Each year, THA members give away 1000’s of FREE wide-brimmed sun-protection hats in cities across the country.
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime, and an estimated 9,730 people will die of
melanoma in 2017. To help draw awareness to this issue, The Headwear Association is educating people about the
importance of wearing a proper Sun Protection Hat.
Yes, temperatures are cooling down. But the sun’s rays are dangerous year-round. The best ( and most stylish!) defense is a wide brimmed sun hat.
Actress Gia Skova in Wallaroo
What makes a perfect Sun Hat? The Headwear Association recommends the following tips.
Wide Brims. Choose hats with at least a 2 ½ inch brim and always wear sunscreen and a hat when outside. Women’s
hats with brims larger than 5 inches also offer shoulder and décolletage protection from the sun.
Curved Shapes. Look for hats that follow the contour of the head and neck. These shapes offer the best protection against ultraviolet radiation.
A baseball cap is not recommended as it leaves the cheeks, ears and back of the neck exposed.
Opaque Materials. The denser the fabric, the higher the UPF. Choose close-weave fabrics or tightly woven straw. Many hats have been tested for sun protection qualities, and include an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) number on the label. Fabrics are rated with a UPF rather than SPF, which only applies to sunscreens. UPF labels indicate how much of the sun’s UVR is absorbed by the product’s fabric. For instance, a hat with a UPF of 50 allows just 1/50th of the sun’s UVR to reach the skin.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends wearing a broad-brimmed hat to protect your face, head and neck. Here is a look at the best Sun Protection Hats under the sun!