Common hat myths like "wearing a hat causes hair loss" and "wearing a hat is essential to keep warm in icy temperatures" are common questions with simple answers. Hat Myths is dedicated to providing you with the answers you desire. It's important to understand the truth in order to take full advantage of the plethora of fashion accessories we offer in all of our trendy men's hats, stylish women's hats, and crazy costume hats alike.
Myth: Wearing Hats Causes Hair Loss
As a general rule, wearing hats DOES NOT cause hair loss. This hat myth came about when the general public made note of the fact that balding people commonly wore hats to hide their hair loss. That means you do not go bald from topping off your favorite outfit with a fashion hat.
That being said, there are a few exceptions. For example, constantly wearing a swimmer's cap, does lead to a kind of hair loss, similar to hair loss associated with a hairstyle where your hair is consistently being pulled. This type of hair loss, known as traction alopecia, can usually be reversed once the tight hairstyle is discontinued, or by lessening the frequency of wearing your swimming cap.
The other exception to the rule comes when you wear a hat that is simply too tight for your head. If you choose a hat that is so tight that it cuts off circulation to the hair follicles, your hair may fall out. Wearing a hat that accurately fits your head does not cause hair to fall out. See our Hat Sizing Chart for your correct size.
Myth: Placing your hat on the bed is bad luck
While many people may laugh, others still believe placing your hat on the bed will bring bad luck. While there is no actual evidence of where this superstition began, there are two theories behind this hat myth.
The first began with old beliefs that evil spirits live in your hair! This foolish belief was likely fueled from the static electricity that would discharge in the air when taking a hat off in a warm, dry environment. So goes the superstition, don't lay your hat where you're going to lay your head because evil spirits spill out from your hat.
The second is tied into the belief of morbid angles. Leaving a hat on a bed might suggest somebody has died. Historically, during some funerals a hat was placed over the closed portion of the casket near the feet of the deceased. A hat placed on a bed is said to have the same connotation of the casket which was said to evoke their spirits.