Does wearing a hat cause baldness?

'Can wearing a hat cause baldness?' is a common question of men and women who experience signs of balding. You can worry that frequent hat-wearing may intensify symptoms of baldness. But this is often not the case. While wearing a hat can be bad for your hair condition it does not necessarily cause baldness. What hats and caps can do with your hair condition is explained in the rest of this blog, along with information on treatments for hair growth.


Neofollics hair growth line

View our Hair Growth Products


Are hats bad for your hair condition?

If you wear something on your head, there is a possibility it pulls on your hair. Pulling on the hair is a major cause of hair loss, and it is possible to prevent it. If you wear your hat to tight it puts pressure on the scalp and may pull your hair. Over time this can cause scarring and miniaturization of the hair follicles. Hair can become fine or stop growing.

Also, hats that become very hot could possibly decrease blood flow to your hair follicles. Because of decrease in blood flow, hair follicles can fall out more easily. Most of the time such hair loss is temporary but in time it can become permanent. We advise you to wear loose-fitting hats rather than tighter hats.

In addition to this, we need to warn you of other conditions that may arise. You should make sure the hat that you are wearing is clean. Unwashed hats can accumulate dirt, dust or bacteria that possibly can leave an irritated scalp.

What other things can cause your hair loss

Men and women lose about 100 hairs a day. When you see a lot of hair falling off your hair or in the comb, you might be suffering from alopecia. This causes thinning or loss of hair at the scalp. The most common cause of hair loss is genetics.

When you have a family where a lot of people suffer from hair loss, it could potentially be genetic and appear when you enter adulthood or even earlier. Men often lose hair above their foreheads or get bald spots on their scalp. Women often tend to experience overall thinning of their hair.

Another cause for hair loss is hormonal changes. Hair growth and loss are controlled by changes in the body’s hormone levels. Pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and thyroid problems can all affect the levels of hormones in your body, which affects hair growth and loss.

Hair loss is not only caused by hormones or genetics. Yeast and bacteria can also cause skin infections such as ringworm or seborrheic dermatitis. With these infections hair can fall off and the scalp turns in a bad condition. If you wear a hat that is used by other people also, your scalp can get infected.

What can you do against hair loss

There are several ways you can treat your hair loss. The most effective way to do this is, to use products in your daily routine that stimulate hair growth. Products with such effects are shampoos, conditioners and lotions. You can read more about effective products for the hair and scalp on the pages below:


Wearing a hat only does not cause baldness. Other conditions such as pulling of the hair and alopecia does. Wearing a hat can affect the scalp and hair condition if it is too hot, not clean or pulls on your hair.

Receive Personalised Hair Advice

Would you like to know which treatment is best for your hair situation? Receive Personalized Hair Advice now by filling in our online tool in 2 minutes.

We help you to start a treatment with only the best, proven effective products, in combination with personalised advice.

Personalised Hair Advice