Last Updated on December 12, 2021 by Stephen Paul Robertson
Even in the year 2021, it is very upsetting when hard hat brands are not inclusive and often overlook the needs of workers with small heads. Because of course, all workers, regardless of their head sizes, deserve to be protected and safely kept by all means. We understand this and we have got your back! Dive into our article to find out more about the best hard hats for small heads!
Summary Of Our Top Picks Of Small Hard Hats
- ACERPAL Full Brim Hard Hat: This full brim hard hat with its extra secure ratchet harness is one of the best hard hat options for small heads. Moreover, because of its ABS material, this hard hat is not only supremely lightweight but also exceptionally durable.
- PYRAMEX Ridgeline Cap Style Hard Hat: This is yet another ABS hard hat that is not only sturdy and heavy-duty but is also super chic looking with its matte black surface. Whether your head is big or small, with this hat’s flexible ratchet system, you can easily adjust it to your liking; this has to be one of the most comfortable hard hats.
- Bullhead Safety HH-F1-B: This full brim hard hat will ensure 360 degrees of protection and provide you with all sorts of weather hazards and dangerous debris. Moreover, with its chin straps, you will get a secure fit. This is a great fitting hard hat!
- LIFT Safety – HDF50C-19WC: Its triple reinforced crown provides excellent impact protection. Additionally, because this hard hat has been tested in really hot temperatures, this is the perfect hard hat for hot temperatures.
- Pyramex HP14170: This is the perfect hard hat to wear during all types of weather phenomena, even when it is raining! Its rain troughs allow the rainwater and snow to easily slide off the hat and keep you comfortable.
- Fiber-Metal by Honeywell P2ARW01A000: Yet another matte white, sophisticated hard hat that will keep you fresh and clean all throughout the day thanks to its terry cloth sweatband.
Hard Hat Catagories
Not all hard hats will have all the aspects that we have mentioned above. So, for your ease, we have listed down all the important aspects of each of our top hard hat picks below.
|ACERPAL Full Brim Hard Hat||6 point||Full brim||E, G, C|
|PYRAMEX Ridgeline Hard Hat||6-8 point||Cap style||C|
|Bullhead Safety HH-F1-B||6 point||Full brim||E|
|LIFT Safety – HDF50C-19WC||6 point||Full brim||C|
|Pyramex HP14170||4 point||Cap style||E, G, C|
|Fiber-Metal by Honeywell P2ARW01A000||8 point||Cap style||G, C|
Reviewing of the Best Hard Hats for Small Heads
1. ACERPAL Full Brim Hard Hat
- Weight: 13.3 ounces
- Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 7 inches
- Material: ABS
We love a full brim hard hat because we understand how vital it is for you to have all-around protection. Something else that we love about this hard hat is its ABS material that ensures that your hard hat is sturdy, long-lasting, and lightweight, all at the same time.
This ACERPAL hard hat is also a great low-profile hard hat that will fit snugly on your head, even if you have a small head. For further comfortability, it has a padded harness, a soft brow pad, and a completely flexible ratchet harness.
Lastly, with ACERPAL’s 90-day satisfaction guarantee, you can easily reach out to any customer or aftercare services and increase the longevity of your hard hat.
|Solution: Please check and recheck the packaging to ensure that each piece is provided.|
2. PYRAMEX Ridgeline Cap Style Hard Hat
- Weight: 10.6 ounces
- Dimensions: 12.2 x 10.6 x 6 inches
- Material: ABS
This is another ABS hard hat option we have in store for you. This pristine matte black hard hat not only looks good but also offers plenty of protection and comfort. Its low-profile design allows even workers with small heads to get a snug fit. Moreover, its 4 point harness will also assist you in positioning your hard hat to your desired fit.
