Real Fringe Hair Bands was founded because of a desire to make a difference in the lives of those who suffer from hair loss due to cancer treatment or Alopecia Areata.
Nicole DeMatos, our Founder and an experienced Oncology nurse, envisioned a truly unique hairpiece design after caring for hundreds of patients who suffer from hair loss and listening to what they have to say. They all wanted something that is comfortable, less hot and itchy than typical wigs, and something that looks natural. The result was our patented Confident Locks® hairbands.
Nicole DeMatos is an oncology nurse with a passion for all things oncology and for making a true difference.
“I don’t know what it was about oncology nursing, but it was always my calling.
I was always drawn to it.
Being able to be a space of light during one of life’s most challenging journeys was one of the many reasons that drew me to it.
I commonly get asked, “Isn’t it hard?” and “How do you cope?”
The truth is: I love it and I honestly wouldn’t choose to work in any other line of work.
I am constantly inspired by patients (and their loved ones) who have been told something “black”, and after they have had space and time to process it, they tend to “take the bull by the horns, decide who and what is important in their lives, and just get on with it.”
These patients say all the things they have been wanting to say, and for whatever reason put it off….as we all tend to do. They focus on what is important and flush the rest. They are a daily inspiration to me.”
We’ve reached out to a number of amazing individuals who have embraced our mission and who love Confident Locks® as much as we do.
Survivors Share Their Brave Stories
Kaitlyn has battled brain cancer since she was 13 years old. Her hair fell out during oncology treatment and never grew back again.
Kaitlyn shares her brave story and also demonstrates the Real Fringe Hair Band and talks about how she feels when she wears it.
Shea is our Alopecia Ambassador.
Shea talks about her hair loss journey which started when she was just 7 years old.
Watch as our Founder Nicole presents Shea with her very own Confident Locks® hairband, made from her very own hair, which was cut off when she was young.
Cancer patient after she received her Confident Locks®
Cara bravely shaved off her hair and donated it all to Real Fringe Hair Bands.
Here she talks about why she made that choice and how much it meant to her to be able to donate her hair to those who might need it.
Watch as Tash shares her hair loss journey due to cancer and oncology treatments.
Audrey and Craig
Audrey tells us about her battle with breast cancer and how she lost her hair during the oncology treatment process.
Nat and Anthony
Nat talks about how hard hair loss was for her when she underwent medical treatment.
She also shares her experience from volunteering at a wig salon and how wigs compare to the Confident Locks® hairbands.