Frequently, when we think of hats we think Derby, Wedding, sartorial cool and functional sun blocking hats.
I have over the years sold Callanan and Scala hats to the hospital shops at the world renowned cancer centers of Slone Kettering NYC and Dana Faber Cancer Institute Boston, as well as private stores like Underneath it all NYC. These hat shop buyers like Theresa, Carol etc. are very special people, their job being more a vocation, to help people who are going through chemotherapy to feel good about themselves.
The men seem to be quite happy to pull a kit beanie over their hairless noggins, but for the ladies it can be much harder experience. Women's image is so tied up with their hair. A bad dye job/haircut can be nerve racking on the best of days, so the loss of hair from radiation can be devastating feeling.
The reality is that these women do not want to buy an expensive hat, but are being forced to buy one, due to the result of their illness. Besides the "look" a mane of flowing hair can give, it also acts a shield against the elements. Without hair we are more susceptible to the cold and the suns damaging rays.
Some of the hat needs for a lady with hair loss due to chemotherapy
* Ultra soft interior. The newly exposed head is very sensitive. Silky linings work well.
* Comfortable fit. Not too tight and not so loose that it might fly off her in a gust of wind.
* The hat should fit below the hair line. Small brimmed fedoras and open back baseball caps are a no no.
Callanan cloches are a good option, as they are not over powering on the wearer and after perfect hairline coverage. The adjustable head size offered extra security.
Our best selling cotton SCALA style LC399, is great for the ladies who loose their hair during the spring/summer months. It has an adjustable head sizer with a soft cotton lining. The brim can be worn up or down for added sun protection or privacy.
It is available in 25 delightful colors, looks great on every and no-one will even suspect that you are going through hair loss.