Some of the best gifts are not only beautiful and thoughtful but also functional. If you are looking to gift someone (or yourself) who is going through cancer and hair loss, we have put together a helpful gift guide that will bring a little luxury to the life of any patient. Which ones below are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!
1. Scalp Massager Brush
Creating hair rituals, especially during hair loss, is not only a way to take back control, it also helps set the stage for healthy hair regrowth. Scalp massages are a key way to keep your scalp healthy. Massages encourage oxygen flow to the skin which is vital for strong follicles and oil glands. Our favorite scalp massage brush can be used in or outside of the shower. If you are using this in the shower, the soft bristles can help gently cleanse your pores along with your shampoo and conditioner. Outside of the shower, this brush can be used for stress reducing massages when combined with a luxurious hair oil - like the next item on our list.
2. Glamorous Turbans
Dressing during hair loss can be tricky. While you may have worn a similar hair style on most occasions, wearing the same turban over and over in place of your hair can begin to feel repetitive and boring. That's why it's important to choose your turban by season and occasion.
Glamorous turbans are the perfect way to add flair to your style during the holidays. Our evening, couture, and runway styles were created with this in mind. Whether you prefer an understated satin style, or something bold and bedazzled, we’ve got you covered. And major plus – turbans are great for all stages of hair growth. Even as you take time to learn to style your new hair lengths, you can always use a turban for an easy and polished hair solution, no matter the occasion!
3. Luxurious Hair Oil
Applying oil is a great way to naturally moisturize your hair and scalp, especially during the cold months. But did you know that certain oils can simultaneously provide key nutrients to your follicles as well? We love the luxurious Harmonic Healing Oil by Innersense Organic Beauty because it is packed with nourishing, non-greasy ingredients like safflower seed oil, macadamia seed oil and jojoba seed oil. And it has a lavender and rosemary scent, which is known for reducing stress. When you use this oil with a soft massage brush, your scalp massage rituals will feel like a treat every time.
4. Chic Lounge Turbans
With frigid temperatures and concerns about the pandemic, many of us are staying hunkered down these days. Staying in, and particularly the time you spend with yourself, can have a positive impact on your confidence if you are intentional about it. Adding a lounge turban to your around-the-house clothes can help you feel cozy and cute as you are going about your daily tasks. This about more than just looking nice at home. It’s about giving yourself the space to dress with elegance and dignity during diagnosis – even at home. While many of our turbans are comfortable enough to wear all day long, this winter we are introducing ultra-plush and cozy styles to take your home wear to the next level. You will be the most stylish company you keep.
5. A Cozy Robe
A cozy robe is the perfect reminder to take breaks and savor your "you time" during the holidays and beyond. Slipping into a robe to do your daily scalp and skin care rituals brings an unspoken relaxation and calmness to the moment.
For this, we love the Miena Robe. This robe was created by Dana Donofree, breast cancer survivor and founder of AnaOno Intimates. This buttery soft design is one that you will want to live in all day (spoken from experience!) It is made of a breathable yet cozy modal fabric. And it comes in elegant colors that can be coordinated with your lounge turban so that you feel chic, even in your downtime.
6. Glam Earrings
Finding easy ways to look and feel your best is key - especially if you are in treatment. One of the easiest ways to dress up a special occasion outfit is with glamorous accessories. Look for statement jewelry in a variety of styles and colors that can be quickly mixed and matched with many wardrobe items. Focusing on earrings especially, will add another layer of uniqueness to a turban ensemble. Pairing the two together is the perfect gift!
7. Satin Turban
Satin turbans are a great gift for any stage of hair growth. While they are chic enough to wear outside, they are even better to wear to bed. Satin turbans prevent scalp and hair dryness and breakage that results from friction with your pillowcase. Satin helps lock in moisture, keeping your hair and scalp shiny and hydrated as you snooze. You can even get them in multiple colors to create matching sets with pajamas.
8. Face & Brow Contouring Kit
The hairline provides a natural starting point to the shape of your face, which guides how you apply your makeup. After hair loss, and for some, added weight in the face due to treatment, contouring with makeup can help recreate the natural shape of your face. Although it is not a permanent fix, it can help you feel more like yourself when you are out in the world during treatment. Makeup is a super personal choice, that's why we've rounded up our favorite brow beautifying products for you to choose from. These face and brow contouring products from companies like Benefit, NYX, and Aesthetica, come with complete kits and make it easy to become a brow expert!
9. Knit Turban
The hair on our head serves as a natural layer of warmth and protection for our body. Hair loss, regardless of the season, can result in a constant feeling of coldness. That’s why when it comes to knit turbans, you can never have too many. Keeping a wardrobe of cozy and cute pieces will help you handle your body’s temperature changes in style. And remember, for each turban sold, we donate one to a cancer patient in need.
10. Warming Wearable
Brilliantly Warm is a warming wearble device that was invented by cancer previvor, Kristen Carbone. This incredibly handy item can be slipped inside of your bra (or other secure or pocketed area of your clothing) and be managed through the Brilliantly app to provide you with a comforting and relieving warmth. This safe, rechargeable and portable warming device has been loved by women and is a great gift for someone who is going through changes in their hair. Hair is our major line of defense against the elements, especially in colder settings and seasons. Brilliantly Warm gives back the temperature control that hair loss takes away by being an invisible solution for feeling warm. Brilliantly has generously offered 15% off to our community when you use the code StyleEsteem15 at checkout at Brilliantly.co
11. All Natural Candle
Never Alone Candles are created by two-time cancer survivor Diana Mendoza. Each candle has hand poured coconut wax, while containing 100% natural ingredients and leaving out any harmful toxins. Each scent has a presence without being overpowering – a quality that is only complimented by the cozy crackling of the wood burning wick. A candle can bring a sense of calm and peace to anyone you gift one to – including yourself! Discover these beautiful candles at NeverAloneCandles.com
Each gift on our list is sure to bring luxury and comfort back to the life of a patient. It is during diagnosis and treatment that we must remind ourselves the most, how much we are worthy of beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Small gestures, like the giving of these gifts, to yourself or to someone else, are a simple way to make that reminder a reality.