There is an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald internet sites, like the BaldMan’s Homepage, along with the newsgroup alt.baldspot. The content relates the unpleasant feel the writer will need to have had with half wigs, plus it relates the horror story of the kind of system which he or she is familiar. As being a well known politician often says, “I feel your pain”. HOWEVER, I feel I have to write in rebuttal from the broad conclusion of that particular other writer. His conclusion is, simply stated, that most hairpieces/systems/toupees, etc., are rip-offs sold by unscrupulous people and that they all look bad and that they are humiliating/embarrassing/confining/hard-to-care-for, etc., etc., etc. Those conclusions are certainly not valid, as the sort of piece being written about in that article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub for guys, is probably not worn by more than 10-20% of the hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of thousands of hairpiece-wearing men, I would like to discuss all the points raised inside 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 correct that actors who definitely have hairpieces are accompanied by an army of stylists, and that i don’t accept that it’s true their hairpieces look any better or worse than the general public. Would any of us wish to be found in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The normal person can only afford an off-the-shelf kind of hairpiece, which suggests “shedding, fading, no swimming, hardly any other strenuous sports”. OK. I wear an off-the-shelf kind of hairpiece. Occasionally I invest in a custom-made one, and occasionally a “stock” piece when 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 that i keep for about two years. For the reason that time (and incidentally, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since i have was 23 years of age, which is 32 years!!) I have NEVER had a shedding problem, whether or not the piece was human or artificial. Perhaps basically if i had kept a piece longer I would have, and when there is a shedding problem, hair may 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 whatsoever. I did so have one human piece which had a fading problem, but away from precisely 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 most certainly CAN swim and play sports in your hairpiece. We have SNORKELED in mine (but you DO have to be cautious when taking off the snorkel mask!). I bike inside it, I swim inside, and i also a single thing I want within it. (Yes, I did so lose one out of the ocean once, yet, after 32 years, that’s not a bad average). It really irritates me to find out the statement that pertaining to sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer knows that these activities are a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement and thus totally false it illustrates the problem with objectivity in the whole article.
3) Now i want to address exactly what is presented as being a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I will speak no more than the standard sort of hairpiece i have always worn, not the Hairclub for males type. Let me say here that I have never liked the Hairclub concept, and i also don’t like the idea of your semi-permanent attachment; but, I truly do know people who are delighted making use of their Hairclub system. So, I’m not taking a stand about this that i know nothing personal (perhaps this could be a sensible practice for all of us?? hint…hint…) Anyway, once i got my first piece I still had some hair at the top, and that i would not permit the barber shave it well. So, to the first a few years I applied my piece with tape within the hair, and yes, I would have to be careful taking them back, or I might be saying OUCH a great deal. Alas, after several years that remaining hair vanished, and since, I have got used the conventional double sided hairpiece tape to install the piece to my head. My head is NOT shaved, super glue will not be applied, and also the piece will not continue to for 3-4 weeks!!!! It appears off each night, and so i wash my head together with other appropriate body parts within the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, and no track has been made. I have got never used clips or weaving, only occasionally glue (NOT super glue, acrylic hairpiece glue, which you can placed on the tape to extend its life).
4) The wind will be your enemy. In the event you sweat of if it rains it seems ratty.
Well, should 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 several people look ratty in sweat or rain? Obviously it will! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I feel sometimes my windblown hair looks natural than before!
5) OK, I will concede the idea that you have to be mindful about people
running their fingers through it!
6) There exists a real sense of paranoia about being “busted” (that is
spotted) or discovered being a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, this can be a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I guess I have a very good spontaneity regarding this. My buddies kid with me about this, and they know it doesn’t bother me. Do any of you kid friends that are short? Or chubby? Or have a funny accent? People, when you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of a piece will almost certainly vary very widely, and if you are taking proper care of your piece and use it right, and if you purchase it with a great color match, a lot of people will never spot it!! And have you any idea why? As most people aren’t thinking about hairpieces!!!!
7) Another part in regards to the salesmen in their fancy Hair toupees, and their memorized spiels and their fancy brochures and so forth, I cannot discuss at all because in all of the my 32 many years of buying hairpieces I have NEVER, EVER been in the place like this. We have bought all of my hairpiece coming from a barber shop! Once I have moved completely to another city, I have got looked from the classifieds under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case a few things i have performed is always to involve a consultation to discuss hairpieces. When the appointed time arrives, invariably it will be after regular hours or I will be utilized into a private room within the back. There the barber can have me samples of the level of hairpiece he sells, to get a sense of the level of base, the sort of hair construction, etc., etc. Within just one instance has the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have never had to sign a binding agreement or other document. OK, if I am investing in a custom-made piece, a mold of your head is manufactured much as described within the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it can be SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is created along with the snipped of hair is taken (is perhaps all this big problem???) And approximately 4-6 weeks later, the hairpiece arrives. I go in and also the barber takes about 30-45 minutes to “cut it in”. Which is, he puts it on my own head. At this time it offers Too much hair and thus he cuts and styles it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently the first time within my life I got 2 hairpieces simultaneously (since there was a discount about the second piece). Previously I only had one “good” piece (although I always save 1 or 2 old ones in case there is emergency or if perhaps I would like to wear an older one to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it if needed, 1-2 times a month according to weather, etc. It’s again, Not just a big problem. I shampoo it inside the sink with regular shampoo, put it on its Styrofoam head by using a towel over it for approximately 45 minutes, i style it having a dryer and it’s all all set. The entire process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and can be completed quicker if needed. With two pieces, I always have a nicely cleaned one styled and ready to wear. There are actually no extra hundreds of dollars, no monthly maintenance costs. Not one of the fuss and bother which has been so graphical described elsewhere. Now, the remainder from the ‘other article’ is dedicated to the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because while i stated earlier, it is a very personal thing, not only with the anxiety about being spotted however with the sort of piece worn, etc. I also can’t comment on motorcycle riding and his awesome not being able to do that regarding his system, but once again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is certainly Not TRUE with the type of hairpiece most of us wear. I am convinced that that majority of people will not go around looking 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 a lot of people spot the rug, in my opinion that is preferable to my un-wigged head being spotted by ALL.
Just a couple more rebuttals:
-One other article says that “anyone who really has experience with
wig/systems and has absolutely nothing to gain financially will never recommend one as a viable solution to your hair loss problem”. People: We have 32 years’ knowledge about a hairpiece, I have NOTHING to gain financially, and that i DO RECOMMEND ONE As Being A VIABLE SOLUTION TO THE HAIR LOSS PROBLEM.
-One other article says “wig/systems are simply not the answer. Many within these new groups (sic) will try to inform you they are. Take care of the news bearers. People: I am just not here to tell you that a hairpiece is or is not the best solution for you personally. Only you are able to think that. I am just finding the time to share in this way-too-long 07dexqpky because I am just frustrated by the quantity of misinformation in the other article as well as in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. If is perfect 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 notifys you
that wigs/systems are the way to go. These are usually naive individuals who lack most of the data contained herein”. Again, I defy anybody to claim I am just naive or lack much of the knowledge contained herein. I’ll only concede some point, as pointed out above. I don’t like the idea of HCM and would never go that route, but it’s not fair to make use of that to damn all human hair lace front wigs.