One of the most noticeable side effects of chemotherapy treatment is hair loss. Chemo drugs are designed to attack and kill quick-replicating cancer cells. Unfortunately, healthy cells that also replicate quickly, such as those dedicated to hair growth, often become innocent victims of your fight with cancer.
Hair loss can make cancer patients feel self-conscious in public. Due to this fact, many patients choose to hide their bare heads beneath hats, turbans or wigs. Unfortunately, the majority of headwear made for the general public is either too large to fit on a head with no hair, or not adequately sized to cover the entire hairline.
In response to this, numerous companies have sprung up to offer hats and turbans specifically designed for chemotherapy patients. Previous cancer patients who were unhappy with the hat options available to them during treatment started many of these companies. These chemo hats come in a number of styles and sizes, and are fabricated for all-day comfort.
When people think of turbans, they may think of the classic style worn by Middle Eastern Sikhs, or perhaps those worn by wish-granting genies. While chemo turbans of this variety are available, there is also a variety of more modern-styled chemo turbans. Regardless of your personal style and preferences, you’re likely to find a chemo hat that fits your needs.
One issue that many cancer patients have with hats is that they sit low on the head due to the lack of hair. Innovations such as the Scarf Pad can be worn under hats to provide additional lift at the base of the hat.
A number of online stores offer a good selection of chemo hats, including www.headcovers.com and www.chemosavvy.com. Other sites provide instructions so that you can make your own chemo turbans (http://www.sewing.org/html/turban.html).
While chemotherapy is certainly not an easy process, there are smart and comfortable products available that can help diminish embarrassment. Regardless of whether or not you think it’s necessary to cover your hair loss, it’s good to know that there are options out there for those who want them.