We want to offer a special thanks to the frontline workers who helped Anywear design headbands and medical caps with buttons for comfortably holding in place face coverings and masks. The members of our committee were featured in Allure’s 51 Faces of America portfolio of female frontline workers around the country (one from every state, plus D.C.). During reporting for the story, it became clear that health care workers were suffering from abrasions, bruises, and marks from PPE, evidence of physical pain caused by wearing uncomfortable masks during long shifts. During a Zoom session with the frontline workers in our committee, Anywear fine-tuned the designs of its headbands and caps to ensure that they provide the most relief possible to frontline workers.

Annie Park, MD is a board-certified physician specialized in anesthesiology and interventional pain management living in San Diego, CA.

“Designs that offload some of the pressure on my ears are really great. These colorful designs add a little bit of a personal touch and are a great way to brighten up a health care worker’s day. These are tough times for so many different communities. The charities I’m giving to in my area right now are the San Diego Food Bank and San Diego SPCA.”

Jennifer Gil, BSN, RN is an emergency-care nurse in Philadelphia, PA, and a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. “I’m like Chrissy Teigen—headbands are my thing! Between having to keep my hair up and wearing a face mask at all times at work, finding the right do-it-all hair piece means the world. These pieces are fashionable yet practical, keeping my ears and skin pain-free! Now, if only they came with John Legend’s ‘headband of the day’ serenade too. When I’m not caring for patients, I’m advocating on behalf of nurses as a board member for the American Nurses Association. A wonderful way to give back during this time is through a donation to the American Nurses Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses. This fund focuses on supporting critical areas where nurses need immediate and ongoing support, like direct financial assistance, mental wellness, and national advocacy. Show nurses you care and thank them by making an online donation at www.thanksnurses.org.”

Jacqueline Oraedu,MPAS, PA-C is a physician assistant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduate student at A.T. Still University. “Be safe, but make it fashion…. and comfortable. Until now, what we’ve been required to wear has kept us safe, but hasn’t been the most comfortable. It’s also hard to appear personable behind a mask. Not only will these designs be more comfortable, they will allow us to show some personality. They’re a great gift because it shows that we are noticed, we are seen, and appreciated.”