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The Top 5 Types of Headwear for Cancer Patients

Cancer is one of the most challenging and stressful experiences of a lifetime. What makes the diagnosis even more difficult are the side effects of the chemotherapy. While devastating to many aspects of a person’s mental and physical health, it is a necessary treatment for the survival of the cancer patient.

Chemotherapy can be especially difficult because one of the main side effects of chemotherapy is hair loss. As much as our friends and family members try to lift our spirits once our hair begins to fall out, it is difficult to maintain high spirits and healthy self-esteem levels when our hair thins and falls out. While this loss of self-esteem may not seem important, ask any cancer survivor and they’ll tell you that a positive attitude and a hopeful spirit are important tools of survival during chemotherapy treatment.

In the spirit of boosting self-esteem and providing hope, we would like to present to you a concise list of headwear available to those who are suffering from hair loss due to chemotherapy treatments.

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What is the UV Index and why is it important?

What does the UV Index mean anyway, and why is it so important to people in general? Most people know about sun protection through SPF sunscreens and UPF clothing products that are UV rated, and they realize they should use both. But do they understand the medical concerns that go along with exposure to the sun?

 It’s doubtful you’ll turn into Superman with extra sun exposure… most likely you’ll have to deal with super-villains like wrinkles and cataracts.

On that note, let’s get familiar with the UV Index and the type of UPF products that help you enjoy the outdoors without eye and skin damage.

Ultraviolet (UV)

Ultraviolet (UV) is invisible solar radiation. I’m not a scientist but that sounds – what’s the technical term – real bad! It is a band of light with a certain frequency that goes beyond the violet end of the spectrum, which can be more dangerous than Lex Luther on a bender.

In simpler terms, UV radiation is energy produced by the sun and artificial means. It differs from the heat or light of the sun, which can be seen and felt. It’s impossible to sense or detect UV radiation or its detrimental effects until the damage is done. There are three types of UV rays, which cause the following:

  • UVA rays (premature aging and wrinkling – chin models beware)
  • UVB rays (cause sunburn and cataracts)
  • UVC rays (strongest rays that are blocked by the ozone layer – hairspray could kill us all)

Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is harmful as it is the chief cause of skin cancer. Plus, it leads to premature aging, tanning damage, eye problems, sunburn, photosensitivity, and other skin-related harm and health issues. Holy moly!

Of course, sun exposure in a limited manner does provide a source of Vitamin D.

UV Index

The UV Index linear scale used in America follows international guidelines for UVI reporting, which was established by the World Health Organization (WHO). Understanding the scale and what it means in relation to avoiding exposure to ultraviolet radiation can save your skin! And we’ll see how UPF clothing gives you that superpower in a sec…

The scale is indexed in levels from 1 to 11+, and the level indicator is affected by different factors in various regions of the country, particularly where the sun is the most intense. Determination of the scale movement is indicated by:

  • Time of day
  • Cloud cover
  • Altitude
  • Reflection / scattering
  • Approximation to the equator

The scale levels are below, each of which we recommend wearing UV-blocking sunglasses, hats, SPF 30+ sunscreen. Fight the wrinkles!

Low Reading 0-2 (Green)

  • Signals low danger from the sun’s UV rays
  • Anticipate brightness/reflection of UV in different surfaces (sand, snow, water). *Same goes for all other levels

Moderate Reading 3-5 (Yellow)

  • Signals moderate risk from sun’s UV rays
  • Remain in the shade during the middle of the day
  • Wear appropriate sun-protective clothing
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, even on overcast days or after swimming and sweating. *Same for higher levels.

High Reading 6-7 (Orange)

  • Signals high risk from sun’s UV rays (particularly for skin and eyes)
  • Decrease the time in the sun between 10 a.m until 4 p.m. – *same for Level 8-10
  • Wear protective clothing including face masks. *Same for higher levels.
  • Don’t slack on the sunscreen – use generously. *Same for higher UV levels.

High Reading 6-7 (Orange)

  • Signals very high risk from sun’s UV rays (particularly skin and eyes)

Extreme Reading 11+ (Violet) – Sends Batman back to his cave

  • Signals very high risk from sun’s UV rays (particularly concerning skin and eyes)
  • Decrease the time in the sun between 10 a.m until 4 p.m. and seek shade
  • The sun has become your mortal enemy at this level so shields up!

UPF Protection

Protective clothing is your super-suit against UV harm. It’s true! Clothing designed with enhanced UPF is one of the best ways to deter skin damage from ultraviolet rays. A UPF factor determines just how effective a clothing item can be in protecting you from the ravages of the sun’s rays, and a Hoo-rag bandana is a fast and easy way to sun protection. Stylish too – could make Clark Kent less boring.

Bonus points for not having to put 8 layers of greasy sunscreen on anymore. 9 out of 14 guys strike out with the ladies on the lake due to faces looking like a Noxzema commercial. Just a heads up, plus:

  • Sunscreen can’t help with sweat.
  • Hoo-rags don’t stop working when wet.
  • No SPF does double duty by protecting you from dust like a Hoo-rag.

