About Migraine Hat
Created by Lisa Jacobson, Migraine Hat is a hands-free, wearable ice pack that looks like a hat, but claims to provide the compression and coolness you need to find relief from migraines. Here’s a brief overview of how it works:
First, you’ll wrap Migraine Hat around your head, which promises to perfectly contour and remain securely in place. Although it’s a one-size-fits-all solution, the manufacturer claims Migraine Hat can be adjusted to fit children and adults alike.
Soon thereafter, you’ll feel soothing cold generate from Migraine Hat’s removable Cryo-Gel Ice Pack, which is held in place using neoprene and will remain cold up to 4 hours. Because Migraine Hat’s Ice Packs also feature a waffle-like design, they’ll not only conform to your head, but its “compression chambers” (as the manufacturer calls them) can also target pressure points to provide additional relief.
Finally, Migraine Hat can be pulled down over your eyes and ears to block out light and sound. Taken together, the company claims Migraine Hat can be used anywhere to provide relief, whether you’re at home, at work, in the car, or anywhere else. When you’re done, simply toss the gel packs in the freezer and reuse.
There’s no doubt that migraines can be debilitating and impact every part of your life—and since you’re here, you’re probably looking for a solution. Have you found that solution with Migraine Hat, or is it just another gimmick that will do little for your suffering? That’s exactly what we’ll help you figure out.
We’ve found it’s always best to start with the basics, so let’s talk about migraines 101.
What Are Migraines? How Do They Occur?
While everyone’s experience is different, migraine headaches can be extraordinarily painful, with common symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. Compared to normal headaches, migraines generally last much longer—anywhere from 4 hours to 3 days, and resurface as often as once a week.
Despite the fact that more than 28 million Americans regularly suffer from migraine headaches, the medical community isn’t sure exactly what causes them. According to WebMD:
“However, it is now believed that migraines are caused by inherited abnormalities in certain areas of the brain.
There is a migraine "pain center" or generator in the brain. A migraine begins when hyperactive nerve cells send out impulses to the blood vessels, causing them to clamp down or constrict, followed by dilation (expanding) and the release of prostaglandins, serotonin, and other inflammatory substances that cause the pulsation to be painful.”
Certain external factors can trigger this biological reaction, including stress, preservatives and other chemicals in food, caffeine, changes in the weather, fatigue, and more.
Are there just as many treatments for migraine headaches as there are triggers?
Are “Ice Hats” Like Migraine Hat Effective Treatments?
As you might imagine based on what we just learned, there are dozens of different treatments to address the many different causes of migraines. For example, if your doctor thinks your headaches are stemming from stress, then they might recommend implementing some stress management techniques. On the other hand, if you’ve tried just about everything without any luck, your physician might prescribe medications that can prevent or stop migraines, or that can treat the headache-related pain once it occurs.
What about the cold and compression therapy provided by Migraine Hat? Cold compresses are widely used to treat all forms of headache, since their numbing effect can reduce the sensation of pain. The problem is that traditional ice packs 1) have to be held in place, 2) may not provide enough coverage, and 3) can be bulky and unwieldy (e.g. you can’t lay down comfortably).
Another problem is that these icepacks get in the way of fingertip compression. Migraine Hat claims to circumvent this by allowing you to adjust the level of compression (almost like a baseball cap), thereby providing cooling and compression. However, keep in mind that whole-head compression is also known to trigger migraines in some individuals.
Taken together, yes, it’s perfectly reasonable to believe that if you’ve responded well to cold or compression therapy in the past, then Migraine Hat could help relieve your migraines. But is it a good value?
To answer this question, we’ll first need find out how much you’ll pay.
How Much Does Migraine Hat Cost?
Migraine Hat costs $29.99 plus $4.99 S&H. There is also a Deluxe version that includes a “custom designed” cooler bag that allows you to keep gel packs cold for up to 8 hours, which costs $59.99, plus free shipping.
Regardless of which option you choose, your order will include a drawstring storage bag and extra gel pack.
All Migraine Hats come with a 90-day money back guarantee, including original and return S&H charges, which is extraordinarily rare for an ASOTV product.
In order to request a refund, Bell + Howell’s customer service department can be reached at (800) 349-3082.
Now, the second part of this “value equation” is the competition, which is what we’ll address the next section.
Are There Other “Hats” Like Migraine Hat?
Because cold works well for so many migraine sufferers, you’ll find a hefty number of products out there that operate using a similar principle as Migraine Hat; that is, to provide cold and/or compression, and even to block out light and noise in some instances.
You can see many of these options for yourself by typing “migraine cap,” “migraine mask,” or “cranial cap” into any search engine. Granted, many of these options won’t look anything like Migraine Hat, but they might provide much of the same relief.
On the other hand, we came across a product named Headache Hat during our research, which looks and operates almost identical to Migraine Hat. Although they’re both called hats, they’re really just rectangular padded sections of cloth, which can hold something cold (with Headache Hat it’s real ice cubes, while Migraine Hat uses gel packs).
Each end of the rectangle can be connected, creating a sort of wrap around your head. Because it’s so wide though, others might not be able to see the top of your head, therefore making it appear like a hat.
Let’s briefly carry this discussion over to the next section.
Who Is Lisa Jacobson?
Your ears probably perked up when you learned that Lisa Jacobson, founder of the Daily Migraine blog, created Migraine Hat because she wanted something that worked, and that would also help migraine sufferers go about their daily lives. After all, she claims to have suffered daily migraines for the past 25 years (more than 9,000 in total!), so she knows a thing or two about the condition.
Lisa reviews the Headache Hat in a 2014 article on her website. There, she mentioned that its ice cubes “stayed cold as long, if not longer, than an ice pack,” which is interesting, considering that’s exactly what’s used in Migraine Hat.
Will Migraine Hat Spell Lights Out for Your Migraine Headaches?
The bottom line is that we don’t think Migraine Hat necessarily comes down to a question of effectiveness. Why? As we’ve discussed a couple times already, cold and compression-based treatments have been used by migraine sufferers for a very long time. So, if you’ve found that your migraines respond to these treatments, then there’s no reason to think Migraine Hat wouldn’t also provide a similar level of relief.
Instead, we think it’s a matter of personal preference. If you’re looking for something identical, then your choices really only come down to Migraine Hat’s gel packs and Headache Hat’s ice cubes. If you’re willing to venture outside of this design though, you have dozens of other products to choose from that might accomplish much of the same—sometimes for a whole lot less.
With Migraine Hat, remember that you won’t be responsible for return shipping if you’re not satisfied. You’ll also be refunded your original shipping, which means you won’t be putting anything on the line but some of your time.
Did Migraine Hat help your migraine headaches? Do you feel it was worth the money? Give us your unique insight by writing a review below!
4 out 4 people found this review helpful
I would recommend
The reasons why I like this product are: 1. It does stay in place so you can move around or just have it stay in place while you're lying down; 2. It does stay cold for a decent amount of time. Many ice packs are warm after 20 or 30 minutes. I use the migraine hat on my worst days when I just don't want to deal with any distractions. It fits well and is adjustable to your preference.
The only draw back is that some of the stitching has come out, shifting around the gel packs. I just shake it and organize them the way that is most comfortable.
If you know ice helps and is what you prefer, I would recommend.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend