Hair loss is one of the side effects of chemotherapy when undergoing cancer treatment. When the men go bald they either go around bald or wear a cap for sun protection and/or warmth.
Women, on the other hand, are not often seen bald. The issue then becomes what to wear. Some choose wigs which personally I found rather scratchy and uncomfortable to wear all the time. That was a while ago (1990) so I know that wigs have come a long way since then.
The other option is hats, turbans, scarves, and caps with or without hair pieces. But for someone like myself who is handy with crafts, I chose to make my own chemo hat – and another for my cancer buddy. There are wonderful patterns out there for chemo hats. You can make them out of cotton, soft wool, bamboo – lots of choice.
And, if you are a friend of someone with cancer and kinow how to either knit or crochet, I just bet they would love a handmade chemo hat. What a lovely gift of caring.
Pizazz is not usually associated with cancer, but it can be. It is important during cancer treatment to keep your spirits up. One of the easiest ways is to find some really cool chemo hats – fun, classic, chic, trendy. Whatever suits your fancy.
It has been said that hair is a women’s crowning glory. Well, when the hair goes, there needs to be a substitute to create the crowning glory. Hats will do that. In years past, hats were a must in many wardrobes. With Easter coming up, I recall the time when it signalled the call to get a new suit and hat for church on Easter Sunday.
There are many wonderful options for chemo hats, scarves and turbans. You can have great fun creating new looks for yourself. Add some uplifting makeup, earrings with flair, and a hat or scarve to top off the look. This method works for all seasons. The fabric and style of hat changes depending on your current need – protection or warmth, dress-up or everyday.
Be sure to look for styles that cover your hairline and are soft as a bald head is sensitive. Some people wear a turban underneath a hat for an extra layer of comfort and style. Find your look and go forth with confidence. This too will pass and your hair will come back. In the meantime, you might as well embrace the change with panache.
One of the challenges of chemo is rather painless but nevertheless causes, for some, a moment or two of unease. This happens especially for women for whom baldness is not normally seen. This baldness during chemo affects not only head hair, but also eyelashes and body hair that either thin out or disappear.
Thanks to organizations like Look Good, Feel Better who help women with skincare and makeup tips to bolster self-esteem, a woman can get through this time with a little more ease plus have some fun with other women going through the same situation.
Another option is to find some really cool and attractive chemo hats and scarves. Some women look absolutely stunning and create a whole new look for themselves. Depending on the weather in your area, there are great choices available. A few tips:
- make sure the hat and/or scarf covers the hairline,
- choose soft fabrics that won’t rub on bare skin,
- look for washable fabrics as you will likely sweat (menopause side effect), and
- have fun with different styles and colors.
Going through cancer treatment is a stressful time and finding ways to lighten the load are both restorative and energizing.
Most people lose their hair during chemotherapy. For some, this is more troubling than others. There are lots of ways to deal with hair loss – chemo hats, scarves, wigs, etc.
Interesting, what is often not talked about is what happens when the hair grows back in. I’ve had a lot of fun watching this happen, including my own. For some it comes back curly, some a different color, some a different texture. Unfortunately, for some it comes back thinner which for women is a bigger issue.
I’ve met women who I saw wearing wigs, chemo hats, etc. and hardly recognized them when their hair grew back in. They always get a kick out of my reaction when the penny drops and I know who they are. Some women decide to keep their hair short – it is becoming and maybe not a style they would have tried previously.
There is always some good and humour in every life situation – one just has to be open to look for the signs.
Baldness is never a welcome condition. Men don’t like it and for women it is even more difficult as it is not accepted to walk around bald headed. So, when a woman loses her hair during chemotherapy, chemo hats, scarves and turbans, as well as wigs come to the rescue.
Depending on where you live and your seasonal weather conditions, the choice of what to wear will depend on not only covering the bald, but keeping warm or protecting your head from the sun. Hats are everywhere in stores, but finding one for covering your head when you have no hair is a little different.
- A bald scalp is more sensitive. Scratchy or hard fabrics will irritate your skin. Soft is better.
- Finding a hat that covers the hairline can be a challenge. Chemo hats are designed with this in mind so you are not advertising bald.
- Variety is fun. Mix up hats and scarves and turbans. Add lots of colors, prints, etc.
- Find a comfortable cap for at home and/or sleeping. It can get cool at night when you have no hair. Cotton knit is best.
As your hair grows back, these hats can stay in your wardrobe. They still work and add an extra fashion statement to any outfit.
