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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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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