It comes with an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald websites, like the BaldMan’s Homepage, along with the newsgroup alt.baldspot. This article relates the really unpleasant feel the writer must have had with half wigs, and it also relates the horror story of the level of system that he or she is familiar. As being a well-known politician often says, “I feel your pain”. HOWEVER, I feel I must write in rebuttal in the broad conclusion of that particular 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 certainly not valid, as the sort of piece being written about because article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub for males, is probably not worn by more than 10-20% of the hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of a large number of hairpiece-wearing men, I wish to comment on all of the points raised from the article involved:
1) much is made of the “hairpieces worn by actors”. I don’t believe it has any bearing on anything. It’s not genuine that actors who 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 most people. Would any kind of us want to be noticed in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The average person could only afford an off-the-shelf kind of hairpiece, which means “shedding, fading, no swimming, hardly any other strenuous sports”. OK. I wear an off-the-shelf kind of hairpiece. Occasionally I buy a custom-made one, and occasionally a “stock” piece when the color match is great for mine. I’ll address all of the so-called deficiencies:
a) Shedding. No such thing!! I pay about $500 to get a hairpiece and i also keep for roughly two years. In that time (and anyway, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since i have was 23 years, that is 32 years!!) I have NEVER had a shedding problem, regardless of if 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 can 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 did have one human piece that had a fading problem, but from precisely what is probably an overall 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 most certainly CAN swim and play sports in your hairpiece. We have SNORKELED in mine (but you DO have to be careful when taking off the snorkel mask!). I bike within it, I swim within it, and so i do anything whatsoever I want within it. (Yes, I have done lose one in the ocean once, however, after 32 years, that’s not necessarily a bad average). It irritates me to find out the statement that with regards to sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer recognizes that these activities are just a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement and so totally false it genuinely illustrates the problem with objectivity in the whole article.
3) Now let me address precisely what is presented like a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I could speak just about the conventional form of hairpiece which i have always worn, not the Hairclub males type. Allow me to say on this site that I have never liked the Hairclub concept, and i also don’t like the idea in the semi-permanent attachment; but, I actually do know individuals who are delighted because of their Hairclub system. So, I’m failing to take a stand concerning this that i know nothing personal (perhaps this would be a good practice for people?? hint…hint…) Anyway, after i got my first piece I still had some hair on top, and so i would not enable the barber shave them back. So, for the first a long period I applied my piece with tape across the hair, you will find, I had to be careful taking it off, or I would personally be saying OUCH a lot. Alas, after a long period that remaining hair vanished, and since, I have 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 the piece will not remain for 3-4 weeks!!!! It comes off each night, and I wash my head as well as other appropriate parts of the body from the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, with out track has been made. I have got never used clips or weaving, only occasionally glue (NOT super glue, acrylic hairpiece glue, which you may place on the tape to prolong its life).
4) The wind is the enemy. Should you sweat of whether it rains it appears ratty.
Well, when you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard for that wind to adopt
your piece off. Mine has never appear in the wind. Doesn’t your hair of numerous people look ratty in sweat or rain? Needless to say it can! 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 purpose that you need to take care about people
running their fingers through it!
6) There is a real experience of paranoia about being “busted” (which is
spotted) or learned like a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, this is a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I guess I actually have a great sense of humor regarding it. My friends kid with me regarding it, and they also realise it doesn’t bother me. Do some of you kid friends who are short? Or chubby? Or possess a funny accent? People, when you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of a piece is going to vary very widely, and by taking good care of your piece and put it on right, and if you opt for it with a decent color match, many people will not likely spot it!! And are you aware why? Because most people aren’t contemplating hairpieces!!!!
7) Another part about the salesmen in their fancy hairpieces for men, and their memorized spiels in addition to their fancy brochures and so on, I cannot comment on in any way because in all my 32 many years of buying hairpieces We have NEVER, EVER been in a place such as that. I have got bought each one of my hairpiece from a barber shop! Once I have moved to an alternative city, We have looked within the phone book under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case what I have done is always to call for a consultation to go over hairpieces. If the appointed time arrives, invariably it will likely be after regular hours or I will be used to your private room within the back. There the barber will demonstrate me examples of the sort of hairpiece he sells, to have an idea of the sort of base, the kind of hair construction, etc., etc. Within just one instance offers the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have never had to sign an agreement or another document. OK, should i be investing in a custom-made piece, a mold of the head is created much as described from the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it is actually SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is created and the snipped of hair is taken (is perhaps all this big deal???) 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 is certainly, he puts it on my small head. At this point it offers WAY too much hair therefore he cuts and designs it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently the first time within my life I bought 2 hairpieces at the same time (because there was actually a discount around the second piece). Previously I only had one “good” piece (although I usually save 1 or 2 old ones in case there is emergency or if perhaps I would like to wear an older anyone to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it as needed, a couple of times a month depending on weather, etc. It’s again, Not really a big problem. I shampoo it in the sink with regular shampoo, place it on its Styrofoam head by using a towel over it for approximately 45 minutes, i then style it having a dryer and it’s all all set to go. The entire process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and can be completed quicker if necessary. Now with two pieces, I always possess a nicely cleaned one styled and able to wear. You can find no extra several hundred dollars, no monthly maintenance costs. None of the fuss and bother that has been so graphical described elsewhere. Now, the remainder from the ‘other article’ is devoted to the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because when i stated earlier, this can be a very personal thing, not only using the the fear of being spotted however with the type of piece worn, etc. I also can’t comment on motorcycle riding and his awesome being unable to achieve that with his system, but when again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is Not At All TRUE with the type of hairpiece many people wear. I am convinced that that most of people usually do not go around attempting to spot hairpieces, and this fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, Personally, i believe I so detest my un-wigged head that even when a lot of people spot the rug, if you ask me that is far better my un-wigged head being spotted by ALL.
Just a couple more rebuttals:
-Another article states that “anyone who really is skilled with
wig/systems and has absolutely nothing to gain financially will never recommend one as a viable solution to the hair loss problem”. People: I actually have 32 years’ exposure to a hairpiece, I have got Absolutely nothing to gain financially, and that i DO RECOMMEND ONE AS A VIABLE SOLUTION TO THE HAIR LOSS PROBLEM.
-The other article says “wig/systems are just not the solution. Many during these new groups (sic) will attempt to tell you they may be. Be mindful of the news bearers. People: I am not here to let you know that a hairpiece is or perhaps is not the solution for you. Only you may think that. I am just finding the time to share in this way-too-long 07dexqpky because I am just frustrated by the level of misinformation within the other article and also in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. If is for you, is that you should decide, yet it is A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE that deserves consideration.
And finally, the “other article” says, “be cautious about anyone that tells you
that wigs/systems are the way to go. They may be usually naive those who lack much of the skills contained herein”. Again, I defy anybody to assert I am just naive or lack a lot of the information contained herein. I’ll only concede one point, as stated before. I don’t like the concept of HCM and would not go that route, but it’s not fair to use that to damn all real human hair wigs.