Sauna Hat – what is it and why is it needed?


A sauna hat is an important sauna attribute that helps protect the head from high temperatures. It is important that the sauna hat is the right size and made of natural materials – such as felt or linen and cotton. Most sauna hats come in one size and are suitable for both men and women.

Sauna hat – what is it and what is it used for?

In winter, when it’s cold outside, we usually wear hats. But why wear a hat in the sauna, where it is warm? Some sauna-goers neglect this important accessory, and to no avail! High temperatures in a dry sauna can negatively affect dry scalp, hair roots, hair breakage and dryness. Women with long, beautiful hair can suffer from high temperatures. But high temperatures in a sauna are not only bad for women’s hair. High temperatures can also cause pain, palpitations, dizziness and weakness. A hat or turban made of natural materials will protect your head. If you have a sauna on your garden plot, the hat will also protect you from the cold after you leave the sauna and enter the house. We strongly recommend using this headgear.

Sauna Hat – what is it and why is it needed?

How to choose the right sauna hat?

When it comes to choosing the right sauna cap, the most important thing is that it should be comfortable and made of natural fibers such as cotton, felt or silk. It must be loose and lightweight, with no pressure on the head and with enough space to make it easy to put on or take off, but it must not fall off the head. Online stores sell hats in a variety of colors, with different designs and fancy shapes, such as Viking horns. Choose the hat you like best.

Felt material is good at protecting the scalp, brain and hair from the high temperatures found in a Finnish sauna.
Felt hats are durable, resistant to stretching and warping, but it is not recommended to wash them.

Cotton hats last a long time and can be washed and machine washed.

How to use sauna hats?

To use a sauna hat properly, clean it with a mild detergent and wipe it dry before using it for the first time. Then, before entering the sauna, put on the cap to protect your hair and brain from the high temperatures in the sauna. Also remember to remove the cap after leaving the sauna and let it dry before using it again.

But be careful! Not all sauna hats can be washed. That’s why I recommend buying cotton caps in natural colors, so they can be washed and are like new.

If you don’t have a cap, you can use a towel wrapped around your head. The most important thing is that it should be made of natural materials and breathable.

Summary – why should you have a sauna hat?

A sauna hat is a must-have attribute for both sexes, as it protects the head from the hot air that accumulates in the sauna. The hot air can quickly dry out the scalp, causing itching, damaging hair follicles and causing headaches and weakness.

Frequently asked questions about sauna hats

How to wash a sauna cap?

The sauna hat can be washed in a washing machine in wool wash or hand wash mode. The spin cycle must be turned off. The laundry detergent for the cap must be mild or a special wool detergent. Since we have turned off the spinning in the washing machine, the cap must be wringed somehow after washing. This should be done gently, without wringing the cap. Lay it on an absorbent fabric and press lightly with your hands to remove excess water. Then hang the cap to dry at room temperature.

Does the sauna damage hair?

Prolonged and frequent exposure to high temperatures has a negative impact on the beauty and health of your hair. They become dry and brittle. The most harmful for hair is dry sauna, because it dries out the hair. To protect your hair, wear a special cap on your head when you enter the sauna.

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