There is an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald sites on the internet, such as The BaldMan’s Homepage, along with the newsgroup alt.baldspot. The content relates the very unpleasant enjoy the writer need to have had with half wigs, and yes it relates the horror story of the sort of system with which he is familiar. Like a well known politician often says, “I feel your pain”. HOWEVER, I feel I must write in rebuttal from the broad conclusion of this 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 are NOT valid, as the sort 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 comment on each one of the points raised in the article in question:
1) much consists 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 then an army of stylists, and i also don’t accept that it’s true their hairpieces look any better or worse than the public. Would some of us desire to be observed in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The typical person is only able to afford an off-the-shelf form of hairpiece, which means “shedding, fading, no swimming, hardly 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 ideal for mine. I’ll address all of the so-called deficiencies:
a) Shedding. No such thing!! I pay about $500 for a hairpiece and i also keep for approximately 24 months. In this time (and incidentally, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since I was 23 years, which can be 32 years!!) I have NEVER had a shedding problem, whether the piece was human or artificial. Perhaps basically 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, which can be all I buy now, have not given me any fading problems at all. I did so have one human piece that had a fading problem, but away from what is probably an overall of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad the average, you will find, that does include plenty of outdoor exposure.
c) You undoubtedly CAN swim and play sports inside your hairpiece. We have SNORKELED in mine (but you DO have to be careful when taking off the snorkel mask!). I bike inside it, I swim inside it, and so i do anything whatsoever I want inside. (Yes, I have done lose one in the ocean once, however, after 32 years, that’s not necessarily a bad average). It irritates me to discover the statement that pertaining to sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer recognizes that these activities are simply a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement and so totally false it really illustrates the trouble with objectivity in the whole article.
3) Now allow me to address precisely what is presented being a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I will speak only about the traditional sort of hairpiece that we have always worn, not the Hairclub males type. I want to say right here that I have never liked the Hairclub concept, and I don’t like the idea in the semi-permanent attachment; but, I do know those people who are delighted making use of their Hairclub system. So, I’m not taking a stand concerning this that i know nothing personal (perhaps this may be a sensible practice for all of us?? hint…hint…) Anyway, once i got my first piece I still had some hair on the top, and i also would not enable the barber shave it off. So, for your first a few years I applied my piece with tape within the hair, you will find, I would have to be careful taking it away, or I might be saying OUCH a great deal. Alas, after many years that remaining hair vanished, and since, I actually have used the regular double sided hairpiece tape to connect the piece to my head. My head is just not shaved, super glue will not be applied, along with the piece is not going to remain for 3-4 weeks!!!! It comes down off every night, and so i wash my head and also other appropriate parts of the body in the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, with no track has been made. We have never used clips or weaving, only occasionally glue (NOT super glue, acrylic hairpiece glue, which you could put on the tape to extend its life).
4) The wind will be your enemy. Should you sweat of when it rains it seems ratty.
Well, in the event you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard for the wind to take
your piece off. Mine has never disappear from the wind. Doesn’t the hair of numerous people look ratty in sweat or rain? Naturally it does! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I believe sometimes my windblown hair looks more natural than 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 sense of paranoia about being “busted” (that is
spotted) or determined being a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, this can be a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I assume I actually have a very good spontaneity about this. My friends kid with me regarding it, and they also be aware of 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, when you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of any piece will vary very widely, and by taking proper care of your piece and put it on right, and if you pick it with an excellent color match, many people will not likely spot it!! And are you aware why? Since the majority of people aren’t thinking about hairpieces!!!!
7) The next part regarding the salesmen in their fancy Men Wigs, and their memorized spiels and their fancy brochures and so on, I cannot reply to in any way because in all of the my 32 several years of buying hairpieces I have NEVER, EVER been inside a place such as that. I have got bought every one of my hairpiece coming from a barber shop! When I have moved to a new city, We have looked within the online directory under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case things i have performed would be to require a consultation to discuss hairpieces. When the appointed time arrives, invariably it will probably be after regular hours or I will be taken to your private room within the back. There the barber will demonstrate me examples of the level of hairpiece he sells, to obtain a sense of the sort of base, the kind 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 other document. OK, should i be getting a custom-made piece, a mold in the head is manufactured much as described in the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it is SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is produced and the snipped of hair is taken (is all this big problem???) And approximately 4-six or seven 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 moment it has WAY too much hair and so he cuts and designs it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently for the first time within my life I bought 2 hairpieces right away (since there was actually a discount in 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 if perhaps I wish to wear a well used one to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it as needed, once or twice a month depending on weather, etc. It’s again, NOT a big issue. I shampoo it from the sink with regular shampoo, use it on its Styrofoam head by using a towel over it for roughly 45 minutes, then I style it having a dryer and it’s all all set. The whole process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and may be performed quicker if necessary. Now with two pieces, I usually use a nicely cleaned one styled and ready to wear. You can find no extra hundreds of dollars, no monthly maintenance costs. None of the fuss and bother that has been so graphical described elsewhere. Now, the remainder of the ‘other article’ is devoted to the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because when i stated previously, this really is a very personal thing, not just using the concern with being spotted though with the sort of piece worn, etc. I also can’t comment on motorcycle riding along with his being unable to do that together with his system, but when again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is Not At All TRUE with the level of hairpiece many people wear. I am just convinced that that majority of people usually do not go around attempting to spot hairpieces, and therefore fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, Personally, i believe I so detest my un-wigged head that regardless of whether a lot of people find the rug, to me that may be better than my un-wigged head being spotted by ALL.
Just a couple of more rebuttals:
-Other article states that “anyone who really has experience with
wig/systems and possesses absolutely nothing to gain financially will never recommend one like a viable strategy to your hair loss problem”. People: We have 32 years’ knowledge about a hairpiece, I have got Absolutely nothing to gain financially, and i also DO RECOMMEND ONE Being A VIABLE SOLUTION TO THE HAIR LOSS PROBLEM.
-Another article says “wig/systems are merely not the solution. Many within these new groups (sic) will try to tell you they may be. Take care of such news bearers. People: I am not here to explain how a hairpiece is or is not the answer for you personally. Only you can choose that. I am making the effort to publish in this way-too-long 07dexqpky because I am annoyed by the quantity of misinformation from the other article and also in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. Whether is made for you, is so that you can decide, however it is A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE that deserves consideration.
And ultimately, the “other article” says, “be cautious about anyone that informs you
that wigs/systems are the ideal solution. These are usually naive people that lack much of the data contained herein”. Again, I defy anybody to claim I am just naive or lack most of the knowledge contained herein. I’ll only concede some time, as mentioned above. I don’t like the idea of HCM and would not go that route, but it’s not fair to use that to damn all aliexpress lace front wigs.