Win a Suburban Turban Hat

Surprisingly for me, my hair loss was the least of my worries when chemotherapy side effects started to kick in, back in April. Even though I was known to spend quite a lot a great deal of time making sure my hair was just right before stepping foot out of the door (only for it to be blown right out of place), I just seemed to take it on the chin as the time came for me to shave it all off. Perhaps, the constant arguments (with myself in the mirror), the shouting on bad hair days, and time wasted faffing, had finally had its day… Who knew it would take cancer to  put me at ease with myself!

Regular readers will know that I (Alex) spent a great deal of money on a real hair wig ahead of chemo, however, it just didn’t sit right and I couldn’t bring myself to wear it. I’d like to say the whole process of buying the wig eased me into losing my hair, but unfortunately for me, I had a wig-buying drama and then proceeded to have a bad re-styling experience afterwards. I certainly didn’t want those bad vibes sitting on the top of my head, so promptly started looking for an alternative.

This is when I came across the Kimmy hat on Suburban Turban. I spent quite some time trawling through so many sites, to try and find hats and scarves that weren’t going to make me look older than my years, and luckily ended up spotting just the right style to suit my very needs. I found that a lot of other stores seemed to think about practicalities, without adding any style, and as someone who attempts to keep up with the trends, I really didn’t want to compromise any further on my look that was to be altered so much by my breast cancer treatment.

The Kimmy is one of the more basic, (but still stylish) hats that Suburban Turban offer for those suffering from hair loss. One of the things I instantly liked about it was the way it added a little volume in place of where my hair used to be. It’s made of a really soft jersey fabric that is easy to wear for hours on end, without any discomfort at all. Although I opted for black, it comes in many other great colours, for those who are a little more adventurous than myself. The fit is just perfect.  I think it’s safe to say that I felt like I’d struck gold when I found the hat to suit me, and when I discovered some great scarves to complete the look, I was over the moon… That wig had no chance!

I doubt I’ll use anything other than the Kimmy until my hair  grows back to a length I’m comfortable with when going out in public. Who knows when I’ll be brave enough! I imagine I’m going to suffer more with the growing-out stage, but I had to face a bigger challenge somewhere now, didn’t I?

I hate to overload you with selfies, but here’s a look at how I wear my scarves with my Kimmy hat…

Suburban Turban Kimmy

Hats for hair loss

Stylish Hats for Hair loss

…and here’s a selection of my scarves – When I say selection, I mean I  can’t show you them all because I went a little mad on Ebay ;)

Scarves

…and more importantly, here’s a picture of me wearing the Kimmy on its own, to highlight the fact that you’re not too young to check your boobs and moobs regularly, for signs of breast cancer. For a better picture of the hat do head on over to the Suburban Turban site…

Hair Loss

Suburban Turban have kindly offered to give one of my lucky readers the chance to win a hat of their choice. With so many to choose from, I think you’ll find that this is a great prize for anyone who is experiencing hair loss, be it through chemotherapy treatment, or for any other reason. Go on, try your luck!

 

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Last Thursday, I went for the chop and had my hair cut short, ready for the expected hair loss from my first chemo session. I’m currently on a treatment called Epirubicin Cyclophosphamide chemotherepy (eh? EC to most), and a quick Google search reveals that people’s hair often starts shedding from around day fourteen. I probably should have done it sooner because on day eighteen, Alex was given the task of shaving off his hair-obsessed financé’s barnet, to a number one all over. The stress was very evident on his face, let me tell you.

Oddly, both the cutting and shaving experiences were surprisingly easy for me to handle. There were no tears and actually, there was much laughter! I liked the short style because it was nice a change that I probably never would have braved before. The shave was an easy enough step as well – The thought of waking up with a pillowcase covered in hair, or it just randomly falling out all over the place, was a big no-no for me. Luckily, I didn’t have the weird shaped head that I was expecting to find under my hair. It’s definitely not the best look I’ve had, but it’s looking like it won’t be around for long either. I’ve now got tiny little hairs falling out, and I have a feeling that after tomorrow’s shower, it will all be gone. C’est la vie, that’s cancer for you!

