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All three products are effective ways to protect and cover your hair when experiencing hair loss.

A hat is usually elasticised, can be made from a variety of fabrics and sits snugly on your head. A turban is a style of headwear that, although traditionally worn by Sikh men, has become increasingly fashionable with more and more turban-style hats being made. Scarves are long pieces of material that (like hats) can be made from a variety of fabrics. Scarves need to be tied and styled onto the head, which can be fiddly for some, but once mastered look very chic (think summers in St. Tropez!). 
 

Personal preference and dexterity are the biggest factors when it comes to choosing how to cover your head. Hats are very easy to wear, and very breathable. They are a great choice when walking around the house, or to sleep in at nighttime to protect your pillow from loose stray hair. Turban style hats are proving more and more popular, especially those made out of bamboo. Scarves are a stylish option for covering your head, but if you are experiencing peripheral neuropathy, or have limited upper arm movement, tying a scarf may prove difficult.

Natural fibres such as wool, cotton and bamboo are less irritating than man-made fibres such as polyester. 

Wool: Wool is an insulator, meaning it will keep hot air in. This is great for winter, as woollen hats will keep your head warm. In summer, however, you may find a wool hat is too warm to wear and could opt for either a cotton or bamboo fabric. 

Cotton: Made from a plant, cotton is a lightweight fabric that is perfect for keeping your head covered during warmer months. It can be washed more easily than wool, but is less absorbent, so you may find your scalp suffers more irritation.

Bamboo: Bamboo is a very soft fabric that contains all the best properties of wool and cotton. Bamboo hats are very breathable, but equally warm, making them a great "all-rounder" hat. Bamboo has the extra advantage of having antibacterial properties (antibacterial properties reduce irritation and itchiness). However, bamboo hats can be slightly more expensive than their woollen and cotton counterparts.

Losing your hair can be a blow to your confidence. Many people find a bit of strength in wearing a hat, turban, scarves when out of the house.

The only reason to avoid wearing a hat is if you notice that your head is becoming severely irritated or reddened by the hat's fabric. If you do find you develop a rash, or your scalp becomes irritated when wearing a certain fabric, stop wearing it and let your doctor know.

If you wear a hat regularly, you may find that you start to sweat. Hats made from non-absorbent materials can cause the sweat on your scalp to build up and once built up it can irritate your scalp, causing it to become itchy. Additionally, there are some materials, (like certain wools) that can tickle your scalp, causing further itchiness. 

That's what makes bamboo hats so perfect for cancer-related hair loss: the bamboo fabric is incredibly soft and breathable, with antimicrobial properties, making bamboo hats much less likely to irritate the scalp. The antibacterial properties of the bamboo also mean that the skin is less prone to infection!

Undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy can make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure. The sun itself is very drying as well. If you're confident that you don't need a hat in the warmer weather, remember that you will need to apply sunscreen to the top of your head (something which you may not have done previously). When deciding what type of sunscreen to use, also choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen, so you are protected against both UVA and UVB rays. Additionally, choose a high SPF of 15 or 30, and remember to reapply regularly, especially if you become sweaty and are not using a waterproof sunscreen.

Tying a headscarf may seem tricky at first, but remember: practice, practice, practice. 

There are multiple ways you can tie a headscarf, but it will depend on the length of the scarf, the material, and your personal or style. We are currently developing a guide on how to tie headscarves, but in the meantime play around and practice. You'll be able to find plenty of video guides on Youtube that help demonstrate how you can tie a headscarf easily.

When losing hair, people often comment how much hair they see on their pillow when they wake up. This is not necessarily due to hair falling out more overnight, but that it is more visible. Hair on pillows can make your scalp and neck itchy. It also can be quite stressful to see your hair on the pillow every morning when you wake up. There are soft lightweight sleeping caps that can be worn overnight that catch your hair.

Sleep caps can serve three purposes:

Keep your head warm overnight, especially during the cooler months:

Studies show we lose body warmth through parts of our body that are exposed, so you may find yourself a bit colder at night time if you lose your hair and don’t wear a hat.

Reduces irritation and itchiness caused by your hair:

The hair on your pillow can scratch the back of your neck and either keep you up or wake you up at night. Wearing a sleeping cap will reduce itchiness and irritation.

Improve mood:

Being reminded every morning of your hair loss can impair your mood and make you feel down. Wearing a sleep cap at night keeps all your hair in the cap, which can be easily washed, so you don’t have to see or be reminded how much hair you had lost overnight.