A Hoo-rag is an innovative bandana type headgear piece that can be worn in a number of fresh ways. Its fabric content is 100% polyester microfiber made to pull moisture away from the head and other areas, such as the neck and face. It provides quick evaporation, plus it’s rated at 30 UPF! It can be maneuvered and shaped in countless ways to provide protection and relief from heat. This balling bandana is one multifaceted piece of fabric that fights off UV attacks.

But how solid is our 30 UPF?

UPF = Ultraviolet Protection Factor

The UPF factor stands for “Ultraviolet Protection Factor.” It is a standard rating system that measures the effectiveness of blocking the sun’s rays in clothing and other types of specifically made UPF or UV gear. The items are designed to screen out both nasty UVA and UVB rays that wrinkles feed on.

The UPF categories under the American rating system include:

  • Good UPF = 15-24
  • Very Good UPF = 25-39
  • Excellent UPF = 40-50+

As always, we aim to please and protect our peeps. We carry versatile bandanas that fit in the top two categories above. 30 UPF and 50 UPF are now available.

Sun protection is crucial to your health, and the UV Index is one of the best indicators as to what the intensity and effect of the sun’s rays are going to be on any given day. It enables individuals planning on spending time outdoors to be prepared with adequate UPF protection through the right UV-rated clothing items they choose to wear. Don’t worry, you can stay safe and rock your own style with what a Hoo-rag offers. Now there’s no limit to your fun in the sun.

*Please send critical comments to our writing team if you feel too many superhero references were used. Or too few. Criticism is encouraged either way. Gotta keep them humble, lest they become emboldened and form their own Legion of Doom.

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Tips for Keeping Children Protected in the Sun

Who doesn’t love the swimming in the pool or heading to the park during the summer, especially when you can spend time with your own kids? However, as fun as being outside may be, even the smallest sunburns can greatly increase your child’s risk of developing skin cancer later in life. With such a high-risk factor, it is crucial that you take sun protection very seriously. Follow these tips to protect your child from the sun and keep them safe during the warm season.

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A New Look at an Old Favorite – Dog Bandanas

Dog BandanasHere at Hoo-rag, we have an extensive line of tubular bandanas that our customers love to wear when they are out in the wild enjoying life and the outdoors. But what about those outdoors folk that want to take man’s best friend with them on their trips as well?

Dogs, especially large and medium-sized canine breeds, can look great in one of our cool-looking tubular bandanas. Since our dogs love to spend time with us hunting, fishing, exploring the wilderness, and running down the trail, it’s a cool idea to accessorize with your pooch; in fact, you both can even wear one of the same bandanas from our product catalog. Continue reading A New Look at an Old Favorite – Dog Bandanas

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Tubular Bandanas for Chefs – The New and Better Trend

Chef Bandanas Many people make use of bandanas for different reasons. They can be worn stylishly to make a statement, but most people use them for sun protection or to keep sweat from dripping down in their eyes from their forehead. Most bandanas will do this job with ease, especially in the kitchen, but there is a new bandana that performs this task better than others. Hoo-rag has designed a tubular bandana option that wicks away sweat faster, is extremely breathable, is wash friendly and comes in great designs.

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Goliath Grouper Caught on a Wrench

Goliath Grouper Caught on  A Wrench
Ryan Hein catches a 400lb Goliath Grouper on a wrench.

Ryan Hein of St. Pete, Florida decided to try out a lure he made from a number 11 wrench from his tool box. About 30 miles offshore, and on his first drop, his poll bent nearly in half with the weight of the fish. On the other end? A 400lb Goliath Grouper.

Could the key to big fish be in your toolbox?

And if our eyes don’t deceive us, it looks like Ryan is rocking the Snook Real Photo. What do you think?
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Guest Blog Post: Field Biologist Jeremy Tiemann

We are excited to have a guest blogger this week! Field Biologist Jeremy Tiemann and his colleague, M.H. Sabaj-Perez, recently headed down to Brazil for research on the Xingu River and were awesome enough to share their experience with us! 

U.S. and Brazilian biologists are collaborating on an inventory of the fishes, mollusks, and crustaceans of the Xingu River, a large tributary of the Amazon River, in the state of Para, Brazil.  With funding from the National Science Foundation, we joined other researchers from the U.S. and Brazil and sampled the lower Xingu near Altamira during the month of November 2014.  This was the third expedition to the region. This stretch of river includes the area that will be affected by the construction of the Belo Monte Dam complex.  During this time of year water levels are at their lowest point and many species of fishes become crowded together making them easier to collect.  The goal of the project was to document the diversity of aquatic life and habitats in the various stretches of the lower Xingu prior to its modification by the dam complex.

Members of the U.S. Expedition team holding the Brazilian Flag Hoo at the downstream most waterfall on the rio Xingu, Brazil.
Members of the U.S. Expedition team holding the Brazilian Flag Hoo at the downstream most waterfall on the rio Xingu, Brazil. 

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