There is an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald internet sites, including the BaldMan’s Homepage, as well as the newsgroup alt.baldspot. The content relates the really unpleasant experience the writer should have had with half wigs, and it relates the horror story of the sort of system in which he or she is familiar. As 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 usually are not valid, as the type of piece being written about in this article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub for Men, is probably not worn by a lot more than 10-20% of the hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of thousands of hairpiece-wearing men, I want to reply to each one of the points raised within the article involved:
1) much is constructed of the “hairpieces worn by actors”. I don’t believe it has any effect on anything. It’s not genuine that actors who may 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 public. Would any kind of us need to be observed in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The average person is only able to afford an off-the-shelf type of hairpiece, which suggests “shedding, fading, no swimming, not any other strenuous sports”. OK. I wear an off-the-shelf sort of hairpiece. Occasionally I get a custom-made one, and occasionally a “stock” piece once the color match is perfect for mine. I’ll address all of the so-called deficiencies:
a) Shedding. No such thing!! I pay about $500 for any hairpiece and i also keep for about two years. Because time (and incidentally, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since I was 23 years, which happens to be 32 years!!) I have NEVER had a shedding problem, regardless of if 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 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 by any means. I have done have one human piece who had a fading problem, but out 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 plenty of outdoor exposure.
c) You definitely CAN swim and play sports with your hairpiece. I have SNORKELED in mine (but you have to take care when taking off the snorkel mask!). I bike inside it, I swim inside it, and i also do anything I want inside. (Yes, I did so lose one in the ocean once, yet, after 32 years, that’s not necessarily a bad average). It irritates me to view the statement that with regards to sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer is aware that these activities are only a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement so totally false it illustrates the issue with objectivity in the whole article.
3) Now permit me to address what is presented like a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I could speak approximately the regular type of hairpiece which i have always worn, not the Hairclub for males type. Permit me to say on this site i have never liked the Hairclub concept, and that i don’t like the thought of your semi-permanent attachment; but, I do know people who are happy because of their Hairclub system. So, I’m failing to take a stand with that which I know nothing personal (perhaps this may be a good practice for all of us?? hint…hint…) Anyway, once i got my first piece I still had some hair ahead, and I would not let the barber shave it off. So, for your first a long period I applied my piece with tape over the hair, and yes, I needed to be careful taking it off, or I would be saying OUCH a whole lot. Alas, after a long period that remaining hair vanished, and ever since, I have used the typical double sided hairpiece tape to install the piece to my head. My head is NOT shaved, super glue will not be applied, along with the piece does not stay on for 3-four weeks!!!! It appears 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 out track has been made. I actually have never used clips or weaving, only occasionally glue (NOT super glue, acrylic hairpiece glue, which you can place on the tape to prolong its life).
4) The wind will be your enemy. If you sweat of when it rains it looks ratty.
Well, if you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard to the wind for taking
your piece off. Mine has never disappear inside the wind. Doesn’t your hair of several people look ratty in sweat or rain? Naturally it can! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I do believe sometimes my windblown hair looks more natural than in the past!
5) OK, I am going to concede the point that you have to be careful about people
running their fingers through it!
6) You will discover a real sense of paranoia about being “busted” (that is certainly
spotted) or determined as being a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, it is a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I suppose We have a great humorousness about this. My pals kid with me regarding it, and so they be aware of it doesn’t bother me. Do some of you kid friends who definitely are short? Or chubby? Or use a funny accent? People, in the event you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of a piece will almost certainly vary very widely, and if you take care of your piece and wear 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 of hairpieces!!!!
7) Another part about the salesmen within their fancy Hair toupees, as well as their memorized spiels in addition to their fancy brochures and the like, I cannot comment on at all because in all of the my 32 many years of buying hairpieces I actually have NEVER, EVER been in a place like this. I have bought all of my hairpiece from your barber shop! After I have moved to a new city, I have looked in 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 an appointment to talk about hairpieces. Once the appointed time arrives, invariably it will be after regular hours or I am going to be taken to some private room within the back. There the barber will demonstrate me samples of the type of hairpiece he sells, to obtain a sense of the kind of base, the level of hair construction, etc., etc. In a matter of one instance has got the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have never had to sign an agreement or other document. OK, should i be buying a custom-made piece, a mold of the head is manufactured much as described within the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it really is SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is manufactured and also the snipped of hair is taken (will be all this problem???) And approximately 4-6 weeks later, the hairpiece arrives. I go in along with the barber takes about 30-45 minutes to “cut it in”. That is, he puts it on my small head. At this moment it provides WAY too much hair and thus he cuts and designs it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently the first time during my life I purchased 2 hairpieces simultaneously (since there had been a discount on the second piece). Previously I only had one “good” piece (although Normally i save 1 or 2 old ones in the case of emergency or maybe I would like to wear a well used a person to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it if needed, once or twice a month based on weather, etc. It’s again, Not much of a big deal. I shampoo it in the sink with regular shampoo, put it on its Styrofoam head with a towel over it for about 45 minutes, then I style it having a dryer and it’s all ready to go. The full process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and might be performed quicker if required. With two pieces, Normally i have a nicely cleaned one styled and ready to wear. You can find no extra large sums of money, no monthly maintenance costs. Not one of the fuss and bother which has been so graphical described elsewhere. Now, the remainder of your ‘other article’ is devoted to the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because when i mentioned previously, this really is a very personal thing, not only with all the concern with being spotted however with the kind of piece worn, etc. In addition, i can’t discuss motorcycle riding and his the inability to accomplish that with his system, but when again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is certainly Not At All TRUE with the level of hairpiece many people wear. I am just convinced that that majority of people tend not to go around seeking to spot hairpieces, and that fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, Personally, i believe that I so detest my un-wigged head that even IF some individuals spot the rug, if you ask me which is better than my un-wigged head being spotted by ALL.
Just a few more rebuttals:
-The other article states that “anyone who really is skilled with
wig/systems and has nothing to gain financially will never recommend one like a viable means to fix your hair loss problem”. People: I have 32 years’ knowledge of a hairpiece, I have NOTHING to gain financially, and that i DO RECOMMEND ONE AS A VIABLE Means To Fix THE HAIR LOSS PROBLEM.
-Other article says “wig/systems are just not the solution. Many within these new groups (sic) will endeavour to share with you they may be. Be cautious of those news bearers. People: I am just not here to tell you that a hairpiece is or possibly is not the answer to suit your needs. Only you may determine that. I am spending some time to publish by doing this-too-long 07dexqpky because I am just frustrated by the level of misinformation from the other article and also in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. Whether or not is for you, is so that you can decide, but IT IS A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE that deserves consideration.
Lastly, the “other article” says, “be cautious about anyone who notifys you
that wigs/systems are the way to go. These are usually naive those who lack a great deal of the knowledge contained herein”. Yet again, I defy anybody to assert I am just naive or lack a great deal of the information contained herein. I’ll only concede one point, as stated before. I don’t like the concept of HCM and would not go that route, but it’s not fair to utilize that to damn all aliexpress lace front wigs.