This Mom Has Created A Comfy Alternative To Scratchy Headware For Chemo Patients

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Anyone who’s undergone chemo and the subsequent hair loss is familiar with the itchiness that accompanies them. Adding to the discomfort is the heightened sensitivity of cancer patients’ scalps.

Many patients opt for lightweight scarves, wigs, or hats.

Now there’s a new option: Happy Hair Bands.

They were invented by Shelli Boggs, a mom who is familiar with the frustration over itchy, bare scalps.

When her stepson was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago, she saw firsthand how sensitive his scalp became.

She also noticed how most cancer patients opted to pull on a beanie, something much more comfortable than a scratchy wig. Though his hair grew back fairly quickly, it struck her how much longer that could take for girls.

She knew she had to do something about it…

And so Happy Hair Bands was born.


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Boggs set about creating something for chemo patients or individuals suffering from alopecia, a type of hair loss; something that was fashionable, breathable, and comfortable: a headband with an open scalp.

This way, patients can wear the bands solo, or easily place beanies or wigs over the Happy Hair Band, lessening any discomfort that would be created by the wig or hat alone.

It was a clever idea. And it worked.

She offers the bands in multiple colors, and will customize them to the patients’ preferences. They’re made from a combination of soft, comfortable material and elastic with different hair lengths. The styles with the shortest hair (12″ to 14″) start at $45 and the longest style (22″) caps out at $95.

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It only takes her a short while to make them, and so she is able to deliver them to local patients in Arizona within days. This is an even bigger bonus as custom wigs can often take months.

In this video, you’ll hear from Naomi Oakes and her friend Rosie Ramirez, two girls Boggs has been working closely with to get feedback on how to improve the bands.


Take a look at the video below. Have you tried wearing anything similar to a Happy Hair Band before? Let us know in the comments!


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C. Dixon likes to read, sing, eat, drink, write, and other verbs. She enjoys cavorting around the country to visit loved ones and experience new places, but especially likes to be at home with her husband and dog.