The hat’s additional features and attention to detail make work seem like a breeze. Its replaceable sweatband (which is also washable), vented pressure pad, and padded swinging rear suspension all play a role together to give you the best use out of this hat.
|Solution: Google instructables or videos to assemble easily.|
3. Bullhead Safety HH-F1-B
- Weight: 15.2 Ounces
- Dimensions: 6 x 12 x 6 inches
- Material: HPPE
The Bullhead hard hat’s HPPE material is an excellent hard hat choice that will withstand all sorts of wear and tear. Its crown has weather and chemical resistance properties; it is also non-conductive meaning that the hat will provide electrical protection too.
To easily and simply put this hat on and off, an additional feature that this hat has is its proprietary grip star dots that are placed underneath the hat.
4. LIFT Safety – HDF50C-19WC
- Weight: 1.65 pounds
- Material: Carbon Fiber
- Dimensions: 12 x 11 x 7.5 inches
6 suspension points and a big ratchet fitting dial for quick and easy adjustments are included in these caps. The hat’s dome is made of synthetic leather as well, which contributes to the hat’s comfort.
Heat-treated to withstand temperatures of up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, this hard hat will keep you safe. Above all, this hard hat will arrive pre-assembled, allowing you to put it on right away.
Despite the lack of vents, this hard hat is extremely lightweight and durable, making it a good choice for a summer hard hat.
5. Pyramex HP14170
- Weight: 10.6 ounces
- Dimensions: 11 x 9 x 5.75 inches
- Material: High-Density Polyethylene
The most impressive thing about this hard hat is its rain trough feature that allows for rainwater and snow to easily channel off the hard hat. Thus, you can wear this hard hat throughout the year, regardless of any weather conditions.
This vibrant pink hat is not only a fun color to look at but this hard hat is also low profile, meaning that anybody, even if with a small head, can wear this hard hat with ease. The low profile also means more coverage for your head when compared to high profile hard hats; this will provide more enhanced protection for your head.
|Solution: Soft brow and sweat pads may eliminate pressure on the forehead. Buy hard hats with these features.|
6. Fiber-Metal by Honeywell P2ARW01A000
- Weight: 0.85 Pounds
- Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 9 inches
- Material: Fiberglass
Look fancy at your workplace with this chic, all-white hard hat. For your utmost comfort, this Honeywell hard hat comes with a terry cloth sweatband that will keep you fresh and clean throughout the day. It is lightweight and more durable than other plastic hard hats.
More About Hard Hats
Regardless of how amazing your hard hat looks, or how expensive it is, or how highly sought after it is, the most crucial aspect of all is how perfectly your hat fits your head. Despite its large or small size, when your hard hat fits your head perfectly, you are instantly guaranteed an increased level of protection. There are a few steps that you can maintain to ensure a perfect fit, these are as follows:
Wearing Your Hard Hat Correctly
Put your hard hat on your head and if it is a cap style hard hat, make sure that it is facing the correct way. Then proceed to buckle up and adjust the chin strap to your preferred tightness. Your hat should neither be too tight nor too loose, just the right fit to allow your head to move easily.
Something that helps in fitting your hard head perfectly is chin straps. Always be on the lookout for hard hats that are compatible with chin straps such as the Bullhead Safety HH-F1-B.
Choosing The Right Hard Hat
- Hard hats will stay on your head for the majority of the time you spend working. Your hard hat must be comfortable so that it does not give you headaches or neck strains. Thus, pick a comfortable hard hat, one which is lightweight and fits snugly
- Once again, because your hard hat will be on your head for such an extended period, we highly advise you to purchase a hard hat that will help you to be at the top of your hygiene game. Hard hats with sweatbands, especially sweatbands that are replaceable and washable, are very important. Moreover, make sure to clean your hard hat with mild, soapy water now and then to eliminate any foul odors.
