Take Care, Hair
In the latest Everyday Runway, discover accessories that’ll help you embrace awkward hair days during treatment.

I can’t tell you how often I’m asked how to get through that awkward stage of growing your hair out because of losing it to chemotherapy. 

You’re not bald, but it’s not exactly long enough to tie into a ponytail. In some cases, the texture doesn’t even feel like your own anymore. Perhaps you had very thin hair, and now it’s coarse and curly. Or maybe it’s growing back gray. Either way, I’m here to say that growing your hair out takes patience and some creativity. 

Whenever I became frustrated with my hair, I’d take a trip to my local drugstore to peruse the hair accessory aisle. From headbands and headwraps to barrettes and even old-school bobby pins, there’s a lot of fun to be had as you get through even the most unsightly stages of hair regrowth.

Check out these options I found after a recent trip to my local Harmon


If you don’t have a lot of hair to work with, a headband is a great way to frame your face and add some spice to even the simplest outfit. 

I love this dusty rose and black animal print option from Charisma which you can easily purchase from Bed Bath and Beyond for only $4.99!

Hair Bands

I’m an ‘80s girl, so when I think of Scunci I picture those fun little bands that I would tie my hair with. These days, they have some pretty amazing and updated offerings. Check out this multi-wear hair band that they’ve created. You can wear it several different ways, so give yourself permission to play and see which look suits you best. Pick one up at Target for only $9.99!

Bobby Pins 

Sometimes the simplest hair accessories are the best. Even if you’re not particularly handy in the hair department, you can’t go wrong grabbing a few bobby pins. Simply twist and tuck your hair away from your face to give it a fresh, new look as you grow your locks out. It’s perfect for hot summer days!


There’s nothing like a good distraction especially when it comes to hair accessories. If you’ve got a short bob that isn’t quite symmetrical yet, give it an instant upgrade with an oversized jeweled barrette like this beauty from Allure accessories ($19.99) which you can order from Amazon.

Mix And Match

I love the cards of barrettes with assorted clips. Wear one at a time or mix and match using interesting combinations. Think of it like jewelry for your hair! These can be worn on short hair if you have enough to grab the clip with. If the clips feel like they are sliding off, try using some hair gel or even hairspray. Apply it to your hair and create a twist with a bobby pin to secure the hair in place. Top it off with one (or two) of these barrettes and off you go!

I hope you find this hair accessory guide helpful. Bottom line? Don’t be afraid to experiment, even if you haven’t worn a barrette since you were small. Have fun and see what works for your own hair texture and length. 

Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to send me an email at [email protected] or send me a DM on Instagram at @cancerfashionista. Talk soon!


Cancer & Environment

The Cancer-Climate Conundrum

By now, we are well aware of the destruction that climate change can inflict upon our planet. But what about its detrimental effects on cancer risk, survival and the ability to get the care you need?

Read More »
Complementary Medicine

Finding A New Approach

As integrative medicine becomes increasingly popular, practitioners like Dr. Shelly Smekens at Raden Wellness are ensuring patients encounter safe and smart whole-person healing.

Read More »
(Y)our Stories

#FighterFriday: Embracing the Battle

When Army Col. Doug Thomas was diagnosed with epithelioid mesothelioma in May, at the age of just 45, he chose to return to the basic principles of service that guided him over the years

Read More »

Self-Care With Style

There’s no question about it—you deserve some self-care and self-indulgence after the past year! Everyday Runway columnist Melissa Berry shares her top picks of the “treat yourself” variety worth your coin this season.

Read More »

In Between the Tough Stuff

As newlyweds, Jessica Walker and her husband Tommy were blindsided by Tommy’s cancer diagnosis, but through treatments and recurrences, Jessica learned cancer doesn’t have to control their whole story.

Read More »