Do Hats Causes Hair Loss?

I get this question a few times a week so you may have been wondering or heard that hats can cause or increase hair loss.

First, it is absolutely critical that you understand what is actually causing hair loss.

In one study, scientists investigated how several different environmental factors affected hair loss. The scientists found that those who wore a hat experienced less hair loss in the area above their forehead than those who didn’t wear a hat.

Other factors associated with increased hair loss in that same area include:

  • increased exercise duration
  • drinking more than four alcoholic beverages per week
  • more money spent on hair loss products

However, those wearing hats that are very tight or hot could possibly decrease blood flow to the hair follicles. That’s because the decrease in blood flow could stress the hair follicles and cause them to fall out. Such hair loss is usually temporary but could become permanent over time.

If you’re concerned about the connection between hair loss and wearing hats, wear loose-fitting hats rather than tighter hats.

So let me answer this once and for all...


Hats do not and never will cause hair loss.


The Takeaway

While scientists aren’t certain that hats cause hair loss in men, it doesn’t seem likely. However, as a preventative measure, you may want to avoid wearing excessively tight hats.

Because hair loss is mainly genetic, you may not be able to can’t completely prevent baldness. But there are some things you can do to avoid preventable types of hair loss.

Some tips to avoid hair loss include:

  • Don’t wear overly tight or pulled hairstyles like braids, buns, and ponytails.
  • Avoid twisting, stroking, or tugging your hair.
  • Be gentle when washing and brushing your hair. Try using a wide-toothed comb to avoid pulling hair out when brushing.
  • Do not use harsh hair treatments that may cause hair loss, such as hot rollers, curling irons, hot oil treatments, and permanents.
  • If possible, avoid taking medications and supplements known to cause hair loss. Talk to your doctor before starting or stopping any kind of medication or supplement.
  • Protect your hair from strong sunlight and other sources of ultraviolet rays, such as tanning beds, by wearing a scarf, loose hat, or other form of head protection.
  • Do herbal treatment regularly. The treatment helps to cleans the scalp and strengthen the hair follicles. Book now at 
  • Do a treatment with cooling cap if you’re treated with hair loss treatment at two herbs. Cooling caps may help reduce your risk of hair loss during treatment.