There is an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald internet sites, like the BaldMan’s Homepage, and the newsgroup alt.baldspot. The article relates the really unpleasant enjoy the writer will need to have had with Real Hair Toppers, and it relates the horror story of the kind of system that he or she is familiar. As a popular politician often says, “I feel your pain”. HOWEVER, I feel I must write in rebuttal in the broad conclusion of that particular other writer. His conclusion is, simply stated, that 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 certainly not valid, as the level of piece being written about in that article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub for Men, is probably not worn by greater than 10-20% from the hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of 1000s of hairpiece-wearing men, I would like to reply to each one of the points raised inside the article under consideration:
1) much is made from the “hairpieces worn by actors”. I don’t believe it has any effect on anything. It’s not correct that actors who may have hairpieces are then an army of stylists, and that i don’t accept that it’s true their hairpieces look any better or worse than most people. Would any kind of us desire to be seen in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The average person can only afford an off-the-shelf form of hairpiece, which means “shedding, fading, no swimming, not any other strenuous sports”. OK. I wear an off-the-shelf sort of hairpiece. Occasionally I invest in a custom-made one, and occasionally a “stock” piece if the color match is great for mine. I’ll address all of the so-called deficiencies:
a) Shedding. No such thing!! I pay about $500 to get a hairpiece and so i keep for approximately 2 years. In this time (and by the way, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since i have was 23 yrs old, which can 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 personally have, and if you find a shedding problem, hair can be added. It’s no biggie.
b) Fading. The newer synthetic pieces, which are all I buy now, have not given me any fading problems in any way. I did have one human piece that had a fading problem, but out of what is probably an overall total of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad the average, you will find, that does include lots of outdoor exposure.
c) You most definitely CAN swim and play sports inside your hairpiece. I have SNORKELED in mine (but you have to be cautious when taking off the snorkel mask!). I bike inside it, I swim inside it, and so i do just about anything I want inside. (Yes, I did so lose one in the ocean once, however, after 32 years, that’s not necessarily a bad average). It really irritates me to discover the statement that with regard to sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer recognizes that these activities are simply a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement and thus totally false it illustrates the problem with objectivity inside the whole article.
3) Now permit me to address what exactly is presented as being a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I will speak approximately the conventional type of hairpiece that I have always worn, not the Hairclub for Men type. Permit me to say here i have never liked the Hairclub concept, and so i don’t like the idea of your semi-permanent attachment; but, I truly do know those people who are thrilled making use of their Hairclub system. So, I’m failing to take a stand about that which I know nothing personal (perhaps this could be a sensible practice for people?? hint…hint…) Anyway, when I got my first piece I still had some hair at the top, and I would not enable the barber shave it well. So, for that first many years I applied my piece with tape on the hair, and yes, I needed to be careful taking it off, or I might be saying OUCH a good deal. Alas, after many years that remaining hair was gone, and from the time, I have used the conventional double sided hairpiece tape to connect the piece to my head. My head is not really shaved, super glue will not be applied, and the piece fails to stay on for 3-four weeks!!!! It comes off each night, and i also wash my head as well as other appropriate body parts in the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, without any track has been made. I have never used clips or weaving, only occasionally glue (NOT super glue, acrylic hairpiece glue, that you can place on the tape to extend its life).
4) The wind can be your enemy. If you sweat of when it rains it looks ratty.
Well, in the event you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard for the wind for taking
your piece off. Mine has never appear in the wind. Doesn’t the hair of countless people look ratty in sweat or rain? Naturally it can do! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I do believe sometimes my windblown hair looks more natural than ever!
5) OK, I will concede the point that you need to be careful about people
running their fingers through it!
6) There exists a real feeling of paranoia about being “busted” (that is certainly
spotted) or learned being a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, this is a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I suppose We have an excellent sense of humor about this. My friends kid with me about this, and they also realize it doesn’t bother me. Do some of you kid friends who definitely are short? Or chubby? Or possess a funny accent? People, in the event you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of your piece will probably vary very widely, and if you take good care of your piece and put it on right, and if you opt for it with a decent color match, a lot of people will not likely spot it!! And do you know why? Since the majority of people aren’t thinking about hairpieces!!!!
7) Another part in regards to the salesmen with their fancy Hair toupees, and their memorized spiels and their fancy brochures and the like, I cannot reply to in any way because in most my 32 several years of buying hairpieces I have got NEVER, Been inside a place like this. I have bought every one of my hairpiece from a barber shop! After I have moved to a different city, I have looked within the online directory under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case things i have performed would be to require a scheduled appointment to talk about hairpieces. As soon as the appointed time arrives, invariably it will be after regular hours or I am going to be utilized to a private room within the back. There the barber can have me samples of the type of hairpiece he sells, to obtain a solid idea of the kind of base, the type of hair construction, etc., etc. In just one instance offers the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have not had to sign a contract or any other document. OK, should i be buying a custom-made piece, a mold in the head is made much as described in the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it can be SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is manufactured along with the snipped of hair is taken (will be all this big issue???) And approximately 4-6 weeks later, the hairpiece arrives. I get in and also the barber takes about 30-45 minutes to “cut it in”. That is certainly, he puts it on my head. At this point they have Too much hair so he cuts and styles it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently initially within my life I got myself 2 hairpieces right away (since there had been a discount about the second piece). Previously I only had one “good” piece (although I usually save 1 or 2 old ones in the event of emergency or maybe if I want to wear a classic someone to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it as needed, 1-2 times per month based on weather, etc. It’s again, Not much of a big deal. I shampoo it inside the sink with regular shampoo, place it on its Styrofoam head using a towel over it for around 45 minutes, i style it having a dryer and it’s all all set to go. The full process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and could be achieved quicker if possible. Now with two pieces, Normally i have a nicely cleaned one styled and ready to wear. There are actually no extra large sums of money, no monthly maintenance costs. Not one of the fuss and bother which has been so graphical described elsewhere. Now, the remainder from the ‘other article’ is committed to the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because when i stated earlier, it is a very personal thing, not simply with the anxiety about being spotted but with the type of piece worn, etc. I also can’t comment on motorcycle riding and his being unable to achieve that together with his system, but when again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is Not TRUE with the sort of hairpiece the majority of us wear. I am just convinced that that most of people tend not to go around seeking to spot hairpieces, which fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, Personally, i think that I so detest my un-wigged head that even IF some people spot the rug, for me that is far better my un-wigged head being spotted by ALL.
Just a few more rebuttals:
-Other article states that “anyone who really has experience with
wig/systems and has absolutely nothing to gain financially will never recommend one being a viable answer to the hair loss problem”. People: I actually have 32 years’ experience with a hairpiece, I have Absolutely nothing to gain financially, and that i DO RECOMMEND ONE Being A VIABLE Means To Fix THE HAIR LOSS PROBLEM.
-Other article says “wig/systems are simply not the perfect solution. Many within these new groups (sic) will try to know you they may be. Be aware of such news bearers. People: I am just not here to explain how a hairpiece is or possibly is not the perfect solution to suit your needs. Only it is possible to determine that. I am spending some time to share this way-too-long 07dexqpky because I am frustrated by the quantity of misinformation inside the other article and in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. Whether is made for you, is that you can decide, yet it is A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE that deserves consideration.
And finally, the “other article” says, “be cautious about anyone that informs you
that wigs/systems are the ideal solution. These are usually naive those who lack most of the data contained herein”. Once more, I defy anybody to assert I am just naive or lack much of the information contained herein. I’ll only concede one point, as outlined above. I don’t like the concept of HCM and would not go that route, but it’s not fair to use that to damn all aliexpress lace front wigs.