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USTom

05.10.2011, 00:34
 

What I've learned in 15+ years of using a hair replacement system (Hair Replacement Systems)

I've been using a hair replacement system for over 15 years and after many years of reading and learning from this site, I have learned immensely from many of the users that have taken the time to post. 

I thought I'd finally return the favor and post some of the most important things I've learned in the hopes that it will help others that read it. 

Non-surgical hair replacement turned out to be one of those rare things in life that actually delivered everything it was supposed to. I constantly hear all of the negativity on the Internet from disgruntled people and am constantly amazed at how my experience with hair replacement could be so different. 

When  I started losing my hair, I knew that it was not an option for me to be bald. For some people, they learn to live that way, for others, they shave their head. 
I knew that every time I met a bald person, I just felt more negatively about the person which is really surprising considering that I was someone who was balding myself. 

I didn't want to have to go through life as a bald man and I was committed to finding an answer. I think it was this attitude of "I MUST find a solution" that ensured that I had positive outcomes.

"Wearing hair" has been such a positive thing in my life that I want to make sure that readers know that for some people like myself, it's been fantastic and I'd just like to counter some of the negativity. 

I've gotten tons of feedback from others on my hair that increased my confidence over the years- people who were balding telling me that they wished they had a head of hair like mine, people making fun of bald people while I was present and two different offers to do hair modeling from people in the hair business who had no idea I used a hair replacement system despite weeks of seeing me in person before they came up to me and asked if I'd be interested. 

I've used many different hair replacement systems from many, many companies. Almost all of them were good experiences and ALL taught me things that I'll share with those that are interested.

The first decision I think you have to make is whether to go the surgical vs. non-surgical route. Just set up some free consultations with hair replacement surgeons and look at their before and after books. When I first started looking at hair replacement options, I was sure surgery was the way I'd go as I couldn't image myself (in my early 20s wearing a "toupee" ). 

That changed almost immediately when I looked through their photo albums. I knew that they were only showing their best work but to me, while the guys I saw did have hair on their heads, they looked far from good. 
Additionally, many of the surgeons I spoke to dissuaded me from doing it as I was still so young and they felt that I wouldn't be happy. Surgery is a better option for those in their late thirties to early forties and even then in my opinion, only serves to stop someone from being completely bald. I wanted to look good. 

This lead me to explore non-surgical hair systems and my first stop was Hair Club for Men. I remember the first time I saw myself in the mirror with a hair replacement system. I actually looked better than when I had a full head of hair. 

Keeping looking that good was a different story and it really took years to figure it out. To this day I am still learning. 

At the end of the day, however, I guess my message is that non-surgical hair replacement is truly amazing and that you can look better than you did with your own hair if you do things right and take the time to learn a few things.

Over the years, I've determined that there are several "Pillars" of good hair replacement systems that you need to pay attention to when selecting a system.

If you understand these concepts you will be able to choose the right hair replacement for you and look great with a minimum of fuss and time. Notice I didn't say expense because I have clearly learned that in this industry, you get what you pay for and if you are not willing to spend the money, hair replacement is not for you. 

The "Pillars" of hair replacement in my opinion are:


The Base Color
The Crown
The Sides (where the hair unit meets your own hair near the temples)
The Back Blend
Styling
Type of hair used to create the system - Real hair vs. Synthetic
The Profile - This is where most hair systems fall down.
The Front - lace?, other materials? What is best?
Hair Color

I'll go through each of these and tell you what to look for in each area so that regardless of which hair replacement company you end up using, you'll know the things you need to know to make good choices.




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USTom

05.10.2011, 19:48

@ USTom

Selecting the right "Base" material

Base Color

Selecting the correct base color is a big deal in making sure that your system looks really good. Different companies use different colors. I have used systems from many companies so I've pretty much seen them all.

I noticed that some looked better than others and I was never sure why. Finally after looking in the mirror for so many years I realized that many of the base materials that some companies use have a "reddish" color to them.

I think it makes the unit look much worse whenever you can see the scalp. If your hair is wet or if you have any part of your hair that you can see the base, this becomes an issue.

Only recently have I gotten a system with a white base material and it looks just like a real scalp when the hair is wet. Why everyone doesn't use a white base material is beyond me as I don't haven't found any benefit to a reddish color base.

If you have a choice, opt for the whitest base material you can get. Most companies unfortunately won't give you an option but if you pay attention to scalps of people with their real hair, their scalps are almost always white and never the tint associated with most of the base materials that are being used.




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USTom

20.10.2011, 19:29

@ USTom

Human Hair vs. Synthetic Hair

Real Human Hair vs. Synthetic

To me this question never occurred to me until very recently as every other hair replacement company I've ever used only offered human hair. They always talked about the quality of the hair they used (Russian, Italian, etc.) and I always assumed  that nothing could ever look more like real hair than real hair.

Boy was I wrong.

