There is an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald internet sites, for example the BaldMan’s Homepage, along with the newsgroup alt.baldspot. The content relates the really unpleasant feel the writer need to have had with Real Hair Toppers, and yes it relates the horror story of the sort of system 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 of the broad conclusion of that other writer. His conclusion is, simply stated, that all 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 will not be valid, as the sort of piece being written about in that article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub for males, may not be worn by 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 discuss all of the points raised inside the article involved:
1) much is constructed of the “hairpieces worn by actors”. I don’t believe it has any effect on anything. It’s not genuine that actors who 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 public. Would any one of us need to be seen in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The normal person is only able to afford an off-the-shelf kind of hairpiece, which implies “shedding, fading, no swimming, no other strenuous sports”. OK. I wear an off-the-shelf form of hairpiece. Occasionally I get a custom-made one, and occasionally a “stock” piece as soon as the color match is perfect for mine. I’ll address all the so-called deficiencies:
a) Shedding. No such thing!! I pay about $500 to get a hairpiece and I keep for approximately 2 years. In that time (and furthermore, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since i have was 23 years old, which can be 32 years!!) I have NEVER had a shedding problem, regardless of if the piece was human or artificial. Perhaps if I had kept a piece longer I might have, and when there is a shedding problem, hair can 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 so have one human piece who had a fading problem, but out of what is probably an overall total of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad an average, and YES, that does include a lot of outdoor exposure.
c) You most certainly CAN swim and play sports in your hairpiece. I have got SNORKELED in mine (but you DO have to be cautious when taking off the snorkel mask!). I bike inside, I swim inside it, and I do anything I want within it. (Yes, I did lose one out of the ocean once, however, after 32 years, that’s not necessarily a bad average). It irritates me to find out the statement that with regard to sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer is aware that these activities are just a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement and thus totally false it genuinely illustrates the issue with objectivity in the whole article.
3) Now permit me to address precisely what is presented being a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I can speak approximately the conventional kind of hairpiece that we have always worn, not the Hairclub males type. I want to say right here which i have never liked the Hairclub concept, and i also don’t like the idea of your semi-permanent attachment; but, I really do know people who are delighted making use of their Hairclub system. So, I’m not implementing a stand concerning this which I know nothing personal (perhaps this could be a good practice for all of us?? hint…hint…) Anyway, as i got my first piece I still had some hair on the top, and that i would not enable the barber shave it well. So, to the 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 great deal. Alas, after several years that remaining hair vanished, and since, I have used the standard double sided hairpiece tape to install the piece to my head. My head will not be shaved, super glue is just not applied, as well as the piece will not stay on for 3-4 weeks!!!! It comes off each night, and i also wash my head together with other appropriate parts of the body from the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, with no track has been made. I actually have never used clips or weaving, only occasionally glue (NOT super glue, acrylic hairpiece glue, which you can placed on the tape to extend its life).
4) The wind is the enemy. When you sweat of whether it rains it seems ratty.
Well, when you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard for that wind to take
your piece off. Mine has never come off within the wind. Doesn’t your hair of many people look ratty in sweat or rain? Obviously it will! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I do believe sometimes my windblown hair looks more natural than in the past!
5) OK, I am going to concede the point you need to be careful about people
running their fingers through it!
6) There exists a real sense of paranoia about being “busted” (that is certainly
spotted) or learned as a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, this is a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I suppose I have got a pretty good spontaneity regarding it. My pals kid with me regarding this, plus they realize it doesn’t bother me. Do any kind of you kid friends who happen to be short? Or chubby? Or possess a funny accent? People, when you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of the piece is going to vary very widely, and if you take good care of your piece and put it on right, and if you pick it with a decent color match, most people is not going to spot it!! And have you any idea why? Since the majority of people aren’t thinking of hairpieces!!!!
7) Another part in regards to the salesmen within their fancy Hair toupees, as well as their memorized spiels and their fancy brochures and so on, I cannot reply to at all because in most my 32 several years of buying hairpieces I actually have NEVER, EVER been within a place such as that. I actually have bought each one of my hairpiece from your barber shop! When I have moved to a new city, I have looked in the classifieds under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case things i did is usually to involve a consultation to talk about hairpieces. When the appointed time arrives, invariably it will be after regular hours or I am going to be studied to a private room in the back. There the barber will show me samples of the sort of hairpiece he sells, to get a sense of the type of base, the level of hair construction, etc., etc. In a matter of one instance provides the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have never had to sign a binding agreement or some other document. OK, should i be investing in a custom-made piece, a mold from the head is made much as described from the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it really is SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is created along with the snipped of hair is taken (is perhaps all this big deal???) Contributing to 4-6 weeks later, the hairpiece arrives. I get in and the barber takes about 30-45 minutes to “cut it in”. Which is, he puts it on my own head. At this moment it offers Too much hair and so he cuts and designs it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently the very first time in my life I got myself 2 hairpieces right away (because there was really a discount in 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 maybe if I would like to wear an old one 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 much of a big issue. I shampoo it within the sink with regular shampoo, use it on its Styrofoam head using a towel over it for roughly 45 minutes, i style it by using a dryer and it’s all ready to go. The complete process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and may be achieved quicker if possible. With two pieces, I always have got a nicely cleaned one styled and able to wear. There are 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 devoted to the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because because i stated previously, this can be a very personal thing, not merely with all the anxiety about being spotted however with the sort of piece worn, etc. I also can’t discuss motorcycle riding with his fantastic the inability to do that along with his system, but when again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is Not TRUE with the type of hairpiece many of us wear. I am just convinced that that majority of people usually do not go around looking to spot hairpieces, and therefore fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, I personally feel that I so detest my un-wigged head that regardless of whether a lot of people find the rug, for me that may be preferable to my un-wigged head being spotted by ALL.
Just a couple more rebuttals:
-The other article states that “anyone who really is skilled with
wig/systems and contains nothing to gain financially will never recommend one being a viable strategy to your hair loss problem”. People: I have 32 years’ knowledge of a hairpiece, I have Absolutely nothing to gain financially, and i also DO RECOMMEND ONE AS A VIABLE Strategy To Your Hair LOSS PROBLEM.
-Another article says “wig/systems are simply not the perfect solution. Many within these new groups (sic) will attempt to share with you they can be. Be aware of these news bearers. People: I am just not here to tell you that a hairpiece is or maybe not the perfect solution for you personally. Only you can choose that. I am spending some time to post in this way-too-long 07dexqpky because I am frustrated by the quantity of misinformation inside the other article and then in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. Whether is perfect for you, is that you can decide, however 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 way to go. They may be usually naive individuals who lack most of the knowledge contained herein”. Yet again, I defy anybody to claim I am just naive or lack a great deal of the data contained herein. I’ll only concede some 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 utilize that to damn all human hair lace front wigs.