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Choosing a chemo hat for the summer

Chemo headwear can be hot and uncomfortable during the summer months which is why choosing the right chemo hat for summer is so important. Summer chemo hats can help keep your scalp protected from the sun plus they are designed to be light, breathable, and comfortable, making them ideal for the warmer summer months.

Here are six key points to keep in mind when looking for a summer chemo hat.


Swap wigs for summer chemo hats

Switching wigs for headwear can be a much more comfortable option during hot weather. Wearing a wig in the heat can be rather uncomfortable, hot and sweaty and may contribute to you getting overheated. Sweat can cause itchiness and discomfort making lightweight headwear a more comfortable alternative.

Choose the right fabric for your summer chemo hat

Choosing the right fabric is essential as the days become warmer. You want to avoid anything that will make you too hot or sweaty. Look for breathable, lightweight and natural fabrics like cotton or bamboo and try to avoid synthetic fabrics like polyester. Natural fabrics also tend to be more wickable, meaning the fabric draws moisture away from the body, helping to keep you cool.

Cotton and bamboo fabrics are excellent choices as they do not irritate the scalp.

Cotton is a soft, durable, natural fibre. It is breathable, versatile and used in many different types of chemo hats.

Bamboo is another natural fibre that many of our chemo hats are made from. Bamboo has unique properties. It is exceptionally soft and silky in feel. It is absorbent, bobble resistant, durable, hypoallergenic and has natural antibacterial properties. Bamboo also has antiperspirant properties so your sweat evaporates. The bamboo fibre adjusts the temperature of your skin keeping you cool in the heat.

Choose the right style for your summer chemo hat

There are many styles of summer chemo hats available, from turbans to baseball caps. Consider what style will be most comfortable for you, and what will look best with your summer wardrobe.

Look for a cap with a sweatband or other features that will help keep you cool and comfortable.

Additionally, you'll want to consider the coverage provided by the hat: does it fully cover your scalp and hairline, or will you need to supplement with additional sunscreen or headscarves? A broad-brimmed sun hat or hat with a peak will offer more protection and cover your face, scalp, and neck from the sun’s rays.

Above all, choose a style that you will feel good about wearing.

Consider the colour of your summer chemo hat

Colour: While you may be tempted to choose a hat in your favourite colour, it's important to consider how it will match with your summer wardrobe. Neutral colours like beige or white are great options that will go with just about anything.

Ensure the right fit for your summer chemo hat

Comfort is key. Chemo hats shouldn't feel hot or tight on your head, as this can exacerbate any discomfort or sensitivity you may already be feeling.

Make sure you measure your head before purchasing a chemo hat. You want it to fit snugly but not be too tight. Hats with adjustable closures or stretchy, elastic bands can help you find the most comfortable fit.

Consider sun protection

Chemotherapy can make a person’s skin sensitive to the sun. This means that exposure to the sun’s rays can cause burns and blistering but summer headwear can help keep your sensitive scalp protected from the sun.

If you'll be spending time outdoors this summer, look for chemo hats that offer sun protection. Many hats are designed with UV protection that will protect your scalp from the sun's harmful rays.

Final tips for choosing your summer chemo hat

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the many different chemo hat options available, but here are a few additional questions to ask yourself when researching and choosing your perfect summer chemo hat:

  • What kind of activities will you be doing while wearing the hat?

  • Will you be spending time outdoors in the sun?

  • Are you looking for a hat that's easy to style and care for?

By answering these questions and keeping the six key points covered above in mind, you'll be able to find a chemo hat that will be practical, comfortable and perfect for the summer months.


CancerPal has a wide range of cancer headwear that is especially suitable for the warmer weather and these can be found here.


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