Only a few places use synthetic hair but I can say unequivocally that it is better. There are a few reasons:

1) There is never a need to color your hair. This may be the single biggest problem I experienced with hair systems as getting the unit to be consistently colored depended upon the stylist. Many times my hair would be super dark, other times very light and other times very unevenly dyed.

It was the most stressful part of getting a hair cut/unit service as every time I walked out I didn't know if I would match.

With human hair you really have no other option but to dye it as it oxidizes very quickly (especially if you are outdoors a lot) and it has to be dyed regularly. Hair dyes are also the main reason that systems start looking old.

2) Synthetic hair can have a "memory" that makes styling a snap. Now that I use a hair system with synthetic fibers it takes me about three minutes to style my hair as it "remembers" how to stay in place. Nothing beats this as your hair always looks natural, even right out of the shower. If you aren't a great hair stylist, this one tip will save you lots of frustration.

I was not even aware that synthetic hair was an option until this year and it turned an already positive experience with hair replacement into a dream come true.

I will never go back to human hair and I recommend you look into this option if you haven't already. It's probably the most important of the "Pillars" of hair replacement.




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Jokerswild

16.11.2011, 05:30

@ USTom

What I've learned in 15+ years of using a hair replacement system

Great post Tom. As a hair system user myself I can verify every word you say. Thanks for the excellent info!




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readyfreddy

15.12.2011, 03:19

@ USTom

What I've learned in 15+ years of using a hair replacement system

You don't mind wearing fake hair on your head? How secure is it anyway? Can you really go swimming and sit under the sun sweating like crazy and the system still stay on as secure as ever?




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Skywalker

The Corridor of Uncertainty,
17.12.2011, 16:18

@ readyfreddy

I'd rather do almost anything than be stuck under a rug.

I remember a poster saying that wearing a wig is like having to wear your best 3 piece suit to do EVERYTHING - he always had to take it into account in anything he did in life. He felt trapped underneath it as he didn't feel that he could just take it off and turn up to his friends and colleagues completely bald one day because then everyone would realise.

The sad thing is that a fair few of his friends and coleagues were probably already sniggering behind his back - you only have to have one bad day...




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MPB

18.12.2011, 13:28

@ Skywalker

I'd rather do almost anything than be stuck under a rug.

» I remember a poster saying that wearing a wig is like having to wear your
» best 3 piece suit to do EVERYTHING - he always had to take it into account
» in anything he did in life. He felt trapped underneath it as he didn't feel
» that he could just take it off and turn up to his friends and colleagues
» completely bald one day because then everyone would realise.
»
» The sad thing is that a fair few of his friends and coleagues were probably
» already sniggering behind his back - you only have to have one bad day...


Very amusing, but the truth is they are snickering behind your back if you have a shiney dome also. I happen to "wear hair" only because of a few botched HT's. I work in a professional environment and don't have the luxury of wearing a ball cap everyday, but I cant show everyone the abortion that exists on the top of my head either.

I think the key is to get a piece that is "see through" meaning very low density and also to try to keep it bit mussed up. I see too many people that wear "wigs" that are very dense with every hair in place. That is a dead give away. Nobody knows i wear. I work with some of the most sarcastic people on the planet, and if they knew anything, believe me, they would comment.

I thought it was amusing when i checked in the hospital for a routine procedure the other day. The anesthesiologist was asking me if i was married. I said, sarcastically, that no girl would want an ugly dude like myself. She then insisted how attractive i was and that it could be worse..."you could be fat and bald"! Yes, sorry to bring this to your attention, but most women put baldness on the top of their list. Of course there are exceptions. Some guys do look good shaved, but lets face it, the majority of us white guys just dont.



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Skywalker

The Corridor of Uncertainty,
21.12.2011, 02:34

@ MPB

I'd rather do almost anything than be stuck under a rug.

»
» Very amusing, but the truth is they are snickering behind your back if you
» have a shiney dome also.

I didn't say it was amusing - and people do sometimes comment on lack of hair, and to your face - which is pretty easy to respond to - but wearing a wig is a totally different level of embarrassment.

That doesn't mean you shouldn't, I understand your position, but I think people on this thread are underplaying the downsides.

» Yes, sorry to bring this to your
» attention, but most women put baldness on the top of their list.

You don't have to be sorry, you used the word "most" and that's just factually inaccurate, the top of their list is generally height, being fat may come next, or being poor. Being bald is certainly a negative and a deal breaker for some women (as is wearing a wig for many more women) - but as a rule it is way down the list.




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MPB

21.12.2011, 02:59

@ Skywalker

I'd rather do almost anything than be stuck under a rug.

» »

»
» You don't have to be sorry, you used the word "most" and that's just
» factually inaccurate, the top of their list is generally height, being fat
» may come next, or being poor. Being bald is certainly a negative and a deal
» breaker for some women (as is wearing a wig for many more women) - but as a
» rule it is way down the list.


