Chemotherapy? --- Bright Colours!
May 13, 2018 1:20pm CST
The other day I was in a department store to look for a new cover for my head as my current Panama hat is on its way to hat heaven. While I was checking the straw hat section, a woman was looking at caps, turbans and beanies. She was in her forties and had shoulder-length wavy brown hair. She put a turban on in a colour which I'd describe as dirt grey. Think of a rag *after* mopping the floor! I'm not an overly chatty person when it comes to strangers. But in this case, I couldn't help myself and said, "Do. not. buy. this. thing! It looks horrible!" She looked at me sadly and said, "It's for chemotherapy." What does one reply when one hears this? I decided not to begin a chat about her disease, that seemed too intimate to me. Instead, I said, "The more so you should look for a bright and lively colour." She smiled at me and fetched a blue specimen. Unfortunately, that was all the shop had on offer. But I encouraged her to take it. It was definitely better than the grey thing. She gave me the impression that I had helped her in a way. I couldn't go on chatting with her because I had to go to the train station. At home, I checked on google if there were nice looking turbans for people who have to undergo chemotherapy. I'll never see this woman again but maybe I can reach other women with this post who are in the same situation. I wrote "chemotherapy turban beanie" into the amazon search box and found 20 (!) pages full of all kinds of headwear to cover a bald head - from boring ones of the rag, floor-mopping type to good-looking and stylish ones in all colours imaginable. (There are also chemo beanies for men. I haven't dealt with them here.) I'm adding the link for whom it may concern. I do hope that it doesn't concern anyone, of course. Yet, should it be the case, don't despair and dress as if all is lost right from the beginning. The turbans aren't very expensive, so it's advisable to buy several for different styles of dressing. If cancer has struck, you must do everything possible to cheer yourself up. Bright* colours! ----- *Not like the ones in the photo! I couldn't find a better one which I could include here. -----
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The American Cancer Association sends beanies and the like at very reasonable prices all over the world. I know it because I bought several things there. They also have wigs (artificial hair but very good price too) and other things for other needs.
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• Anniston, Alabama
Tony wore his hat, like always when his hair fell out from chemo, but ya know the cancer treatment center offers free head covers, from cold weather cover to hot. Someone makes the beanies and leaves them in the waiting rooms in all colors, pastels, a note inside read " made with love for you" EDIT : My mother wore a wig, I would take it once a week down to the JC Penny`s hair salon to be washed and set.
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• United States
My friend went through chemo last year. She wore bright winter hats and then colorful bandannas and ones with prints on them when it was warm. She was very lucky that even bald when she was just around the house, she still looked great except for the 2-3 weeks when she was really feeling sick from the chemo. Usually people also knit colorful hats and donate them to doctor’s offices for people going through treatment. As that lady looks, she will end up finding a lot of stylish things. She will also meet other people during chemo who will give her tips. I went to keep my friend company during her chemo sessions quite a few times and it is not doom and gloom in those places. People try to have fun and chat and usually there are good snacks and it’s actually a happy and upbeat place.
• United States
I would agree with you on this. My younger sister had a type of cancer surgery that required half her head be shaved. Her care taker did tiny braids all over the other side with beads and hearts for "fun" and to cheer her up.
• Malaga, Spain
Colours are big business. So many people fail to understand what colours go best with their own natural colouring - this is a long youtube piece, but it's a summary of what can cost you many 10s of euros to get done professionally:
An interesting lesson in color analysis to help you find the best palette of colors to go with your own skintone, eye color and hair color. This system is ol...