There is an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald websites, like the BaldMan’s Homepage, and the newsgroup alt.baldspot. The content relates the really unpleasant experience the writer will need to have had with Real Hair Toppers, and yes it relates the horror story of the type of system in which he is familiar. Like a well-known politician often says, “I feel your pain”. HOWEVER, I feel I have to write in rebuttal of the broad conclusion of that particular other writer. His conclusion is, simply stated, that every 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 sort of piece being written about for the reason that article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub for Men, may not be 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 want to reply to all of the points raised inside the article involved:
1) much consists of the “hairpieces worn by actors”. I don’t believe it has any effect on anything. It’s not true that actors who definitely have hairpieces are accompanied by an army of stylists, and so i don’t accept that it’s true their hairpieces look any better or worse than the general public. Would any kind of us want to be seen in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The average person can only afford an off-the-shelf type of hairpiece, which means “shedding, fading, no swimming, not any other strenuous sports”. OK. I wear an off-the-shelf kind of hairpiece. Occasionally I invest in a custom-made one, and occasionally a “stock” piece when the color match is great for mine. I’ll address all the so-called deficiencies:
a) Shedding. No such thing!! I pay about $500 for a hairpiece and so i keep for about two years. For the reason that 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 the piece was human or artificial. Perhaps should i had kept a piece longer I might have, and if there IS a shedding problem, hair can be added. It’s no biggie.
b) Fading. The newer synthetic pieces, that happen to be all I buy now, have not given me any fading problems at all. I did have one human piece who had a fading problem, but out of what exactly is probably an absolute of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad the average, and YES, that does include a lot of outdoor exposure.
c) You most definitely CAN swim and play sports with your hairpiece. I have got SNORKELED in mine (but you DO have to take care when removing the snorkel mask!). I bike inside it, I swim within it, and that i do anything I want within it. (Yes, I did so lose one out of the ocean once, but again, after 32 years, that’s not a bad average). It irritates me to find out the statement that pertaining to sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer is aware that these activities are only a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement so totally false it truly illustrates the issue with objectivity in the whole article.
3) Now allow me to address precisely what is presented as being a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I can speak only about the traditional type of hairpiece which i have always worn, not the Hairclub males type. Let me say below i have never liked the Hairclub concept, and so i don’t like the idea from the semi-permanent attachment; but, I actually do know people who are happy with their Hairclub system. So, I’m not implementing a stand about that that i know nothing personal (perhaps this is a good practice for all of us?? hint…hint…) Anyway, as i got my first piece I still had some hair ahead, and i also would not allow the barber shave it off. So, for that first a long period I applied my piece with tape across the hair, and yes, I would have to be careful taking it well, or I would be saying OUCH a lot. Alas, after many years that remaining hair vanished, and since, I have got used the conventional double sided hairpiece tape to attach the piece to my head. My head is just not shaved, super glue is NOT applied, as well as the piece does not continue to for 3-four weeks!!!! It comes off each night, and i also wash my head together with other appropriate parts of the body inside the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, without any track has ever been made. I have got never used clips or weaving, only occasionally glue (NOT super glue, acrylic hairpiece glue, which you can placed on the tape to prolong its life).
4) The wind can be your enemy. In the event you sweat of when it rains it appears ratty.
Well, in the event you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard for that wind to adopt
your piece off. Mine has never appear within the wind. Doesn’t your hair of several people look ratty in sweat or rain? Of course it can do! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I do believe sometimes my windblown hair looks more natural than ever before!
5) OK, I am going to concede the point that you have to take care about people
running their fingers through it!
6) There is a real feeling of paranoia about being “busted” (that is certainly
spotted) or learned like a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, this is a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I assume I have got a pretty good humorousness about this. My girlfriends kid with me regarding this, and so they realize it doesn’t bother me. Do any one of you kid friends that are short? Or chubby? Or have got a funny accent? People, when you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of your piece will almost certainly vary very widely, and by taking care of your piece and put it on right, and if you buy it with a good color match, the majority of people will not likely spot it!! And have you any idea why? Because most people aren’t thinking of hairpieces!!!!
7) The following part concerning the salesmen in their fancy Hair toupees, and their memorized spiels as well as their fancy brochures and so on, I cannot comment on whatsoever because in most my 32 numerous years of buying hairpieces I actually have NEVER, EVER been within a place like this. I actually have bought all of my hairpiece from your barber shop! After I have moved completely to another city, I actually have looked within the yellow pages under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case things i have performed would be to involve a scheduled visit to discuss hairpieces. When the appointed time arrives, invariably it will probably be after regular hours or I am going to be utilized to a private room from the back. There the barber can have me examples of the kind of hairpiece he sells, to get a solid idea of the sort of base, the sort of hair construction, etc., etc. Within just one instance has the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have never had to sign a binding agreement or another document. OK, if I am investing in a custom-made piece, a mold from the head is manufactured much as described within the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it is actually SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is made and the snipped of hair is taken (is perhaps all this big issue???) And about 4-six or seven weeks later, the hairpiece arrives. I get in as well as the barber takes about 30-45 minutes to “cut it in”. Which is, he puts it on my head. At this point it provides Too much hair and so he cuts and styles it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently for the first time in my life I bought 2 hairpieces right away (since there was actually a discount on the second piece). Previously I only had one “good” piece (although I always save 1 or 2 old ones in the event of emergency or maybe if I want to wear an old someone to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it when needed, one or two times on a monthly basis based on weather, etc. It’s again, Not much of a problem. I shampoo it from the sink with regular shampoo, put it on its Styrofoam head with a towel over it for around 45 minutes, i then style it using a dryer and it’s all good to go. The complete process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and may be performed quicker if needed. With two pieces, I usually use a nicely cleaned one styled and able to wear. You can find no extra a lot of money, no monthly maintenance costs. None of the fuss and bother which has been so graphical described elsewhere. Now, the remainder in the ‘other article’ is focused on the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because when i stated previously, this really is a very personal thing, not merely with the anxiety about being spotted though with the type of piece worn, etc. Furthermore, i can’t comment on motorcycle riding and his being unable to do this along with his system, but when again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is DEFINITELY NOT TRUE with the type of hairpiece many of us wear. I am just convinced that that largest part of people will not go around trying to spot hairpieces, and this fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, I personally think that I so detest my un-wigged head that even IF some individuals spot the rug, in my opinion that is far better my un-wigged head being spotted by ALL.
Just a couple more rebuttals:
-Other article says that “anyone who really has experience with
wig/systems and it has absolutely nothing to gain financially will never recommend one like a viable means to fix the hair loss problem”. People: I have 32 years’ exposure to a hairpiece, I actually have Absolutely nothing to gain financially, and that i DO RECOMMEND ONE As Being A VIABLE Means To Fix THE HAIR LOSS PROBLEM.
-Other article says “wig/systems are just not the answer. Many within these new groups (sic) will attempt to share with you they can be. Be cautious of the news bearers. People: I am not here to let you know that a hairpiece is or is not the solution for yourself. Only it is possible to decide that. I am taking the time to publish this way-too-long 07dexqpky because I am just frustrated by the amount of misinformation from the other article and also in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. If is made for you, is that you should decide, but IT IS A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE that deserves consideration.
And finally, the “other article” says, “be cautious about anyone that lets you know
that wigs/systems are the ideal solution. They may be usually naive people that lack a lot of the information contained herein”. Again, I defy anybody to claim I am just naive or lack a lot of the information contained herein. I’ll only concede one point, as stated before. I don’t like the very idea of HCM and would never go that route, but it’s not fair to make use of that to damn all human hair lace front wigs.