It comes with an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald sites on the internet, like the BaldMan’s Homepage, along with the newsgroup alt.baldspot. The article relates the very unpleasant feel the writer should have had with Real Hair Toppers, plus it relates the horror story of the sort of system which he or she is familiar. Like a famous politician often says, “I feel your pain”. HOWEVER, I feel I have to write in rebuttal from the broad conclusion of this other writer. His conclusion is, simply stated, that all hairpieces/systems/toupees, etc., are rip-offs sold by unscrupulous people and they all look bad and that they are humiliating/embarrassing/confining/hard-to-care-for, etc., etc., etc. Those conclusions are certainly not valid, as the sort of piece being written about because article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub for males, is probably not worn by a lot more than 10-20% in the hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of a huge number of hairpiece-wearing men, I would like to reply to all of the points raised within the article under consideration:
1) much consists of the “hairpieces worn by actors”. I don’t believe this has any bearing on anything. It’s not correct that actors who may have hairpieces are accompanied by 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 of us wish to be seen in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The average person can only afford an off-the-shelf kind of hairpiece, which suggests “shedding, fading, no swimming, no other strenuous sports”. OK. I wear an off-the-shelf type of hairpiece. Occasionally I get a custom-made one, and occasionally a “stock” piece as soon as the color match is great for mine. I’ll address each of the so-called deficiencies:
a) Shedding. No such thing!! I pay about $500 to get a hairpiece and so i keep for approximately 2 years. For the reason that time (and by the way, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since i have was 23 years, that is 32 years!!) I have not had a shedding problem, whether the piece was human or artificial. Perhaps basically if i had kept a piece longer I might have, and when there is a shedding problem, hair could 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 whatsoever. I have done have one human piece which had a fading problem, but out from precisely what is probably an overall of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad a standard, you will find, 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 have to be careful when taking off the snorkel mask!). I bike inside it, I swim in it, and so i do just about anything I want inside. (Yes, I did so lose one in the ocean once, yet, after 32 years, that’s not a bad average). It really irritates me to see the statement that with regards to sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer knows that these activities are simply a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement and so totally false it truly illustrates the problem with objectivity inside the whole article.
3) Now i want to address exactly what is presented as a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I could speak approximately the traditional sort of hairpiece that we have always worn, not the Hairclub for Men type. Allow me to say below which i have never liked the Hairclub concept, and that i don’t like the idea from the semi-permanent attachment; but, I actually do know those who are delighted with their Hairclub system. So, I’m not taking a stand about that which I know nothing personal (perhaps this could be a good practice for all of us?? hint…hint…) Anyway, once i got my first piece I still had some hair ahead, and I would not permit the barber shave it off. So, for that first a long period I applied my piece with tape over the hair, you will find, I would have to be careful taking it well, or I might be saying OUCH a whole lot. Alas, after a long period that remaining hair vanished, and ever since, We have used the standard double sided hairpiece tape to connect the piece to my head. My head is not really shaved, super glue is not really applied, along with the piece does not stay on for 3-4 weeks!!!! It comes off each night, and that i wash my head as well as other appropriate parts of the body inside the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, with out track has been made. I have got never used clips or weaving, only occasionally glue (NOT super glue, acrylic hairpiece glue, which you may placed on the tape to prolong its life).
4) The wind is your enemy. Should you sweat of if it rains it looks ratty.
Well, should you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard to the wind to adopt
your piece off. Mine has never come off from the wind. Doesn’t your hair of countless people look ratty in sweat or rain? Of course it will! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I believe sometimes my windblown hair looks natural than ever before!
5) OK, I will concede the idea that you must be mindful about people
running their fingers through it!
6) There is a real experience of paranoia about being “busted” (that is
spotted) or learned as being a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, this is a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I guess We have an excellent spontaneity regarding this. My girlfriends kid with me regarding it, and so they know it doesn’t bother me. Do any of you kid friends who happen to be short? Or chubby? Or have got a funny accent? People, in the event you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of any piece will almost certainly vary very widely, and if you take good care of your piece and use it right, and if you pick it with a great color match, most people will not likely spot it!! And do you know why? Since the majority of people aren’t thinking of hairpieces!!!!
7) The following part concerning the salesmen with their fancy Men Wigs, in addition to their memorized spiels and their fancy brochures and stuff like that, I cannot comment on whatsoever because in most my 32 several years of buying hairpieces I have NEVER, Been inside a place like that. I actually have bought each one of my hairpiece from your barber shop! After I have moved completely to another city, I actually have looked in the yellow pages under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case what I have performed is always to require an appointment to go over hairpieces. As soon as the appointed time arrives, invariably it will likely be after regular hours or I will be taken to a private room in the back. There the barber can have me samples of the kind of hairpiece he sells, to acquire a concept of the sort of base, the level of hair construction, etc., etc. In a matter of one instance has the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have never had to sign a binding agreement or another document. OK, should i be getting a custom-made piece, a mold from the head is produced much as described within the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it really is SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is manufactured and also the snipped of hair is taken (is actually all this big issue???) 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 on my own head. At this point they have Too much hair and so he cuts and styles it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently the first time in my life I got 2 hairpieces at the same time (since there had been a discount in the second piece). Previously I only had one “good” piece (although Normally i save 1 or 2 old ones in case of emergency or if perhaps I would like to wear an old a person to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it if needed, a couple of times per month depending on weather, etc. It’s again, Not much of a problem. I shampoo it inside the sink with regular shampoo, put it on its Styrofoam head by using a towel over it for approximately 45 minutes, then I style it by using a dryer and it’s all ready to go. The entire process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and might be achieved quicker if required. With two pieces, I usually possess a nicely cleaned one styled and ready to wear. There are actually no extra hundreds of dollars, no monthly maintenance costs. No fuss and bother which has been so graphical described elsewhere. Now, the remainder of the ‘other article’ is devoted to the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because while i stated previously, this is a very personal thing, not simply with the anxiety about being spotted but with the kind of piece worn, etc. Furthermore, i can’t reply to motorcycle riding along with his being unable to accomplish that together with his system, but when again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is certainly Certainly Not TRUE with the kind of hairpiece many of us 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, Personally, i believe I so detest my un-wigged head that regardless of whether some individuals see the rug, if you ask me which is better than my un-wigged head being spotted by ALL.
Just a couple of more rebuttals:
-Another article says that “anyone who really is skilled with
wig/systems and possesses nothing to gain financially will never recommend one like a viable answer to the hair loss problem”. People: I actually have 32 years’ exposure to a hairpiece, I have got NOTHING to gain financially, and so i DO RECOMMEND ONE Being A VIABLE Means To Fix Your Hair LOSS PROBLEM.
-One other article says “wig/systems are just not the answer. Many over these new groups (sic) will try to know you they may be. Be cautious of the news bearers. People: I am just not here to inform you that a hairpiece is or possibly is not the answer for you. Only you are able to think that. I am making the effort to publish using this method-too-long 07dexqpky because I am aggravated by the amount of misinformation from the other article and also in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. Regardless of whether is designed for you, is that you should decide, however it is A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE that deserves consideration.
Lastly, the “other article” says, “be wary of anyone who informs you
that wigs/systems are the ideal solution. They can be usually naive people that lack a lot of the knowledge contained herein”. Again, I defy anybody to claim I am just naive or lack most of the data contained herein. I’ll only concede some time, as pointed out above. I don’t like the concept of HCM and would never go that route, but it’s not fair to use that to damn all aliexpress lace front wigs.