There is an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald sites on the internet, such as The BaldMan’s Homepage, along with the newsgroup alt.baldspot. The article relates the unpleasant go through the writer should have had with Real Hair Toppers, plus it relates the horror story of the type of system in which he is familiar. Being a popular politician often says, “I feel your pain”. HOWEVER, I feel I have to write in rebuttal from the broad conclusion of that other writer. His conclusion is, simply stated, that most hairpieces/systems/toupees, etc., are rip-offs sold by unscrupulous people and that they all look bad and they are humiliating/embarrassing/confining/hard-to-care-for, etc., etc., etc. Those conclusions are NOT valid, as the kind of piece being written about because article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub for guys, is probably not worn by a lot more than 10-20% from the hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of a huge number of hairpiece-wearing men, I would like to reply to each one of the points raised from the article in question:
1) much is made from the “hairpieces worn by actors”. I don’t believe it has any bearing on anything. It’s not genuine that actors that have hairpieces are then an army of stylists, and I don’t accept that it’s true their hairpieces look any better or worse than most people. Would any one of us desire to be observed in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The standard person could only afford an off-the-shelf sort of hairpiece, which implies “shedding, fading, no swimming, not any other strenuous sports”. OK. I wear an off-the-shelf type of hairpiece. Occasionally I purchase a custom-made one, and occasionally a “stock” piece as soon as the color match is perfect for mine. I’ll address all of the so-called deficiencies:
a) Shedding. No such thing!! I pay about $500 for any hairpiece and i also keep for around 24 months. In this time (and furthermore, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since i have was 23 years, which happens to be 32 years!!) I have not had a shedding problem, whether or not the piece was human or artificial. Perhaps basically if i had kept a piece longer I would have, and if you have a shedding problem, hair might be added. It’s no biggie.
b) Fading. The newer synthetic pieces, which can be all I buy now, have not given me any fading problems in any way. I did so have one human piece that had a fading problem, but from what is probably a total of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad a standard, you will find, that does include a great deal of outdoor exposure.
c) You definitely CAN swim and play sports with your hairpiece. We have SNORKELED in mine (but you DO have to be careful when taking off the snorkel mask!). I bike inside, I swim inside it, and so i do anything whatsoever I want inside. (Yes, I did so lose one in the ocean once, yet, after 32 years, that’s not a bad average). It genuinely irritates me to find out the statement that with regard to sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer understands that these activities are simply a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement so totally false it illustrates the issue with objectivity inside the whole article.
3) Now i want to address precisely what is presented as being a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I will speak just about the standard form of hairpiece that we have always worn, not the Hairclub for Men type. Let me say on this site that I have never liked the Hairclub concept, and that i don’t like the idea in the semi-permanent attachment; but, I actually do know those who are thrilled with their Hairclub system. So, I’m not implementing a stand about this that i know nothing personal (perhaps this is a sensible practice for people?? hint…hint…) Anyway, after i got my first piece I still had some hair on the top, and that i would not allow the barber shave it away. So, for the first many years I applied my piece with tape over the hair, you will find, I had to be careful taking it away, or I would be saying OUCH a good deal. Alas, after many years that remaining hair was gone, and ever since, I actually have used the conventional double sided hairpiece tape to install the piece to my head. My head is just not shaved, super glue will not be applied, and the piece will not continue to for 3-4 weeks!!!! It comes off each night, and so i wash my head and also other appropriate body parts inside the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, with no track has been made. I have never used clips or weaving, only occasionally glue (NOT super glue, acrylic hairpiece glue, which you could put on the tape to prolong its life).
4) The wind is your enemy. In the event you sweat of whether it rains it looks ratty.
Well, when you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard for the wind to take
your piece off. Mine has never appear within the wind. Doesn’t the hair of many people look ratty in sweat or rain? Naturally it does! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I feel sometimes my windblown hair looks more natural than ever before!
5) OK, I will concede the point that you need to be cautious about people
running their fingers through it!