- Pick materials that you think will suit your work type best. There are heavy and light materials, conductive and nonconductive materials; let us look at the most common ones below.
|Fiberglass||This material is ideal for those who work in high temperatures, such as welders or manufacturing employees, because of its exceptional heat endurance. Furthermore, this is one of the most durable hard hat fabrics available, ensuring that you are well protected.|
|High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)||This is a standard hard hat material that may be found in the majority of full brim hard helmets. The reason for this is that this material is both inexpensive and robust, and it can endure a lot of damage. HDPE is used in a variety of low-cost hard helmets. HDPE is also a relatively light polymer, making it ideal for everyday use.|
|Phenolic resin||This is typically utilized in Class G hard hats because they provide better electrical insulation than plastic materials.|
|Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)||This is another popular material for hard helmets, owing to its exceptionally lightweight and low cost. Despite its small weight, it gives the highest level of protection. Because ABS is one of the thinnest rigid materials, it’s an option you can wear with ease.|
- Look out for the number of suspensions that your hard hat has. The more the merrier because more suspensions will mean that you can adjust your hard hat in several different ways and styles. Moreover, with a higher number of suspensions, hard hats can spread shock to a wider area keeping you safer. Typically, hard hats come with a four, six, or eight-point suspension.
Hard Hat Safety
The most crucial step that you can take to ensure your safety is to check up on your hats from time to time. Check for any damages to your hard hat regularly. Look out for the expiry date. Below are a few effective ways of checking your hard hat.
- Check your hard hats manufacturing dates properly. Check for serial numbers or CE marks to ensure that you have an authentic hard hat. Upon receiving your hat, check if your hat is accompanied by all the gadgets and elements that it is supposed to be packed with.
- Check for dents, cracks, powdery substances, discoloration on your hard hat. Make sure to check for these signs of damage on both the outer and inner shells.
- If your hard hat is vented, make sure that the vents’ ventilation slots are circulating air and functioning correctly.
- Look out for extreme signs of wear, deformation, discoloration, burns, and cracks on the hat’s suspensions, webbing, and other attachments. If any signs of damage are noticed, put away the hard hat at once. Suspensions are an integral part of your hat since they absorb all the shock, so upon noticing any damages on it, your hat should be replaced right away.
- Inspect hard hat paddings, sweatbands, brows pads, and fabric pieces. If they look crusty, dirty, and foul, wash them with mild, soapy water to avoid any skin irritations.
- UV rays are extremely damaging to your hard hat, thus, always store your hat away from direct sunlight. A common sign of UV exposure is discoloration in hard hats, if you notice the color of your hard hat is fading away, it is best to replace it.
- Lastly, whether you notice any deformity and abnormality or not, your hard hat should be replaced every 5 years. Along with changing your hard hat, change your suspension too. Be safe than sorry.
Regularly, wash your hat with mild soap. You risk producing damage that is not obvious to the human eye if you use powerful detergents.
Keep the hard hat cool and dry. Extremely cold temperatures, strong winds, and direct sunlight are all things that should be avoided. It’s a good idea to keep headwear out of the way.
Sweatbands, linings, and paddings should be changed regularly for sanitary reasons.
Your hard helmet should never be thrown, dropped, or mistreated in any way.
- For increased safety every time you wear your hat, ALWAYS wear your hard hat correctly.
- Pick your hard hat wisely. Take into consideration the number of suspensions, hygiene, materials, and different attachments.
- Check and recheck for any signs of damage on your hard hat. Change your hard hat and suspension regularly (preferably every 5 years)
- Proper aftercare must be ensured so that your hard hat can be long-lasting and provide superior protection at all times.
- How to make my hard hat fit better?
By adjusting the chin straps. This is why your hard hat must be compatible with multiple chin strap sizes.
- Can hard hats make me go bald?
Hard hats do not directly cause baldness. However, bad, cheap hard hat attachments can pull on your hair and cause hair fall.
We hope our article has helped you find the right hat for you and we hope you take care of yourself and your hat in every possible way. If you are still undecided, check out the ACERPAL Full Brim Hard Hat which is lightweight and has extra harnesses to ensure a better fit even for small heads.
With that said, that will be it from us today, till next time, happy building!
Paul, a graduate from the University of California, has been a Safety Advisor for over 5 years in USA. Along with his other 2 partners, who are professional bikers, he has been the chief of the headsafetyguard.com to create mass awareness on an often neglected issue: HEAD SAFETY