It comes with an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald internet sites, such as The BaldMan’s Homepage, along with the newsgroup alt.baldspot. The article relates the very unpleasant experience the writer should have had with half wigs, plus it relates the horror story of the sort of system that he or she is familiar. Like a famous politician often says, “I feel your pain”. HOWEVER, I feel I must write in rebuttal from 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 they all look bad and that they are humiliating/embarrassing/confining/hard-to-care-for, etc., etc., etc. Those conclusions usually are not valid, as the type of piece being written about for the reason that article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub males, may not be worn by a lot more than 10-20% of the hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of a large number of hairpiece-wearing men, I want to comment on each of the points raised from the article in question:
1) much consists of the “hairpieces worn by actors”. I don’t believe it has any bearing on anything. It’s not correct that actors who may have hairpieces are combined with an army of stylists, and so i don’t accept that it’s true their hairpieces look any better or worse than the public. Would any of us desire to be observed in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The average person is only able to afford an off-the-shelf form of hairpiece, which suggests “shedding, fading, no swimming, not any other strenuous sports”. OK. I wear an off-the-shelf type of hairpiece. Occasionally I invest in a custom-made one, and occasionally a “stock” piece once the color match is good 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 also keep for around 2 years. In that time (and incidentally, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since I was 23 years of age, which is 32 years!!) I have not had a shedding problem, if the piece was human or artificial. Perhaps generally if i had kept a piece longer I might have, and if there IS a shedding problem, hair may be added. It’s no biggie.
b) Fading. The newer synthetic pieces, which can 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 what is probably an absolute of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad an average, 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 mindful when taking off the snorkel mask!). I bike within it, I swim in it, and so i a single thing I want in it. (Yes, I did lose one in the ocean once, however, after 32 years, that’s not a bad average). It irritates me to see the statement that with regard to sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer recognizes that these activities are just a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement so totally false it truly illustrates the problem with objectivity inside the whole article.
3) Now let me address what exactly is presented like a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I can speak no more than the regular sort of hairpiece i have always worn, not the Hairclub males type. Let me say right here i have never liked the Hairclub concept, and that i don’t like the thought in the semi-permanent attachment; but, I actually do know those who are happy making use of their Hairclub system. So, I’m not implementing a stand about this that i know nothing personal (perhaps this could be a sensible practice for all of us?? hint…hint…) Anyway, when 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 that first a long period I applied my piece with tape over the hair, you will find, I would have to be careful taking it away, or I would be saying OUCH a whole lot. Alas, after many years that remaining hair was gone, and from the time, I actually have used the regular double sided hairpiece tape to attach the piece to my head. My head will not be shaved, super glue is not really applied, as well as the piece is not going to remain on for 3-four weeks!!!! It will come off every night, and so i wash my head along with other appropriate parts of the body in the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, with no track has ever been made. I have never used clips or weaving, only occasionally glue (NOT super glue, acrylic hairpiece glue, which you may placed on the tape to extend its life).
4) The wind is the enemy. When you sweat of when it rains it looks 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 from the wind. Doesn’t your hair of numerous people look ratty in sweat or rain? Naturally it can! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I do believe sometimes my windblown hair looks more natural than ever!
5) OK, I am going to concede the idea that you have to be cautious about people
running their fingers through it!
6) You will find a real sense of paranoia about being “busted” (which is
spotted) or found out being a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, it is a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I guess We have a very good spontaneity about this. My girlfriends 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, when you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of the piece will almost certainly vary very widely, and if you take care of your piece and wear it right, and if you opt for it with a great color match, many people is not going to spot it!! And do you know why? Since the majority of people aren’t contemplating hairpieces!!!!
7) The subsequent part regarding the salesmen in their fancy Men Wigs, in addition to their memorized spiels in addition to their fancy brochures and stuff like that, I cannot reply to whatsoever because in every my 32 several years of buying hairpieces I actually have NEVER, EVER been inside a place like this. We have bought each one of my hairpiece coming from a barber shop! Once I have moved to a different city, I have looked from the classifieds under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case what I have done would be to require a consultation to go about hairpieces. As soon as the appointed time arrives, invariably it will probably be after regular hours or I am going to be utilized to your private room inside the back. There the barber shows me samples of the sort of hairpiece he sells, to have a solid idea of the level of base, the type of hair construction, etc., etc. Within just one instance offers the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have not had to sign a binding agreement or any other document. OK, if I am investing in 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 manufactured along with the snipped of hair is taken (is actually all this big issue???) And approximately 4-six or seven weeks later, the hairpiece arrives. I go in and the barber takes about 30-45 minutes to “cut it in”. That may be, he puts it in my head. At this moment it offers WAY too much hair therefore he cuts and designs it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently for the first time in my life I got 2 hairpieces right away (because there was a discount about the second piece). Previously I only had one “good” piece (although I always save 1 or 2 old ones in case of emergency or if I would like to wear a classic anyone to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it as required, a couple of times a month dependant upon weather, etc. It’s again, NOT a big issue. I shampoo it in the sink with regular shampoo, place it on its Styrofoam head having a towel over it for around 45 minutes, i style it with a dryer and it’s all all set. The complete process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and can be performed quicker if necessary. With two pieces, I always possess a nicely cleaned one styled and ready to wear. There are no extra large sums of money, no monthly maintenance costs. Not one of the fuss and bother that has been so graphical described elsewhere. Now, the remainder of the ‘other article’ is focused on the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because as I mentioned previously, this is a very personal thing, not simply using the anxiety about being spotted although with the type of piece worn, etc. Furthermore, i can’t discuss motorcycle riding and his awesome the inability to accomplish that regarding his system, but when again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is certainly Certainly Not TRUE with the type of hairpiece many of us wear. I am convinced that that most of people do not go around attempting to spot hairpieces, and therefore 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 see the rug, in my opinion which is much better 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 possesses absolutely nothing to gain financially will never recommend one as being a viable answer to the hair loss problem”. People: I have 32 years’ knowledge about a hairpiece, I actually have NOTHING to gain financially, and I DO RECOMMEND ONE As Being A VIABLE Means To Fix THE HAIR LOSS PROBLEM.
-The other article says “wig/systems are only not the best solution. Many in these new groups (sic) will try to share with you they may be. Be aware of such news bearers. People: I am not here to let you know that a hairpiece is or maybe not the perfect solution for you. Only you may decide that. I am just making the effort to post in this way-too-long 07dexqpky because I am annoyed by the level of misinformation within the other article and also in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. Whether is perfect for you, is for you to decide, but IT IS A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE that deserves consideration.
And ultimately, the “other article” says, “be wary of anyone who informs you
that wigs/systems are the way to go. They are usually naive people that lack a great deal of the skills contained herein”. Once more, I defy anybody to claim I am just naive or lack most of the data contained herein. I’ll only concede some point, as outlined above. I don’t like the very idea of HCM and would not go that route, but it’s not fair to work with that to damn all human hair lace front wigs.