It comes with an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald internet sites, including the BaldMan’s Homepage, and the newsgroup alt.baldspot. This article relates the particular unpleasant enjoy the writer should have had with Real Hair Toppers, and it also relates the horror story of the type of system with which he or she is familiar. 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 particular other writer. His conclusion is, simply stated, that every 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 usually are not valid, as the level of piece being written about for the reason that article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub for Men, may not be worn by over 10-20% from the hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of a large number of hairpiece-wearing men, I want to comment on each one of the points raised from the article in question:
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 definitely have hairpieces are followed by an army of stylists, and I don’t accept that it’s true their hairpieces look any better or worse than the general public. Would any one of us desire to be observed in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The average person could only 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 purchase a custom-made one, and occasionally a “stock” piece once the color match is good for mine. I’ll address each one of the so-called deficiencies:
a) Shedding. No such thing!! I pay about $500 to get a hairpiece and i also keep for around 24 months. For the reason that time (and incidentally, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since I was 23 years of age, that is 32 years!!) I have NEVER had a shedding problem, whether the piece was human or artificial. Perhaps should i had kept a piece longer I might have, and if you find a shedding problem, hair can 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 at all. I have done have one human piece which had a fading problem, but out from exactly what is probably an overall total of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad an average, and YES, that does include lots of outdoor exposure.
c) You most certainly CAN swim and play sports with your hairpiece. I have got SNORKELED in mine (but you have to be cautious when taking off the snorkel mask!). I bike in it, I swim inside, and that i do anything I want inside. (Yes, I did lose one in the ocean once, but again, after 32 years, that’s not a bad average). It truly irritates me to find out the statement that pertaining to sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer is aware that these activities are just a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement so totally false it truly illustrates the problem with objectivity within the whole article.
3) Now i want to address exactly what is presented as a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I can speak only about the traditional sort of hairpiece that I have always worn, not the Hairclub males type. Allow me to say below which i have never liked the Hairclub concept, and that i don’t like the thought of the semi-permanent attachment; but, I actually do know those people who are happy using their Hairclub system. So, I’m not taking a stand concerning this that i know nothing personal (perhaps this is a good 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 allow the barber shave it away. So, for that first many years I applied my piece with tape on the hair, you will find, I must be careful taking it away, or I might be saying OUCH a lot. Alas, after a long period that remaining hair vanished, and from the time, We have used the standard double sided hairpiece tape to connect the piece to my head. My head is NOT shaved, super glue is NOT applied, and also the piece does not stay on for 3-4 weeks!!!! It appears off each night, and so i wash my head and also other appropriate body parts within the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, with out track has been made. I actually have never used clips or weaving, only occasionally glue (NOT super glue, acrylic hairpiece glue, that you can put on the tape to prolong its life).
4) The wind can be your enemy. Should you sweat of whether it rains it looks 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 inside the wind. Doesn’t the hair of numerous people look ratty in sweat or rain? Needless to say it will! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I do believe sometimes my windblown hair looks natural than ever!
5) OK, I am going to concede the point that you must take care about people
running their fingers through it!
6) There is a real sense of paranoia about being “busted” (that may be
spotted) or discovered as being a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, it is a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I guess I have a pretty good sense of humor about this. My pals kid with me about it, plus they be aware of it doesn’t bother me. Do any of you kid friends who are short? Or chubby? Or possess a funny accent? People, if you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of your piece will vary very widely, and by taking proper care of your piece and use it right, and if you opt for it with a great color match, the majority of people will never spot it!! And have you any idea why? Because most people aren’t thinking of hairpieces!!!!
7) The following part concerning the salesmen within their fancy hairpieces for men, in addition to their memorized spiels in addition to their fancy brochures and the like, I cannot reply to at all because in all my 32 years of buying hairpieces I actually have NEVER, Been inside a place such as that. I have got bought each one of my hairpiece from a barber shop! When I have moved to an alternative city, I have got looked inside the yellow pages under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case a few things i did is usually to require a consultation to go over hairpieces. As soon as the appointed time arrives, invariably it will likely be after regular hours or I will be used into a private room within the back. There the barber will show me examples of the type of hairpiece he sells, to get a solid idea of the type 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 an agreement or any other document. OK, if I am investing in a custom-made piece, a mold from the head is produced much as described inside 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 approximately 4-six or seven weeks later, the hairpiece arrives. I go in as well as the barber takes about 30-45 minutes to “cut it in”. Which is, he puts it on my own head. At this stage it offers Too much hair so he cuts and styles it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently for the first time during my life I got myself 2 hairpieces simultaneously (because there had been 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 maybe if I wish to wear an older someone to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it if needed, 1-2 times per month dependant upon weather, etc. It’s again, Not just a problem. I shampoo it inside the sink with regular shampoo, put it on its Styrofoam head having a towel over it for roughly 45 minutes, i then 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 could be achieved quicker if necessary. Now with two pieces, Normally i have a nicely cleaned one styled and ready to wear. You can find no extra a lot of money, no monthly maintenance costs. Not one of the fuss and bother that has been so graphical described elsewhere. Now, the remainder of the ‘other article’ is dedicated to the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because when i stated previously, it is a very personal thing, not simply with the the fear of being spotted but with the kind of piece worn, etc. Furthermore, i can’t reply to motorcycle riding with his fantastic being unable to do that along with his system, but once again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is certainly Not TRUE with the type of hairpiece most of us wear. I am just convinced that that greater part of people usually do not go around seeking to spot hairpieces, and therefore fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, I personally feel that I so detest my un-wigged head that even IF some people see the rug, to me which is preferable to my un-wigged head being spotted by ALL.
Just a few more rebuttals:
-The other article states that “anyone who really has experience with
wig/systems and contains absolutely nothing to gain financially will never recommend one being a viable solution to the hair loss problem”. People: I have 32 years’ knowledge of a hairpiece, I actually have Absolutely nothing to gain financially, and that i DO RECOMMEND ONE As Being A VIABLE Means To Fix THE HAIR LOSS PROBLEM.
-One other article says “wig/systems are just not the best solution. Many over these new groups (sic) will endeavour to share with you they may be. Take care of the news bearers. People: I am not here to let you know that a hairpiece is or maybe not the best solution for you personally. Only you may choose that. I am taking the time to share this way-too-long 07dexqpky because I am just aggravated by the volume of misinformation from the other article as well as in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. Whether or not is made 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 anybody who lets you know
that wigs/systems are the ideal solution. They may be usually naive individuals who lack a lot of the skills contained herein”. Once 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 outlined above. I don’t like the very idea of HCM and would not go that route, but it’s not fair to use that to damn all real human hair wigs.