For years we have heard that wearing a hat or helmet on a regular basis can cause hair loss. Many people due to mouth to mouth suggestions they believe this will be true.
The most common reason that people attribute hats to cause hair loss is oxygen.
Many people believe that wearing headgear on a regular basis prevents the scalp from “breathing” and that the hair follicles suffer as a result of this.
The truth is that hair follicles is not dependent on external oxygen for hair growth but it takes oxygen from the blood which is present inside in our body.
Another contributing factor to this myth is that people who have a tendency to hide their hair suffers from hair loss.
So, when any person is losing their hair it does not a helmet is the reason behind it. Loosing hair causes many factors like diet, stress, genes and many other.
There are some people who wear a helmet or hat too tight then the circulation of blood will not happen properly.
If the blood flow is not optimal then the follicle can suffer thus leading to issues with hair loss. This holds true for women that style their hair in overly tight styles as well.
Another way wearing head gear can cause hair loss is the infection. If your scalp becomes infected then it may arise problem for your hair follicles and may lead to hair loss.
Sometimes wearing a dirty cloth to cover the head may also lead to infections that can damage the hair follicles and contribute to hair loss.
The following tips and tricks can help you take better care of your hair.
Keep your hair clean
Washing your hair regularly and keeping it clean is the first step to prevent hair loss that could be caused by wearing a helmet. Accumulation of sweat in the hair roots after wearing a helmet can aggravate problems like dandruff. You can use a mild shampoo/ cleanser to wash your hair every-day or every alternate day to keep your hair dirt and oil free.
Moisturise your hair
Keeping the hair moisturised can also reduce the friction that is caused by the inner lining rubbing against your hair. Herbal and natural hair moisturisers like Aloe Vera, Coconut oil etc are the best choices when it comes to deep conditioning for the hair.
Choose your helmet correctly
Wearing a tight helmet causes “Traction alopecia”, which results in gradual hair loss, due to constant pulling of hair in the backward direction. So always choose a helmet at a fit and right size, which is not too tight not too loose. Also, take time to wear your helmet correctly to prevent the hair from getting pulled backward.
Care for your helmet
To take care of your hair, you must care for your helmet too. Cleaning your helmet regularly, especially from inside so that it does not accumulate too much sweat or dirt. Keep your helmet clean and try to place in a dry area under sunlight or fan.
Use a cloth inside the helmet
Adding a layer of cotton cloth inside your helmet can reduce the helmet-hair friction. It also absorbs sweat, which just not prevent your hair but also the lining of your helmet from getting ruined as well. However, you need to ensure that the cloth is washed and dried often to keep it fungus-free.
Avoid wearing the helmet on wet hair
If you have just washed your hair, take time to blow dry it or let it dry on its own before putting your helmet on. This will prevent it from sweat mixing with your hair and will reduce the hair problems.
Prevent scalp problems like dandruff
If you have an itchy scalp or dandruff, treat these problems immediately to avoid aggravation due to helmets. Dandruff and itchy scalps can lead to constant irritation and hair loss.