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Hair Loss Myths

Hair Loss Myth: Wearing a Hat Causes Hair Loss

Though hair loss causes can range from genetics (male pattern baldness, female pattern baldness) to various physicial and psychological medical conditions (diffuse alopecia, traction alopecia, etc.), wearing a hat does not cause or facilitate baldness. This is a myth.

Personally speaking, I had worn a hat almost my entire life starting when I was about 14 years of age. When I first started losing hair between the ages of 21 and 22, I was told the same thing. "Wearing a hat all the time will cause you to go bald". In fear, I stopped wearing a hat as often until I realized that my bald spot in the crown of my scalp was getting bigger.

There are many people who do not suffer from hair loss who wear a hat all the time and still have a full head of hair. Though this is apparently a common belief by many, I can assure you that it’s a myth.