Does wearing a helmet causes hair_loss?

Whether you’re riding a motorcycle or playing football, hockey and baseball, wearing a helmet is an ideal way to protect yourself. If you fall off a moving bike, it is possible that you can crack your skull even at very low speeds. Some say it is a violation of their rights being told by the government to wear a helmet or in some cases, some say that their face doesn’t show so it makes them look uncool. This is not an exaggeration, this fact is a real thing and is most prevailing in teenagers or even some adults who psychologically remain teenagers throughout their lives. And then there are some people who find comfort in blaming hair loss as a reason to avoid wearing helmets. What this attitude towards health and safety has done is that India accounts for most many accident-related deaths in the world and most of these deaths are attributable to not wearing a helmet. Other than to tell you to start caring for yourself and wear a helmet, there’s not much we can do to change your beliefs but we can help you the biggest stereotype related to helmets and hair loss. Let’s cover a major concern about helmets causing hair loss. You can clearly notice traction alopecia in people who have styled their hair in tight weaves or braids for many years. Likewise, it can also be observed in people who have worn helmets regularly for many years. HERE IS HOW HELMETS CAN CAUSE HAIR LOSS: It is believed that wearing a helmet everyday make the hair roots move close to the scalp causing a medical condition called traction alopecia. The roots lose their anchoring to the scalp and tend to fall. The helmet can get claustrophobic and people experience a lot of sweating leading to accumulation of bacteria in the scalp. A dirty and undernourished scalp means weak and can lead to hair loss. Also, some helmets can be made of cheap leather and result in sweat deposits making scalp exposed to fungal infections. The way you wear and remove your helmet can cause hair loss too – especially if your movements are quite rough. HOW TO PREVENT HAIR FALL DUE TO HELMETS?
  • When you put your helmet on the lift it up slightly and slip it on gently a few times. Repeat this process until you feel that hair is not being pulled.
  • Move the helmet up and down before you put it on so that when you wear it, the hair is not pulled away from the scalp.
  • Treat your helmet with anti-bacterial solutions or sprays to keep it hygienic and bacteria-free which will avoid scalp infections.
  • Treat hair loss by improving the blood circulation in the scalp – massage your scalp regularly to relax your scalp muscles and enable free blood flow.
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