6) There exists a real experience of paranoia about being “busted” (that is
spotted) or learned being a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, it is a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I guess We have a very good sense of humor regarding it. My pals kid with me regarding it, and they also be aware of it doesn’t bother me. Do some of you kid friends who definitely are short? Or chubby? Or have a funny accent? People, when you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of a piece will almost certainly vary very widely, and if you take care of your piece and use it right, and if you opt for it with a good color match, most people will not spot it!! And do you know why? As most people aren’t thinking of hairpieces!!!!
7) Another part regarding the salesmen inside their fancy Men Wigs, and their memorized spiels and their fancy brochures and so on, I cannot comment on in any way because in all of the my 32 many years of buying hairpieces We have NEVER, EVER been in a place such as that. I have bought each one of my hairpiece coming from a barber shop! When I have moved to an alternative city, I have got looked inside the online directory under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case things i did would be to involve a scheduled appointment to go over hairpieces. When the appointed time arrives, invariably it will likely be after regular hours or I will be studied to some private room from the back. There the barber can have me samples of the type of hairpiece he sells, to get a solid idea of the kind of base, the sort of hair construction, etc., etc. Within just one instance has got the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have not had to sign a contract or some other document. OK, if I am getting a custom-made piece, a mold in the head is manufactured much as described inside the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it really is SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is created as well as the snipped of hair is taken (will be all this big problem???) And approximately 4-6 weeks later, the hairpiece arrives. I go in and also the barber takes about 30-45 minutes to “cut it in”. That is, he puts it in my head. At this time it offers Too much hair and thus he cuts and designs it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently initially inside my life I got myself 2 hairpieces right away (because there was a discount around the second piece). Previously I only had one “good” piece (although Normally i save 1 or 2 old ones in the event of emergency or maybe if I wish to wear an older anyone to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it as needed, 1-2 times on a monthly basis depending on weather, etc. It’s again, Not really a big problem. I shampoo it from the sink with regular shampoo, input it on its Styrofoam head having a towel over it for around 45 minutes, i then style it having a dryer and it’s all ready to go. The full process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and might be completed quicker if required. With two pieces, Normally i have a nicely cleaned one styled and ready to wear. You can find no extra hundreds of dollars, no monthly maintenance costs. Not one of the fuss and bother which has been so graphical described elsewhere. Now, the remainder of your ‘other article’ is committed to the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because while i stated previously, this is a very personal thing, not just with all the fear of being spotted but with the level of piece worn, etc. Furthermore, i can’t comment on motorcycle riding along with his not being able to do this with his system, but when again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is certainly DEFINITELY NOT TRUE with the sort of hairpiece many of us wear. I am just convinced that that majority of people do not go around seeking to spot hairpieces, and that fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, I personally feel that I so detest my un-wigged head that even IF a lot of people spot the rug, to me that is certainly much better to my un-wigged head being spotted by ALL.
Just a few more rebuttals:
-Other article says that “anyone who really is skilled with
wig/systems and possesses nothing to gain financially will never recommend one as being a viable answer to the hair loss problem”. People: We have 32 years’ knowledge of a hairpiece, I have got NOTHING to gain financially, and I DO RECOMMEND ONE Being A VIABLE Answer To Your Hair LOSS PROBLEM.
-Other article says “wig/systems are simply not the best solution. Many over these new groups (sic) will endeavour to know you they may be. Take care of such news bearers. People: I am not here to tell you that a hairpiece is or perhaps is not the best solution for you. Only you are able to think that. I am making the effort to publish using this method-too-long 07dexqpky because I am just aggravated by the quantity of misinformation in the other article as well as in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. Whether or not is perfect for you, is that you should decide, however it is A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE that deserves consideration.
And ultimately, the “other article” says, “be wary of anybody who tells you
that wigs/systems are the way to go. They may be usually naive people that lack much of the skills contained herein”. Again, I defy anybody to claim I am just naive or lack much of the skills contained herein. I’ll only concede some time, as mentioned above. I don’t like the concept of HCM and would not go that route, but it’s not fair to utilize that to damn all aliexpress lace front wigs.