So I woke up this morning and my hair looks like it’s had one hell of a night. I wonder whether it took itself off to Vineyard (a usually bustling iconic night spot in the heart of St Kilda) in the wee hours of the morning for a bit of fun. Frankly, I wouldn’t blame it either after what I have been putting it through. Clearly the (all-natural) bedtime sedatives that help my chemotherapy-buzzing body to relax (and stop me from tossing and turning and messing up my hair) failed to work – and what a mess it was!
A solution to your rebellious hair is a good hat. Now, hats are my must-have fashion item (hopefully they’ll become yours too!) and a staple fashion piece during chemotherapy and preserving your hair. And let’s not forget hats are also one for the best ways to protect ourselves from skin cancer. I admit that I now make a bee-line to the hat section in most stores now!
I have a lovely array of hats that I’ve collected over the past two years from my local chemists and retailers – they don’t need to cost the earth! Whether I’m having a bad hair day, or my hair is damp after wearing the scalp cooling caps after chemotherapy treatment, they are the perfect accessory to have on hand (or head). I don’t recommend wearing them often, or for very long.
Things to remember when choosing the perfect hat:
- Avoid a tight fit.
- Select a hat or cap made from natural fibres and materials.
- Do not allow your head to become hot while wearing the hat.
- Ensure air is able to circulate to avoid the head becoming too hot.
- Must fit correctly to avoid rubbing against the scalp and hair.
- Try not to wear your hat for too long (limit them to bad hair days or when UV levels are high!)
- Felt/wool hats can be quite heavy and if not fitted properly can rub on the top of your head. Always chose one that is lightweight.
- Hat Sizing Tape is perfect for helping make the hat fit more snug, which will prevent it from rubbing on the scalp.