It comes with an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald websites, including the BaldMan’s Homepage, as well as the newsgroup alt.baldspot. The content relates the unpleasant go through the writer must have had with Human Hair Toppers, and it relates the horror story of the level of system which he is familiar. Being a famous politician often says, “I feel your pain”. HOWEVER, I feel I must write in rebuttal of your broad conclusion of the other writer. His conclusion is, simply stated, that 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 NOT valid, as the kind of piece being written about for the reason that article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub for males, may not be worn by greater than 10-20% of the hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of 1000s of hairpiece-wearing men, I would like to reply to all the points raised in the article involved:
1) much is made 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 then 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 some of us need to be observed in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The normal person can only afford an off-the-shelf kind of hairpiece, which means “shedding, fading, no swimming, no 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 one of the so-called deficiencies:
a) Shedding. No such thing!! I pay about $500 for the hairpiece and that i keep for roughly 2 years. In that time (and incidentally, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since i have was 23 years, which can 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 might have, and when there is 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 at all. I have done have one human piece that had a fading problem, but out of exactly what is probably an absolute of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad the average, and YES, that does include a great deal of outdoor exposure.
c) You most definitely CAN swim and play sports with your hairpiece. We have SNORKELED in mine (but you DO have to be mindful when removing the snorkel mask!). I bike inside it, I swim inside it, and that i do anything whatsoever I want inside it. (Yes, I did so lose one in the ocean once, but again, after 32 years, that’s not a bad average). It really irritates me to see the statement that regarding sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer understands that these activities are simply a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement so totally false it truly illustrates the trouble with objectivity within the whole article.
3) Now permit me to address what is presented as a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I could speak just about the traditional type of hairpiece i have always worn, not the Hairclub males type. Permit me to say right here which 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 those who are very happy because of their Hairclub system. So, I’m not implementing a stand about this which I know nothing personal (perhaps this may be a sensible practice for people?? hint…hint…) Anyway, after i got my first piece I still had some hair on the top, and that i would not let the barber shave it off. So, to the first a long period I applied my piece with tape over the hair, you will find, I had to be careful taking it away, or I might be saying OUCH a whole lot. Alas, after several years that remaining hair vanished, and since, I have used the typical double sided hairpiece tape to install the piece to my head. My head is not really shaved, super glue is NOT applied, and also the piece does not remain on for 3-four weeks!!!! It comes down off every night, and so i wash my head together with other appropriate body parts inside the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, with no track has been made. I have never used clips or weaving, only occasionally glue (NOT super glue, acrylic hairpiece glue, that you can place on the tape to prolong its life).
4) The wind is your enemy. When you sweat of whether it rains it looks ratty.
Well, should you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard to the wind for taking
your piece off. Mine has never appear from the wind. Doesn’t the hair of countless people look ratty in sweat or rain? Of course it can do! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I believe sometimes my windblown hair looks more natural than in the past!
5) OK, I am going to concede the idea that you have to be cautious about people
running their fingers through it!
6) There exists a real experience of paranoia about being “busted” (that is
spotted) or learned being a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, it is a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I guess I actually have a pretty good sense of humor regarding it. My friends kid with me about it, and they also realise it doesn’t bother me. Do some of you kid friends who definitely are short? Or chubby? Or possess a funny accent? People, if you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of the piece will vary very widely, and if you take proper care of your piece and put it on right, and if you purchase it with a decent color match, the majority of people will not spot it!! And are you aware why? As most people aren’t thinking of hairpieces!!!!
7) The next part regarding the salesmen inside their fancy Men Wigs, along with their memorized spiels and their fancy brochures and so on, I cannot reply to by any means because in every my 32 several years of buying hairpieces We have NEVER, Been in the place like that. I have bought each one of my hairpiece coming from a barber shop! Once I have moved to an alternative city, I have looked from the online directory under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case the things i have done is to require an appointment to discuss hairpieces. Once the appointed time arrives, invariably it will probably be after regular hours or I am going to be used to your private room inside the back. There the barber can have me examples of the level of hairpiece he sells, to acquire a concept of the kind of base, the sort of hair construction, etc., etc. In only one instance provides the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have not had to sign a contract or other document. OK, should i be investing in a custom-made piece, a mold of the head is produced much as described inside the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it can be SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is made as well as the snipped of hair is taken (is all this big issue???) Contributing to 4-6 weeks later, the hairpiece arrives. I get in and the barber takes about 30-45 minutes to “cut it in”. That is, he puts it on my own head. At this time they have Too much hair and thus 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 had been a discount in the second piece). Previously I only had one “good” piece (although I usually save 1 or 2 old ones in the event of emergency or if I would like to wear a well used someone to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it when needed, one or two times a month depending on weather, etc. It’s again, Not much of a big issue. I shampoo it inside the sink with regular shampoo, input it on its Styrofoam head using a towel over it for about 45 minutes, then I style it using a dryer and it’s all all set to go. The complete process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and can be performed quicker if possible. Now with two pieces, Normally i have a nicely cleaned one styled and able to wear. There are actually 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 in the ‘other article’ is dedicated to the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because because i mentioned above, this can be a very personal thing, not simply with the fear of being spotted but with the type of piece worn, etc. I also can’t discuss motorcycle riding with his fantastic the inability to do that regarding his system, but when again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is certainly Not At All TRUE with the type of hairpiece many of us wear. I am just convinced that that most of people tend not to go around seeking to spot hairpieces, and this fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, I personally believe that I so detest my un-wigged head that even though some individuals find the rug, for me that may be better than 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 being a viable means to fix your hair loss problem”. People: I have 32 years’ knowledge about a hairpiece, I have NOTHING to gain financially, and I DO RECOMMEND ONE Like A VIABLE Means To Fix Your Hair LOSS PROBLEM.
-The other article says “wig/systems are just not the best solution. Many over these new groups (sic) will endeavour to share with you they may be. Be cautious of such news bearers. People: I am just not here to tell you that a hairpiece is or possibly is not the best solution for you personally. Only you can decide that. I am just taking the time to share by doing this-too-long 07dexqpky because I am frustrated by the quantity of misinformation inside the other article and then in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. Whether is designed for you, is that you can decide, but IT IS A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE that deserves consideration.
And lastly, the “other article” says, “be cautious about anyone who lets you know
that wigs/systems are the way to go. They are usually naive individuals who lack a great deal of the information contained herein”. Once more, I defy anybody to claim I am naive or lack a lot of the data contained herein. I’ll only concede one point, as outlined above. I don’t like the concept of HCM and would never go that route, but it’s not fair to utilize that to damn all real human hair wigs.