Growing up I spent most of my days wearing a baseball cap.
I distinctly remember my dad telling me "you're going to end up bald if you keep wearing that thing"
This sort of scaremongering was rife back in the day with the old theories;
"You're not allowing the sweat glands to breathe, and you're clogging the follicles, which prevents hair growth. You need oxygen in order to produce the oils that help your hair grow........blah, bah, blah".
Well the good news is it was all a load of rubbish.
Hair doesn't breathe. The only part of the hair that is alive and taking oxygen, is the part that is attached to the scalp and it receives all the oxygen it needs from the blood supply.
There is a type of hair loss referred to as "traction alopecia" which happens when you put a lot of stress on the hair follicle, and the hairline recedes because of that pulling. It happens most frequency in African American women who have worn their hair in tight braids since they were young. But it can happen to anyone who puts continued stress on their follicles, through hair extensions, and other hairstyles such as tight ponytails and buns.
Hats don’t provide nearly enough tension to cause alopecia, unless you’re wearing it so tightly that it’s pulling your hair. This would still be an unlikely scenario.
As for where the myth of the balding hatters came from, no one really knows. Perhaps it came from balding baseball players, or cowboys, or men who return from military service and go bald shortly thereafter.
So keep wearing your hat, protect your skin from ageing and cancer, and rest assured if you are starting to thin out on top, this is not the cause.
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