Cancer Chemotherapy Headwear & Head Coverings Blog

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My name is Barbara Hass and I am a cancer survivor, an advocate for chemotherapy patients and founder of ChemoSavvy.com which offers soft headwear for people dealing with cancer chemo hair loss.  Thanks for visitng and please feel free to comment on my blog, or contact me if you have questions about headwear for chemotherapy hair loss.

Many Women Find Wearing Caps for Chemo More Sensible Than Wigs

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 650,000 Americans will receive chemothecaps_chemorapy treatments this year.  Along with other unpleasant side effects, many of these patients will also face the loss of their hair.  While the impact of this is felt by both men and women, women find it the most devastating effect of cancer treatment.

If you are a woman facing chemotherapy treatments, you are probably wondering what you will do once you start to lose your hair.  While your oncologist might recommend shopping for a wig, many women find caps for chemo are a lot more convenient and comfortable to wear.  Chemo caps are often hand-knitted, making them extremely soft and easy to wear.  Even if you do choose a wig, owning a few cozy caps for chemotherapy is still a wise investment.

In addition to a variety of caps, chemo patients often find it helps to have other head coverings on hand, such as turbans and wigs, but many end up wearing a chemo cap most of the time.  Losing your hair due to chemotherapy can do more than change the way you look.  Most cancer patients find they lose a lot of body heat through their head, so it helps to have a few chemo caps to wear at home.  There are also special chemotherapy caps that women wear when they are sleeping.

After spending some time browsing the Internet for “caps for chemo patients” you will find there are several different styles available in various price ranges.  Here are a few of the most popular caps for chemo patients.

  • The Charisma  Cap from Betmar is a warm wool blend skull cap that has an angora edge and an utterly feminine look.
  • The Metallic Meteor gives the chemo cap a dressed-up look by using metallic pom-pom yarn, as well as 47% lambswool and 23% nylon yarn for added comfort. 
  • The Chemo Cheery Cap is made with brilliantly colored eyelash yarn, which adds bursts of texture to the traditional skull cap shape.

All three of these comfortable caps for chemo are available at Chemosavvy.com, a reasonably priced e-commerce site that specializes in headwear and wigs for chemotherapy patients.

   

Cancer Patients Find Wearing a Cancer Turban More Comfortable Than a Wig

cancer_turbanOver the past several years, women who are facing chemotherapy treatment have started looking for an alternative to wearing a cancer wig, and many have found that wearing a cancer turban is the most comfortable choice.  Cancer turbans are now available in more styles, fabrics and colors than ever, and they can be a smart way for female patients to get through cancer-related hair loss.

Turbans for cancer patients are easier to wear because they are lighter and more “breathable” than wigs.  Unlike wearing a hat, they cover the head completely and allow women to add a little height to the crown of their head.  Since most cancer turbans are made from soft machine-washable cotton or cotton-spandex fabric, wearing a turban for cancer hair loss requires very little maintenance.  

   

Cancer Scarves the Most Versatile Solution for Chemotherapy Patients

cancer_scarvesWith so much emphasis placed on wearing wigs during cancer treatments, it can take a lot of courage for women to choose a collection of cancer scarves instead. However, once the decision is made to go “wig-less” during cancer treatment, it can be very liberating. After all, there are many downsides to wearing a wig during cancer hair loss. These include the difficulty in finding a flattering wig that looks natural, the time and energy it takes to care for a wig, and the much higher price tag, of course.

   

How to Care for your Hair and Scalp during Chemotherapy Treatment

cancer_hair_lossIf you’re like most women undergoing chemotherapy, chances are you are thinking a lot about covering up your thinning hair and bare scalp with a cancer wig or chemo scarf. But have you considered how important it is to properly care for the hair you still have, and the newly exposed scalp underneath?

Caring for your scalp and remaining hair is an important way to keep the skin on your scalp healthy during chemotherapy treatment. Below is an overview of some conditions that may occur during cancer treatments and how to prevent them.

   

Chemo Hats, Cancer Wigs and Chemo Curls – A Survivor’s Guide

chemo curls, post-chemotherapy hairEvery cancer survivor has their share of war stories, but women deal with the complications of cancer treatment in different ways.  For starters, women have a much harder time with losing their hair than men do.  In fact, many women start shopping for cancer wigs and chemo hats before they even get a second opinion.  Blame the media or Hollywood, but we women are obsessed with our appearance – especially our hair!

 

   

Cancer Wigs, Coping Tips, and Chemo-Brain: Bouncing Back After Chemotherapy

chemo_wigUnfortunately, the side effects from chemotherapy are not limited to sudden hair loss, and patients often need to do more than buy an attractive cancer wig or headscarf in order to be prepared.  The more you learn about how chemo treatments may affect your body, the better prepared you will be to deal with them.

 

   

Preparing for Chemotherapy: Should you buy a cancer wig?

cancer wig to wear during chemotherapy r_lossDeciding on a cancer wig to wear during chemotherapy can be a stressful experience.  Many women are uncomfortable with the idea of wearing a wig, and intend to get through chemotherapy with a headscarf or cancer hat.  Everyone’s experience with cancer hair loss is different, so it is hard to predict how long it will be before your hair grows back.  Some women feel relaxed about going “au naturel” in front of friends and family, but choose to wear a hairpiece or cancer wig when they go out in public.  So however uncomfortable you are with wigs, it is probably a good idea to have one on hand.

 

   

Prepare Yourself Emotionally for Chemotherapy

chemotherapy hat cancer wigIf you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, chances are you are facing a flood of new emotions and fears about the outcome. Depending on the stage of your cancer and the treatment your oncologist recommends, you could become emotionally overwhelmed before treatment begins. The truth is, many people experience minimal discomfort during chemotherapy, and are even able to continue with work and family activities. Even if you are prone to “chemotherapy sickness” anxiety may still be your worst enemy.

   

How to Prepare for Hair Loss During Chemotherapy

chemotherapy_scarf2Your doctor may have prescribed a series of treatments using chemotherapy drugs that are known to cause hair loss.  Women are especially vulnerable during this time because hair loss affects them so dramatically.  However, there are some ways to prepare yourself for cancer chemotherapy hairloss before treatment begins.  These steps will help you cope much better when your hair begins to fall out.

   

Babushkas: The Latest Trend in Cancer Headwear

cancer chemotherapy headwearWomen who face the inevitable side effect of chemotherapy-related hair loss often think a chemotherapy wig is their only option.  While cancer wigs can be a terrific option for some women, they require a lot of maintenance and can be very hot in the summer.  As a result, the latest trend in cancer chemotherapy headwear is a versatile headscarf called a babushka.  By definition, a babushka is a headscarf that is tied under the chin, but there are many other ways to wear them.

Younger women like to wear these cancer headscarves in a doo-rag style, with the ends tied into a knot on the back of the head. The point of the babushka can then be tucked underneath the knot.

   

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