Scrub caps are headwear typically worn over the hair to conceal and restrain it. Scrub hats, like scrubs and gloves, aid in sterilising operating rooms and preventing germs on surgical sites. During operations, doctors and surgeons will wear plastic gloves, masks, overalls, gowns, caps and aprons. The patient may wear a scrub cap if required.
The scrub cap may appear to be a simple medical device, but there are several more options than you would expect. We've compiled a guide to help you pick the fitting scrub cap for your needs, which will walk you through the many types of scrub caps and assist you in selecting which is best for you.
Scrub cap types are divided into two categories: chemical and abrasive.
Before you can pick the best scrub cap for your needs, you must first understand what they are. The four most common types of scrub caps are as follows:
- Scrub Cap with a Ponytail: These scrub caps feature a back opening to fit longer hair. They also come with a pouch inside for additional protection.
- The Pixie Scrub Cap: These close-fitting scrub caps are designed for medical personnel with shorter hair (the name references the pixie cut style). Because the scrub caps don't have a lot of extra space, if you have a lot of hair, you should look at another option.
- The Bouffant Scrub Cap: A bouffant scrub hat resembles a deflated chef's cap or an overly large shower cap. Bouch of hair length and thickness, bouffant scrubs give considerably extra space for all of your strands to be safely stored.
- Disposable Scrub Hat: Most scrub hats are constructed of cloth and may be washed and reused. However, some disposable scrub caps are available for individuals who work in highly contagious or dirty settings where it is not feasible (or desirable) to reuse a scrub cap.
Selecting a Scrub Cap
What's the difference between a scrub cap and a shower cap? Most scrub caps are one size fits all, so it's crucial to choose the proper style for your hair; otherwise, they won't fit. A close-fitting scrub cap will be too tight around your hair if you have excessively long, thick braids.
A pixie scrub cap should do the trick if you have short hair that's a few inches longer but on the thin side. A pony scrub cap could be an excellent choice if your hair is long enough to be pulled into a bun or ponytail. A bouffant scrub cap is a fantastic option if you have long or short hair with many volumes. Disposable is always the most straightforward way if you only want to wear the scrub hat once.
Remember to examine the fabric blend on any scrub cap designs you're considering. Light and breathable but prone to shrinkage, 100% cotton is an excellent choice. Cotton-polyester mixes are another popular option. Polyester makes the cotton more durable and can assist prevent shrinkage.