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Happy Hair Bands Help Give Girls The Comfort And Confidence They Need

by Catie Keck
Catie Keck is a New York-based staff writer at LittleThings who has produced work for various web and print publications.

For many girls, hairstyles can be as much a part of their confidence as any other facet of their individuality.

But for Naomi Oaks and Ruby Ramirez, hair wasn’t just a pain — it was painful.

Both girls have forms of blood cancer and are undergoing treatment at Cardon Children’s Medical in Mesa, AZ. It was there that they became fast friends after Shelli Boggs, a family friend of Naomi’s, helped them develop a unique line of wigs that allowed them to feel confident and comfortable. Shelli aptly named her line of wigs Happy Hair Bands.

Here’s what makes these wigs special: Not only do they come in an assortment of all colors of the rainbow (even multi-colored), but they eliminate the top half of the wig, staying in place instead with a soft, stretchy hairband that can be covered by a hat or beanie.

“When I first shaved (my head) it was super tender,” Naomi tells USA Today affiliate KPNX. “I couldn’t touch it. I couldn’t change my hat.”

Just a few months ago, Naomi was in the news after Taylor Swift donated $50,000 to her course of treatment after she heard Naomi was unable to attend one of her concerts.

Today, Ruby and Naomi are making headlines for their effort to spread awareness about the wigs so that they can help other girls feel confident. Shelli and the girls have started a GoFundMe page to offer the wigs to families of other girls — at no cost whatsoever.

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