There is 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 particular unpleasant enjoy the writer will need to have had with half wigs, and it relates the horror story of the kind 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 from 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 they all look bad and that they are humiliating/embarrassing/confining/hard-to-care-for, etc., etc., etc. Those conclusions are NOT valid, as the level of piece being written about in this article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub for Men, may not be worn by over 10-20% of your hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of a huge number of hairpiece-wearing men, I would like to comment on all the points raised inside the article in question:
1) much is made from the “hairpieces worn by actors”. I don’t believe this has any bearing on anything. It’s not correct 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 the general public. Would some of us need to be observed in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The normal 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 form of hairpiece. Occasionally I buy a custom-made one, and occasionally a “stock” piece when the color match is ideal for mine. I’ll address all the so-called deficiencies:
a) Shedding. No such thing!! I pay about $500 for a hairpiece and I keep for approximately 24 months. For the reason that time (and furthermore, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since I was 23 years of age, that is 32 years!!) I have NEVER had a shedding problem, whether 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 might 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 by any means. I did have one human piece that had a fading problem, but out from what exactly is probably an absolute of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad a standard, and YES, that does include plenty of outdoor exposure.
c) You definitely CAN swim and play sports inside your hairpiece. I actually have SNORKELED in mine (but you have to be careful when taking off the snorkel mask!). I bike within it, I swim in it, and so i do just about anything I want in it. (Yes, I did so lose one out of 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 recognizes that these activities are just a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement so totally false it really illustrates the problem with objectivity in the whole article.
3) Now let me address exactly what is presented as being a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I will speak no more than the regular type of hairpiece which i have always worn, not the Hairclub for guys type. Let me say here 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 people who are happy using their Hairclub system. So, I’m not implementing a stand about this that i know nothing personal (perhaps this would be a good practice for people?? hint…hint…) Anyway, as i got my first piece I still had some hair on top, and so i would not permit the barber shave it off. So, to the first several years I applied my piece with tape over the hair, you will find, I would have to be careful taking it well, or I would be saying OUCH a great deal. Alas, after many years that remaining hair vanished, and from the time, I have used the typical double sided hairpiece tape to attach the piece to my head. My head is not really shaved, super glue is NOT applied, as well as the piece fails to continue to for 3-four weeks!!!! It will come off each night, and that i wash my head together with other appropriate body parts inside the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, with no track has ever been made. We have never used clips or weaving, only occasionally glue (NOT super glue, acrylic hairpiece glue, that you can placed on the tape to prolong its life).
4) The wind is the enemy. When you sweat of if it rains it looks ratty.
Well, when you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard for your wind to adopt
your piece off. Mine has never come off in the wind. Doesn’t the hair of many 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 will concede the purpose that you must be careful about people
running their fingers through it!
6) You will find a real sense of paranoia about being “busted” (that is certainly
spotted) or found out as being a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, this is a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I suppose I have a very good sense of humor regarding it. My girlfriends kid with me about it, and they also know it doesn’t bother me. Do any kind of you kid friends who happen to be short? Or chubby? Or have got a funny accent? People, if you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of a piece will probably vary very widely, and by taking proper care of your piece and wear it right, and if you buy it with a good color match, the majority of people will never spot it!! And are you aware why? Since most people aren’t thinking of hairpieces!!!!
7) The following part concerning the salesmen within their fancy Hair toupees, as well as their memorized spiels and their fancy brochures and so on, I cannot reply to at all because in all of the my 32 years of buying hairpieces I have got NEVER, Been in a place like this. I have got bought every one of my hairpiece from the barber shop! After I have moved to a new city, I actually have looked inside the classifieds under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case what I have performed would be to demand a consultation to discuss hairpieces. When the appointed time arrives, invariably it will probably be after regular hours or I am going to be used to a private room from the back. There the barber can have me samples of the type of hairpiece he sells, to acquire a sense of the type of base, the level of hair construction, etc., etc. In only one instance has the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have not had to sign an agreement or any other document. OK, should i be getting a custom-made piece, a mold in the head is made much as described within the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it is SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is created and also the snipped of hair is taken (will be 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, he puts it in my head. At this time it has Too much hair and thus he cuts and styles it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently for the first time in my life I got 2 hairpieces at the same time (because there was actually a discount in the second piece). Previously I only had one “good” piece (although I always save 1 or 2 old ones in case of emergency or maybe I wish to wear a well used someone to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it when needed, a couple of times per month based on weather, etc. It’s again, Not much of a big issue. I shampoo it within the sink with regular shampoo, use it on its Styrofoam head using a towel over it for about 45 minutes, i then style it by using a dryer and it’s all all set. The whole process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and might be performed quicker if required. Now with two pieces, I usually possess a nicely cleaned one styled and able to wear. There are actually no extra a lot of money, 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 dedicated to 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 just using the anxiety about being spotted although with the level of piece worn, etc. Furthermore, i can’t comment on motorcycle riding and his not being able to achieve that together with his system, but when again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is certainly DEFINITELY NOT TRUE with the sort of hairpiece the majority of us wear. I am convinced that that majority of people will not go around looking to spot hairpieces, which fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, Personally, i think that I so detest my un-wigged head that regardless of whether a lot of people spot the rug, for me that is preferable to my un-wigged head being spotted by ALL.
Just a couple of more rebuttals:
-Another article says that “anyone who really has experience with
wig/systems and possesses nothing to gain financially will never recommend one being a viable solution to the hair loss problem”. People: I actually have 32 years’ experience with a hairpiece, We have Absolutely nothing to gain financially, and so i DO RECOMMEND ONE AS A VIABLE SOLUTION TO THE HAIR LOSS PROBLEM.
-Other article says “wig/systems are only not the solution. Many over these new groups (sic) will attempt to know you they may be. Be cautious of those news bearers. People: I am not here to tell you that a hairpiece is or perhaps is not the perfect solution for you. Only you are able to choose that. I am spending some time to share in this way-too-long 07dexqpky because I am aggravated by the amount of misinformation from the other article and also in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. Whether is made for you, is that you should decide, however it is A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE that deserves consideration.
And ultimately, the “other article” says, “be wary of anyone who lets you know
that wigs/systems are the ideal solution. They are usually naive those who lack most of the skills contained herein”. Yet again, I defy anybody to claim I am just naive or lack a great deal of the data contained herein. I’ll only concede some point, as outlined above. I don’t like the idea of HCM and would never go that route, but it’s not fair to make use of that to damn all human hair lace front wigs.