It comes with an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald websites, such as The BaldMan’s Homepage, and also the newsgroup alt.baldspot. This content relates the really unpleasant feel the writer should have had with Human Hair Toppers, and it also relates the horror story of the sort of system with which he is familiar. As being a well known politician often says, “I feel your pain”. HOWEVER, I feel I have to write in rebuttal in the broad conclusion of this 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 that they are humiliating/embarrassing/confining/hard-to-care-for, etc., etc., etc. Those conclusions usually 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, 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 would like to comment on all the points raised in the article involved:
1) much is made from the “hairpieces worn by actors”. I don’t believe it has any bearing on anything. It’s not factual that actors who have hairpieces are accompanied by 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 some of us wish to be observed in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The typical person can 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 invest in a custom-made one, and occasionally a “stock” piece once 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 the hairpiece and so i keep for around 2 years. In that time (and anyway, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since I was 23 yrs old, 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 might have, and if there IS a shedding problem, hair may be added. It’s no biggie.
b) Fading. The newer synthetic pieces, that are all I buy now, have not given me any fading problems whatsoever. I did have one human piece who had a fading problem, but out from precisely what is probably an overall total of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad a standard, and YES, that does include a lot of outdoor exposure.
c) You definitely CAN swim and play sports inside your hairpiece. I have SNORKELED in mine (but you have to be mindful when removing the snorkel mask!). I bike inside, I swim within it, and I do anything I want within it. (Yes, I did so lose one in the ocean once, however, after 32 years, that’s not necessarily a bad average). It genuinely irritates me to discover the statement that with regard to sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer recognizes that these activities are a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement therefore totally false it genuinely illustrates the issue with objectivity from the whole article.
3) Now i want to address what is presented being a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I can speak only about the regular kind of hairpiece that we have always worn, not the Hairclub for guys type. Allow me to say here that I have never liked the Hairclub concept, and I don’t like the thought in the semi-permanent attachment; but, I actually do know those people who are delighted with their Hairclub system. So, I’m not taking a stand concerning this that i know nothing personal (perhaps this would be a sensible practice for people?? hint…hint…) Anyway, after i got my first piece I still had some hair at the top, and i also would not enable the barber shave it well. So, for the first many years I applied my piece with tape over the hair, and yes, I must be careful taking them back, or I would be saying OUCH a good deal. Alas, after several years that remaining hair vanished, and ever since, I have got used the conventional double sided hairpiece tape to attach the piece to my head. My head is not really shaved, super glue will not be applied, as well as the piece fails to remain for 3-four weeks!!!! It will come off each night, and I wash my head and also other appropriate body parts from the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, without any track has been made. We have never used clips or weaving, only occasionally glue (NOT super glue, acrylic hairpiece glue, which you can wear the tape to prolong its life).
4) The wind can be your enemy. Should 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 disappear from the wind. Doesn’t the hair of countless people look ratty in sweat or rain? Needless to say it will! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I believe sometimes my windblown hair looks natural than before!
5) OK, I am going to concede the purpose that you must be mindful about people
running their fingers through it!
6) There is a real sensation of paranoia about being “busted” (which 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 assume I have got a pretty good sense of humor about this. My girlfriends kid with me regarding this, plus they know it doesn’t bother me. Do some of you kid friends who definitely are short? Or chubby? Or have a funny accent? People, should you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of the piece will vary very widely, and by taking good care of your piece and put it on right, and if you opt for it with a decent color match, many people will not likely spot it!! And have you any idea why? As most people aren’t thinking of hairpieces!!!!
7) The following part concerning the salesmen in their fancy Hair toupees, along with their memorized spiels and their fancy brochures and the like, I cannot comment on by any means because in all my 32 many years of buying hairpieces We have NEVER, EVER been in a place that way. I have bought all of my hairpiece from a barber shop! Once I have moved to a different city, I actually have looked from the phone book under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case the things i did is usually to demand a scheduled visit to go about hairpieces. If the appointed time arrives, invariably it will probably be after regular hours or I will be taken to a private room within the back. There the barber shows me samples of the type of hairpiece he sells, to acquire an idea of the sort of base, the kind of hair construction, etc., etc. Within just one instance provides the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have never had to sign a contract or another document. OK, if I am buying a custom-made piece, a mold from the head is produced much as described inside the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it is SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is produced as well as the snipped of hair is taken (is perhaps all this problem???) And approximately 4-six or seven weeks later, the hairpiece arrives. I go in as well as the barber takes about 30-45 minutes to “cut it in”. That is, he puts it on my small head. At this stage 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 in my life I got 2 hairpieces at the same time (because there was a discount on the second piece). Previously I only had one “good” piece (although I usually save 1 or 2 old ones in case of emergency or maybe if I wish to wear an older someone to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it as needed, once or twice monthly depending on weather, etc. It’s again, Not really a big deal. I shampoo it inside the sink with regular shampoo, input it on its Styrofoam head using a towel over it for about 45 minutes, then I style it by using a dryer and it’s all ready to go. The full process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and may be performed quicker if possible. With two pieces, Normally i 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 of your ‘other article’ is focused on the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because when i stated previously, this is a very personal thing, not merely using the fear of being spotted however with the type of piece worn, etc. Furthermore, i can’t discuss motorcycle riding and his being unable to do that together with his system, but when again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is Not At All TRUE with the type of hairpiece many of us wear. I am just convinced that that most of people do not go around seeking to spot hairpieces, which fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, Personally, i believe I so detest my un-wigged head that regardless of whether some individuals spot the rug, if you ask me that may be far better my un-wigged head being spotted by ALL.
Only a few more rebuttals:
-The other article says that “anyone who really is skilled with
wig/systems and has absolutely nothing to gain financially will never recommend one being a viable means to fix the hair loss problem”. People: I actually have 32 years’ experience with a hairpiece, We have 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 perfect solution. Many in these new groups (sic) will endeavour to know you they can be. Take care of those news bearers. People: I am not here to tell you that a hairpiece is or possibly is not the answer for yourself. Only you can decide that. I am taking the time to post using this method-too-long 07dexqpky because I am just aggravated by the level of misinformation in the other article and in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. Whether is perfect for you, is that you can decide, yet it is A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE that deserves consideration.
And ultimately, the “other article” says, “be cautious about anyone that tells you
that wigs/systems are the way to go. They can be usually naive people that lack a lot of the skills contained herein”. Yet again, I defy anybody to claim I am just naive or lack a great deal of the skills contained herein. I’ll only concede some time, as pointed out above. I don’t like the very idea of HCM and would not go that route, but it’s not fair to work with that to damn all aliexpress lace front wigs.