Being bald or having a shaved head is fine and dandy, but they do mean certain realities. For one, having little to no hair is going to affect how you wear hats.
Without the hair buffer, even the best hats will likely fit differently. On hot days, nothing will absorb the sweat running down your head. With the wrong hat and the sun shining, you could even end up with some very unfortunate sunburn. Consider the colder side of things too. When the temp starts to drop below freezing, you’re going to want a doubly warm hat to account for the lack of insulation.
Thankfully, there are a lot of great hats for bald guys out there. Keeping in mind the basic realities above, we rounded up several different styles of hats and hats of different materials, such as cotton, wool and polyester, which is great for sweatier occasions.
Before the hats, here’s a quick rundown of important things to keep in mind:
- For most of these hats, you want to make sure there’s some kind of inner lining or band for maximum comfort.
- Wool, cotton, fleece, linen and polyester will be your friends here, material-wise. They all breathe and wool and polyester wick sweat too.
- The style of hat won’t matter as much for bald guys as the fit, materials and inner band (or lack thereof).
With those final thoughts out of the way, check out a few hats for bald guys below. Given the variety of hat styles and materials, we didn’t choose a single best overall hat for bald guys because all the options are great, depending on your situation. But whether you’re newly bald or a longtime bald member, you’ll find cool and comfortable hats for bald guys to wear below.
1. Flexfit Men’s Baseball Fitted Cap
Even without the buffer of hair, the Flexfit Men’s Baseball Fitted Cap will likely hold steady to your head thanks to the brand’s signature stretch band. Made from a blend of polyester, cotton and spandex, this hat breathes well and will handle a bit of sweat, perfect for all but colder weather.
Multiple bald reviewers on Amazon chimed in to agree. One said, “Great quality hat that fits well. I love the comfortable fit where nothing needs [to be] adjusted. I use it for lawn work and it keeps my bald head from getting fried.”
Another added, “I’m a hat person. They’ve been my substitute hair since I started going bald 20 years ago. So I know hats and this one is great. Comfortable, good looking, perfect fit (even if it’s just a little tight, I can get a headache, but this hat fits like it was custom made for my head) … If you’re a hat guy and want a plain, comfortable, good looking hat, at a good price, you won’t be disappointed. Buy it.”
2. L.L. Bean Wool-Blend Ball Cap
With a bald head, it’s never a bad idea to go for wool hats for their warmth and breathability. The L.L. Bean Wool-Blend Ball Cap is easy to adjust to fit your head with the leather strap and features a wool-polyester-rayon blend crown with cotton lining and a synthetic CoolMax knit sweatband. That means it’s warm, moisture-wicking and comfortable for any head, bald or not.
3. Fjallraven Byron Thin Hat
Fjallraven makes top-notch warm-weather gear and the Byron Thin Hat is no exception. Made from 100% double-knit wool, this hat provides the warmth and comfort you need while still being breathable enough to wear on a warm breezy day. If you do wear it when it’s warmer, just roll the folded brow up for better air circulation. This hat is also highly durable, so you can count on it to last for the long haul.
4. The North Face Bones Recycled Beanie
BEST BEANIE FOR COLDER WEATHER
While the Fjallraven hat would also be great for colder weather, The North Face Bones Recycled Beanie is also worth considering. The recycled polyester feels comfortable and keeps heat in while letting sweat out. The loose-fitting hat also features an incredibly soft and warm polyester fleece earband to help create a comfy seal around your head and, of course, keep your ears warm.
5. Eddie Bauer Down Aviator Hat
BEST HAT FOR WARM EARS
My dad has been bald for roughly 40 years now and when there’s snow on the ground, he’s guaranteed to be wearing a furry ear flap hat like the Eddie Bauer Down Aviator Hat. It runs a little small, all the better for bald heads, and keeps light rain at bay with the water-repellent acrylic/polyester shell. On the inside, you can count on faux fur and 650-fill premium down filling to stop cold in its tracks.
One reviewer said it was perfect for ice fishing, and if it can handle that kind of prolonged cold, it’ll handle whatever you throw at it with aplomb.
6. Headsweats Race Hat
BEST CAP FOR MOWING THE LAWN
The Headsweats Race Hat was designed to be worked hard, easy to care for and comfortable all along the way. For their hats, Headsweats uses a proprietary Enventure knit fabric, a soft, breathable, moisture-wicking, quick-drying, machine washable knit polyester. The Race Hat also features an Eventure terry sweatband to capture dripping sweat. Yup, this one-size-fits-most stretchy hat is perfect for any active bald man — it’s an endurance athlete favorite — and casual sweaty activities too.
One bald reviewer on Amazon agreed: “I purchased this hat in 2011 from Amazon and it’s been my go-to hat ever since. I’m bald so I wear a hat almost every day in the summer to avoid sunburns on my head. I use this hat for working out and just general outdoor activities. It has a built-in sweatband around the inside rim of the hat, which keeps sweat from dripping down my face.”
7. Smartwool Merino Sport Fleece Beanie
BEST HAT FOR A COLD RUN
There are few things more refreshing than a cold morning run. Just make sure to take the streamlined yet cozy Smartwool Merino Sport Fleece Beanie with you. The brushed Merino wool-polyester fleece interior keeps your head and ears warm and feels so soft all around. A bit of elastane also gives this hat for blad guys just the right amount of stretch for a secure but not tight fit. One neat feature: The beanie has openings for sunglasses, so you don’t have to choose between a comfortable fit and blocking the sun.
8. Goorin Bros. Mordecai
BEST FOR A STYLISH SUMMER
Somewhere along the way, all newsboy caps got a bad rap that feels unwarranted. Take the Goorin Bros. Mordecai summer cap. It’s cool, casual and a great hat for bald guys. The linen shell ensures your head won’t get too hot, the satin interior will stay cool and comfortable and a moisture-wicking sweatband will take care of any sweat. Wear it with a plain T-shirt or a light blue cotton button for a perfect casual look.
9. Goorin Bros. Dean the Butcher
BEST FOR THE BOLD
When pulled off, nothing is bolder or cooler than a fedora hat. It’s not what Indiana Jones wore exactly, but the Goorin Bros. Dean the Butcher fedora hat is high quality and perfect for bald heads. It’s made from a soft wool felt material, features a moisture-wicking sweatband and has a brim and crown friendly for all kinds of faces.
I own this hat in the whiskey color and though I’m not bald on the sides, the band feels really comfortable on my forehead and I don’t even notice when the wool felt crown rests on my bald dome. Though this hat might feel intimidating, it’s easier to pull off than you think.
For that hat, sizing up is better because you can always put a liner inside the band if it runs big. Also, if you wait a while, you might be able to get this hat for bald guys on sale.