There is an article receiving relatively wide circulation within various bald websites, including the BaldMan’s Homepage, as well as the newsgroup alt.baldspot. The content relates the particular unpleasant go through the writer should have had with half wigs, and it also relates the horror story of the type of system that he or she is familiar. Like a famous politician often says, “I feel your pain”. HOWEVER, I feel I have to write in rebuttal of the broad conclusion of that particular 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 they are humiliating/embarrassing/confining/hard-to-care-for, etc., etc., etc. Those conclusions will not be valid, as the kind of piece being written about in that article, the “permanently attached” kind typified by Hairclub for males, is probably not worn by a lot more than 10-20% of the hairpiece-wearing public.
Therefore, in defense of countless of a huge number of hairpiece-wearing men, I would like to reply to all of the points raised from the article in question:
1) much consists of the “hairpieces worn by actors”. I don’t believe this has any effect on anything. It’s not true that actors who have hairpieces are followed by 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 one of us wish to be observed in a hairpiece like Sam Donaldson’s???
2) The average person could only afford an off-the-shelf form of hairpiece, which implies “shedding, fading, no swimming, hardly any other strenuous sports”. OK. I wear an off-the-shelf kind of hairpiece. Occasionally I get a custom-made one, and occasionally a “stock” piece once 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 the hairpiece and that i keep for about 2 years. In this time (and anyway, I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since i have was 23 years old, that is 32 years!!) I have NEVER had a shedding problem, if the piece was human or artificial. Perhaps generally if i had kept a piece longer I might have, and when there is a shedding problem, hair might 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 whatsoever. I have done have one human piece that had a fading problem, but away from exactly what is probably an overall total of 16 hairpieces, I don’t think that’s too bad an average, and YES, that does include lots of outdoor exposure.
c) You most definitely CAN swim and play sports inside your hairpiece. I have got SNORKELED in mine (but you have to be careful when removing the snorkel mask!). I bike inside, I swim within it, and that i do anything I want inside. (Yes, I did 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 regarding sunning, swimming, skiing, that “every wig/system wearer knows that these activities are just a dream”. That’s an outrageous statement and thus totally false it genuinely illustrates the situation with objectivity from the whole article.
3) Now let me address what is presented like a REAL horror story, the
question of ATTACHMENT!!! I could speak just about the traditional form of hairpiece that we have always worn, not the Hairclub males type. I want to say below that we have never liked the Hairclub concept, and i also don’t like the idea in the semi-permanent attachment; but, I do know individuals who are delighted with their Hairclub system. So, I’m failing to take a stand with that that i know nothing personal (perhaps this is a good practice for all of us?? hint…hint…) Anyway, after i got my first piece I still had some hair on the top, and so i would not enable the barber shave it well. So, for that first a few years I applied my piece with tape over the hair, you will find, I must be careful taking them back, or I might be saying OUCH a whole lot. Alas, after several years that remaining hair vanished, and since, I actually have used the conventional double sided hairpiece tape to install the piece to my head. My head is NOT shaved, super glue is NOT applied, along with the piece fails to remain for 3-4 weeks!!!! It comes down off each night, and so i wash my head together with other appropriate body parts in the shower!! My head has NEVER been shaved, and no track has been made. I have got never used clips or weaving, only occasionally glue (NOT super glue, acrylic hairpiece glue, which you could wear the tape to extend its life).
4) The wind will be your enemy. In the event you sweat of if it rains it appears ratty.
Well, when you put your tape on right, it’s awfully hard to the wind to take
your piece off. Mine has never disappear inside the wind. Doesn’t the hair of several people look ratty in sweat or rain? Of course it does! Are we being OVER sensitive here? Personally I feel sometimes my windblown hair looks more natural than ever!
5) OK, I will concede the point that you have to be careful about people
running their fingers through it!
