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 content relates the really unpleasant experience the writer need to have had with Human Hair Toppers, and it also relates the horror story of the kind of system that he or she is familiar. Like a well-known politician often says, “I feel your pain”. HOWEVER, I feel I have to write in rebuttal of your broad conclusion of the 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 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 because article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub for guys, may not be worn by a lot more than 10-20% in the hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of a large number of hairpiece-wearing men, I want to discuss each one 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 factual that actors who have hairpieces are combined with an army of stylists, and I don’t accept that it’s true their hairpieces look any better or worse than the general public. Would any one of us want to be seen in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The typical person can only afford an off-the-shelf type of hairpiece, which suggests “shedding, fading, no swimming, not any other strenuous sports”. OK. I wear an off-the-shelf sort of hairpiece. Occasionally I get a custom-made one, and occasionally a “stock” piece when the color match is good for mine. I’ll address each one of the so-called deficiencies:
a) Shedding. No such thing!! I pay about $500 for any hairpiece and that i keep for approximately 24 months. In this time (and anyway, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since i have was 23 yrs old, 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 might have, and if you find a shedding problem, hair might 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 at all. I did so have one human piece who had a fading problem, but out of what is probably an overall total of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad an average, and YES, that does include a lot of outdoor exposure.
c) You most certainly CAN swim and play sports in your hairpiece. I actually have SNORKELED in mine (but you DO have to take care when removing the snorkel mask!). I bike inside it, I swim within it, and that i do anything whatsoever I want inside. (Yes, I have done lose one in the ocean once, however, after 32 years, that’s not a bad average). It irritates me to discover the statement that with regards to sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer is aware that these activities are simply a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement so totally false it really illustrates the trouble with objectivity from the whole article.
3) Now i want to address exactly what is presented like a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I can speak only about the traditional type of hairpiece that I have always worn, not the Hairclub for guys type. Let me say right here that I have never liked the Hairclub concept, and I don’t like the thought in the semi-permanent attachment; but, I truly do know people who are delighted with their Hairclub system. So, I’m not taking a stand concerning this which I know nothing personal (perhaps this may be a sensible practice for all of us?? hint…hint…) Anyway, once i got my first piece I still had some hair on the top, and I would not allow the barber shave it off. So, to the first several years I applied my piece with tape over the hair, you will find, I must be careful taking it off, or I might be saying OUCH a good deal. Alas, after many years that remaining hair was gone, and ever since, We have used the typical double sided hairpiece tape to attach the piece to my head. My head is NOT shaved, super glue is NOT applied, and the piece does not remain for 3-4 weeks!!!! It appears off each night, and i also wash my head along with other appropriate body parts from the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, with no track has been made. I have got 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 will be your enemy. When you sweat of when it rains it appears ratty.
Well, if you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard for your wind to consider
your piece off. Mine has never come off inside the wind. Doesn’t the hair of several people look ratty in sweat or rain? Of course it can! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I feel sometimes my windblown hair looks more natural than before!
5) OK, I am going to concede the idea that you need to be careful about people
running their fingers through it!
6) There exists a real feeling of paranoia about being “busted” (which is
spotted) or discovered as a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, it is a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I assume I have a very good humorousness regarding it. My friends kid with me regarding it, and they realise it doesn’t bother me. Do some of you kid friends that are short? Or chubby? Or have got a funny accent? People, when you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of a piece will vary very widely, and if you are taking care of your piece and wear it right, and if you purchase it with a good color match, the majority of people is not going to spot it!! And do you know why? As most people aren’t thinking of hairpieces!!!!
7) The following part concerning the salesmen with their fancy Men Wigs, along with their memorized spiels along with their fancy brochures and so forth, I cannot discuss in any way because in all of the my 32 many years of buying hairpieces We have NEVER, EVER been in the place that way. I actually have bought each one of my hairpiece from your barber shop! After I have moved to a different city, I have got looked in the phone book under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case things i have done would be to call for an appointment to go over hairpieces. When the appointed time arrives, invariably it will be after regular hours or I will be utilized to your private room in the back. There the barber will show me samples of the sort of hairpiece he sells, to acquire a solid idea of the type of base, the kind of hair construction, etc., etc. In only one instance provides the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have never had to sign a legal contract or some other document. OK, if I am investing in a custom-made piece, a mold of your head is manufactured much as described inside the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it is SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is produced and also the snipped of hair is taken (is actually all this big deal???) Contributing to 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 may be, he puts it on my small head. At this time it offers Too much hair therefore he cuts and styles it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently the first time inside my life I bought 2 hairpieces at once (since there had been a discount in the second piece). Previously I only had one “good” piece (although Normally i save 1 or 2 old ones in case of emergency or maybe if I want to wear a well used a person to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it when needed, a couple of times on a monthly basis dependant upon weather, etc. It’s again, Not much of a big issue. I shampoo it from the sink with regular shampoo, use it on its Styrofoam head by using a towel over it for approximately 45 minutes, i then style it using a dryer and it’s all good to go. The whole process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and might be completed quicker if possible. Now with two pieces, I always possess a nicely cleaned one styled and able to wear. There are no extra hundreds of dollars, no monthly maintenance costs. None of the fuss and bother which has been so graphical described elsewhere. Now, the remainder of your ‘other article’ is devoted to the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because because i mentioned previously, this really is a very personal thing, not merely using the anxiety about being spotted though with the kind of piece worn, etc. I also can’t reply to motorcycle riding with his fantastic the inability to achieve that along with his system, but once 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 just convinced that that most of people will not go around seeking to spot hairpieces, and this fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, Personally, i believe I so detest my un-wigged head that regardless of whether many people see the rug, if you ask me that is certainly 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 possesses 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, I have got Absolutely nothing to gain financially, and i also DO RECOMMEND ONE Being A VIABLE SOLUTION TO Your Hair LOSS PROBLEM.
-The other article says “wig/systems are only not the solution. Many over these new groups (sic) will attempt to know you these are. Be cautious of those news bearers. People: I am not here to inform you that a hairpiece is or possibly is not the best solution for yourself. Only it is possible to think that. I am taking the time to publish in this way-too-long 07dexqpky because I am just annoyed by the volume of misinformation from the other article and then in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. If is designed for you, is for you to decide, but IT IS A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE that deserves consideration.
And ultimately, the “other article” says, “be cautious about anyone who informs you
that wigs/systems are the way to go. They are usually naive people that lack much of the skills contained herein”. Once again, I defy anybody to assert I am just naive or lack a great deal of the skills contained herein. I’ll only concede some time, as pointed out above. I don’t like the idea of HCM and would never go that route, but it’s not fair to use that to damn all human hair lace front wigs.