There is an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald sites on the internet, for example the BaldMan’s Homepage, and also the newsgroup alt.baldspot. This content relates the very unpleasant enjoy the writer must have had with half wigs, and it also relates the horror story of the kind of system that he is familiar. As a well known politician often says, “I feel your pain”. HOWEVER, I feel I have to write in rebuttal of your broad conclusion of that particular other writer. His conclusion is, simply stated, that 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 usually are not valid, as the type of piece being written about for the reason that article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub males, may not be worn by more than 10-20% in the hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of a large number of hairpiece-wearing men, I would like to discuss each of the points raised from the article under consideration:
1) much is made of the “hairpieces worn by actors”. I don’t believe this has any bearing on anything. It’s not correct that actors that have hairpieces are then an army of stylists, and I don’t accept that it’s true their hairpieces look any better or worse than the public. Would any kind of us wish to be noticed in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The normal person could only afford an off-the-shelf form of hairpiece, which suggests “shedding, fading, no swimming, hardly 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 if the color match is good for mine. I’ll address all of the so-called deficiencies:
a) Shedding. No such thing!! I pay about $500 to get a hairpiece and i also keep for about two years. In that time (and anyway, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since I was 23 years of age, that is 32 years!!) I have not had a shedding problem, whether or not the piece was human or artificial. Perhaps generally if i had kept a piece longer I would have, and if you find a shedding problem, hair could be added. It’s no biggie.
b) Fading. The newer synthetic pieces, that happen to be all I buy now, have not given me any fading problems by any means. I did so have one human piece who had a fading problem, but from precisely what is probably an overall 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 most certainly CAN swim and play sports within your hairpiece. I have SNORKELED in mine (but you have to take care when taking off the snorkel mask!). I bike within it, I swim inside it, and I do anything I want inside it. (Yes, I did so lose one in the ocean once, yet, after 32 years, that’s not a bad average). It genuinely irritates me to find out the statement that with regard to sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer knows that these activities are just a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement and thus totally false it really illustrates the trouble with objectivity within the whole article.
3) Now i want to address what exactly is presented like a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I could speak only about the traditional sort of hairpiece which i have always worn, not the Hairclub for guys type. I want to say on this site which i have never liked the Hairclub concept, and so i don’t like the thought in the semi-permanent attachment; but, I do know those people who are very happy because of their Hairclub system. So, I’m not taking a stand concerning this that i know nothing personal (perhaps this may be a good practice for people?? hint…hint…) Anyway, when I got my first piece I still had some hair on the top, and i also would not let the barber shave them back. So, for that first a few years I applied my piece with tape within the hair, you will find, I needed to be careful taking it well, or I would personally be saying OUCH a lot. Alas, after several years that remaining hair was gone, and since that time, We have used the typical double sided hairpiece tape to install the piece to my head. My head will not be shaved, super glue is just not applied, and the piece will not stay on for 3-four weeks!!!! It appears off every night, and so i wash my head as well as other appropriate body parts from the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, with no track has ever been made. I have never used clips or weaving, only occasionally glue (NOT super glue, acrylic hairpiece glue, which you may place on the tape to extend its life).
4) The wind can be your enemy. In the event you sweat of when it rains it seems ratty.
Well, in the event you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard to the wind to take
your piece off. Mine has never appear from the wind. Doesn’t the hair of countless people look ratty in sweat or rain? Obviously it can do! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I think sometimes my windblown hair looks more natural than before!
5) OK, I am going to concede the point that you need to take care about people
running their fingers through it!
6) There is a real sensation of paranoia about being “busted” (which is
spotted) or discovered being a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, it is a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I assume I actually have a pretty good humorousness about this. My pals kid with me regarding this, and they also realise it doesn’t bother me. Do any of you kid friends who definitely are short? Or chubby? Or have got a funny accent? People, should you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of any piece will probably vary very widely, and by taking care of your piece and use it right, and if you pick it with a great color match, a lot of people will not spot it!! And are you aware why? Since most people aren’t thinking about hairpieces!!!!
7) Another part in regards to the salesmen within their fancy Hair toupees, and their memorized spiels as well as their fancy brochures and the like, I cannot reply to by any means because in all my 32 years of buying hairpieces We have NEVER, Been in a place like that. I actually have bought each one of my hairpiece coming from a barber shop! Once I have moved completely to another city, We have looked in the classifieds under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case a few things i have performed is to require a consultation to talk about hairpieces. Once the appointed time arrives, invariably it will probably be after regular hours or I will be taken into a private room from the back. There the barber will show me samples of the level of hairpiece he sells, to have an idea of the kind of base, the level of hair construction, etc., etc. Within just one instance has the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have never had to sign an agreement or other document. OK, if I am buying a custom-made piece, a mold of your head is created much as described inside the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it is SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is manufactured and the snipped of hair is taken (will be all this big deal???) Contributing to 4-6 weeks later, the hairpiece arrives. I go in and the barber takes about 30-45 minutes to “cut it in”. Which is, he puts it on my small head. At this point it has Too much hair and so he cuts and styles it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently the first time during my life I purchased 2 hairpieces right away (since there was actually a discount about the second piece). Previously I only had one “good” piece (although Normally i save 1 or 2 old ones in case of emergency or maybe I would like to wear an old someone to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it as required, one or two times monthly dependant upon weather, etc. It’s again, Not much of a problem. I shampoo it from the sink with regular shampoo, use it on its Styrofoam head with a towel over it for around 45 minutes, i then style it having a dryer and it’s all all set to go. The complete process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and may be performed quicker if needed. With two pieces, I always use a nicely cleaned one styled and able to wear. There are actually no extra a lot of money, no monthly maintenance costs. Not one of the fuss and bother which has been so graphical described elsewhere. Now, the remainder of the ‘other article’ is focused on the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because when i stated earlier, this really is a very personal thing, not simply using the the fear of being spotted however with the type of piece worn, etc. Furthermore, i can’t reply to motorcycle riding and his the inability to achieve that along with his system, but once again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is DEFINITELY NOT TRUE with the kind of hairpiece the majority of us wear. I am convinced that that largest part of people usually do not go around attempting to spot hairpieces, which fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, I personally believe that I so detest my un-wigged head that even though a lot of people spot the rug, if you ask me that is certainly better than my un-wigged head being spotted by ALL.
Just a couple more rebuttals:
-Another article says that “anyone who really is skilled with
wig/systems and possesses absolutely nothing to gain financially will never recommend one as a viable solution to the hair loss problem”. People: We have 32 years’ experience with a hairpiece, We have Absolutely nothing to gain financially, and i also DO RECOMMEND ONE As Being A VIABLE SOLUTION TO Your Hair LOSS PROBLEM.
-Another article says “wig/systems are only not the solution. Many over these new groups (sic) will endeavour to share with you they are. Be mindful of these news bearers. People: I am not here to let you know that a hairpiece is or is not the perfect solution to suit your needs. Only you are able to decide that. I am just taking the time to share by doing this-too-long 07dexqpky because I am frustrated by the level of misinformation inside the other article and in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. Whether is made for you, is that you should decide, yet it is A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE that deserves consideration.
Lastly, the “other article” says, “be wary of anybody who tells you
that wigs/systems are the ideal solution. They may be usually naive individuals who lack much of the information contained herein”. Once more, I defy anybody to claim I am just naive or lack a great deal of the skills contained herein. I’ll only concede some point, as pointed out above. I don’t like the very idea of HCM and would never go that route, but it’s not fair to make use of that to damn all human hair lace front wigs.