How to tie head scarfs for chemo

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How to tie head scarfs for chemo
Women undergoing chemo can use scarves to cover hair loss. (Bald Girl II image by Dreadlock from

Chemotherapy is used as a weapon against quickly multiplying cancer cells because it targets and kills cells that are dividing at a faster rate than most human cells. However, because hair follicles grow faster than most other human cells, chemotherapy also targets them. This causes the most common side effect of chemotherapy, hair loss. Many women who have experienced this side effect have had to deal with the embarrassment and anger associated with losing their hair. One way to deal with this side effect is to use cheerful and bright scarves to tie chic headscarves.

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Things you need

  • Square scarf
  • Rectangular scarf

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    The Kelly

  1. 1

    Take a square scarf and fold one corner over the opposite corner to form a triangle.

  2. 2

    Place the folded edge at your hairline and grasp the two corners so one corner is draped over the back of your head and the other two are falling over either shoulder.

  3. 3

    Holding the corners on either side of your head cross the ends under your chin and wrap them around to the back of your head. Tie a knot at the back of your head.

  4. 4

    Tuck the loose corner and the tied ends under the knot

    The Crown

  1. 1

    Drape a rectangular scarf over the head so one end is hanging over the head more than the other.

  2. 2

    Gather both ends of the scarf at the nape of your neck as if making a ponytail.

  3. 3

    Twist the longer end to form a rope and wrap it around the hairline so it is 1 or 2 inches from the edge of the scarf (the edge near the forehead).

  4. 4

    Reach the twisted edge over to the other edge and tie a knot. Leave the edges loose or you can tuck them under the knot.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose scarves that accentuate your hair colour or eyes.
  • If using a silk scarf, be careful not to get make-up on it as it can be difficult and costly to remove.
  • Because people undergoing chemotherapy may experience heightened sensitivity, choose materials that are natural and will not cause irritation.

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