Can Riding A Bike Regularly Make Your Hair Fall?

Are you a regular biker or motorcycle rider? And do you ride to your school or work every day?

If yes, have you noticed that your helmet works as a problem as much as it helps, especially when it’s about your hair?

It’s been debatable for a long time that those who wear helmets regularly for years, they highly experience hair fall. Although scientific research has no definitive findings, unofficial studies have shown potential links between accelerating existing hair loss with regular helmet use.

Wearing a helmet may aggravate hair fall because of various reasons. For instance, people get exposed to dirt and dust daily, wear the wrong size of a helmet while leaving their hair in a confined space for a long time, etc.

Let’s discuss different triggers of wearing a helmet that might lead to severe hair fall.

WomenMinds is here to help you find out what preventive measures to take to control hair fall if you’re a cyclist or bike enthusiast.

Getting Exposed to Dirt, Dust, and Chemical Gases Can Reduce Hair Health

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Getting Exposed to Dirt and Dust

When you catch some air on a bike, you often get more than what you ask. Alongside fresh oxygen, you also get yourself exposed to inhale harmful gases like Sulphur Dioxide, Carbon Dioxide, Nitrogen Dioxide, Diesel particulate matter, and many more.

According to 2011’s Belgian Science Policy, people on bikes absorb four to nine times more fine dust particles than people in cars.

As a result, bikers and cyclists get more exposure to harmful gases as long as they stay outside on their bikes. They need to spend significant time on roads from sunlight to sunset due to heavy traffic jam.

Also, as bikers or cyclists stay for a long time on roads, their skin quickly catches dirt and dust, enduring them all day long.

Most people do their shifts in air conditioning space in the workplace, and that also gets mixed with harmful outside gas, which worsens the hair fall situation.

Therefore, I believe the more exposure they get to the dusty condition of outside, the more their hairs get mixed with the dirt, causing hair fall.

Wearing Wrong Sized Helmets Can Affect Your Skull and Scalp 

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Wearing Wrong Sized Helmets Can Affect Your Skull and Scalp 

Incorrectly fitting and improperly worn helmets are one of the primary reasons that contribute to hair loss. It will help if you buy an appropriate helmet that’s best suited for your skull to control hair damage.

Besides, you must be careful while putting on and off your helmet, so you don’t tangle your hair, make it messy, and lead to hair fall.

Experts say that if you can feel any tension in your hair as you wear a helmet, it’s a sign that you’re not wearing it correctly. And placing your helmet wrong can cause Traction Alopecia.

Traction alopecia is a medical condition of hair loss caused by the prolonged tension or pulling on hair follicles. People who tie their hair in ponytails, buns, braids, or cornrows are prone to such conditions.

Remember, a large helmet is a safety hazard as the helmet may slide off during an accident. Conversely, a tight and smaller one can also create excessive pressure on your hair and damage its roots, causing hair loss.

Furthermore, wearing a wrong sized helmet restricts airflow, creating the perfect environment to trap dirt and sweat.

A confined area becomes an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and can lead to an infection. And scalp infection weakens the hair follicles and may result in hair loss while preventing new hair growth.

So, you can deduce that wearing an uneven helmet can ruin your hair’s health and lead to hair fall.

Leaving Your Hair in a Confined Space Can Deprive It of Fresh Air and Oxygen

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Leaving Your Hair in a Confined Space Can Deprive It of Fresh Air and Oxygen

Like I’ve already said, if you wear a helmet regularly, you’re most likely to wear it throughout the day.

Consequently, you let your hair stuck within a confined space for a certain period where it doesn’t get fresh air and proper moisturizer.

Without air, the hair can’t breathe properly, and so the scalp turns itchy and damp, causing dandruff.

And dandruff is the most typical reason for hair fall; precisely, an arch-enemy to your hair.

Dandruff leads to other severe scalp diseases such as fungal infections, scalp Psoriasis, Folliculitis decalvans, Lichen planopilaris, Seborrheic dermatitis, and many more.

So, it’s evident that dandruff itself doesn’t cause hair loss. Unfortunately, dandruff causes scalp diseases, compelling people to scratch their scalp so hard that they injure it.

Furthermore, an unwashed helmet introduces your scalp to fungus and bacteria, which indeed leads to hair fall.

Fungus prevails due to sweat and dirt, causing infection. And this infection may also affect hair growth and cause hair thinning.

Prevention of Hair Damage from Helmets

Follow these few simple ways to prevent hair damage from wearing helmets.

  • Try to keep your hair clean because regular cleaning should be your first step in preventing hair loss due to helmets.
  • Moisturize your hair to prevent hair fall.
  • Hydrate your hair because if your hair is thin, coarse, or thick, moisturizing will pamper your hair, prevent damage, and maintain its overall health.
  • Stop wearing helmets if your hair is wet. Doing so will make the inner part of the helmet damp.
  • Dry out your hair properly before putting on your helmet. Take time while doing so because those extra minutes can save you the trouble of enduring the fear of hair fall and other hair related problems.
  • Place a mask inside your helmet to avoid direct friction.
  • Place a thin, breathable cotton-cloth between your hair and helmet. Doing so will prevent friction, possibly caused by the helmet. Keep the cloth piece clean and dry.
  • Buy a good quality, well fitted, and certified helmet.
  • Clean your helmet to prevent hair loss. Make sure to clean your helmet on a weekly or biweekly basis.
  • Remove the helmet’s interior cushioning and wash it to eliminate any dust, sweat, and bacteria. Wipe it off with a clean damp cloth.

Giving your hair and helmet equal importance is vital to ensure healthy hair.


It’s quite common to have hair fall for wearing tight or confined helmets regularly. Since wearing a helmet is a life-saving measure while biking or motorcycling, you should be careful to damage your hair eventually.

If you see minor hair fall, then don’t worry much, because too much stress can also contribute to hair fall.

However, get to the root cause of why your helmet is thinning your hair. Is it a wrong sized helmet, or is it low quality?

Finding out the root problem will help you minimize hair loss effectively. So, don’t forget to choose a proper helmet while putting it on to have a safe journey. And don’t forget to consult any reliable dermatologist if your hair fall is getting intense every day.


A H M Ohidujjaman

He is the Founder and Chief Editor of WomenMinds. He does the final editing and the Facts Checking of each article before hitting the “Publish” button.

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