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29Aug/120

Sports and Your Hair

The 2012 Summer Olympics are over, though the passion of sport lives on, from one season to the next. But are you aware of the various effects sports has on your hair? And no, we’re not talking about pulling out your hair when your team loses! Read on for some interesting findings on how sports can affect your hair.

Hats. Many sports require athletes to wear hats, while other sports leave it up to the athletes to decide. Baseball is the first that typically comes to mind. Golfers and tennis players also often wear hats. So, do the hats result in hair loss? According to Ask Men, the answer is no. if the hat is so tight that it cuts off circulation to hair follicles, or pulls hair off your head, then wearing a hat may lead to hair loss; but in general, as long as the hat fits well, it shouldn’t directly cause hair loss.

Helmets. Okay, so what about helmets, like football, hockey, or lacrosse helmets? Do they contribute to hair loss? According to Hair Loss Consult, the answer is still no. Helmets, like hats, do not directly lead to hair loss. However, Kenny Chesney begs to differ. The country music star insists that his hair loss issues stem from wearing football helmets when he played in high school, and recalls seeing hair in his helmet every time he took it off. It sounds like his helmet was pulling his hair out when he removed it each time, so make sure your helmet fits correctly and is not pulling out your hair.

Football Helmet

Image courtesy of Sportscrack.com

Sweat. Sweat is common in almost every sport. You train, you play, you exercise…and you sweat. So does sweat lead to hair loss? According to the Short Hair Style website, and many other experts, the answer is yes. Excessive sweating, called hyperhydrosis, creates lactic acid, which will damage a hair strand’s outer protective layer. The hair thus loses volume and become brittle, and starts to fall off. So from this perspective, one can argue that hats and helmets do in fact lead to hair loss in some cases, albeit indirectly, as you sweat more when you have a hat or helmet on.

Of course, there are measures to take to prevent sweat from damaging your hair, or at least reduce the damage significantly. Washing your hair after workouts with a good shampoo product helps keep it clean and gets rid of sweat residue and lactic acid. Proper hair care is important for everyone, not just athletes.

Nutrition. One other thing to consider is the amount of exercise you do when you play sports, and supplementing the exercise with proper nutrition and hydration. According to Livestrong, over-exertion without proper nutrition can cause problems that create hair loss patterns. Drink plenty of water and eat healthy meals throughout the day to keep your body and hair healthy. The Livestrong also mentions that a healthy amount of exercise combined with proper nutrition and hydration can actually prevent hair loss, as the healthy lifestyle creates more circulation to stimulate hair follicles and your scalp.

In summary, playing sports can relieve stress and add an element of fun to your daily life, as well as improve circulation to your head, which can all help prevent hair loss. Just take care of your hair and body every day, stay healthy and safe, and enjoy yourself!

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