There is 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 particular unpleasant feel the writer must have had with half wigs, plus it relates the horror story of the level of system which he is familiar. As a well known politician often says, “I feel your pain”. HOWEVER, I feel I have to write in rebuttal in the broad conclusion of this 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 this article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub for males, may not be worn by more than 10-20% of the hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of a huge number of hairpiece-wearing men, I wish to reply to all of the points raised in the article in question:
1) much is made from the “hairpieces worn by actors”. I don’t believe it has any effect on anything. It’s not true that actors who have hairpieces are combined with 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 kind of us desire to be found in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The typical person could only afford an off-the-shelf kind of hairpiece, which means “shedding, fading, no swimming, not any other strenuous sports”. OK. I wear an off-the-shelf form of hairpiece. Occasionally I purchase a custom-made one, and occasionally a “stock” piece if 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 keep for roughly 2 years. In that time (and anyway, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since I was 23 years old, which happens to be 32 years!!) I have NEVER had a shedding problem, if the piece was human or artificial. Perhaps should i had kept a piece longer I might have, and when there is a shedding problem, hair may be added. It’s no biggie.
b) Fading. The newer synthetic pieces, that happen to be all I buy now, have not given me any fading problems at all. I have done have one human piece which had a fading problem, but out from what is probably an absolute of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad the average, you will find, that does include a great deal of outdoor exposure.
c) You most definitely CAN swim and play sports in your hairpiece. We have SNORKELED in mine (but you have to be mindful when taking off the snorkel mask!). I bike in it, I swim inside, and I do anything whatsoever I want in it. (Yes, I did so lose one in the ocean once, but again, after 32 years, that’s not necessarily a bad average). It irritates me to view the statement that with regard to sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer recognizes that these activities are only a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement therefore totally false it truly illustrates the situation with objectivity in the whole article.
3) Now let me address what exactly is presented as a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I will speak approximately the regular form of hairpiece that I have always worn, not the Hairclub for Men type. Allow me to say right here i have never liked the Hairclub concept, and that i don’t like the idea in the semi-permanent attachment; but, I really do know those who are thrilled making use of their Hairclub system. So, I’m not taking a stand with that which I know nothing personal (perhaps this may be a good practice for all of us?? hint…hint…) Anyway, after i got my first piece I still had some hair at the top, and I would not let the barber shave it off. So, for the first several years I applied my piece with tape within the hair, and yes, I had to be careful taking them back, or I would be saying OUCH a lot. Alas, after a long period that remaining hair was gone, and since, I have got used the regular 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 is not going to continue to for 3-4 weeks!!!! It comes 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, without any track has ever been made. I 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 seems ratty.
Well, in the event you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard for that wind for taking
your piece off. Mine has never disappear inside the wind. Doesn’t the hair of countless people look ratty in sweat or rain? Obviously it does! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I feel sometimes my windblown hair looks natural than in the past!
5) OK, I am going to concede the idea that you need to be mindful about people
running their fingers through it!
6) There exists a real feeling of paranoia about being “busted” (that is certainly
spotted) or found out being a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, this is a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I suppose We have an excellent spontaneity about this. My buddies kid with me regarding it, and so they realize it doesn’t bother me. Do any of you kid friends that are short? Or chubby? Or have a funny accent? People, if you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of a piece will vary very widely, and through taking proper care of your piece and put it on right, and if you pick it with a great color match, many people is not going to spot it!! And do you know why? Since most people aren’t thinking about hairpieces!!!!
7) The following part regarding the salesmen inside their fancy hairpieces for men, as well as their memorized spiels and their fancy brochures and stuff like that, I cannot reply to whatsoever because in most my 32 numerous years of buying hairpieces I have got NEVER, EVER been in a place such as that. We have bought every one of my hairpiece from a barber shop! After I have moved to a new city, I have looked in the yellow pages under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case things i have performed is always to call for an appointment to discuss hairpieces. When the appointed time arrives, invariably it will likely be after regular hours or I will be utilized to a private room from the back. There the barber will show me samples of the level of hairpiece he sells, to acquire a concept of the type of base, the type of hair construction, etc., etc. In just one instance has got the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have not had to sign an agreement or another document. OK, should i be investing in a custom-made piece, a mold from the head is manufactured much as described from the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it really is SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is made and also the snipped of hair is taken (is all this big problem???) Contributing to 4-6 weeks later, the hairpiece arrives. I get in along with the barber takes about 30-45 minutes to “cut it in”. That is certainly, he puts it on my head. At this stage it provides WAY too much hair therefore he cuts and designs it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently initially within my life I purchased 2 hairpieces at once (since there was really a discount in the second piece). Previously I only had one “good” piece (although I always save 1 or 2 old ones in the event of emergency or if perhaps I wish to wear a well used anyone to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it as required, one or two times a month dependant upon weather, etc. It’s again, Not really a big deal. I shampoo it inside the sink with regular shampoo, input it on its Styrofoam head having a towel over it for approximately 45 minutes, i style it by using a dryer and it’s all all set. The entire process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and may be achieved quicker if necessary. Now with two pieces, Normally i possess a nicely cleaned one styled and able 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 committed to the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because while i mentioned above, this really is a very personal thing, not merely with the the fear of being spotted though with the kind of piece worn, etc. Also i can’t reply to motorcycle riding with his fantastic the inability to do that together with his system, but when 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 convinced that that majority of people tend not to go around looking 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 though a lot of people spot the rug, if you ask me that may be preferable to my un-wigged head being spotted by ALL.
Just a few more rebuttals:
-One other article states that “anyone who really has experience with
wig/systems and it has nothing to gain financially will never recommend one being a viable solution to the hair loss problem”. People: We have 32 years’ exposure to a hairpiece, We have Absolutely nothing to gain financially, and that i DO RECOMMEND ONE Being A VIABLE SOLUTION TO Your Hair LOSS PROBLEM.
-Other article says “wig/systems are just not the answer. Many within these new groups (sic) will endeavour to share with you they can be. Be aware of these news bearers. People: I am just not here to explain how a hairpiece is or perhaps is not the perfect solution for yourself. Only it is possible to determine that. I am just spending some time to publish this way-too-long 07dexqpky because I am aggravated by the quantity of misinformation inside the other article and also in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. Regardless of whether is perfect 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 who informs you
that wigs/systems are the ideal solution. These are usually naive those who lack much of the skills contained herein”. Once more, I defy anybody to assert I am naive or lack much of the knowledge contained herein. I’ll only concede one point, as mentioned above. I don’t like the thought of HCM and would never go that route, but it’s not fair to work with that to damn all human hair lace front wigs.