Real Fringe Hair Bands

Using your own hair or donated hair we provide hair bands for oncology patients and alopecia patients.

Real Fringe Hair Bands Creator of Confident Locks®

Real Fringe Hair Bands was founded by Nicole DeMatos who has been an oncology nurse since 2000. She has supported countless patients through their treatments and witnessed their personal struggles with the side effects of these life-saving treatments. From here, the idea for Real Fringe Hair Bands and Confident Locks® was born.

Real Fringe Hair Bands were created with the hopes of empowering anyone who has lowered self-confidence and self-esteem as a result of hair loss. We want to help patients discover a renewed sense of self-worth and normalcy. There’s not much we can do to reduce the physical challenges alopecia and cancer sufferers have to endure, so it is our hope through Real Fringe, we can make a real impact on the lives of these patients.

Want to get involved?

As a hairdresser is there any better feeling than watching your clients leave your salon full of confidence after you’ve styled their hair?

Now imagine them having no hair, picture being able to give someone who suffers from hair loss the gift of walking out of your salon with beautifully styled hair.

We are looking for 100 hair salons Australia-wide to help change the lives of 100 women. This October the EMPOWER ME campaign is running alongside Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Please register to display Confident Locks on your salon counter for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Fundraise the $399 cost of Confident Locks within your salon and local community. Then choose who to donate the hairpiece.

Scan the QR code now for full details of how you can support this campaign.

Help Us Spread the word and spread the love

What we do

Real Fringe Hair Bands is the creator of the patented Confident Locks™ headbands for oncology and alopecia patients (or anyone who suffers from a hair loss condition).

Our headbands are made from real human hair that is either donated by our generous donors or simply made from the patient’s own hair that is collected before their hair falls out.

A single band will be made with the hair weft securely attached to half the length of the band. Confident Locks™ headbands are made from soft and comfortable elastic and are designed to be worn underneath other headgear such as hats, scarves, turbans, head wraps, beanies, etc.

The unique patented design gives patients a “real fringe” effect (hence our name!) that looks easy and natural.

Real Fringe Hair Bands
Real not synthetic

Most wigs found on the market today are synthetic. Whilst high-quality wigs seem very much like the real deal, they can be cost-prohibitive.

Know where it’s from

Most human hair wigs are from China and India and there are concerns about the ethics. We use either your own hair or collected from a donor salon vetted by us.

We accept Dyed Hair

Other wig makers won’t accept dyed hair. We accept dyed hair that is a minimum of 15cm long and create a Confident Locks® band with it.

Long hair optional

We only require the donated hair to be a minimum of 15cm long. Even if your hair is relatively short you can still donate.

The softest weave

Confidence Locks® bands are made from the softest weave, so you can say goodbye to itchy wigs that drive you crazy.

Made in Australia

Made with love in Melbourne supporting local businesses and taking pride in our local production.


Undergoing cancer treatment is a scary time for oncology patients, whose lives are turned upside down by a single diagnosis.

Before beginning chemotherapy treatments (or just after starting), individuals can get their hair cut and send it to our team at Real Fringe Hair Bands, who will create one headband with their real hair, creating a “fringe effect” which can be worn under beanies, bandanas, hats, and more.

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in; their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

REal Fringe Hair Bands
Real Fringe Hair Bands

Alopecia Areata

For people with Alopecia Areata, hair loss can be emotionally difficult and often coincides with a loss of confidence. Real Fringe Hair Bands are the solution.

Many turn to itchy and uncomfortable wigs or choose to wear scarves and beanies, but still feel self-conscious about their hair loss as they go through their daily lives. For alopecia patients to be able to look in the mirror and see real human hair in their reflections, can make a huge difference to self-confidence and body image.

“Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.” ~Sophia Loren

Empowering you to be your most Authentic Self.
Cancer and Alopecia might have taken your hair but don’t let it take away your confidence too. We’ll create a comfortable headband with a fringe made of real hair, either your own or donated, so you can look in the mirror and know that you’ve got this!

Looking for a Way To contribute?

Have you been personally touched by cancer or alopecia and you would like to make a difference in some way?
One of the options below may resonate with you,

Donate Hair

For many Alopecia Areata patients and oncology patients who have been undergoing treatment for some time, it’s not feasible for them to create Real Fringe Hair Bands with their own hair. If you would like to contribute and give the gift of pure love, all you need to do is get a haircut! If you are cutting more than 4 inches of hair, please consider donating it to our cause.

Download our hair donation form here, send your donation in with the completed form, and know that someone out there will be immensely grateful for your kindness. For most of us, it’s just hair. For a recipient, it means so much more.


Our founder, Nicole Dematos, has been invited to speak and participate in various events at schools all around the State.

Most of these events are aimed at educating the youths of today about giving back to their communities and the power they possess to help others in need.

Contact us and we’ll be more than happy to talk to you about your ideas and how we can help.


Make it a party!

Get together with at least 3 other people, get your hair cut at the same time and raise funds to put towards the creation of Real Fringe Hair Bands for someone you love.

Contact us about your fundraiser idea and we shall be more than happy to speak with you and support your event in any way we can, this is our jam!

We Love Feedback on our
Real Fringe hair bands

The lovely feedback we receive on our Real Fringe Hair Bands is so beautiful, we are sharing a sample below.

“It’s so soft and fits beautifully… can’t believe it’s my own hair! You missed my tears when I put it on… just so special, so special to have my own hair. Can’t explain how happy it makes me!”

Cancer Patient

OMG, I just wanted you to know how many wonderful comments I have had on my fringe band… spreading the word about your amazing product! So confident and absolutely love it. Everyone thinks I still have hair. Can’t thank you enough! It’s amazing. Loving following your journey. You are one special lady and I feel so privileged to be your first customer.

The Band is so comfortable… the reaction from everyone has been amazing; so positive and flattering! It feels awesome wearing it. You have made our week… even month! THANK YOU!!!”

Cancer Patient

Featured In The Media

ABC Radio Melbourne
Hair Aid
Southern Radio FM
Peter Mac Cancer Hospital
Starlight Foundation