Hair loss can be caused due to helmet use, especially if your helmet fits improperly, is too tight, or is too loose. There are a few things you can do to prevent hair loss due to the helmet.
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1. Use a Helmet That Fits Well
A poorly fitting helmet can cause hair loss due to excessive pressure on the scalp. In order to ensure a good fit, it’s important to measure the head circumference and buy a helmet that is the correct size. It’s also important to make sure that the helmet is snug, without being too tight.
Meanwhile, think about the shape of a helmet. A bicycle helmet, for example, is typically round and smooth with few protruding parts. On the other hand, ski or snowboard helmets are usually longer in the back than in front with extra protection to protect your head from impact when you fall. Make sure that any helmet you buy is appropriate for the sport you will be using it for.
If you’re not sure whether a helmet will fit, take it to a local bike or ski shop and have them help you choose the right size and style.
You should also make sure your helmet is not too hot. Excessively hot temperatures can contribute to hair loss because they damage your scalp and can lead to thinning or falling out of hair. To prevent this from happening, make sure your helmet has good ventilation so that your scalp can cool down.
2. Wash Your Helmet Regularly
Helmets can become greasy and dirty from sweat which can cause sebum build-up that can lead to bald patches. Regularly wash your helmet with warm water and mild soap, wipe it with a soft cloth, let it dry naturally, and then store in an open-air or ventilated place.
3. Avoid Wearing A Helmet On Wet Hair
This is because when your hair gets wet, it springs into coils. Then you wear a helmet, the weight of it can cause your hair to stretch out and break.
This explains why people who ride motorcycles have a harder time growing their hair back compared to those who don’t get into frequent motorcycle riding.
4. Avoid Wearing A Helmet Every Day If Possible
Wearing a helmet all day every day can still lead to hair loss. If you have to wear a helmet every day, make sure to give your scalp and hair some time to breathe by taking it off once in a while. You could also try wearing a hat to protect your hair from the sun’s rays.
5. Use A Helmet Liner
If you’re really struggling to prevent hair loss while wearing a helmet, you could try using a helmet liner. These are thin pieces of cloth that go inside the helmet and help to absorb sweat as well as protect your scalp from the inside of your helmet.
You should also consider wearing a hat over your hair if you have to wear a helmet for long periods of time. This will help keep it safe from the sun and reduce the amount of breakage that occurs.
6. Maintain Problem Free scalp
The scalp should be kept clean and healthy. Dirt can accumulate at the roots of hair, leading to a reduction in hair volume. It’s also important to avoid scratching the scalp with your fingernails, which can lead to damage or infection of the hair follicles.
This is more likely when you have long nails or if you have a skin condition, such as psoriasis, that causes the scalp to be itchy. The helmet will accelerate the existing scalp problems.
7. Wash Your Hair After Wearing A Helmet
If you’ve been wearing your helmet for a while, the sweat, dirt, and grime from outside will have likely accumulated on your scalp, so be sure to wash it thoroughly.
If you are experiencing hair loss due to helmet use, you can use a scalp massage oil or cream. These products help to strengthen your hair and promote new growth. You can also use a shampoo that contains essential oils such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, or chamomile extract to help improve hair strength and reduce breakage.
If you have tried preventive measures but are still experiencing hair loss, use a wig or hat. Wigs and hats prevent friction from the helmet from damaging your scalp and they also provide protection from excess heat damage due to hot helmets. If this does not work, see a doctor for advice on how to reverse the hair loss.