Losing your hair due to cancer, chemo or other medical conditions can be a stressful experience.
Fortunately, there are many options for covering your head beautifully, including head scarves.
|photo above: Cotton Batik Headwrap
Scarves are in vogue right now. You can see them being used to accessorize in fashion magazines including Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle and many more. You will see all kinds of fun styles and fabrics being used. Headscarves are a great way to take these styles and cover your head and accessorize all in one.
Choosing the right head scarf can be challenging because there are so many fabric, size, and design choices. The great news is there are so many choices and the bad news is there are so many choices. This guide is going to help you sort through some of those choices and help you select the best option(s) for you.
Scarf Sizes and Shapes
Scarves can come in many sizes and shapes. Each can be tied in countless ways. You can get scarves in squares, rectangles (oblong) and triangles. The most common is a square.
For a cancer scarf you are going to want achieve full head coverage.
Generally you would want to get a scarf that is at least 22 X 22 inches for a bandana and 28 inches X 28” for a traditional square headscarf. For those that prefer extra fabric to hang down their back, similar to a ponytail, there are oversized and oblong scarves available. Choosing a shape simply comes down to preference. The easiest way to determine the right shape is look at a selection of head wear and see which style you like on the model. Here are some pros and cons to each:
Square head scarves are the easiest to work with and the most popular. They offer many styling options and are more manageable than oblong scarves for most women. Square headscarves are a popular choice for those experiencing hair loss, such as cancer related hair loss or who choose to cover their hair for religious reasons.
Square scarves can be tied several different ways, offering a lot of versatility. For those who prefer to have a generous amount of fabric hanging down their backs (giving the illusion of hair), we offer oversized square scarves.
Oblong (Rectangular) Scarves
Oblong headscarves provide a generous amount of material, allowing you to tie the scarf in an infinite number of ways. The dimensions even allow the wearer to tie the scarf to resemble a head wrap to give a truly unique look.
|(Above) Mesh Oblong Head Scarf
Oblong scarves take just a little more practice, but they offer additional styling options. You can achieve the looks you can get with a square head scarf, but the dimensions also allow you to create an intricate head wrap or turban more easily than a square scarf. Multiple scarves can be used together to create intricate head wraps.
Triangle Shaped Scarves
This shape is similar to a square head scarf but is the easiest of all to tie.
When you begin tying square head scarves, you must fold the square in half to create a triangle. By designing the scarf in a triangular shape, this step has been eliminated. The triangular shape creates two tails that are easily tied in the back.
The disadvantage to triangle shaped scarves is that they offer fewer tying options.