Odd statement, I’m sure, but it can be real. Having been bald myself due to chemotherapy, I can attest to the fact that there were times I got favourable comments on my appearance when I wore attractive scarves and chemo hats. There are many options to find the good in a situation that is less than ideal.
If you are so inclined, you can knit yourself a hat or fashion a scarf into a vision of style and chic. However, not all of us are so gifted. In this instance, ready made chemo hats and scarves are invaluable. They offer style along with comfort and protection.
I found the hats that covered my ears and hairline best. However, I went through chemo in a northern winter climate. Scarves were excellent as long as they weren’t tied too tight and thus cause ear discomfort. With the many options in the marketplace, you should be able to find something to suit your personality and immediate need.
Scarves as chemo hats are wonderful. Most women have a variety of both options. Hats you can pull on quickly, come in warm and cozy fabrics for winter temperatures, but also in cool cotton for summer.
With scarves, you add a dimension of chic. They come in different fabrics, patterns, colors, sizes, and can be wound into many different styles depending on your sense of fashion. In fact, a lot of women get complements on the extra pizazz their scarf added to an outfit. Team it up with great makeup and earrings and you feel like a million bucks when in fact you probably don’t. Sure does give you a boost though.
Try different styles – check out different ways to tie them. I always looked for styles that didn’t cramp my ears when I’d had a scarf or hat on too long. Everyone is differrent. Find something that suits you. After all, you will be wearing them for a while.
Going bald from cancer treatment sometimes creates anxiety – for women in particular. Baldness is not common in women nor socially acknowledged. Men are not happy with bald either, but at least it is more accepted.
How to cope? First, accept the fact that baldness will occur. Instead of letting hair fall out in a messy fashion, bite the bullet and get your head shaved. However, before your treatment starts, find a wig that matches your hair color, have it styled and ready to wear. There are many lovely and comfortable wigs available these days.
It is my experience, though, that most women wear chemo hats and scarves as the more practical choice. Shop around, find what suits your style, and make sure that the hat covers your hairline. I also found that something loose around the ears prevented the long wear pinching and discomfort.
Chemotherapy quite frequently results in hair loss. For women, this is can be difficult on self-image. Finding new and interesting ways to look and feel good during this time requires a different mindset.
I recall my own experience with hair loss. As soon as my hair started falling out, I shaved the rest off. Less messy – a moment of being in control – taking charge of what was to be. Since I knew this was going to happen, I had checked out chemo hats, scarves, wigs, etc. beforehand. I was prepared.
A few practical suggestions:
- Find fabrics and yarns that are soft. Knit fabric and yarn on bare skin can be scratchy and itchy, especially wool. Polar fleece blocks the breeze, is much warmer for winter climates, and cozy.
- Styles that cover ears and hairline are less obvious a ‘chemo hat’ to the general public.
- When weather was warmer, I opted for brimmed summer hats.
- Most of the time, I found intriguing ways to tie scarves so they became a fashion statement rather than an advertisement that I was a cancer patient. Teamed with unique earrings and make up, I felt I looked great, even if I didn’t feel that wonderful.
- A wig was worn for special occasions because at the time of my treatment they weren’t as nice unless you paid a fortune. Nowadays they have wonderful styles and lighter weight wigs that are inexpensive and look real. The cap on the inside is also much softer and less scratchy. However, most women I talk to can’t wait to get their wigs off and put on a soft cozy hat or scarf. It’s an individual thing!
There are lots of options out there. It’s an area where you can have fun, be playful, and wear what suits your fancy. You are the most important person. Your choice!!
Where I live, we are in extreme cold and having no hair while going through chemo means finding ways to keep the head warm. But you may live in a warmer climate where style is the issue more than warmth.
There are lots of ways to still be chic and fashionable. I found tying scarves in creative ways actually brought me flattering comments and scarves were, in fact, more comfortable than a wig and less expensive.
Chemo hats are another option when you can find ones that come below the ears and back hairline. Comfortable fabric is key since the head is bald and anything rough can be scratchy. There are lots of styles and fabrics to choose from depending on your circumstance.
Occasionally, going bald can be an option. It is a statement that says ‘I’m okay with who I am and where I’m at in this moment’. I went hat, wig and scarfless, especially in the humid summer. Didn’t seem to bother anyone, and if it did, that was their issue.
So, check out your options. Have fun with it. You might as well. Take the time to wear outfits and looks that you might not have tried before. I also found wearing makeup and earrings also helped the whole look and made me feel totally together in a new way.