Reconcile Hair Loss with Fashion To Look and Feel Great




Q. Will wearing a hat lead to more hair loss?

A. Hats do not cause hair loss; however, coarse materials, exposed elastic and plastic components in some hats can cause damage to and breakage of your hair. If you wear a hat often, be sure to wash your hair with a scalp-cleansing shampoo to eliminate the combination of sweat, dirt and dead skin cells that can clog the pores and hair follicles.

Q. Besides baseball caps, what other types of head wear are trendy for summertime?

A. For a casual summer look, a bandana is a fun choice. Bandanas aren’t just for bikers anymore. They come in an array of colors and patterns, and you can wear one as a headband or a scarf. Depending on where you live, a cowboy hat also may be a trendy choice. And for the beach and other outdoor activities, you can’t go wrong with a woven straw Panama hat.

Q. What type of hat is the best option with a suit?

A. The classic felt fedora is your best bet. Not only will the fedora hide your thinning hair, but this hat is extremely stylish too. You can find new fedoras at most hat shops or used options at vintage clothing stores, thrift shops and estate sales. Make sure your hat fits: If it sits too high on your head, it will make you appear heavier. If it’s too big, it will make a short man look even shorter.

Q. Can I wear a hat to a job interview?

A. Although a fedora and other hats look good with a suit, they usually should be removed indoors. So, it’s best to skip the hat for a job interview. No one will notice your thinning hair if you are on time, appear neat and professional and act personable and knowledgeable. Follow these other interviewing tips and tricks.

Q. What should I wear on a first date to distract her from my baldness?

A. Dress to impress and she won’t notice your hair loss — whether or not you are wearing a hat. For a casual date you can’t go wrong with jeans and a polo shirt. For a dressier occasion wear a suit. Stick with classic pieces rather than trying to get too funky. And don’t overlook the importance of good shoes. Women love shoes — their own and yours! Wear clean, polished shoes that aren’t worn or tattered.

Q. How can I protect my bald head at the beach?

A. You don’t need to cover up completely with a gigantic floppy hat. But you do need to take precautions to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. If you are completely bald, slather your head (along with the rest of your body) with sunscreen. If you have some hair, look for hair care products that contain sunscreen to protect your hair and scalp. Wear a chic straw hat for extra coverage, and add a pair of aviator sunglasses for a bit of Hollywood style.

Q. What types of hats are popular in cold weather?

A. Knit beanies continue to be trendy year in and year out. Look for beanies in breathable fabrics, such as cotton, to reduce perspiration. A newsboy cap also is a fantastic choice for wintertime. These caps come in an assortment of fabrics, including tweed, flannel and knit. For some French flavor, a beret is a chic option.

Q. What can I wear to detract from my baldness?

A. To take the attention off your thinning hair, always dress neat and chic. Wear dark colors on top and lighter colored pants to draw the eye downward, away from your hair. Collarless shirts as well will take some of the emphasis off your head.

Q. What type of hat can be worn for both casual and formal wear?

A. Fedoras can work well with everything, from jeans to a suit. Also consider a flat cap. This rounded cap has a small brim in the front and is made of wool, tweed, leather or other fabrics. You may have also heard them called ivy caps or golf caps. Brad Pitt, Michael Jordan and myriad other celebrities have been seen in flat caps lately.

Q. How do I pick the right type of hat for me?

A. Every man should have a few hats — a baseball cap, a fedora and at least one more hat of your choice. Don’t ever wear a casual hat with a suit or dressy attire. Baseball caps, floppy hats and bucket hats work well with jeans, shorts or other casual wear. The best way to find the perfect hat for you is to head to the store and start trying them on. Look at yourself in the mirror from all angles, and bring along a trustworthy friend to give you an honest opinion.