If you or someone you know is going through chemotherapy or radiotherapy due to cancer and is experiencing hair loss, then you know how difficult that period can be. Many people don’t realize how important their hair is to both their sense of style and self until they lose it, and with that loss comes emotional struggle. However, there are now many options for women losing their hair due to cancer treatments, such as wigs, scarves, chemo beanies, and more.
Below are a number of options for stylish ways to cope with hair loss and feel comfortable in your own skin. If you have a friend who is struggling with hair loss, consider gifting her one or more of the items listed below.
Hats are an incredibly easy and valuable solution for when wigs and scarves might otherwise take too long to secure, tie, or prep. One of the great things about hats is that there are so many different kinds of hats that can complement absolutely any look.
There are knit caps that sit close to the head and can provide warmth in the winter, hats with wide brims to protect your face from the sun as well as your scalp when outside, and there are hats with hair attached to give the illusion of a full head of hair. There are chemo beanies, which are fashionable, functional, and feminine ways to protect your head and express your style.
Another versatile option for a stylish look to wear while experiencing hair loss can be found by using scarves. You can find scarves in solid colors for a more professional aesthetic, or more whimsical ones with patterns for a more casual look. Most headscarves are either rectangular or square shaped.
There are countless tutorials online for exciting and innovative ways to change up your style of tied head scarf. These can range from simple to very elaborate, depending on your skill level and patience. Scarves can be twisted, knotted, and worked in other ways to create a look that works for you.
Some style experts suggest finding a chemo scarf or hat with pleats or gathers to add volume to your head, which can look smaller without hair especially if you had lots of volume in your hair before starting treatment. Chemo beanies are also a good option if you’re searching for a design with gathers and pleats.
If you like the look of a headscarf but are unwilling or unable to tie one, pre-tied scarves are available for purchase too, and they’re a reliable and polished choice.
The right wig can make you feel a little more like your old self again after treatment. Experts recommend picking out your wig before treatment starts so you can compare it to your natural hair and give you peace of mind when it comes time to wear it. Cancer wigs can divert some of the stresses caused by illness, giving you less reason to focus on your hair loss and more energy for recovering and living life.
One factor of hair loss that many people forget about is losing the rest of the hair on the face, such as eyebrows and eyelashes. Eyebrows can frame a face, and many patients who have experienced hair loss have started experimenting with drawing on eyebrows. There are a number of high-quality eyebrow pencils available to allow you to reframe your face. Your certified fitter may also be able to recommend some products.
In addition to the brows, other makeup can add dimension to your face, taking the focus away from your lack of hair and bringing it to other places. Playing up a particular facial feature, like your cheekbones, your nose, or your smile, is an excellent way to both draw focus away from your hair and experiment with what facial features you most enjoy enhancing.