Comfortable Head Wear during Chemo

Comfortable Headwear during chemo, Buff headwearHair loss is a common side effect of chemo and/or radiation.  I lost all my hair during chemotherapy.

There are many options available, such as wigs, caps or hats.  I looked at wigs, but the ones I tried on didn't look right on me and were very scratchy.  I wanted something comfortable and easy to clean

Comfortable Headwear during Chemotherapy, Buff headwear

  • My choice: the Buff

Another cancer patient recommended the Buff to me.  The Buff is a tube of cloth with no seams, so it is ideal for people with sensitive scalps (a side effect of some chemo drugs).  Buffs are extremely comfortable to wear.  

  • How is the Buff worn?

For a head covering, the Buff can be worn as a cap, do rag, pirate or sahariane style.  For instructions, go here.

I wore the Buff as a "do rag", then tucked in the loose end back into the Buff at the back of my head. 

How to wear a Buff headwear

 I liked the large variety of patterns and colors of the Buffs (examples below!).  It was fun matching the Buff to what I was wearing that day. One note is that if the pattern is different on the two ends, you will have two different looks with one Buff!  

  • How to care for the Buff?

To clean it, I just throw it into the washer and dryer.  I bought a total of 6 Buffs, so I could use one a day.

  • How much does it cost?

The Buff is not cheap at about US $20+ each, but I felt it was a really good purchase that helped me get through being bald for a year.  Another advantage of the Buff is you can use it even after your hair grows back.  After chemo ended, I have a full head of hair and I still use the Buff as a night cap and as a scarf.  I have used my Buffs constantly for the past 7 years, and they are still all in very good shape.

  • Where can I buy Buffs?




Happy Buff Wearing!