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Chemotherapy can be an aggressive form of breast cancer therapy. The drugs administered during chemotherapy attack cancer cells, but also attack healthy cells. As a result, chemotherapy drugs can cause the hair to break close to the scalp. Which can result into the hair thinning a little bit, partial, or patchy loss of hair, or even complete loss of hair (alopecia). This side effect is only temporary, and will gradually wear off after chemotherapy treatment has ended.

Hair loss is not something to be ashamed about, and you shouldn't feel that you must hide it. But we understand that it is not pleasant when people stop to stare in the street. There are many ways for the hair loss to be concealed. One option is through the use of a hat. Hats are a popular alternative and come in hundreds of different shapes, styles and colors. Department stores usually have a good selection, and there are also specialist hat shops that exist. However, a hat alone does not completely conceal patchy and complete hair loss. Sometimes an additional wig underneath a hat can make it look more real.

Scarves are another alternative. They also are available in a wide variety of colors and materials,. In addition, they are light and easy to wear, making them more suitable for warm weather. Cotton, lightweight wool or blends are the best fabrics, as satin type materials tend to slide off the head too easily. Scarves usually have instructions and suggestions on how to tie them. You may like to try the following basic style:

Lay a square scarf flat; wrong side facing you. Fold the scarf diagonally into a triangle. For a basic head wrap you will need a scarf at least 75cm x 75cm; for more elaborate styles it needs to be 100cm x 100cm.


Place the scarf on your head with the folded edge about 2.5cm below your natural hairline and the points at the back.


Tie the ends into a double knot behind your head over the triangle point (if you are doing more than the basic head wrap you may only need a single knot). The flap should be underneath the knot. Pull any excess scarf out from under the knot.


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