causing hair loss. And this is quite normal. Many people experience dramatic levels of hair loss or hair thinning issues some weeks after their major surgery or after an illness.
While the level of hair loss might appear excessive, it is no more than a reaction to a specific event and your hair will return to normal after some time.
Some anticoagulants and many chemotherapy drugs that are usually used in cancer treatments are well-known causes of hair loss. The hair usually returns to normal once the medication stops.
Anti-depressants are also one of the reasons that may result in hair loss and too much vitamin A can have the same effect.
3) Hormonal Imbalances
Testosterone is a hormone in males that are responsible for deeper voices, muscular growth, and performance, amongst other things. When the male body converts testosterone to the less useful dihydrotestosterone or DHT, they can experience hair loss.
DHT attacks and shrinks the hair follicles that results in hair thinning or hair loss.
4) Thyroid Issues
People suffering from hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism often experience hair loss due to a speeding up of the conversion of testosterone to DHT.
Even people who are undergoing the treatment of thyroid are not immune to the hair loss associated with their condition.
If you have ever been under a lot of pressure at work or home, you can blame your stress for your hair loss. If you are the one suffering from excessive physical or emotional stress, it can cause hair to stop growing normally, thus falling out two or three months later.
Fortunately, hair loss problems caused due to stress are usually not permanent.
6) Alopecia Areata
Alopecia areata is the most common autoimmune condition that is also exacerbated by stress. It causes your hair to fall out in round patches on the scalp and elsewhere on the body because of your immune system attacking hair follicles.
Around 5% of people with alopecia will lose hair on their entire scalp. Typically, in some cases, hair grows back, but it is very much common for hair loss to reoccur
Do hats cause hair loss?
You might think whether hats cause hair loss? Our answer is, no. As we discussed above, hair loss is caused by several genetic and hormonal factors, none of which have anything to do with whether or not you are wearing a hat.
Does wearing a hat cause you to lose hair? Numerous urban myths are related to hair loss, with people blaming everything from sunlight exposure to some hair styling products for their thinning hairlines.
If you have worn an extremely tight hat, you would pass out long before it had a chance to affect your hair cell production. However, hats can rarely cause breakage. The most common reason for this would be if the hat had metal or jewel embellishments on its border and your hair became tangled in them.
Another reason for breakage would be if you put up your hair very tightly under your hat.
Common mistakes that lead to hair fall problems:
We have mentioned a few common mistakes that severely damage hair:
1) Excess levels of stress and some medication are conclusively known to retard your hair growth and further promote hair loss.
2) You must cut down on the use of hair spray, hair gels, and styling creams that contain harsh chemical ingredients, which can dry out your scalp and cause the formation of flakes. Also, harsh treatments that you do such as perms, colours, relaxers etc take a toll on the health of your hair.
3) You should also avoid changing your shampoo and conditioner constantly. It is advised to stick to one good mild cleansing shampoo for six months before changing.
4) Again, excessive exposure to the sun, pollution, rainwater and dust without proper protection makes your hair dry, brittle and limp. You must use a conditioner during the rains to protect it from the humidity and wash and oil it regularly to maintain a healthy scalp.