6) There is a real experience of paranoia about being “busted” (that is certainly
spotted) or discovered as a hairpiece-wearer, etc. Well, this really is a very
personal thing and everybody, I suppose, reacts differently. I guess I have a great humorousness regarding this. My pals kid with me regarding this, and they know it doesn’t bother me. Do some of you kid friends who happen to be short? Or chubby? Or have a funny accent? People, should you can’t laugh at yourself, it’s very sad. The spottability of any piece will almost certainly vary very widely, and by taking good care of your piece and use it right, and if you buy 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 in regards to the salesmen within their fancy Hair toupees, in addition to their memorized spiels and their fancy brochures and so on, I cannot reply to whatsoever because in all my 32 many years of buying hairpieces I have NEVER, Been in a place like that. I have bought all of my hairpiece from a barber shop! When I have moved to an alternative city, I actually have looked inside the phone book under hair replacement, or wigs, and selected a barber shop. In each case a few things i did is to demand a consultation to go over hairpieces. If the appointed time arrives, invariably it will be after regular hours or I will be studied to a private room inside the back. There the barber shows me samples of the kind of hairpiece he sells, to have a sense of the type of base, the level of hair construction, etc., etc. In just one instance has the barber himself worn a hairpiece? I have not had to sign a legal contract or any other document. OK, should i be investing in a custom-made piece, a mold from the head is created much as described in the article (except Reynolds makes Aluminum foil, it is SARAN plastic wrap). Anyway, that mold is created as well as the snipped of hair is taken (is actually all this big issue???) Contributing to 4-six or seven weeks later, the hairpiece arrives. I go in as well as the barber takes about 30-45 minutes to “cut it in”. That may be, he puts it on my own head. At this time it has WAY too much hair and so he cuts and styles it to my liking. That’s that! Poof! Now currently for the first time inside my life I got 2 hairpieces at the same time (because there was a discount in 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 maybe I want to wear an older one to the beach, or whatever). So, with one good piece, I simply shampoo it as needed, one or two times a month dependant upon weather, etc. It’s again, Not much of a problem. I shampoo it within the sink with regular shampoo, input it on its Styrofoam head having a towel over it for around 45 minutes, then I style it with a dryer and it’s all all set. The entire process takes about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours, and could be achieved quicker if required. Now with two pieces, I always have a nicely cleaned one styled and ready to wear. You will find 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 of your ‘other article’ is committed to the writer’s paranoia about being “spotted”. I’m not going there again, because while i mentioned above, this can be a very personal thing, not simply with all the concern with being spotted although with the type of piece worn, etc. Also i can’t discuss motorcycle riding with his fantastic being unable to accomplish that together with his system, but when again he says he couldn’t swim, and that is certainly DEFINITELY NOT TRUE with the kind of hairpiece most of us wear. I am just convinced that that greater part of people tend not to go around trying to spot hairpieces, and this fears of exposure are greatly exaggerated. However, Personally, i believe that I so detest my un-wigged head that even IF a lot of people see the rug, if you ask me that may be better than 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 it has absolutely nothing to gain financially will never recommend one like a viable solution to the hair loss problem”. People: I have got 32 years’ exposure to a hairpiece, I have NOTHING to gain financially, and that i DO RECOMMEND ONE AS A VIABLE SOLUTION TO Your Hair LOSS PROBLEM.
-Another article says “wig/systems are just not the solution. Many over these new groups (sic) will try to tell you these are. Be aware of such news bearers. People: I am just not here to tell you that a hairpiece is or maybe not the perfect solution for you personally. Only you may decide that. I am making the effort to publish by doing this-too-long 07dexqpky because I am annoyed by the volume of misinformation in the other article as well as in ITS purpose to discourage anyone from considering a hairpiece. Regardless of whether is for you, is that you can decide, yet it is A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE that deserves consideration.
And lastly, the “other article” says, “be cautious about anyone who lets you know
that wigs/systems are the way to go. They are usually naive people who lack much of the data contained herein”. Once again, I defy anybody to claim I am just naive or lack much of the information contained herein. I’ll only concede some point, as stated before. I don’t like the concept of HCM and would never go that route, but it’s not fair to work with that to damn all real human hair wigs.