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Chemo Hat Buying Guide

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Buying Guide for Chemo Headwear


Looking for the perfect chemo headwear can be a difficult job but fear not, we have compiled a chemo hat buying guide for you. Whether you are buying for yourself or a loved one we will go through what is sought after in these types of hats so you can make a better decision!

What is a Chemo Hat?
What makes a good chemo hat?


A chemo hat is a headwear designed specifically for chemotherapy patients in mind. They are typically made of gentle fabric not to irritate the scalp and the good ones have no stitching inside for this same reason. Since chemo hats are worn for long durations, they are designed not to put pressure on the ears.

Can’t I just use regular hats?

Any hat can be used by chemo patients but a couple of properties are sought after which are not always present in regular hats. Chemo hats are built to feel as gentle as possible and have certain thermal properties in accordance with the sensitivities of chemotherapy patients.

Chemo Beanies, likewise are just like regular beanies except chemo beanies are made of softer fabric while also keeping the head warm. Like all chemo headwear, they are designed not to put pressure on the ears so they can be worn all day (The good ones anyway!)

Soft Fabric & No Seams/Minimal Seams

These are the two most important features of a chemo hat. Soft fabric is a must for chemo hats in order to avoid the irritation of the skin that becomes further sensitized due to the effects of the treatment.

Fabric Choice for Chemo Hats

Below are all great choices for chemo hats:

  • Cotton
    Cotton is a classic fabric known for its breathability and versatility. In cancer hats, cotton allows for excellent air circulation, preventing discomfort caused by heat and perspiration. The soft and lightweight nature of cotton makes it a comfortable choice for extended wear.
  • Bamboo
    Bamboo fabric is celebrated for its exceptional softness and eco-friendly nature. In cancer hats, bamboo provides a very gentle touch, making it suitable for those with sensitive scalps. The fabric is highly breathable, offering comfort and minimizing overheating. Its sustainability adds an extra layer of appeal, aligning with the growing preference for environmentally conscious choices.
  • Silk
    Silk is renowned for its luxurious texture and softness. When used in cancer hats, silk provides a smooth and gentle feel against sensitive skin. Its natural hypoallergenic properties make it an excellent choice for individuals undergoing cancer treatment. Additionally, silk offers a touch of elegance.
  • Lightweight wool
    Lightweight wool provides a cozy and breathable option for cancer hats. We recommend this for outdoor use during winter.

All are viable options for chemo patients. You can rest assured your head is getting the VIP treatment. If you’d like a more in-depth explanation of each have a look at our article: What is the best fabric for Chemo Hats?

Looking for something seasonal?


Our chemo hat buying guide can help you pick something based on the season.

It should be noted that hats for chemotherapy patients need to be extra protective during sunny days. Look for chemo hats with UPF sun protection.

Types of Chemo Hats

Chemo Caps

Chemo caps provide full coverage around the head but they are not slouchy like beanies. Caps are an excellent choice for those who want minimalistic hats with full coverage.


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A turban is a headwear style characterized by its distinctive shape, typically formed by wrapping a length of fabric around the head. Generally, it involves winding the fabric into a snug yet comfortable arrangement, often resulting in a rounded or conical silhouette. This is a popular choice among chemo patients and those with alopecia. The elegance of a turban lies in its simplicity, offering a versatile shape that can be adapted to different styles and occasions.

Chemo Scarves

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Whether worn in a classic knot, a chic side bow, or a turban-style wrap, the shape of chemo headscarves embraces adaptability, ensuring that individuals undergoing cancer treatment can find a style that resonates with their unique preferences. Most of our chemo headscarves come with a chemo cap and a wrap in the form of a headband.

Chemo Beanies

Chemo beanies are close-fitting, brimless hats that are typically made of knitted or woven fabric. It is designed to fit snugly on the head, covering the crown and often extending down to cover the ears.

If you are not sure, consider chemo sleep caps or gift cards

If you’re looking for a present for a loved one and still aren’t sure what to get, a less risky present would be chemo night caps.  It’s common for those undergoing chemo to use chemo nightcaps. These let the skin breathe while the wearer gets a nice comfy rest. This option would be a safer choice, which provides utility and comfort at night. Alternatively, you can get them a gift card which will let them pick what they like from our range.



  1. Are chemo hats only for women?
    Chemo hats are designed for both men and women, with a range of styles to suit different preferences.
  2. Where can I find chemo hats?
    Chemo hats can be found in specialized stores, online retailers, and even in some hospitals’ gift shops.
  3. Do chemo hats require special care?
    Most chemo hats are made from easy-to-care-for materials. Always check the care instructions on the label.
  4. Can I wear chemo hats even if I haven’t lost all my hair?
    Absolutely. Chemo hats can be worn at any stage of hair loss, and they can be a stylish accessory even if you don’t experience hair loss.
  5. Are chemo hats itchy on a sensitive scalp?
    Most normal hats can be itchy on sensitive scalps however chemo hats are designed with soft, breathable materials to minimize discomfort and irritation on sensitive scalps, many of them have no seams inside for maximum comfort.


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