There is an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald sites on the internet, for example the BaldMan’s Homepage, and also the newsgroup alt.baldspot. The content relates the particular unpleasant go through the writer will need to have had with half wigs, and it relates the horror story of the type of system which he is familiar. Being a popular 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 all 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 kind of piece being written about in that article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub for Men, may not be worn by greater than 10-20% of your hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of 1000s of hairpiece-wearing men, I want to discuss all the points raised within the article involved:
1) much is made from the “hairpieces worn by actors”. I don’t believe this has any effect on anything. It’s not true that actors who definitely have hairpieces are accompanied by an army of stylists, and i also 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 noticed in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The normal person is only able to afford an off-the-shelf form of hairpiece, which implies “shedding, fading, no swimming, no other strenuous sports”. OK. I wear an off-the-shelf type of hairpiece. Occasionally I purchase a custom-made one, and occasionally a “stock” piece as soon as the color match is perfect 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 so i keep for about 24 months. In that time (and incidentally, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since I was 23 years, which happens to be 32 years!!) I have not had a shedding problem, whether or not the piece was human or artificial. Perhaps generally if i had kept a piece longer I would personally have, and if you have 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 by any means. I did so have one human piece who had a fading problem, but from precisely what is probably an overall of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad the average, and YES, that does include lots of outdoor exposure.
c) You definitely CAN swim and play sports within your hairpiece. I actually have SNORKELED in mine (but you DO have to be cautious when taking off the snorkel mask!). I bike inside it, I swim in it, and i also do anything I want inside it. (Yes, I did so lose one out of the ocean once, but again, after 32 years, that’s not necessarily a bad average). It really irritates me to view the statement that pertaining to sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer understands that these activities are just a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement and thus totally false it illustrates the trouble with objectivity within the whole article.
3) Now permit me to address what exactly is presented like a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I can speak no more than the standard sort of hairpiece which i have always worn, not the Hairclub for males type. Let me say below that I have never liked the Hairclub concept, and i also don’t like the thought from the semi-permanent attachment; but, I really do know people who are happy using their Hairclub system. So, I’m not implementing a stand about that that i know nothing personal (perhaps this may be a sensible practice for people?? hint…hint…) Anyway, as i got my first piece I still had some hair at the top, and so i would not allow the barber shave it away. So, for the first several years I applied my piece with tape across the hair, you will find, I needed to be careful taking it away, or I would be saying OUCH a good deal. Alas, after a few years that remaining hair vanished, and ever 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 will not be applied, along with the piece fails to stay on for 3-4 weeks!!!! It appears off each night, and i also wash my head as well as other appropriate areas of the body from the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, and no track has ever been made. I actually have never used clips or weaving, only occasionally glue (NOT super glue, acrylic hairpiece glue, which you may place on the tape to extend its life).
4) The wind can be your enemy. When you sweat of if this rains it seems ratty.
Well, in the event you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard to the wind for taking
your piece off. Mine has never appear inside the wind. Doesn’t your hair of countless people look ratty in sweat or rain? Needless to say it does! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I believe sometimes my windblown hair looks more natural than ever!
5) OK, I will concede the point you need to be mindful about people
running their fingers through it!
6) There exists a real experience of paranoia about being “busted” (that may be
spotted) or discovered as being a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, this is a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I assume We have an excellent spontaneity regarding this. My buddies kid with me regarding it, and they also know it doesn’t bother me. Do any of you kid friends that are short? Or chubby? Or have a funny accent? People, in the event you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of a piece will probably vary very widely, and by taking good care of your piece and wear it right, and if you opt for it with a decent color match, many people will not spot it!! And do you know why? As most people aren’t thinking of hairpieces!!!!
7) Another part regarding the salesmen inside their fancy Men Wigs, in addition to their memorized spiels as well as their fancy brochures and so forth, I cannot discuss in any way because in every my 32 many years of buying hairpieces I actually have NEVER, Been in the place like that. I have got bought all of my hairpiece coming from a barber shop! As I have moved to a different city, I actually have looked inside the phone book under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case the things i have performed is usually to demand an appointment to go about hairpieces. If the appointed time arrives, invariably it will probably be after regular hours or I am going to be used to your private room in the back. There the barber will show me examples of the level of hairpiece he sells, to acquire a concept of the type of base, the kind of hair construction, etc., etc. In only one instance offers the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have not had to sign an agreement or another document. OK, should i be getting a custom-made piece, a mold in the head is created much as described inside the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it really is SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is made and the snipped of hair is taken (is actually all this big problem???) And approximately 4-6 weeks later, the hairpiece arrives. I get in as well as the barber takes about 30-45 minutes to “cut it in”. Which is, he puts it on my own head. At this stage it has Too much hair so he cuts and styles it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently the very first time inside my life I got 2 hairpieces right away (since there was really a discount about the second piece). Previously I only had one “good” piece (although I usually save 1 or 2 old ones in case of emergency or maybe I would like to wear a well used someone to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it as required, a couple of times on a monthly basis dependant upon weather, etc. It’s again, Not just a big deal. I shampoo it from the sink with regular shampoo, put it on its Styrofoam head using a towel over it for approximately 45 minutes, i then style it with a dryer and it’s all all set. The whole process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and could be performed quicker if possible. Now with two pieces, Normally i possess a nicely cleaned one styled and able to wear. You can find no extra hundreds of dollars, no monthly maintenance costs. Not one of the 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 as I mentioned above, this can be a very personal thing, not just together with the concern with being spotted however with the level of piece worn, etc. Furthermore, i can’t discuss motorcycle riding along with his being unable to do that together with his system, but once again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is DEFINITELY NOT TRUE with the kind of hairpiece most of us wear. I am just convinced that that largest part of people usually do not go around attempting to spot hairpieces, which fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, Personally, i feel that I so detest my un-wigged head that even when some individuals see the rug, if you ask me that may be far better my un-wigged head being spotted by ALL.
Just a few more rebuttals:
-Another article says that “anyone who really has experience with
wig/systems and has nothing to gain financially will never recommend one like a viable means to fix your hair loss problem”. People: I actually have 32 years’ knowledge about a hairpiece, I have Absolutely nothing to gain financially, and i also DO RECOMMEND ONE AS A VIABLE SOLUTION TO THE HAIR LOSS PROBLEM.
-Another article says “wig/systems are only not the solution. Many within these new groups (sic) will try to share with you these are. Be cautious of those news bearers. People: I am just not here to inform you that a hairpiece is or maybe not the best solution for you personally. Only you can decide that. I am taking the time to publish in this way-too-long 07dexqpky because I am frustrated by the volume of misinformation from the other article as well as in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. If is designed for you, is that you should decide, yet it is A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE that deserves consideration.
And finally, the “other article” says, “be wary of anyone who informs you
that wigs/systems are the way to go. These are usually naive people that lack much of the knowledge contained herein”. Again, I defy anybody to claim I am naive or lack most of the knowledge 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 use that to damn all real human hair wigs.