There is an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald websites, including the BaldMan’s Homepage, as well as the newsgroup alt.baldspot. The content relates the particular unpleasant experience the writer need to have had with Real Hair Toppers, and it relates the horror story of the sort of system that he or she is familiar. As a famous politician often says, “I feel your pain”. HOWEVER, I feel I have to write in rebuttal in the broad conclusion of the 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 that they are humiliating/embarrassing/confining/hard-to-care-for, etc., etc., etc. Those conclusions are NOT valid, as the sort of piece being written about in that article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub for guys, is probably not worn by over 10-20% in the hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of a large number of hairpiece-wearing men, I would like to reply to each one of the points raised from the article involved:
1) much is constructed of the “hairpieces worn by actors”. I don’t believe this has any effect on anything. It’s not factual 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 most people. Would any kind of us wish to be found in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The standard person is only able to afford an off-the-shelf form of hairpiece, which means “shedding, fading, no swimming, not any other strenuous sports”. OK. I wear an off-the-shelf sort of hairpiece. Occasionally I purchase a custom-made one, and occasionally a “stock” piece when the color match is ideal for mine. I’ll address all the so-called deficiencies:
a) Shedding. No such thing!! I pay about $500 for any hairpiece and that i keep for approximately 24 months. In this time (and by the way, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since i have was 23 yrs old, which happens to be 32 years!!) I have NEVER had a shedding problem, if the piece was human or artificial. Perhaps if I had kept a piece longer I might have, and if there IS a shedding problem, hair could 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 by any means. I did have one human piece which had a fading problem, but out of what is probably a total of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad a standard, you will find, that does include lots of outdoor exposure.
c) You undoubtedly CAN swim and play sports within your hairpiece. I actually have SNORKELED in mine (but you have to be mindful when taking off the snorkel mask!). I bike inside it, I swim inside it, and that 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 truly irritates me to discover the statement that with regards to sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer is aware that these activities are just a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement and so totally false it illustrates the problem with objectivity within the whole article.
3) Now let me address what is presented being a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I can speak only about the traditional sort of hairpiece that we have always worn, not the Hairclub for guys type. Let me say here that I have never liked the Hairclub concept, and i also don’t like the idea in the semi-permanent attachment; but, I do know individuals who are delighted with their Hairclub system. So, I’m failing to take a stand with that that i know nothing personal (perhaps this may be a sensible practice for people?? hint…hint…) Anyway, when I got my first piece I still had some hair ahead, and so i would not enable the barber shave it well. So, for your first a few years I applied my piece with tape across the hair, you will find, I had to be careful taking it well, or I might be saying OUCH a whole lot. Alas, after a few years that remaining hair was gone, and from the time, I actually have used the typical double sided hairpiece tape to attach the piece to my head. My head is just not shaved, super glue is just not applied, as well as the piece does not stay on for 3-4 weeks!!!! It appears off every night, and i also wash my head along with other appropriate parts of the body in 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 can put on the tape to prolong its life).
4) The wind will be your enemy. If you sweat of if it rains it seems ratty.
Well, if you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard to the wind to consider
your piece off. Mine has never disappear from the wind. Doesn’t the hair of several 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 in the past!
5) OK, I will concede the point that you have to take care about people
running their fingers through it!
6) You will discover a real feeling of paranoia about being “busted” (that is
spotted) or discovered as being a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, this can be a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I suppose I actually have a very good spontaneity about it. My buddies kid with me regarding it, and they know it doesn’t bother me. Do any kind of you kid friends who happen to be short? Or chubby? Or use a funny accent? People, should you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of your piece will probably vary very widely, and by taking good care of your piece and wear it right, and if you pick it with a decent color match, the majority of people will not spot it!! And do you know why? As most people aren’t thinking about hairpieces!!!!
7) The subsequent part concerning the salesmen in their fancy Hair toupees, as well as their memorized spiels and their fancy brochures and so forth, I cannot comment on in any way because in all my 32 numerous years of buying hairpieces I have got NEVER, EVER been inside a place like that. We have bought every one of my hairpiece from your barber shop! When I have moved completely to another city, I have got looked from the yellow pages under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case things i have performed is usually to require a scheduled visit to go about hairpieces. If the appointed time arrives, invariably it will probably be after regular hours or I am going to be utilized to a private room in the back. There the barber will show me samples of the sort of hairpiece he sells, to get a solid idea of the level of base, the level of hair construction, etc., etc. In just one instance has the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have never had to sign a binding agreement or some other document. OK, if I am getting a custom-made piece, a mold from the head is created much as described inside the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it really is SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is produced as well as the snipped of hair is taken (is all this problem???) And about 4-six or seven weeks later, the hairpiece arrives. I go in along with the barber takes about 30-45 minutes to “cut it in”. That is certainly, he puts it on my own head. At this stage they have Too much hair therefore he cuts and designs it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently the very first time inside my life I got myself 2 hairpieces at once (because there was actually a discount on the second piece). Previously I only had one “good” piece (although Normally i save 1 or 2 old ones in the event of emergency or maybe I want to wear an old one to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it as needed, one or two times per month depending on weather, etc. It’s again, NOT a problem. I shampoo it inside the sink with regular shampoo, put it on its Styrofoam head using a towel over it for about 45 minutes, i style it with a dryer and it’s all good to go. The complete process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and might be performed quicker if necessary. With two pieces, I usually have got a nicely cleaned one styled and able to wear. There are actually no extra hundreds of dollars, no monthly maintenance costs. None of the fuss and bother which 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 because i mentioned above, it is a very personal thing, not merely with all the anxiety about being spotted but with the level of piece worn, etc. Furthermore, i can’t reply to motorcycle riding along with his being unable to do that along with his system, but when again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is Not At All TRUE with the kind of hairpiece many of us wear. I am just convinced that that majority of people do not go around attempting to spot hairpieces, and therefore fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, Personally, i feel that I so detest my un-wigged head that even IF some people find the rug, to me that may be far better my un-wigged head being spotted by ALL.
Just a few more rebuttals:
-Another article says that “anyone who really is skilled with
wig/systems and possesses nothing to gain financially will never recommend one being a viable solution to the hair loss problem”. People: I have got 32 years’ knowledge of a hairpiece, We have Absolutely nothing to gain financially, and i also DO RECOMMEND ONE As Being A VIABLE SOLUTION TO THE HAIR LOSS PROBLEM.
-Other article says “wig/systems are only not the perfect solution. Many in these new groups (sic) will endeavour to share with you they are. Take care of the news bearers. People: I am not here to explain how a hairpiece is or maybe not the best solution to suit your needs. Only you may determine that. I am just making the effort to post this way-too-long 07dexqpky because I am just frustrated by the quantity of misinformation from the other article and in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. If is perfect for you, is so that you can decide, but 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 are usually naive individuals who lack a great deal of the knowledge contained herein”. Once again, I defy anybody to assert I am naive or lack a great deal of the information contained herein. I’ll only concede some point, as pointed out above. I don’t like the concept of HCM and would not go that route, but it’s not fair to make use of that to damn all real human hair wigs.