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    Does wearing helmets accelerate male baldness?

    So, I just turned 35 and I've noticed that my hairline seems to be going further and further back. While I love biking, I love my hair too. I've noticed some hair in my helmet when I take it off. What I was wondering is, does the constant rubbing of the helmet on your head accelerate male pattern baldness? If so, are there ways to prevent hair loss while wearing a helmet?

    I love losing weight while biking, but, I'm guessing that ladies will pick a fat guy with hair over a fit guy with no hair anyday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCTJ View Post
    ladies will pick a fat guy with hair over a fit guy with no hair anyday.
    Wanna bet?

    Seriously. Your hair is falling off. A helmet will not affect that. I'd be bald by now if it did.

    Your options:
    - cover the bald spots with what you have
    - let the rest grow to waist length
    - cut it all off
    - stop worrying, show your confidence. (are you man enough to wear pink?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCTJ View Post
    does the constant rubbing of the helmet on your head accelerate male pattern baldness
    I always heard it doesn't take a man to grow hair on his chest but it takes a real man to keep it rubbed off.

    My Grandma used to tell me that old wife's tale about hats and baldness when I was a kid because I always wore a ball cap. I'm 52 now and have so much hair I sort of envy bald guys. I'm tired of having to choose between getting hair cuts or looking like the wolfman.
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    Just to play it safe, I quit sleeping with my helmet on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flucod View Post
    If you put Rogaine in your helmet liner it will help stop with the loss.

    PS - I am not a doctor
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    Does wearing helmets accelerate male baldness?

    No, but hitting the pavement without a helmet does.

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    Does wearing helmets accelerate male baldness?

    Quote Originally Posted by BCTJ View Post
    So, I just turned 35 and I've noticed that my hairline seems to be going further and further back. While I love biking, I love my hair too. I've noticed some hair in my helmet when I take it off. What I was wondering is, does the constant rubbing of the helmet on your head accelerate male pattern baldness? If so, are there ways to prevent hair loss while wearing a helmet?

    I love losing weight while biking, but, I'm guessing that ladies will pick a fat guy with hair over a fit guy with no hair anyday.
    No. Has nothing to do with hair loss.

    I have been wearing bike helmets for 35 years, and almost always wear a hat when off the bike (for more than 40 years). Still have all my hair (thanks, grandad). My brother does not ride and is nearly bald.
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    I thought bald heads were caused by U-turns under the covers.....

    Maybe that's why my wife likes bald men
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    Its a genetic thing.

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    Helmets don't do anything except protect your head.

    I have friend a who younger than me, has male pattern baldness and has never worn a bike helmet in his life( also not a rider).

    As for the fat guy with hair vs. fit guy without hair question:
    At 35, women your age shouldn't care about hair.

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    All I know is I'm 51 with a full head of hair. I started a new job recently that requires wearing a hard hat all day. Out of the 50 guys working there I'd say 70% are bald or on their way. And most are in their 30's and 40's. But thats not to say it was due to wearing a helmet for so many years. But it could be a possibility. No stress live your life, most likely it's in the gene pool.
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    gene pool it is. Bald is in with the dames so worry not.
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    No it doesn't, but it keeps you from getting it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    Bald is in with the dames so worry not.
    Are you sure about that? Check out this article.

    Women prefer men with a full head of hair - Telegraph

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCTJ View Post
    Are you sure about that? Check out this article.

    Women prefer men with a full head of hair - Telegraph
    That article is terrible. The supposed scientific study was done by a hair loss restoration firm. It used an Internet dating site and only used one sample size.

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    Couldn't care less if you're bald or receding.
    It's when it starts growing out your ears that we have a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    gene pool it is. Bald is in with the dames so worry not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Couldn't care less if you're bald or receding.
    It's when it starts growing out your ears that we have a problem.
    Hi Judy. What about nose hairs? Mine are braided and hang down to my chin. It's kind of like a Fu Manchu but it's usually got snot running down it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hang 21 View Post
    Hi Judy. What about nose hairs? Mine are braided and hang down to my chin. It's kind of like a Fu Manchu but it's usually got snot running down it.
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    keep riding. men who exercise seem to suffer from it less/slower. probably a bloodflow thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wv_bob View Post
    I always heard it doesn't take a man to grow hair on his chest but it takes a real man to keep it rubbed off.

    My Grandma used to tell me that old wife's tale about hats and baldness when I was a kid because I always wore a ball cap. I'm 52 now and have so much hair I sort of envy bald guys. I'm tired of having to choose between getting hair cuts or looking like the wolfman.
    My dad used to tell me this one too. He wore hats all the time when I was a kid. His hair didn't start thinning until he hit his late 60's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    Still have all my hair (thanks, grandad). My brother ... is nearly bald.
    Does that mean he's got a different grandfather?

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    Does wearing helmets accelerate male baldness?

    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB View Post
    keep riding. men who exercise seem to suffer from it less/slower. probably a bloodflow thing.
    I think you are on the right track.
    Hair loss has been linked to stress. Exercise is proven to alleviate stress. More exercise = Less stress = More hair.

    I have not been riding much lately. My waistline and hair line are showing it too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    Just to play it safe, I quit sleeping with my helmet on.
    ^This is not safe...

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    Ha!

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    Don't sweat it, no hair is fine. When you have no money, then you gots problems.
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    Re: Does wearing helmets accelerate male baldness?

    It won't cause it but it may make it worse. Sensitive follicles may have hairs rubbed out prematurely. Same with shampooing, hair brushes, rough toweling etc..
    Go to a hair loss forum and browse around there.

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