A part of healing is taking back our management of our own health. – Cathy Nobil-Dutton Anyone who has had a diagnosis of cancer has spoken to their oncologis…
By Lisa Lurie
The 2017 spring/summer fashion season has arrived filled to the brim with designer-inspired hats and caps. Trending this year are cowboy hats, jeweled caps, straw hats with ruffled or floral brims, and simple or high-styled baseball caps.
For women coping with hair loss from cancer surgery or treatment, hats and caps are more than a glam accessory. They need to do the heavy lifting when it comes to scalp coverage, sun and wind protection, and to be extra comfortable on that oh-so sensitive skin. Before you head to that outdoor wedding or family beach house, remember–all hats and caps are not created equal!
Here are some tips and style options to turn a hat or cap that you like into one that you’ll love.
• Buyer Beware
Off-the-shelf hats and caps often don’t provide enough coverage for key hair loss hot spots–the back of the head, neck, and ears.
• Retail Therapy
Shop for head coverings from cancer boutiques, in the store or online. Most offer an amazing range of trendy styles that are specifically designed to protect and cover. In addition, they sell padded caps, headbands, and other beneficial hat accessories.
• Old Becomes New Again
Attached to your favorite bucket hat, cloche, or ball cap? Try wearing a very wide, hair loss-specific headband or tying a light scarf or bandana underneath your hat to provide extra coverage. Scarves also add variety and refresh your look.
Some companies provide hair attachments or products that create the illusion of having a full head of hair, when worn under a hat or cap. These include: bangs, hairpieces that attach to headbands, and halo hair, a ring of hair that circles the head.
Halo hair is a cool, lightweight option to wearing a full wig.
• Hats With Hair
These are hats with hair already attached. Baseball caps with bangs and a ponytail are one of the most popular types of these wear-and-go hats. There are even styles for swimming including bathing caps.
• Hot Headed?
Sun protection is a must, particularly from skin made ultra- sun sensitive from radiation or chemotherapy. Opt for hats, caps, and sun scarves that have UPF 50+ sun protection built into the fabric. In addition, choose styles that are appropriate for activities like golf, cycling, hitting the beach, or walking with your BFF.
Hair loss is devastating. Take advantage of the wide variety of hats, caps, and headscarf options available and wear ones that make you feel confident and express your personal style. Don’t be afraid to experiment! They are wearing berets on the runway. Why shouldn’t you?
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| Wife | Mother | Author | Breast Cancer Survivor | Recover in Style | Cancer Be Glammed | Body Changes | Change Agent | Empower Women | Recovery Guidebook |
Diagnosed in 2007 with invasive ductal breast cancer, Lisa Lurie’s life as a mother of two and working wife, was “thrown into a spin-cycle” of appointments, decisions and planning, leaving her to deal with treatment-related body changes and self-esteem issues.
Through her “Cancer Be Glammed” multi-media platform, Lisa provides online access to her website CancerBeGlammed.com, dedicated YouTube Channel, Cancer Be Glammed TV (CBG-TV) and a number of recovery based publications including her latest guidebook, “Cancer Be Glammed – Recover in Style.
Cancer Be Glammed is determined to be a change agent in the way women recover from cancer both emotionally and physically. Expanding their online community platform, engaging with the medical community and advocating for change in the standards of fashion and beauty, are all ways that Lisa and her team will help women “recover in style”.
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