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How To Tie Square Chemo Head Scarves

There are many ways to tie a head scarf, here are some of our favourites.  If you want a simple way to tie it, get a hairband and drape the fabric over your head, gathering the ends into a ponytail.  On days when you want to be more creative, take a look at some ideas below

With chemotherapy head scarves becoming more and more popular among cancer patients we get asked many questions about how to tie them.  

There are three common styles of wearing chemotherapy head scarves each of which needs to be tied in a different way, these are:

Style 1 - The Free Spirit

Using a square chemo head scarf, fold it from corner to corner so it makes a triangle, then fold it in half once more (if needed) so it becomes a smaller triangle. Place the chemotherapy scarf on your head, the long part needs to be across the forehead and the pointed part of the scarf must be at the back of the head. To tie the scarf, pull both ends behind your ears around the back of the head.

Style 2 - The Grace Kelly

This is a popular look that works with all chemotherapy head scarves. Make a rectangle by folding the chemo scarf in half, then wrap the scarf around the head similar to a hood (rather like Little Red Riding Hood). The chemo scarf can be tied using the two ends at the front or if the scarf is long enough one end can be pulled over the other and it can hang down the back.

Style 3 - The Rosette

Drape a large square cancer scarf over the head then pull both ends of the scarf to one side so they are close to the ear. The ends of the scarf should then be knotted/tied together. Taking one tail of the scarf, twist it as thickly as possible then swirl around the knot. Finally, tie the end of the "rosette" that has just been created with the other, hanging end.


There are a wide range of different styles of wearing chemotherapy scarves, the above are some of the most common and popular ones, each offering a unique and different look.

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