Whether you’re riding a two-wheeler or playing football, hockey and baseball, wearing a helmet is a perfect way to protect yourself. If you fall off a moving scooter or bike, it is obvious that you can crack your skull even at very low speeds. Some people 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 doesn’t make them look cool. This is not an overstatement, 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 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 allocated 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 an important concern about helmets/caps causing hair loss.
You can notice traction alopecia in people who have styled their hair in tight weaves or plaits for many years. Similarly, it can also be observed in people who have worn helmets or wear caps regularly for many years.
HERE IS HOW HELMETS OR WEARING CAPS CAN CAUSE HAIR LOSS:
It is observed that wearing a helmet or cap every day makes the roots of the hair move close to the scalp causing a medical condition called traction alopecia. The roots lose their hold to the scalp and tend to fall.
The helmet or cap can get claustrophobic and people experience a lot of sweating leading to the stocking of bacteria in the scalp. A filthy and undernourished scalp means weak and can lead to hair loss.
Also, some helmets or caps can be made of cheap quality leather and result in sweat deposits making scalp exposed to fungal infections.
The way you wear and remove your helmet or cap can cause hair loss too – especially if your actions are rough.
HOW TO PREVENT HAIR FALL DUE TO HELMETS OR WEARING CAPS?
- When you put your helmet or cap on the lift it up slightly and slip it on gently a few times. Repeat this procedure until you feel that hair is not being pulled.
- Move the helmet or cap 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 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 to relax your scalp muscles and enable free blood flow.
- Tie a scarf on your head before wearing your helmet.