Friday, February 21, 2014

Hats Off and On this Winter!


The season of the woolly winter hat continues to linger.  Although hats are excellent at keeping us warm, Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips, a trichologist at the Philip Kingsley New York City Clinic breaks down the positives and negatives associated with sporting a hat. 

Hat History

  • Contrary to popular belief, hats do not cause or exacerbate hair loss; this hair loss myth concerning hats came about during the first and second World Wars when, after returning home from wearing helmets for months or years, it was noticed that many of the soldiers’ hair had thinned considerably; however, this hair loss was due to stress and also to the fact that these men were returning home at an age when male pattern hair loss commonly occurs

Hat Habits

  • Hats can cause the scalp to sweat and become oily throughout the day
  • In addition to this, shoving hair into or under a hat can result in knotting and messy hair, also known as “hat hair”
  • While this does not cause permanent damage to the hair, it is ideal to brush hair tangles post hat wearing out to avoid breakage
  • Be sure to shampoo and condition the hair after any tangling or sweating occurs

Hat Protection

  • Hats offer hair protection from harmful elements such as the sun, wind and cold air
  • The winter wind and weather can dry out the hair and cause permanent damage and breakage
  • The sun, which can also be quite glaring during winter, can also lead to discoloration, especially for those with processed hair 
  • Include an intensive pre-shampoo conditioning treatment into hair care regimens such as the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer to keep hair in optimum condition and replenish lost moisture
  • Extremely broken, damaged hair – whether the result of chemical over processing, physical trauma or poor health, will improve with concentrated use of Elasticizer
  • More frequent use of this intensive treatment formula will restore suppleness, elasticity, shine and bounce


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