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If you’re new to hair loss, and unsure what the headwear options are, or finding it hard to figure out what headwear will suit you. We thought a simple headwear guide for the coming winter months might be extremely useful. Selecting headwear for female hair loss reasons is different, you’ll be wearing it for longer periods of time and often you don’t have the option of just whisking it off. So here’s a brief guide to solving your headwear dilemmas and keeping things easy.

In bed at night once the central heating has gone off a simply constructed jersey hat can be a really useful and comfy item. By simply constructed, I mean the less seams and knots the item has, the more comfortable it will be to wear lying down in bed. During the winter months once the central heating goes off you will find your head can still get cold, even though you’re tucked under the duvet. Pella

At home during the day, even if you are considering the wig approach, a lightweight jersey hat style can provide a welcome ‘day off’ from the wig. Most women want their head to be covered most of the time whilst experiencing extensive hair loss, (never more so than in the middle of winter for obvious practical reasons). You feel warmer with headwear on, the secret is not to go too warm with winter weight fabrics and overdo the ‘tog’ rating indoors. If anything, fabrics should be light weight so that you can easily move between indoor and outdoor situations. Something soft and easy to pull on is a must and it is definitely worth investing in one style you feel good in and know you look good in. The benefits to your self–esteem and confidence are priceless and can only aid your progress along the path to recovery. At this precise moment you really are worth it!

Kimmy and Kimmy 2 have often been described as the ‘long sleeve t-shirt’ of hats, a great unfussy style that seems to go with most things. Kimmy – fits with layers of knitwear or other casual separates and new colours have just been added for the coming season.

Out and about if you’re feeling the cold layer up with a scarf or put a winter weight hat over the top of your light weight jersey hat. This may sound daft but it is pretty difficult to tell you’re wearing two hats once you’ve got them on and positioned correctly. Then you have no worries about over heating or having to sit there with your woolly hat on once inside. Gwen is a great winter felt that you can pull down low at the nape of the neck and it looks stylish.

A dressy evening hat – or a hat with a bit of ‘va-va-voom’. Many women with hair loss feel that they will not be out ‘rocking the night away’, particularly if it is treatment induced. However you don’t need to ‘rock’ you just need to feel (should you be asked somewhere nice!) that you are not limited by your hair loss i.e. I can’t go because I have nothing to put on my head that I feel confident in. Once again the benefits of meeting up with friends and carrying on doing some of the ‘fun’ things in life are priceless at the best of times, if headwear means you can maintain your own image and feel comfortable in company – this is good! Take a look at Bella our cocktail hat.

Nothing to wear - scarves can be great on their own or layered up over headwear. Once again watch the combined ‘tog rating’, but because they come in so many colours and prints, they are super flexible and will fit with something in your wardrobe. Silk fabrics can add a touch of evening glamour because of their beautiful colours and soft sheen. The dimensions are all important here – square scarves need to be 90 cms x 90 cms for a confident, concealing, ‘no fiddling required’ type of fit. Long scarves need to be 180 cms long by approx 60 cms wide, this gives you plenty of coverage and enough fabric to add some volume to your head shape. Give yourself 10 mins in front of a bathroom mirror with the right sized scarf and you’ll master the technique of head wraps in no time at all!

A hat may not be a replacement for a full head of your own hair but it can certainly help recreate your image and style over the next few months, and help you to feel feminine and in control. You may have strong views about what ‘patient’ wear should look like. No one states you must wear a headscarf or you must wear a wig, think about how you want to be perceived - by friends, family, colleagues - and create your own rulebook! As one of our clients told us recently, ‘Now, I am thought of as the woman who wears the fantastic headgear, rather than the poor soul who has ….’

Next time our theme is ‘Happiness is a warm head!’.