Hair today, gone tomorrow…

Chemo Hair Cut

Hair Today Gone Tomorrow

I’m pretty new to this selfie business and obviously Betsy is a pro…

Chemo Hair

 

Harrods Urban Retreat Wig Boudoir

Last Monday, Alex and I accidentally (on purpose) found ourselves sitting up on the fifth floor of Harrods, in their Urban Retreat department, waiting for my appointment in the Vicki Ullah Wig Boudoir. Yup, Harrods. I had intended to do a quick internet haul and try on various wigs at home, but after a little search online I came across the boudoir and decided on a little luxury. I’m actually more of a Selfridges kinda gal, but it was a swiftly made decision that we just went with, whilst we had the time.

It’s highly likely that I’ll lose my hair during chemo and it could be two or three weeks after the first session, this week. Everyone is different,  but I just wanted to be prepared and get myself mentally ready for the loss. I’m also not 100% sure how I’ll feel about going for fittings when my hair is on its way out, so it was best for me to just get it out-of-the-way. Tick that one-off my list and all that!

Having dwelled on it for a week, I’ve decided that I wasn’t really happy with the whole experience at the Wig Boudoir. Firstly, the area I was seated in wasn’t exactly as plush as the rest of the Urban Retreat Department – It was nice to be a little hidden away, but the small boxed off area that I was seated in was a dark, gloomy and pretty tiny space. Noting at all like the area we had walked through  or what I would have expected from Harrods, when comparing it to the rest of the store. I’m not sure if they were  renovating, but that’s definitely the vibe I was getting.

I was told that there were only two wigs that would really match my style – a mid-length bob. Hmm, I have to say there surely should have been something else that was a little closer to the style, being quite a standard cut, but the wigs I was shown weren’t exactly good matches. They were placed on top of a nylon hair cap and not really adjusted, to make then look as though they could be carried off as a replacement for my hair. Just sort of plonked on and jiggled about a bit.

The hair cap was a bit of a tricky moment for me. Aside from the fact that it was the first time I’d seen myself with all of my hair hidden, I was also struggling to be in the environment I was sitting in. It seemed that my stylist was being questioned by a lady who wanted her attention, and was just hovering around my little booth. I shook it off quickly though – it’s just hair after all and it will all come back, and I know it’s not easy to stop little ole ladies on a mission!

Moving on from the mono-fibre wigs, I was swiftly shown a much more expensive, long real hair wig. Things were looking up… Despite still not being styled, it looked a hundred times better than the others and a lot more like my own hair. I was asked if I wanted to walk out of my private area and check it out in ‘another light’ (because the space I was in was too gloomy obviously!), but I was far too upset and embarrassed to be seen with the wig on my head as it was. Luckily I had the vision to see that once cut and styled (for a fee of £55), that it would be a pretty good substitute for my real hair. Unfortunately, the hairdresser that specialised in wig styling was not in on that day, which I probably should have been told in advance, as I’ll have to return another time. Ah, well, nothing I can do about it now.

Anyway, Alex and I decided that we should spend the extra money and I left with the real hair wig and a goody bag, which included a Nuture card offering me a complimentary facial and makeover.  I also left  with a great sigh of relief to be moving on from that awkward situation!

So there you have it. I guess I’d just presumed that I would be taken into a room with a display of all the different wig styles on offer, or be given a lot more choice before having the more expensive option thrust upon me. If you take a look on Harrods’ Site, that’s the impression you are given in my opinion. I could have asked to see more options (and I’m kicking myself for not being more persistent) BUT, I do think I’m going to be pretty happy with my purchase, once it has been styled at Harrods (or somewhere else) and that’s really what counts here isn’t it?

 

My goody bag… with a leave in conditioner (which I found amusing, for obvious reasons)

Harrods Urban Retreat Wig Boudoir

 The final purchase… As modelled by Alex, because you won’t see my in it until it has been styled!

Harrods Wig Boudoir