There is an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald websites, such as The BaldMan’s Homepage, and the newsgroup alt.baldspot. The article relates the really unpleasant experience the writer must have had with Human Hair Toppers, and yes it relates the horror story of the level of system that he or she is familiar. As being a famous politician often says, “I feel your pain”. HOWEVER, I feel I have to write in rebuttal of the 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 will not be valid, as the sort of piece being written about because article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub for guys, is probably not worn by over 10-20% from the hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of 1000s of hairpiece-wearing men, I want to comment on 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 factual that actors who 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 most people. Would any of us want to be observed in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The standard person is only able to afford an off-the-shelf kind of hairpiece, meaning “shedding, fading, no swimming, not one other strenuous sports”. OK. I wear an off-the-shelf form 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 each of the so-called deficiencies:
a) Shedding. No such thing!! I pay about $500 for the hairpiece and I keep for about 2 years. In this time (and by the way, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since I was 23 years old, which happens to be 32 years!!) I have not had a shedding problem, whether the piece was human or artificial. Perhaps generally if i had kept a piece longer I would have, and when there is 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 at all. I did so have one human piece that had a fading problem, but out of what exactly is probably a total of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad a standard, you will find, that does include lots of outdoor exposure.
c) You definitely CAN swim and play sports within your hairpiece. I have SNORKELED in mine (but you DO have to be mindful when taking off the snorkel mask!). I bike inside, I swim inside, and I do anything I want inside it. (Yes, I have done lose one in the ocean once, however, after 32 years, that’s not a bad average). It really irritates me to view the statement that with regard 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 truly illustrates the issue with objectivity from the whole article.
3) Now permit me to address precisely what is presented as a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I will speak no more than the regular kind of hairpiece that I have always worn, not the Hairclub for guys type. Allow me to say right here that we have never liked the Hairclub concept, and i also don’t like the idea of your semi-permanent attachment; but, I actually do know people who are very happy because of their Hairclub system. So, I’m failing to take a stand with that which I know nothing personal (perhaps this is a good practice for all of us?? hint…hint…) Anyway, when I got my first piece I still had some hair at the top, and I would not allow the barber shave it well. So, to the first several years I applied my piece with tape within the hair, you will find, I would have to be careful taking it off, or I might be saying OUCH a lot. Alas, after many years that remaining hair was gone, and since, I actually have used the regular double sided hairpiece tape to connect the piece to my head. My head is not really shaved, super glue is just not applied, and the piece is not going to continue to for 3-four weeks!!!! It appears off every night, and I wash my head along with other appropriate areas of the body in the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, and no track has ever been made. We have never used clips or weaving, only occasionally glue (NOT super glue, acrylic hairpiece glue, which you may wear the tape to prolong its life).
4) The wind can be your enemy. When you sweat of when it rains it appears ratty.
Well, when you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard for the wind to consider
your piece off. Mine has never come off in the wind. Doesn’t your hair of countless people look ratty in sweat or rain? Of course it will! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I believe sometimes my windblown hair looks natural than in the past!
5) OK, I will concede the idea that you must be mindful about people
running their fingers through it!
6) There exists a real sensation of paranoia about being “busted” (that may be
spotted) or found out like a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, this really is a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I suppose I have a very good spontaneity about this. My friends kid with me regarding it, and they also realize it doesn’t bother me. Do some of you kid friends who definitely are short? Or chubby? Or have got a funny accent? People, when you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of your piece will almost certainly vary very widely, and if you are taking care of your piece and wear it right, and if you buy it with a decent color match, a lot of people is not going to spot it!! And are you aware why? Because most people aren’t thinking about hairpieces!!!!
7) The next part in regards to the salesmen in their fancy Men Wigs, and their memorized spiels along with their fancy brochures and stuff like that, I cannot reply to in any way because in every my 32 numerous years of buying hairpieces I have NEVER, Been inside a place that way. I have bought every one of my hairpiece from the barber shop! When I have moved completely to another city, We have looked from the online directory under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case a few things i have performed is usually to demand a scheduled appointment to discuss hairpieces. As soon as 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 show me samples of the type of hairpiece he sells, to get a solid idea of the level of base, the level of hair construction, etc., etc. In a matter of one instance provides the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have never had to sign a legal contract or other document. OK, if I am buying a custom-made piece, a mold in the head is made much as described within the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it really is SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is produced and also the snipped of hair is taken (is actually all this big issue???) And about 4-six or seven weeks later, the hairpiece arrives. I get in along with the barber takes about 30-45 minutes to “cut it in”. That may be, he puts it on my head. At this moment it offers 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 purchased 2 hairpieces at once (because there was a discount in 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 I would like to wear a well used anyone 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 much of a big issue. I shampoo it inside the sink with regular shampoo, input it on its Styrofoam head having a towel over it for around 45 minutes, i style it with a dryer and it’s all good to go. The full process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and can be performed quicker if necessary. Now with two pieces, I usually possess a nicely cleaned one styled and able to wear. You can find 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 focused on the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because when i mentioned above, this can be a very personal thing, not only with all the the fear of being spotted but with the sort of piece worn, etc. In addition, i can’t discuss motorcycle riding and his awesome being unable to accomplish that regarding his system, but once again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is certainly Not At All TRUE with the kind of hairpiece many of us wear. I am just convinced that that majority of people tend not to go around trying to spot hairpieces, and this fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, I personally think that I so detest my un-wigged head that even IF some people find the rug, in my opinion that is certainly much better to my un-wigged head being spotted by ALL.
Only a few more rebuttals:
-The other article states that “anyone who really has experience with
wig/systems and possesses nothing to gain financially will never recommend one like a viable answer to the hair loss problem”. People: We have 32 years’ knowledge of a hairpiece, I have NOTHING to gain financially, and I DO RECOMMEND ONE AS A VIABLE Means To Fix THE HAIR LOSS PROBLEM.
-One other article says “wig/systems are just not the solution. Many in these new groups (sic) will try to know you they may be. Take care of such news bearers. People: I am just not here to let you know that a hairpiece is or possibly is not the solution for you personally. Only you are able to determine that. I am finding the time to post by doing this-too-long 07dexqpky because I am just annoyed by the level of misinformation from the other article as well as 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 wary of anyone that notifys you
that wigs/systems are the ideal solution. They can be usually naive individuals who lack a great deal of the information contained herein”. Again, I defy anybody to assert I am just naive or lack a lot of the skills contained herein. I’ll only concede one point, as pointed out above. I don’t like the very idea of HCM and would not go that route, but it’s not fair to use that to damn all human hair lace front wigs.