Does Wearing a Motorcycle Helmet Cause Hair Loss? – NiceHair.org

Does Wearing a Motorcycle Helmet Cause Hair Loss?

  • It’s unlikely that your motocycle helmet is the cause of your hair loss.
  • It’s far more likely to be caused by the hormone DHT.
  • There is a condition called Traction Alopecia, which is basically hair loss caused by regular pulling on the hair.
  • If the hair is regularly pulled tight by a hat, helmet or ponytail for example, it may lead the hair follicles to grow nearer and nearer to the surface of the scalp skin, until eventually it no longer grows at all. However…
  • It’s far more likely that your hair loss is caused by DHT. In which case you should read this article on how to reduce DHT and trigger rapid hair regrowth.

Wearing a helmet and hair loss

Regularly wearing a motorcycle helmet pulls on hairs, which over time may train the hair roots to move closer to the scalp surface. This is a process called “traction alopecia“, in which the hairs, typically towards the front of the scalp stop growing because their roots become too close to the skins surface until they lose their anchoring in the scalp.

Traction Alopecia is Real

Traction alopecia can be quite clearly observed in people who have styled their hair in tight weaves or braids for many years. The same cause of hair loss experienced by people who have styled their hair in tight weaves and braids may also occur in people who have worn motorcycle helmets regularly for many years.

How motorcyclists can prevent traction alopecia