There is an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald websites, for example the BaldMan’s Homepage, along with the newsgroup alt.baldspot. The content relates the very unpleasant feel the writer should have had with Human Hair Toppers, plus it relates the horror story of the type of system in which he is familiar. Being a famous politician often says, “I feel your pain”. HOWEVER, I feel I have to write in rebuttal of your broad conclusion of the 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 usually are not valid, as the level of piece being written about because article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub for Men, may not be worn by a lot more than 10-20% of the hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of thousands of hairpiece-wearing men, I want to discuss all of the points raised in the article under consideration:
1) much is made from the “hairpieces worn by actors”. I don’t believe this has any bearing on anything. It’s not genuine that actors who may have hairpieces are then an army of stylists, and i also don’t accept that it’s true their hairpieces look any better or worse than most people. Would any of us desire to be observed in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The average person could only afford an off-the-shelf type of hairpiece, meaning “shedding, fading, no swimming, not one 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 good for mine. I’ll address each of the so-called deficiencies:
a) Shedding. No such thing!! I pay about $500 for any hairpiece and I keep for around two years. In this 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 if I had kept a piece longer I would have, and if you find a shedding problem, hair may 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 at all. I have done have one human piece who had a fading problem, but away from exactly what is probably an absolute of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad an average, and YES, that does include lots of outdoor exposure.
c) You undoubtedly CAN swim and play sports with your hairpiece. I actually have SNORKELED in mine (but you DO have to be cautious when removing the snorkel mask!). I bike inside it, I swim within it, and I a single thing I want inside. (Yes, I did so lose one out of the ocean once, but again, after 32 years, that’s not necessarily a bad average). It irritates me to see the statement that pertaining to sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer understands that these activities are a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement and thus totally false it illustrates the problem with objectivity from the whole article.
3) Now permit me to address exactly what is presented like a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I could speak approximately the regular sort of hairpiece i have always worn, not the Hairclub males type. Allow me to say below that I have never liked the Hairclub concept, and I don’t like the idea of your semi-permanent attachment; but, I actually do know those people who are thrilled with their Hairclub system. So, I’m not implementing a stand concerning this that i know nothing personal (perhaps this could be a sensible practice for all of us?? hint…hint…) Anyway, once i got my first piece I still had some hair ahead, and that i would not let the barber shave it off. So, for that first a long period I applied my piece with tape across the hair, and yes, I had to be careful taking it well, or I would be saying OUCH a good deal. Alas, after many years that remaining hair was gone, and ever since, I have used the standard double sided hairpiece tape to connect the piece to my head. My head will not be shaved, super glue is just not applied, and also the piece will not remain for 3-four weeks!!!! It comes off each night, and i also wash my head as well as other appropriate parts of the body from the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, with out track has ever been made. I actually have never used clips or weaving, only occasionally glue (NOT super glue, acrylic hairpiece glue, which you could wear 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, if you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard for that wind to consider
your piece off. Mine has never appear inside the wind. Doesn’t your hair of countless people look ratty in sweat or rain? Needless to say it can do! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I believe sometimes my windblown hair looks natural than in the past!
5) OK, I am going to concede the point that you must be mindful about people
running their fingers through it!
6) You will find a real experience of paranoia about being “busted” (that is
spotted) or found out as being a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, this really is a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I suppose We have a great spontaneity about this. My buddies kid with me about this, and they also know it doesn’t bother me. Do any one of you kid friends that are short? Or chubby? Or possess a funny accent? People, if you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of your piece will probably vary very widely, and through taking proper care of your piece and use it right, and if you buy it with a great color match, many people will not likely spot it!! And are you aware why? Since the majority of people aren’t considering hairpieces!!!!
7) The next part regarding the salesmen inside their fancy hairpieces for men, and their memorized spiels as well as their fancy brochures and so forth, I cannot discuss in any way because in every my 32 numerous years of buying hairpieces I have got NEVER, Been in the place that way. I have got bought every one of my hairpiece from your barber shop! When I have moved to a different city, I have got looked in the classifieds under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case a few things i have performed would be to involve an appointment to discuss hairpieces. Once the appointed time arrives, invariably it will probably be after regular hours or I am going to be used to some private room in the back. There the barber shows me examples of the sort of hairpiece he sells, to obtain an idea of the kind of base, the level of hair construction, etc., etc. In only one instance has the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have not had to sign a legal contract or another document. OK, should i be investing in a custom-made piece, a mold of the head is created much as described within the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it really is SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is produced along with the snipped of hair is taken (is all this big problem???) And approximately 4-6 weeks later, the hairpiece arrives. I go in along with the barber takes about 30-45 minutes to “cut it in”. That is, he puts it on my small head. At this time it offers WAY too much hair and so he cuts and designs it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently the first time within my life I bought 2 hairpieces right away (because there was a discount about the second piece). Previously I only had one “good” piece (although Normally i save 1 or 2 old ones in case there is emergency or maybe if I wish to wear an older one to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it when needed, 1-2 times per month according to weather, etc. It’s again, Not just a problem. I shampoo it inside the sink with regular shampoo, place it on its Styrofoam head using a towel over it for roughly 45 minutes, then I style it by using a dryer and it’s all all set. The complete process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and could be achieved quicker if needed. Now with two pieces, I usually have a nicely cleaned one styled and ready to wear. You will find no extra a lot of money, no monthly maintenance costs. Not one of the fuss and bother that has been so graphical described elsewhere. Now, the remainder from the ‘other article’ is dedicated to the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because as I mentioned previously, this really is a very personal thing, not just using the the fear of being spotted although with the kind of piece worn, etc. Furthermore, i can’t discuss motorcycle riding with his fantastic the inability to do that regarding his system, but once again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is certainly Certainly Not TRUE with the sort of hairpiece many people wear. I am convinced that that most of people do not go around trying to spot hairpieces, and this fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, I personally believe that I so detest my un-wigged head that regardless of whether many people find the rug, for me that is preferable to my un-wigged head being spotted by ALL.
Only a few more rebuttals:
-Other article says that “anyone who really is skilled with
wig/systems and contains nothing to gain financially will never recommend one as a viable solution to your hair loss problem”. People: I have got 32 years’ exposure to a hairpiece, I actually have Absolutely nothing to gain financially, and so i DO RECOMMEND ONE Being A VIABLE Answer To Your Hair LOSS PROBLEM.
-Another article says “wig/systems are merely not the best solution. Many during these new groups (sic) will endeavour to inform you these are. Be mindful of these news bearers. People: I am not here to tell you that a hairpiece is or possibly is not the solution for you. Only you can determine that. I am just taking the time to post using this method-too-long 07dexqpky because I am frustrated by the quantity of misinformation within the other article and in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. Regardless of whether is for you, is for you to decide, however it is A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE that deserves consideration.
And lastly, the “other article” says, “be cautious about anyone that tells you
that wigs/systems are the ideal solution. They may be usually naive individuals who lack much of the data contained herein”. Once more, I defy anybody to assert I am naive or lack most of the knowledge contained herein. I’ll only concede some time, as pointed out above. I don’t like the idea of HCM and would never go that route, but it’s not fair to use that to damn all aliexpress lace front wigs.