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Billy Thompson

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Does wearing hats cause baldness?
« on: 20/04/2011 07:30:02 »
Billy Thompson  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi Chris,

Thanks for the wonderful podcast, I have been listening for years and thoroughly enjoy what you guys are doing.

Here in Texas a lot of people wear hats almost all the time. I have often heard that wearing a hat all the time causes baldness. Any truth to this, and if so, why?

Peace,
Billy

What do you think?
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RD

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Does wearing hats cause baldness?
« Reply #1 on: 20/04/2011 12:54:58 »
Hats and baldness are associated:
If you’re bald you’re more likely to wear a hat for practical or cosmetic reasons than someone who has a full head of hair.

Saying “don’t get a hat: you’ll go bald” is like saying “don’t get a Labrador: you’ll go blind”  :).


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Does wearing hats cause baldness?
« Reply #2 on: 20/04/2011 19:59:55 »
Yes, but as the advert used to say,

"If you want to get a hat, get a head."

(Or maybe it was the other way around. I can never remember.)

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Does wearing hats cause baldness?
« Reply #3 on: 30/05/2011 10:17:33 »
just been browsing. i have also heard that putting long hair in a ponytail causes hair loss. whats the truth behind causes of hair loss?

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« Reply #4 on: 30/05/2011 19:15:02 »
i have also heard that putting long hair in a ponytail causes hair loss.

Maybe if you are attempting the Essex facelift.
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« Reply #5 on: 31/05/2011 14:15:27 »
haha luckily that isnt my intention. just heard that having hair up - even loosely - every day or too often can cause loss...

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Does wearing hats cause baldness?
« Reply #6 on: 31/05/2011 17:03:44 »
constrained airflow to follicles might kill follicles? Currently on tv is an ad selling a hair removal heat/light gizmo which purports that after so many treatments the follicles die

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« Reply #7 on: 01/06/2011 14:13:26 »
but would you consider tying your hair back as a treatment?

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« Reply #8 on: 01/06/2011 18:33:16 »
follicles live & die normally. Its the rplacement of the old follicles with new follicles which avert baldness & that is genetic

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« Reply #9 on: 08/06/2011 15:20:47 »
but if you tie your hair back that has nothing to do with genes? i know what you mean though about genetics, strength of hair etc

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Does wearing hats cause baldness?
« Reply #10 on: 09/06/2011 00:41:23 »
Perhaps one should ask whether hair-pieces cause baldness.
As I've only heard of bald people wearing them!!!!!!!!
What about "combovers"?  Obviously a causative factor!!!!!!!!!!

Some hair falls out normally.  A little tension (without yanking) probably wouldn't hurt as the healthy hair will stay put.  And, with many things in the body, a little stress actually makes it stronger (shafts are dead, but follicles aren't).

It is a good point that a genetic predisposition to loose hair is not affected by hats, hairpieces, or combing.

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« Reply #11 on: 09/06/2011 16:12:14 »
i heard stress makes hair loss worse...?

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« Reply #12 on: 05/12/2014 21:18:57 »
Yes. If you are bald, you will never know why, apart from genetics. If you are not bald, and avoided hats deliberately, what is the scientific proof that it worked? Only those who avoided hats can enter this discussion.

 

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