Many people agree to the fact that wearing a helmet while riding a bike is a safe bet, but it is also a truth that many people fear wearing a helmet can trigger hair loss, particularly “traction alopecia”, which is marked by hair loss in the front portion of the scalp.
Does wearing a helmet cause hair loss?
Yes, not directly but indirectly. By wearing a helmet, you are covering your head, it increases sweating of the scalp and this wetness can be congenial for fungal growth leading to itching, dandruff, and eventual hair fall.
How can you keep your scalp healthy?
If you fear that your hair loss is due to wearing helmet, than you have to ensure that you keep your scalp free of any infections, even mild infections can lead to larger problems due to long-term helmet use.
Here are few easy to prepare home remedies for a healthy scalp; even people without scalp infections can try it.
1) Curd (sour) and Aloe Vera
Add 2 teaspoons of Aloe Vera pulp to 1 tablespoon of curd (sour), mix it well, apply it to your scalp including hairs, and leave it for at least 50 minutes, rinse it off with clean water and a mild herbal shampoo. Do this at least twice a week for better results.
Take 2 to 3 ginger, crush it, collect its juice, apply it to your scalp and hairs with a cotton swab, and leave it to dry for at least 45 minutes, rinse it off with clean water and a mild herbal shampoo. Do it at least twice a week for better results.
Onion has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can be best used for treating your scalp. Crush 2 medium-sized onions and collect its juice, apply it to your scalp and hairs, leave it to dry for at least 20-30 minutes, and rinse it off with clean water and a mild shampoo. Doing it twice a week is good for the scalp as well as the hairs.
Here are few other tips to keep your scalp free from infections
Wearing helmet saves lives, but yes, if you don’t keep your scalp and hairs clean, it can trigger hair loss. To ensure that your hairs are safe, follow these little tips.
- While taking bath, make sure to wash your hairs with clean water and a mild herbal shampoo to ensure that your scalp and hairs are free from dust and dandruff.
- Keep your hair well moisturized; it prevents friction between the helmet and your hairs, thus preventing hair loss.
- Massage your scalp and hairs with almond oil to keep it moisturized.
- Long-term use of helmet can cause the inside of the helmet to get wet with sweat, which can increase the chance of fungal growth. To prevent fungal growth, clean the inner lining of your helmet and store it in an airy and dry place.
- If you are on a long ride, taking breaks in between is good. It gives you time to take off your helmet and allow your hairs and scalp to dry. Also ensure that you clean the inside of your helmet with a clean cloth before you wear it on again.
- Covering your head with a thin cloth before putting on the helmet prevents friction between the helmet and your hairs, hair loss can be prevented by this method. The cloth also absorbs the sweat.
- Buy a good helmet which fits you perfectly and is lightweight.
Check out the video which expalins how helmets are made.