can a hat cause hair loss?

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    Aug 02, 2009 10:41 AM GMT
    my mom told me not to wear a hat too often, unless it's big hot sunny day. my dad's head was full of hair before they got married. he has like 10-15 hats, and he loves to wear them almost daily. now only hair left on his head is on the sides and back. LOL

    so is it true? my dad's head is obviously a solid proof. icon_lol.gif

    but i thought it's a genetic thing, like depends on your grandpa on your mom's side? icon_eek.gif

    or maybe depends on if your heart is abnormal or not? icon_confused.gif
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    Aug 02, 2009 10:42 AM GMT
    no a hat doesn't cause hair loss, it's a common myth.

    your fathers hair loss in genetic.. look to him to see your own hair loss icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 02, 2009 10:47 AM GMT
    The reason for that tale is that they say that there is a lack of circulating air to the hair follicles
    But the major influence if hormonal and genetics
    It FAR outweighs any environmental influence

    You can put on any easter bonnet you want my man icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 02, 2009 11:07 AM GMT
    there is no solid evidence that male patterned baldness is passed from mother to son, in fact, scientists know very little about why men go bald..
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    Aug 02, 2009 11:44 AM GMT
    "God only made a few perfect heads.
    The rest he covered in hair." ~~ Anon.

    "If you are bald in the front of your head, you are a thinker.
    If you are bad near the back of your head, then you are a lover.
    If you are bald from your face to the back of your head, then you think you're a lover!"~~ Attributed to Groucho Marx, but doubtful.
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    Aug 02, 2009 11:54 AM GMT
    Hair loss is genetic and can come in varying degrees from both parents. The level of male hormones in your body (based on your genetics) effects the rate of hair loss. Any loss of hair from over use of hats, will grow back when you stop wearing the hat.
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    Aug 02, 2009 12:07 PM GMT
    Each hair sits in a cavity in the skin called a follicle. Baldness in men occurs when the follicle shrinks over time, resulting in shorter and finer hair. The end result is a very small follicle with no hair inside. Ordinarily, hair should grow back. However, in men who are balding, the follicle fails to grow a new hair. Why this occurs is not well understood, but it is related to your genes and male sex hormones.
    Testosterone and its more potent derivative dihydrotestosterone (DHT) are responsible for increasing the size of hair follicles in areas such as the beard and underarm during puberty, but can also cause hair follicles in the scalp to decrease in size later in life. These contrasting responses to DHT might be explained by genetic differences in the individual hair follicles.

    http://www.medem.com/?q=medlib/article/ZZZ6Q72SWAC
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    Aug 02, 2009 12:21 PM GMT
    lilTanker saidno a hat doesn't cause hair loss, it's a common myth.

    your fathers hair loss in genetic.. look to him to see your own hair loss icon_razz.gif


    thanks for the comforting words... you bastard, but i can't mad at you coz you are cute~! icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 02, 2009 12:23 PM GMT
    SxyDrkHair saidIf your uncles on your mother side are bald that mean you're more likely get bald from your mother genetic. They say that baldness is passed through your mother side.


    oh, really??? my mom has 3 younger brothers, and all still have full head of hair at their age 50+. icon_biggrin.gif thanks, that's good to know~! icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 02, 2009 12:31 PM GMT
    GQjock saidEach hair sits in a cavity in the skin called a follicle. Baldness in men occurs when the follicle shrinks over time, resulting in shorter and finer hair. The end result is a very small follicle with no hair inside. Ordinarily, hair should grow back. However, in men who are balding, the follicle fails to grow a new hair. Why this occurs is not well understood, but it is related to your genes and male sex hormones.
    Testosterone and its more potent derivative dihydrotestosterone (DHT) are responsible for increasing the size of hair follicles in areas such as the beard and underarm during puberty, but can also cause hair follicles in the scalp to decrease in size later in life. These contrasting responses to DHT might be explained by genetic differences in the individual hair follicles.

    http://www.medem.com/?q=medlib/article/ZZZ6Q72SWAC


    hm... interesting... it's all depends on genetic and hormones... so... if i get horny everyday to boost up my hormones, i will have low chance to be bald? icon_eek.gif LOL
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    Aug 02, 2009 12:38 PM GMT
    GQjock saidYou can put on any easter bonnet you want my man icon_cool.gif


