If you ride a two wheeler regularly, wearing a helmet for long hours becomes inevitable. Wearing helmet for long can aggravate already existing scalp and hair conditions. So, if you already have dandruff or any other scalp infection, it is most expected that due to the accumulation of sweat in your hair roots for wearing helmet, is surely going to aggravate the problem, triggering increased hair loss. However, that does not mean if you have to ride a bike wearing a helmet, you have to sacrifice your hairs. You can easily avoid any aggravation of the scalp problems due to wearing helmets by taking a few simple measures. This article will tell you how you can avoid hair loss caused due to wearing helmets.
Maintain a problem free scalp for avoiding hair loss due to helmet
As already mentioned, wearing helmet for long only aggravates already existing scalp problems, so if your scalp is problem free and healthy, automatically you will not experience any hair loss due to wearing helmet even for the whole day. So, if you have a scalp condition, treat it first. If you have dandruff or itchy scalp you can follow any of the below mentioned home treatments to cure them or visit a dermatologist for quick relief.
Sour curd and Aloe Vera – The best home remedy for Dandruff
Mix 1 tablespoon of sour cur with 2 spoons of freshly prepared Aloe Vera pulp and apply this pack onto your scalp and hairs. Leave on for 45 minutes and wash off with a mild cleanser. Repeat thrice a week for quick results.
Apple Cider Vinegar – The best home remedy for itchy scalp
If you do not have dandruff but you are suffering from itchy scalp, follow this treatment. Mix 1 part of ACV with 1 part of water and spray this mixture onto your scalp and hairs. Let it set for 10 minutes and wash off with a mild cleanser. Follow thrice a week.
Ginger – The best home treatment for any scalp infection
Make fresh ginger juice by grinding 2 inch of ginger and squeezing out the juice. Apply this juice onto the roots of your hairs and the scalp with a cotton ball. Leave on for 30 minutes and wash off to get a problem free scalp. Start with twice a week and then reduce the frequency to once a week.
So, if you follow the above treatments according to your hair and scalp conditions you can cure the problem from the root and can avoid any hair loss due to wearing helmet.
Keep your hairs clean and moisturized to avoid hair loss due to wearing a helmet
For avoiding any hair loss due to wearing of helmet it is important to maintain the best cleanliness of your scalp and hairs. You should wash off your hairs every day with a mild cleanser so that the sebum does not continue to stick to your hairs and scalp, inviting dirt and subsequent hair loss. Try to make it a point to wash off your hairs with plain water every night before going to bed, in case you have been riding after washing your hairs with a cleanser in the morning. This will ensure that your hairs and scalp are clean when you are going to bed which can be very helpful for the best health of your scalp and hairs.
For people wearing helmet regularly, keeping their hairs well moisturized is a must. Proper moisturization of the hairs can be very helpful to lessen the effects of friction between the hairs and the inner surface of the helmet. So make it a point to use a deep conditioner after washing off your hairs. If you do not prefer using chemicals so much, try out natural hair moisturizers like Aloe Vera and Coconut oil.
Wear your helmet in the right way to avoid traction alopecia
Traction alopecia is a type of alopecia caused due to continuous pulling of hairs in the backward direction. It might be caused due to wearing tight helmets that pull the hairs of the front hair line backwards with high tension. You can easily avoid any risk of traction alopecia due to wearing a helmet, by using a helmet of the right size that is not too tight or too loose on your head.
While putting on the helmet also ensure that no hair is pulled very tightly by the helmet. Take your time every time you put it on, and continue jiggling and shifting the helmet till you reach the most comfortable position, when no hair is pulled back tightly. Also take care while taking off the helmet.
Keep your helmet clean and store it in an airy and hygienic place to avoid hair loss
As your scalp sweats up due to wearing a helmet, the inner layer of the helmet also gets wet with sweat. It is also important to clean the inner lining of your helmet regularly and to ensure that there is no fungal growth on the inner soft layer. Store your helmet in a hygienic and airy place so that it can easily get dried up and is not smelly.
Along with the above you can also follow the following tips to avoid any hair loss caused due to wearing a helmet,
- Every time you take a break between ridings, take off your helmet as well and give your hairs and the helmet some time to dry out. You can also try wiping off the inner part of the helmet and your hairs with a cotton cloth to make the process of drying quicker.
- Wearing a piece of cloth or scarf on your head, covering your hairs before putting on the helmet can be a very effective way to reduce any risk of hair loss due to helmet. The cotton cloth will reduce any friction between the hairs and the helmet and will also soak the sweat quickly eliminating all the worries. However, always ensure that the cloth is washed and completely clean before putting it on.