In 1988, at the age of 35, I was diagnosed with stage 3 Ovarian cancer and underwent a full year of chemotherapy. I was a hairdresser from 1970 until 2016. For the last 25 years of my practice, I specialized in helping cancer and alopecia patients with wigs, hats and headscarves.
These experiences give me a unique and personal understanding of the trauma of hair loss, what works and what doesn't work when it comes to head coverings, and how to help you look and feel beautiful during this challenging time.
In 2005, I was searching online for scarf suppliers, looking for the kind of big 40" square scarf I wore during treatment. I was shocked to find how sad and pathetic the online selection was at that time.
I decided to open a website to offer cute, fashionable hats that anyone would wear, that would also work for cancer and alopecia patients by offering a soft interior and full coverage over the ears and neckline.
I retired from hairdressing in 2016, after 45 years, to devote myself to my online business.
In addition to buying wholesale I now work with two different hat artisans in Bali as well as a fabulous Bali batik shop creating my own private label hat and headscarf designs that you can't find anywhere else.
My goal in selecting hats and headscarves is to take headwear for women with hair loss out of the realm of hiding and covering up, to the truly cute and fabulous. I want my customers to look like they are wearing a hat or headscarf because they want to, not because they have to.
If you are newly diagnosed with cancer and don't know where to start, what you'll need, or what will look good on you, please go to my blog and read "Hair Loss Basics" then check out my category "Chemo Essentials" for a video of my top recommendations on what you'll need to get started.