These are some of the “old wives’ tales” concerning the hair that should be dispelled. Some have a grain of validity to their warnings, but not for the reasons given, usually:
Old Myth: “Men shouldn’t wear a hat all the time. Men who do will go bald.”
This isn’t true. Illness, medications, stress and definitely genetics all can play roles in when and whether a man will lose his hair. Wearing a hat has no bearing on the matter. Logic tells us that this is true,
or there would be regions of the country where nearly all the men would be bald.
Where there is a grain of truth to this myth is in the fact that sometimes men who wear hats suffer from scalp irritation due to the collection of perspiration on the skin and the degradation of the skin tissue as a
result. This kind of problem is generally seasonal and “comes and goes”.
Old Myth: “Don’t go out in cold weather with a wet head. You’ll get sick.”
Modern medicine tells us that people get sick because they are exposed to bacteria and viruses that cause diseases and conditions. But probably anyone over the age of 40 has been warned by a grandparent against going
out with a wet head in cold weather. Of course, the fact that the spread of colds and flu are common occurrences in the winter months was used as evidence that the warnings were true.
The grain of truth behind this myth is that going out in freezing temperatures with wet hair is NOT good for the hair. If the hair is exposed to the elements and cold temperatures when it’s wet, the moisture in the
hair can freeze, which can cause damage in the form of raised and distorted cuticle layers and split ends. So when you have to go out in harsh weather with wet hair, remember to protect it.
If you have other modern (or older) hair myths that you’d like to know the truth of, please feel free to ask us. You can get to our question submission form by clicking here.