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The Warm and Cosy Edit - 2018

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 16:04:48 Europe/London

We are often asked what’s different about a hat for hair loss? I think the winter time is possibly the most challenging time, if you’re living without a full head of hair and a good way of explaining the key differences.

First things first it’s cold – I mean really cold without an insulating layer of hair. But we also seem to thermo-regulate through our heads without the added possibilities of hot flushes brought on by chemo treatment. You can wrap up warm to step outside and face the wind, but step back indoors and you can quickly overheat with the central heating.

So we advise layering hats and keeping your hats of a lighter weight – this may sound odd if you’re trying to stay warm, but it avoids the roller coaster ride of over-heating throughout the day and helps you maintain a regular temperature. Layer up with an outdoor winter hat when you need extra ‘togs’.

Winter chemo hats

winter chemo hat worn by woman cancer patient wearing blue chemo hat

Here are a couple of our latest cosy knit hats Irina and Esther (main pic), these styles are lined with viscose jersey to avoid irritation, if you are sensitive to lambs wool. Chrissie (shown right here) is a felt cap with a jersey lining for a super comfy fit to the head inside.

If you have a favourite felt hat you want to wear and lining it isn't an option, try layering it over a simple beanie ‘liner’ hat.  We often recommend our Kimmy hat in a full range of colours for this purpose.  


young woman wearing winter hat for hair losswoman wearing winter hat for hair loss

 Connie and Clemence pictured here are in our current felt headwear winter range.

The other reason for layering is ensuring a ‘standard’ hat can be extended down onto the nape of the neck. A lot of hats are designed to sit about midway down the back of the head – fitted baseball caps, some Baker Boy styles. We design our own winter range for this very reason, or collate styles that hold their shape and provide full coverage when worn lower on the neck.

 woman wearing waterproof chemo hatwoman wearing shower proof chemo hat

See Maggie (bucket hat) and Charlie (cap) here – both useful waterproof hats if you have to be somewhere, or simply don’t want your wig to get spoiled in the wind and rain. 'Charlie' has enough depth and volume to still look good when worn low. The 'Maggie' hat we’ve ‘extended’ with a Kimmy underneath. (Please be aware if you intend to do this order a head size up to ensure the fit doesn’t become too tight.)

Sleep hats

Another handy tip for winter – under the duvet your body may be cosy but your head on the pillow can get chilled. Even if you’re resting at home, being more sedentary, you can quickly feel the chill. Often the dilemma here is to find a suitably lightweight hat with minimal seams – lying on seams can be uncomfortable and anything too thick quickly becomes too hot. Our Pella sleep hat has been designed with minimal seams and a turn down brim so that you can adjust how low you’d like to go on your neck.

 young woman wearing sleep hat for hair losschemo sleep hat

One final tip a fringe wig can make a huge difference worn under any hat. A small amount of hair seems to instantly fool the eye and people simply assume you love hats for fashion purposes. We’ve just restocked in some lovely new colours so please take a look on line.

For more style ideas visit our winter hats section on the site here, or if its easier please give us a call.  We can always talk you through the range and answer your queries.

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Do I have to pay VAT?

If you are experiencing hair loss you may not have to pay the VAT on some of our products. Headwear we have designed and manufactured specifically for hair loss wear is exempted. ‘Standard’ items of headwear such as scarves, brooches, some winter/summer hats by other designers, skincare are not eligible. They have not been ‘adapted’ for special wear. The ‘status’ of items will be displayed in your basket, before ordering, once a short health declaration is completed.

During checkout you will be asked to confirm that you will be using our products for your own personal medical purposes.

It is a legal requirement stipulated by HRMC that Suburban Turban Ltd can justify our customers’ VAT exemption status. Please be aware that these details maybe verified at a later date.