Stylish chemo headwear tips: DIY beanies with hair and hats with hair

Here are my top seven ideas for hats to wear with your Hair for Hats wig piece - from beanies to sun hats, newsboy hats, slouchy hats, Jon Renau wraps and caps without a hole at the back, and how to find them:

1. Basic bamboo softies with hair 

Google Jon Renau "softies" or other light bamboo beanies are great for sleeping in, lounging at home in, and for wearing under scarves. I found black and brown to be great options.

2. Beanies with hair for winter 

If it's winter, no one will blink when you walk around in a woollen beanie. It'll keep your head warm too! 

3. Hippy hats, scarves, wraps and slouchy beanies 

Google "slouchy beanies", "summer beanie", "slouchy hat", "boho head wraps" on Etsy for some great ideas. Vintage kantha fabric wraps made by BrooklynRose on Etsy tied over a bamboo beanie are a stunning option. 

4. Newsboy and baker boy hats with hair

My favourite hat during chemo was a "newsboy hat" I'd picked up in Chile a decade ago. Terms like "slouchy newsboy hats" "baker boy hats" are useful for finding similar fashion hat options on Etsy and Google. 

5. Sun hats with hair

Look for wide brimmed sunhat that have depth to cover the headband.Helen Kaminski make beautiful sunhat that often have the depth you want.   

6. Caps with hair 

When looking for a cap choose one that doesn't have a hole at the back (usually where a ponytail goes through). I found one without the gap in a surf shop.

7. Scarves and wraps - for evenings and the office

Scarves are a great option for work and evenings, and no need to master scarf wrapping techniques - just tie it on top of a soft bamboo beanie. Jon Renau softie wraps are a great option too - so easy to put on. Perfect for going out at night and perfect for the office. 

Two extra tips:

Borrow, if you can

Ask your friends and family if they have any hats, scarves and beanies that you can borrow, or visit your local wig library - they have lots of hats as well as wigs. You will only need them for 6 month to a year, and they are probably sitting in their wardrobes unused. and borrow them while you go through it. Save money, and add options so you can vary up your look. Also great to be able to try hats on before buying them - that's the problem with online shopping, it's all a gamble.

Add a hair piece

All of these hats, and more, can be teamed easily with a Hair for Hats hair piece and presto - no one knows there's no hair under it!

Let me know how you go:

Try your hair piece, and let me know how you go. If you have more tips about hats and hair, I'd love you to share them with me - I'll add them for others to read here as well. Chemo's a lifesaving treatment, but it sucks... and it takes strength and stamina for your mind and body to get through it. Wishing you all the very best for your treatments, and a long and healthy life ahead.

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