There is an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald websites, like the BaldMan’s Homepage, along with the newsgroup alt.baldspot. The article relates the really unpleasant enjoy the writer should have had with half wigs, and it also relates the horror story of the level of system that he is familiar. As being a well known politician often says, “I feel your pain”. HOWEVER, I feel I have to write in rebuttal in the broad conclusion of this 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 they are humiliating/embarrassing/confining/hard-to-care-for, etc., etc., etc. Those conclusions will not be valid, as the level of piece being written about in this article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub for males, is probably not worn by greater than 10-20% in the hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of a huge number of hairpiece-wearing men, I wish to discuss all of the points raised in the article under consideration:
1) much consists of the “hairpieces worn by actors”. I don’t believe this has any bearing on anything. It’s not true that actors who definitely have hairpieces are then an army of stylists, and so i don’t accept that it’s true their hairpieces look any better or worse than most people. Would any of us wish to be observed in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The standard person is only able to afford an off-the-shelf type of hairpiece, meaning “shedding, fading, no swimming, not any other strenuous sports”. OK. I wear an off-the-shelf sort 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 each one of the so-called deficiencies:
a) Shedding. No such thing!! I pay about $500 for a hairpiece and so i keep for roughly 24 months. For the reason that time (and anyway, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since I was 23 years, which happens to be 32 years!!) I have NEVER had a shedding problem, whether the piece was human or artificial. Perhaps if I had kept a piece longer I would personally have, and if you have 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 did so have one human piece which had a fading problem, but away from what exactly is probably an overall total of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad the average, and YES, that does include plenty of outdoor exposure.
c) You most certainly CAN swim and play sports within your hairpiece. I actually have SNORKELED in mine (but you have to take care when taking off the snorkel mask!). I bike in it, I swim inside, and so 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 irritates me to view the statement that pertaining to sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer knows that these activities are just a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement so totally false it truly illustrates the issue with objectivity inside the whole article.
3) Now i want to address exactly what is presented like a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I can speak only about the traditional sort of hairpiece which i have always worn, not the Hairclub for guys type. Allow me to say right here which i have never liked the Hairclub concept, and i also don’t like the idea of the semi-permanent attachment; but, I actually do know individuals who are happy with their Hairclub system. So, I’m not implementing a stand about this that i know nothing personal (perhaps this could be a sensible practice for all of us?? hint…hint…) Anyway, after i got my first piece I still had some hair ahead, and I would not permit the barber shave it off. So, for that first a long period I applied my piece with tape across the hair, you will find, I must be careful taking it off, or I might be saying OUCH a great deal. Alas, after many years that remaining hair was gone, and since that 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 not really applied, and also the piece does not remain for 3-four weeks!!!! It comes down off every night, and i also wash my head as well as other appropriate areas of the body from the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, with out track has 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 is the enemy. When you sweat of when it rains it looks ratty.
Well, if you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard for the wind to adopt
your piece off. Mine has never appear in the wind. Doesn’t the hair of many people look ratty in sweat or rain? Needless to say it can! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I think sometimes my windblown hair looks more natural than ever before!
5) OK, I will concede the idea that you have to be careful about people
running their fingers through it!
6) You will find a real sensation of paranoia about being “busted” (which 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 guess I actually have a great sense of humor about this. My buddies kid with me regarding this, and so they realize it doesn’t bother me. Do any kind of you kid friends who happen to be short? Or chubby? Or have a funny accent? People, in the event you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of your piece will vary very widely, and if you are taking proper care of your piece and wear it right, and if you pick it with a decent color match, a lot of people will not likely spot it!! And are you aware why? As most people aren’t thinking about hairpieces!!!!
7) The next part concerning the salesmen inside their fancy Hair toupees, along with their memorized spiels in addition to their fancy brochures and stuff like that, I cannot reply to in any way because in all of the my 32 numerous years of buying hairpieces I have got NEVER, EVER been within a place that way. I actually have bought each one of my hairpiece coming from a barber shop! After I have moved completely to another city, We have looked in the online directory under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case things i have done is to require a scheduled visit to discuss hairpieces. When the appointed time arrives, invariably it will probably be after regular hours or I will be used to a private room inside the back. There the barber can have me samples of the sort of hairpiece he sells, to have a concept of the type of base, the type of hair construction, etc., etc. In just one instance provides the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have never had to sign an agreement or any other document. OK, should i be getting a custom-made piece, a mold of your head is produced much as described within the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it can be SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is made and the snipped of hair is taken (is all this big deal???) Contributing to 4-six or seven weeks later, the hairpiece arrives. I go 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 stage they have WAY too much hair therefore he cuts and designs it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently the first time within my life I purchased 2 hairpieces right away (since there was a discount in 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 someone to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it as required, a couple of times a month dependant upon weather, etc. It’s again, Not just a big issue. I shampoo it in the sink with regular shampoo, use it on its Styrofoam head having a towel over it for around 45 minutes, i style it by using a dryer and it’s all good to go. The entire process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and might be completed quicker if necessary. With two pieces, I always possess a nicely cleaned one styled and ready to wear. There are no extra large sums of money, no monthly maintenance costs. None of the fuss and bother which has been so graphical described elsewhere. Now, the remainder in the ‘other article’ is focused on 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 merely together with the fear of being spotted although with the sort of piece worn, etc. Also i can’t comment on motorcycle riding with his fantastic being unable to accomplish that with his system, but once 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 largest part of people will not go around seeking to spot hairpieces, and that fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, I personally think that I so detest my un-wigged head that even IF some people see the rug, if you ask me that is certainly far better 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 answer to your hair loss problem”. People: I have 32 years’ experience with a hairpiece, I have NOTHING to gain financially, and i also DO RECOMMEND ONE Like A VIABLE Strategy To THE HAIR LOSS PROBLEM.
-The other article says “wig/systems are simply not the answer. Many in these new groups (sic) will endeavour to inform you they are. Be aware of the news bearers. People: I am not here to explain how a hairpiece is or perhaps is not the best solution to suit your needs. Only you can decide that. I am finding the time to share by doing this-too-long 07dexqpky because I am just frustrated by the level of misinformation from the other article as well as in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. Whether or not is for you, is that you can decide, but IT IS A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE that deserves consideration.
And ultimately, the “other article” says, “be wary of anyone who tells you
that wigs/systems are the way to go. They may be usually naive individuals who lack a great deal of the information contained herein”. Yet again, I defy anybody to claim I am just naive or lack most of the data contained herein. I’ll only concede some point, as mentioned 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 aliexpress lace front wigs.