    (say it in girly voice) oh, you~! i don't wear easter bonnet, but i'll wear it for you, cutie~! icon_redface.gificon_redface.gificon_redface.gif LOL
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    Aug 02, 2009 12:38 PM GMT
    I've wondered about his myself because I was not only a swimmer for several years, but I also wore a cap a lot too. Either way, I'm sure the chlorine in the pools did it's damage, and the cap pulled more than a handful or two out over the years. The rest, I am sure, is due to genetics.
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    Aug 02, 2009 12:40 PM GMT
    Nope. Genetics. Hair only grows underneath the scalp. Anything done to existing hair does nothing. Chlorine or whatever, anything done after the hair comes out of the scalp, swim cap or whatever, nope. Makes no difference.
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    Aug 02, 2009 12:42 PM GMT
    urbanguy911 saidAny loss of hair from over use of hats, will grow back when you stop wearing the hat.


    well, tell that to my dad~! i think his head is beyond help now. i doubt his hair will grow back at his senior age. LOL
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    Aug 02, 2009 12:43 PM GMT
    I can't think of anyone on either side of my family who's gone bald, and most were late going gray. At 60 I still have a full head of hair, except a little thinning spot at the crown, hardly noticeable, not too gray. I used to wear a hat a lot for 25 years in the Army, still wear baseball caps today, also motorcycle helmets for 43 years. If headgear causes hair loss I haven't seen it yet, I think I just got lucky with my genes.
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    Aug 02, 2009 12:46 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said"If you are bald in the front of your head, you are a thinker.
    If you are bad near the back of your head, then you are a lover.
    If you are bald from your face to the back of your head, then you think you're a lover!"~~ Attributed to Groucho Marx, but doubtful.


    yay~! i'm a thinker, and don't have a boyfriend. so i'm safe from totally bald. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 02, 2009 6:36 PM GMT
    I don't know, man. It is something about the head sweating under a baseball cap every day.

    Some friends from high school starting baseball caps every day, and now they are blading at 29. Their Dads still have full heads of hair.


    There may be no research, but I do see a pattern.
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    Aug 02, 2009 6:52 PM GMT
    Hair loss can be caused by poor circulation as well. So, wearing a hat could affect your hair count hypothetically.

    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1272/is_n2626_v125/ai_19622618/

    I wouldn't worry about it too much. There's a lot of research being done in the hair restoration field, so hopefully within 5-10 years balding will be a thing of the past.

    Until then, proper nutrition and scalp massages help. I wouldn't recommend Propecia or other drugs, because there's a reason your body has DHT. Blocking it can cause all sorts of problems.
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    Aug 02, 2009 8:54 PM GMT

    <=====YES
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    Have worn one just about everyday since 2000. As I can see, I'm just about the only bald one on the family tree. Oh well, I look best slick anyway, but don't forget honey, grass needs sunlight to grow.

  • Anto

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    Aug 02, 2009 9:15 PM GMT
    Wearing a hat too tight can alter hair growth but it won't make you have male pattern hair loss/balding, that's caused by genetics/hormones like other people have said.

    Testosterone and its more potent derivative dihydrotestosterone (DHT) are responsible for increasing the size of hair follicles in areas such as the beard and underarm during puberty, but can also cause hair follicles in the scalp to decrease in size later in life. These contrasting responses to DHT might be explained by genetic differences in the individual hair follicles.

    It doesn't just happen later in life though. Men can start to experience the hair thinning process to balding in their teens as well.
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    Aug 03, 2009 2:47 AM GMT
    Lighthouse?
  • Daknee

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    Oct 08, 2010 6:40 PM GMT
    Baldness does not run in my family. I have a brother who wears a cowboy hat all the time. He's a horse trainer. He has begun to lose his hair in the temple area. It looks like typical male pattern baldness. Because of our genes and no other hair loss in our family, I strongly feel his baldness is due to wearing a hat so often.
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    Oct 08, 2010 7:00 PM GMT
    lilTanker saidin fact, scientists know very little about why men go bald..


    This is so aggravating considering that scientists know SO much about chemical reactions and poured billions of dollars into watching particles collide, but still don't care to figure out why men go bald. Hey let's peer into the fucking Universe billions of light years away while we're at it, wait we can already do that. But we can't fix a bald head.
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    Oct 08, 2010 7:03 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said"God only made a few perfect heads.
    The rest he covered in hair." ~~ Anon.

    "If you are bald in the front of your head, you are a thinker.
    If you are bad near the back of your head, then you are a lover.
    If you are bald from your face to the back of your head, then you think you're a lover!"~~ Attributed to Groucho Marx, but doubtful.


    This awful proverb was made by a despondent bald guy trying to come up with a consolation prize for other men who felt inferior due to their genetic inferiority.

    I have a better one:

    "Bald men: if you really don't want to be bald then go find a fucking cure already. Like you're really going anywhere in life anyway with your current job."
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    Oct 08, 2010 7:06 PM GMT
    My bald husband would like a word with you in the alley, Jackas---er., Jake.icon_mad.gif
    He says that unlike you, he'd rather use his testosterone for 'other' purposes than growing hair!icon_wink.gif