Some of the best ever ideas are born out of adversity, and that’s certainly true of one of the sweetest innovations aimed at people with hair loss that we’ve ever seen.
Bold Beanies is the brainchild of British mother of two Emilienne Rebel who was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer eight years ago. When she lost all of her hair during chemotherapy treatment, she found herself feeling very cold, especially at night, and her hair loss was also difficult for her young daughter to come to terms with.
Stroke of genius
In a stroke of genius, Emilienne hit upon the idea of creating and selling bold-printed beanie hats for other people who had lost their hair. It was an idea that would grow and grow, and today she has three separate lines of beautiful beanie hats aimed at men, women and children which are available to buy from the Bold Beanies website.
“I needed something soft and simple, yet stylish, to slip on around the house and wear in bed,” says Emilienne of her eureka moment. Once her business began trading, next came the all-important customer feedback.
“When I got my first email from a happy customer, I knew I was doing the right thing. I was called a ‘life-saver’!” says Emilienne, whose range of colourful beanie hats is expanding all the time. She can even roll them up and package them so that they resemble a rose or even a full bouquet – like those pictured, which make for a beautiful and thoughtful gift option – little wonder that Emilienne won a European Female creativity award in 2015.
Can be personalised
As well as a wide variety of designs – including some eye-catching animal and classic Liberty prints – Bold Beanies offer personalised beanies, which would be ideal for fund-raising initiatives for cancer charities as well as hair loss charities such as Alopecia UK.
The latter offer support and advice to people with the far-from-uncommon autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata (and its sister conditions Alopecia Universalis and Alopecia Totalis), which typically leads to sudden, patchy hair loss, although these patches can be fairly sizable and may join up to cause large bald area, too.
The kid’s Bold Beanies could also prove useful to children with hair loss – often from chemo or alopecia areata – while they wait for their real hair wigs to arrive from another charity, the Little Princess Trust. Whoever they are for, these unique and beautifully presented gifts are a clever and fun way of showing your support.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.