Among the side effects that a cancer patient experiences during chemotherapy, hair loss may be the most dreadful for women. Thanks to Hip Hats With Hair in Tampa, Fla., people fighting cancer no longer have to hide their scalp or their embarrassment over losing hair.
"People are really emotional about their hair loss. When you're bald it's the one thing that really says that you're ill," Hip Hats With Hair founder, Christine Helnan, told NBC Bay Area.
After volunteering at Moffitt Cancer Center, Helnan started to consider effective measures for helping women deal with scalp insensitivity. Even though a full wig seems like a sensible answer, hot temperatures can turn them into an itchy and uncomfortable nuisance.
Helnan decided to use a combination of artificial hair and real hair tailored by professional seamstresses to create Hip Hats. Patients are also allowed to send in strands of their own hair before going in for chemotherapy. The company only requires a head measurement to make sure the Hip Hat is tailored to the individual’s proportions.
"The hair is attached to a thin fabric which is a 'Coolmax' fabric it's a sports wickaway fabric and nothing touches your head except for the soft fabric," Helnan told WCSH 6.
Hip Hats come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, including a Silky-Straight 12” or 18” Long and Natural Curl 14” Long. Styles include The Underhair (a halo hair wig worn under any hat), The PonySport (a ponytail and bangs worn under any hat), The Scarfabulous (a scarf with attached hair), The PonyMode (one-piece cap with bangs and a ponytail), and The Sydney Swim (a swim cap with attached hair).