There is an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald internet sites, such as The BaldMan’s Homepage, as well as the newsgroup alt.baldspot. The content relates the really unpleasant go through the writer will need to have had with half wigs, and it also relates the horror story of the type of system that he 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 this other writer. His conclusion is, simply stated, that all hairpieces/systems/toupees, etc., are rip-offs sold by unscrupulous people and they all look bad and that 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 males, may not be worn by greater than 10-20% of your hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of a huge number of hairpiece-wearing men, I wish to reply to each one of the points raised within the article involved:
1) much consists of the “hairpieces worn by actors”. I don’t believe it has any effect on anything. It’s not correct that actors that have hairpieces are accompanied by 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 kind of us need to be observed in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The typical person is only able to afford an off-the-shelf type 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 great for mine. I’ll address each of the so-called deficiencies:
a) Shedding. No such thing!! I pay about $500 for a hairpiece and so i keep for approximately 24 months. For the reason that time (and anyway, 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 find 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 in any way. I did have one human piece that had a fading problem, but away from what exactly is probably an overall of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad a typical, you will find, that does include a great deal of outdoor exposure.
c) You most definitely CAN swim and play sports inside your hairpiece. I have SNORKELED in mine (but you have to be cautious when taking off the snorkel mask!). I bike within it, I swim in it, and I do just about anything I want inside. (Yes, I did so 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 pertaining to sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer knows that these activities are only a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement and so totally false it illustrates the problem with objectivity within the whole article.
3) Now i want to address exactly what is presented like a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I could speak just about the standard type of hairpiece that we have always worn, not the Hairclub males type. Permit me to say on this site which i have never liked the Hairclub concept, and so i don’t like the thought in the semi-permanent attachment; but, I do know individuals who are thrilled because of their Hairclub system. So, I’m failing to take a stand with that that i know nothing personal (perhaps this may be 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 enable the barber shave it away. So, for that first a long period I applied my piece with tape on the hair, and yes, I had to be careful taking it well, or I might be saying OUCH a great deal. Alas, after a long period that remaining hair vanished, and ever since, I have got used the regular double sided hairpiece tape to install the piece to my head. My head is just not shaved, super glue will not be applied, and the piece will not stay on for 3-four weeks!!!! It comes down off every night, and i also wash my head and also other appropriate areas of the body from the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, and no track has ever 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. If you sweat of if it rains it appears ratty.
Well, when you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard to the wind for taking
your piece off. Mine has never appear inside the wind. Doesn’t your hair of numerous people look ratty in sweat or rain? Obviously it can do! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I believe sometimes my windblown hair looks natural than before!
5) OK, I am going to concede the idea you need to be mindful about people
running their fingers through it!
6) You will find a real sense of paranoia about being “busted” (that is certainly
spotted) or discovered like a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, it is a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I suppose I have a very good humorousness regarding this. My pals kid with me about this, and they be aware of it doesn’t bother me. Do any one of you kid friends who are short? Or chubby? Or use a funny accent? People, when you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of any piece will almost certainly vary very widely, and by taking care of your piece and put it on right, and if you opt for it with a good color match, many people is not going to spot it!! And do you know why? As most people aren’t thinking about hairpieces!!!!
7) Another part about the salesmen inside their fancy hairpieces for men, and their memorized spiels and their fancy brochures and so on, I cannot reply to at all because in most my 32 years of buying hairpieces I have got NEVER, EVER been within a place like that. I have bought all of my hairpiece from a barber shop! As I have moved completely to another city, I actually have looked inside the classifieds under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case things i have performed is to involve an appointment to go over hairpieces. As soon as the appointed time arrives, invariably it will be after regular hours or I am going to be utilized to some private room in the back. There the barber shows me samples of the sort of hairpiece he sells, to obtain a sense of the kind 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 other document. OK, should i be purchasing a custom-made piece, a mold from the head is produced much as described in the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it can be SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is made along with the snipped of hair is taken (will be all this big deal???) And approximately 4-6 weeks later, the hairpiece arrives. I get in and also 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 therefore he cuts and styles it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently initially during my life I purchased 2 hairpieces at once (because there was really a discount around the second piece). Previously I only had one “good” piece (although I always save 1 or 2 old ones in case of 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 as needed, a couple of times per month according to weather, etc. It’s again, Not really a big issue. I shampoo it from the sink with regular shampoo, input it on its Styrofoam head using a towel over it for around 45 minutes, i then 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 can be done quicker if necessary. With two pieces, Normally i have a nicely cleaned one styled and ready to wear. There are no extra a lot of money, no monthly maintenance costs. No fuss and bother that has been so graphical described elsewhere. Now, the remainder in the ‘other article’ is committed to the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because when i stated earlier, this can be a very personal thing, not simply using the concern with being spotted however with the level of piece worn, etc. I also can’t discuss motorcycle riding with his fantastic not being able to do that with his system, but when again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is Not TRUE with the kind of hairpiece the majority of us wear. I am just convinced that that majority of people usually do not go around looking to spot hairpieces, which fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, I personally believe I so detest my un-wigged head that regardless of whether some individuals spot the rug, for me which is far better my un-wigged head being spotted by ALL.
Just a few more rebuttals:
-Other article says that “anyone who really has experience with
wig/systems and contains absolutely nothing to gain financially will never recommend one being a viable strategy to the hair loss problem”. People: I have 32 years’ experience with a hairpiece, I actually have NOTHING to gain financially, and that i DO RECOMMEND ONE As Being A VIABLE SOLUTION TO Your Hair LOSS PROBLEM.
-Another article says “wig/systems are merely not the best solution. Many within these new groups (sic) will attempt to inform you they are. Be mindful of such news bearers. People: I am just not here to inform you that a hairpiece is or possibly is not the best solution for you personally. Only it is possible to think that. I am just spending some time to publish by doing this-too-long 07dexqpky because I am frustrated by the level of misinformation within the other article as well as in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. Whether is made for you, is that you can decide, yet it is A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE that deserves consideration.
Lastly, the “other article” says, “be cautious about anyone who lets you know
that wigs/systems are the ideal solution. They can be usually naive people that lack a great deal of the data contained herein”. Once more, I defy anybody to claim I am naive or lack a great deal of the skills 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 work with that to damn all real human hair wigs.