There is an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald internet sites, such as The BaldMan’s Homepage, as well as the newsgroup alt.baldspot. The article relates the particular unpleasant go through the writer will need to have had with Real Hair Toppers, and yes it relates the horror story of the type of system which he or she is familiar. As being 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 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 usually are not valid, as the kind of piece being written about because article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub for Men, may not be worn by greater than 10-20% from the hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of thousands of hairpiece-wearing men, I would like to reply to each of the points raised from the article under consideration:
1) much consists of the “hairpieces worn by actors”. I don’t believe this has any effect on anything. It’s not genuine that actors who may have hairpieces are accompanied by an army of stylists, and so i don’t accept that it’s true their hairpieces look any better or worse than the general public. Would any one of us need to be found in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The average person could only afford an off-the-shelf sort of hairpiece, which means “shedding, fading, no swimming, hardly any other strenuous sports”. OK. I wear an off-the-shelf kind of hairpiece. Occasionally I purchase a custom-made one, and occasionally a “stock” piece as soon as the color match is ideal for mine. I’ll address all of the so-called deficiencies:
a) Shedding. No such thing!! I pay about $500 for a hairpiece and i also keep for around 2 years. In this time (and by the way, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since I was 23 years of age, which happens to be 32 years!!) I have not had a shedding problem, if the piece was human or artificial. Perhaps if I had kept a piece longer I would personally have, and when there is a shedding problem, hair might 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 did so have one human piece which had a fading problem, but out of exactly what is probably an overall of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad a typical, you will find, that does include plenty of outdoor exposure.
c) You undoubtedly CAN swim and play sports in your hairpiece. I have SNORKELED in mine (but you have to be cautious when taking off the snorkel mask!). I bike inside, I swim within it, and i also do anything I want in it. (Yes, I have done lose one in the ocean once, but again, after 32 years, that’s not a bad average). It really irritates me to discover the statement that regarding sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer recognizes that these activities are only a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement and so totally false it genuinely illustrates the trouble with objectivity in the whole article.
3) Now allow me to address exactly what is presented like a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I will speak no more than the conventional sort of hairpiece which i have always worn, not the Hairclub for males type. Permit me to say right here that I have never liked the Hairclub concept, and so i don’t like the idea of your semi-permanent attachment; but, I do know people who are happy making use of their Hairclub system. So, I’m failing to take a stand about that that i know nothing personal (perhaps this could be a sensible practice for all of us?? hint…hint…) Anyway, when I got my first piece I still had some hair on the top, and i also would not permit the barber shave it off. So, for your first many years I applied my piece with tape over the hair, and yes, I had to be careful taking it away, or I might be saying OUCH a good deal. Alas, after several years that remaining hair was gone, and from the time, We have used the typical double sided hairpiece tape to attach the piece to my head. My head will not be shaved, super glue is NOT applied, as well as the piece fails to continue to for 3-4 weeks!!!! It comes down off every night, and I wash my head as well as other appropriate areas of the body within the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, with no track has ever been made. I actually have never used clips or weaving, only occasionally glue (NOT super glue, acrylic hairpiece glue, that you can placed on the tape to prolong its life).
4) The wind can be your enemy. When you sweat of if this rains it seems ratty.
Well, should you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard for your wind to adopt
your piece off. Mine has never disappear from the wind. Doesn’t the hair of many people look ratty in sweat or rain? Of course it can! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I believe sometimes my windblown hair looks more natural than ever!
5) OK, I am going to concede the point that you have to take care about people
running their fingers through it!
6) There is a real sense of paranoia about being “busted” (that is
spotted) or found out as being a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, it is a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I suppose I have a great sense of humor about this. My pals kid with me regarding this, and so they realize it doesn’t bother me. Do any one of you kid friends that are short? Or chubby? Or have a funny accent? People, if you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of a piece will vary very widely, and if you take care of your piece and use it right, and if you pick it with a great color match, the majority of people is not going to spot it!! And are you aware why? As most people aren’t thinking about hairpieces!!!!
7) The subsequent part about the salesmen within their fancy hairpieces for men, in addition to their memorized spiels along with their fancy brochures and stuff like that, I cannot comment on by any means because in all of the my 32 many years of buying hairpieces We have NEVER, Been inside a place like this. I have bought all of my hairpiece coming from a barber shop! When I have moved completely to another city, I actually have looked within the yellow pages under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case things i have done is usually to demand an appointment to talk about hairpieces. When the appointed time arrives, invariably it will be after regular hours or I will be studied to some private room from the back. There the barber shows me samples of the level of hairpiece he sells, to get a solid idea of the sort of base, the type of hair construction, etc., etc. Within just one instance has got the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have not had to sign a legal contract or some other document. OK, should i be buying a custom-made piece, a mold in the head is produced much as described from the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it can be SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is produced along with the snipped of hair is taken (is actually all this problem???) And about 4-6 weeks later, the hairpiece arrives. I get in and the barber takes about 30-45 minutes to “cut it in”. That is certainly, he puts it on my own head. At this point they have WAY too much hair therefore he cuts and styles it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently initially inside my life I got myself 2 hairpieces simultaneously (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 if perhaps I would like to wear a well used a person to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it as required, 1-2 times on a monthly basis according to weather, etc. It’s again, Not just a big deal. I shampoo it in the sink with regular shampoo, input it on its Styrofoam head using a towel over it for roughly 45 minutes, then I style it having a dryer and it’s all ready to go. The whole process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and may be performed quicker if possible. Now with two pieces, I always possess a nicely cleaned one styled and ready to wear. There are actually no extra several hundred dollars, 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 dedicated to the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because when i stated previously, this can be a very personal thing, not only with all the fear of being spotted but with the type of piece worn, etc. Also i can’t comment on motorcycle riding along with his being unable to achieve that together with his system, but when again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is Certainly Not TRUE with the level of hairpiece many of us wear. I am convinced that that greater part of people tend not to go around attempting to spot hairpieces, and therefore fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, Personally, i believe that I so detest my un-wigged head that even though some individuals see the rug, to me that is certainly far better my un-wigged head being spotted by ALL.
Just a couple of more rebuttals:
-Other article states that “anyone who really is skilled with
wig/systems and has absolutely nothing to gain financially will never recommend one like a viable strategy to the hair loss problem”. People: We have 32 years’ knowledge about a hairpiece, I have got Absolutely nothing to gain financially, and I DO RECOMMEND ONE Like A VIABLE Means To Fix Your Hair LOSS PROBLEM.
-The other article says “wig/systems are only not the solution. Many over these new groups (sic) will try to inform you these are. Be mindful of such news bearers. People: I am just not here to explain how a hairpiece is or is not the perfect solution to suit your needs. Only you may determine that. I am making the effort to publish by doing this-too-long 07dexqpky because I am frustrated by the quantity of misinformation from the other article and then in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. Whether or not is designed for you, is that you can decide, yet it is A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE that deserves consideration.
And lastly, the “other article” says, “be cautious about anyone who tells you
that wigs/systems are the way to go. They can be usually naive people who lack most of the information contained herein”. Yet again, I defy anybody to assert I am naive or lack most of the skills contained herein. I’ll only concede one point, as mentioned above. I don’t like the thought of HCM and would never go that route, but it’s not fair to utilize that to damn all aliexpress lace front wigs.