There is an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald websites, like the BaldMan’s Homepage, and also the newsgroup alt.baldspot. The article relates the really unpleasant go through the writer must have had with half wigs, plus it relates the horror story of the sort of system in which he is familiar. Like a popular politician often says, “I feel your pain”. HOWEVER, I feel I must write in rebuttal from the 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 they all look bad and they are humiliating/embarrassing/confining/hard-to-care-for, etc., etc., etc. Those conclusions will not be valid, as the sort of piece being written about in this article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub for guys, may not be worn by more than 10-20% from the hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of a huge number of hairpiece-wearing men, I want to reply to all of the points raised in the article involved:
1) much consists of the “hairpieces worn by actors”. I don’t believe it has any bearing on anything. It’s not true that actors that 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 of us desire to be noticed in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The normal person is only able to afford an off-the-shelf type of hairpiece, meaning “shedding, fading, no swimming, not one other strenuous sports”. OK. I wear an off-the-shelf sort of hairpiece. Occasionally I buy 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 approximately 2 years. In this time (and furthermore, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since i have was 23 years old, which is 32 years!!) I have NEVER had a shedding problem, whether or not the piece was human or artificial. Perhaps generally if i had kept a piece longer I might have, and if you have a shedding problem, hair can 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 away from exactly what is probably a total of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad a typical, you will find, that does include lots of outdoor exposure.
c) You most certainly CAN swim and play sports with your hairpiece. I actually have SNORKELED in mine (but you DO have to be cautious when taking off the snorkel mask!). I bike in it, I swim inside, and so i do anything I want in it. (Yes, I have done lose one in the ocean once, but again, after 32 years, that’s not necessarily a bad average). It truly irritates me to view the statement that regarding sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer is aware that these activities are a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement therefore totally false it illustrates the trouble with objectivity inside the whole article.
3) Now let me address precisely what is presented as being a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I can speak only about the conventional sort of hairpiece which i have always worn, not the Hairclub for guys type. Allow me to say here that we have never liked the Hairclub concept, and i also don’t like the thought of your semi-permanent attachment; but, I do know those people who are happy making use of their Hairclub system. So, I’m not taking a stand about that which I know nothing personal (perhaps this is a sensible practice for people?? hint…hint…) Anyway, as i got my first piece I still had some hair at the top, and I would not allow the barber shave it away. So, to the first a long period I applied my piece with tape on the hair, and yes, I would have to be careful taking it away, or I might be saying OUCH a great deal. Alas, after a few years that remaining hair was gone, and from the time, I actually have used the standard double sided hairpiece tape to attach the piece to my head. My head is not really shaved, super glue is just not applied, and the piece fails to continue to for 3-four weeks!!!! It will come off each night, and I wash my head along with other appropriate areas of the body inside the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, and no track has been made. I actually have never used clips or weaving, only occasionally glue (NOT super glue, acrylic hairpiece glue, that you can wear the tape to extend its life).
4) The wind is your enemy. Should you sweat of whether it rains it seems ratty.
Well, if you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard for that wind to consider
your piece off. Mine has never come off from the wind. Doesn’t the hair of several people look ratty in sweat or rain? Of course it does! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I believe sometimes my windblown hair looks more natural than ever before!
5) OK, I am going to concede the point that you have to be mindful about people
running their fingers through it!
6) There is a real feeling of paranoia about being “busted” (that may be
spotted) or determined like a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, this really is a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I suppose I actually have a pretty good spontaneity about it. My buddies kid with me about this, and they realize it doesn’t bother me. Do some of you kid friends who definitely are short? Or chubby? Or use a funny accent? People, should you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of any piece will almost certainly vary very widely, and by taking good care of your piece and use it right, and if you pick it with a decent color match, most people will never spot it!! And have you figured out why? Because most people aren’t thinking about hairpieces!!!!
7) The subsequent part regarding the salesmen with their fancy hairpieces for men, in addition to their memorized spiels as well as their fancy brochures and so forth, I cannot discuss at all because in all of the my 32 years of buying hairpieces We have NEVER, EVER been within a place like this. We have bought every one of my hairpiece from your barber shop! When I have moved to an alternative city, I actually have looked inside the phone book under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case a few things i did is always to call for a consultation to discuss hairpieces. As soon as the appointed time arrives, invariably it will likely be after regular hours or I will be studied to a private room from the back. There the barber can have me examples of the sort of hairpiece he sells, to get a concept of the type of base, the type of hair construction, etc., etc. In a matter of one instance provides the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have not had to sign a contract or any other document. OK, should i be buying a custom-made piece, a mold of 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 created and the snipped of hair is taken (is actually all this big deal???) And about 4-six or seven 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 head. At this point it provides WAY too much hair so he cuts and styles it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently initially in my life I got myself 2 hairpieces at the same time (because there was really a discount about the second piece). Previously I only had one “good” piece (although I always save 1 or 2 old ones in case of emergency or if I want to wear an older someone to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it as required, once or twice per month depending on weather, etc. It’s again, NOT a problem. I shampoo it within the sink with regular shampoo, place it on its Styrofoam head using a towel over it for around 45 minutes, i then style it with a dryer and it’s all good to go. The complete process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and can be achieved quicker if required. With two pieces, Normally i use a nicely cleaned one styled and able to wear. There are actually no extra large sums of money, no monthly maintenance costs. No fuss and bother which has been so graphical described elsewhere. Now, the remainder of the ‘other article’ is committed to the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because as I mentioned previously, this is a very personal thing, not just with the anxiety about being spotted though with the type of piece worn, etc. In addition, i can’t discuss motorcycle riding along with his the inability to achieve that regarding his system, but when again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is certainly Certainly Not TRUE with the kind of hairpiece the majority of us wear. I am convinced that that greater part of people tend not to go around trying to spot hairpieces, and that fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, I personally feel that I so detest my un-wigged head that even IF some people spot the rug, to me that is preferable to my un-wigged head being spotted by ALL.
Only a few more rebuttals:
-Another article says that “anyone who really is skilled with
wig/systems and contains nothing to gain financially will never recommend one as a viable solution to your hair loss problem”. People: I have got 32 years’ experience with a hairpiece, We have Absolutely nothing to gain financially, and that i DO RECOMMEND ONE Being A VIABLE Answer To Your Hair LOSS PROBLEM.
-The other article says “wig/systems are merely not the solution. Many within these new groups (sic) will endeavour to share with you they can be. Take care of the news bearers. People: I am not here to tell you that a hairpiece is or maybe not the answer for you. Only it is possible to think that. I am making the effort to post in this way-too-long 07dexqpky because I am annoyed by the amount of misinformation in the other article and then in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. If is designed for you, is for you to decide, but IT IS A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE that deserves consideration.
And lastly, the “other article” says, “be wary of anyone who tells you
that wigs/systems are the ideal solution. These are usually naive individuals who lack a lot of the skills contained herein”. Once again, I defy anybody to assert I am just naive or lack much of the data contained herein. I’ll only concede one point, as mentioned above. I don’t like the idea of HCM and would not go that route, but it’s not fair to utilize that to damn all aliexpress lace front wigs.