It comes with an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald websites, such as The BaldMan’s Homepage, as well as the newsgroup alt.baldspot. This article relates the unpleasant feel the writer need to have had with Real Hair Toppers, and it also relates the horror story of the type of system which he is familiar. As being a famous politician often says, “I feel your pain”. HOWEVER, I feel I have to write in rebuttal in the broad conclusion of the 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 NOT valid, as the kind of piece being written about for the reason that article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub for males, is probably not worn by more than 10-20% of your hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of a large number of hairpiece-wearing men, I want to discuss all the points raised in the article in question:
1) much is made from 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 then an army of stylists, and that i don’t accept that it’s true their hairpieces look any better or worse than the general public. Would any one of us want to be noticed in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The average person is only able to afford an off-the-shelf kind of hairpiece, which suggests “shedding, fading, no swimming, not any other strenuous sports”. OK. I wear an off-the-shelf form of hairpiece. Occasionally I purchase a custom-made one, and occasionally a “stock” piece when the color match is great for mine. I’ll address each one of the so-called deficiencies:
a) Shedding. No such thing!! I pay about $500 to get a hairpiece and so i keep for around two years. Because time (and anyway, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since i have was 23 years old, which happens to be 32 years!!) I have not had a shedding problem, regardless of if the piece was human or artificial. Perhaps should 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 have done have one human piece which had a fading problem, but out from what is probably an overall of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad a typical, and YES, that does include a lot of outdoor exposure.
c) You definitely CAN swim and play sports in your hairpiece. I actually have SNORKELED in mine (but you have to be careful when taking off the snorkel mask!). I bike in it, I swim in it, and that i do just about anything I want within it. (Yes, I did lose one out of the ocean once, yet, after 32 years, that’s not necessarily a bad average). It truly irritates me to view the statement that regarding sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer knows that these activities are only a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement therefore totally false it truly illustrates the trouble with objectivity from the whole article.
3) Now i want to address precisely what is presented like a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I could speak just about the standard sort of hairpiece that we have always worn, not the Hairclub for males type. Allow me to say on this site i have never liked the Hairclub concept, and that i don’t like the thought in the semi-permanent attachment; but, I do know individuals who are very happy with their Hairclub system. So, I’m not implementing a stand about that which I know nothing personal (perhaps this could be a sensible practice for people?? hint…hint…) Anyway, after i got my first piece I still had some hair ahead, and I would not permit the barber shave it well. So, for the first a long period I applied my piece with tape within the hair, and yes, I had to be careful taking it well, or I would personally be saying OUCH a good deal. Alas, after a few years that remaining hair was gone, and ever since, I 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, along with the piece will not remain for 3-4 weeks!!!! It comes off every night, and i also wash my head together with other appropriate body parts from the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, and no track has been made. I have never used clips or weaving, only occasionally glue (NOT super glue, acrylic hairpiece glue, which you could place on the tape to prolong its life).
4) The wind can be your enemy. In the event you sweat of if it rains it appears ratty.
Well, in the event you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard for that wind to consider
your piece off. Mine has never come off inside the wind. Doesn’t your hair of numerous people look ratty in sweat or rain? Obviously it will! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I think sometimes my windblown hair looks natural than ever before!
5) OK, I will concede the point that you must be mindful about people
running their fingers through it!
6) You will discover a real sensation of paranoia about being “busted” (which is
spotted) or determined as being a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, this can be a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I assume I actually have a very good spontaneity regarding it. My girlfriends kid with me about it, and they also realise it doesn’t bother me. Do any one of you kid friends who are short? Or chubby? Or have a funny accent? People, in the event you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of your piece will almost certainly vary very widely, and if you are taking care of your piece and wear it right, and if you opt for it with a decent color match, many people is not going to spot it!! And do you know why? As most people aren’t contemplating hairpieces!!!!
7) The subsequent part regarding the salesmen within their fancy Men Wigs, along with their memorized spiels and their fancy brochures and so forth, I cannot discuss in any way because in all my 32 many years of buying hairpieces We have NEVER, EVER been within a place like that. I actually have bought all of my hairpiece from the barber shop! After I have moved to a different city, I have looked within the yellow pages under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case what I did is to involve an appointment to talk about hairpieces. When the appointed time arrives, invariably it will probably be after regular hours or I will be studied to some private room inside the back. There the barber shows me examples of the type of hairpiece he sells, to get a sense of the sort of base, the sort of hair construction, etc., etc. In just one instance provides the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have never had to sign a legal contract or some other document. OK, if I am getting a custom-made piece, a mold of the head is produced much as described in the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it is actually SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is produced and the snipped of hair is taken (is all this big problem???) And about 4-6 weeks later, the hairpiece arrives. I go in and the barber takes about 30-45 minutes to “cut it in”. That may be, he puts it in my head. At this point it offers WAY too much hair therefore he cuts and designs it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently initially during my life I bought 2 hairpieces at the same time (because there was really a discount about the second piece). Previously I only had one “good” piece (although I usually save 1 or 2 old ones in the case of emergency or if perhaps I would like to wear a classic 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 dependant upon weather, etc. It’s again, Not much of a big problem. I shampoo it inside the sink with regular shampoo, put it on its Styrofoam head with a towel over it for roughly 45 minutes, i then style it by using a dryer and it’s all good to go. The entire process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and may be achieved quicker if necessary. Now with two pieces, Normally i have got a nicely cleaned one styled and ready to wear. There are 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 in the ‘other article’ is committed to the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because as I mentioned above, it is a very personal thing, not merely using the fear of being spotted however with the kind of piece worn, etc. I also can’t comment on motorcycle riding along with his not being able to do this together with his system, but once again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is Not TRUE with the level of hairpiece the majority of us wear. I am just convinced that that largest part of people will not go around seeking to spot hairpieces, and therefore fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, I personally think that I so detest my un-wigged head that regardless of whether a lot of people see the rug, in my opinion that may be far better my un-wigged head being spotted by ALL.
Just a couple of more rebuttals:
-Another article says that “anyone who really has experience with
wig/systems and it has absolutely nothing to gain financially will never recommend one as a viable means to fix your hair loss problem”. People: I have got 32 years’ knowledge of a hairpiece, I have NOTHING to gain financially, and I DO RECOMMEND ONE Being A VIABLE SOLUTION TO THE HAIR LOSS PROBLEM.
-The other article says “wig/systems are just not the best solution. Many in these new groups (sic) will attempt to know you these are. Be cautious of the news bearers. People: I am not here to inform you that a hairpiece is or perhaps is not the answer for you personally. Only you are able to determine that. I am just making the effort to share this way-too-long 07dexqpky because I am just annoyed by the amount of misinformation within the other article and in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. Whether or not is made for you, is for you to decide, yet it is A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE that deserves consideration.
And ultimately, the “other article” says, “be wary of anyone that notifys you
that wigs/systems are the way to go. They can be usually naive people who lack a great deal of the information contained herein”. Once more, I defy anybody to assert I am just naive or lack much of the knowledge contained herein. I’ll only concede some time, as stated before. I don’t like the idea of HCM and would never go that route, but it’s not fair to work with that to damn all real human hair wigs.