You're absolutely correct. It is not a fact because really...WTF is. I guess I should have stated most "attractive" women have baldness on the top of their list for a cause for "initial" rejection. If you don't believe this you are either in denial or your standard of attractive women is just well...substandard. This is all factual. Look it up. But for the record, nobody knows I wear, so if wearing a wig is a "deal breaker", I never find out because we are past the "initial" encounter and then it usually doesn't matter.



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diamond6

25.12.2011, 06:48

@ MPB

I'd rather do almost anything than be stuck under a rug.

I will speak on this because before I had corrective surgery I used to wear hair. People on these boards are somewhat ignorant. If someone is botched there are only a few choices. You either go for corrective surgery or in many cases wear hair. This is a fact of life. Look at Elton John, Burt Reynolds and the list goes on and on. Now I am not a fan of wigs and no person who goes to a Hair Replacement salon wants to be there. I should know as I have worked in two. There are many clients who had bad surgery who are covering up the damage. I did it for 14 years. I would also have done it again because I know how bad a botched scalp looks. I am glad I was able to ditch the wig and had the surgery but people should be more sensitive to this issue. We had a few children ( Yes kids in school) who had alopecia. You can't tell a kid to just stay bald when all of their friends have hair. They had a full cranial prosthetic device. These kids can't have surgery because they have no hair at all. Why the -UCK don't some of you people have a little more compassion as to this issue. I would also agree that people will laugh at you if you are bald or wear a bad wig. Looking back I had plenty of sex with wigs with no problems, so what if some people did laugh. It is not their problem and I wonder what they would do if they had this problem? People have to do what is right for themselves. I would suggest though if you ever have the financial means and donor hair to have corrective surgery if you can. Some people simply do not have the donor or finances for this. So live and let live.




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jessica0125

28.12.2011, 10:08

@ USTom

What I've learned in 15+ years of using a hair replacement system

Well nowadays there are some good improvements in hair transplant surgery and it's now reach to most of the people rather than just celebrities.




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Skywalker

The Corridor of Uncertainty,
28.12.2011, 14:24

@ MPB

I'd rather do almost anything than be stuck under a rug.

» » »
»
» »
» » You don't have to be sorry, you used the word "most" and that's just
» » factually inaccurate, the top of their list is generally height, being
» fat
» » may come next, or being poor. Being bald is certainly a negative and a
» deal
» » breaker for some women (as is wearing a wig for many more women) - but as
» a
» » rule it is way down the list.
»
»
» You're absolutely correct. It is not a fact because really...WTF is. I
» guess I should have stated most "attractive" women have baldness on the top
» of their list for a cause for "initial" rejection. If you don't believe
» this you are either in denial or your standard of attractive women is just
» well...substandard. This is all factual. Look it up. But for the record,
» nobody knows I wear, so if wearing a wig is a "deal breaker", I never find
» out because we are past the "initial" encounter and then it usually doesn't
» matter.

Again, this is just BS, there is nothing to look up, it IS a negative of course but if you think baldness is top of their list all you are doing is reflecting your own insecurity on the subject. HEIGHT is far more important - I wish it wasn't.

So you are saying after the initial encounter they suddenly don't care that you are bald ???

Good grief.




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MPB

29.12.2011, 11:47

@ Skywalker

I'd rather do almost anything than be stuck under a rug.

»
» Again, this is just BS, there is nothing to look up, it IS a negative of
» course but if you think baldness is top of their list all you are doing is
» reflecting your own insecurity on the subject. HEIGHT is far more important
» - I wish it wasn't.
»
» So you are saying after the initial encounter they suddenly don't care that
» you are bald ???
»
» Good grief.


Thats been my experience. I'm sorry you're short Charlie Brown, but yes, after they know you, they dont care about the hair. So unless youre just into one night stands, I dont think it will be a problem...at least nothing I've experienced.



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deathtobaldness

08.02.2012, 21:42

@ USTom

What I've learned in 15+ years of using a hair replacement system

Did anyone manage to find out where USTom gets his hair system? Please let us know!




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Ahab

12.02.2012, 21:41
(edited by Ahab, 12.02.2012, 22:13)

@ USTom

What I've learned in 15+ years of using a hair replacement system

» I've been using a hair replacement system for over 15 years and after many
» years of reading and learning from this site, I have learned immensely from
» many of the users that have taken the time to post. 

Been there.

Done that.

Imagine doing everything you do or ever wanted to do, but doing it while wearing a very expensive suit--and trying not to wrinkle or ruin or soil the suit while doing those things. Same when you're wearing a hairpiece.

Can you wear a wig and not look like a jerk when you're camping?
Can you wear a wig and not look like a jerk when you're hunting?
When you're fishing?
When you're sailing?
When you're swimming or scuba diving?
When you're mountain climbing?
During martial arts training?
When you're playing football, baseball, basketball, etc?
In a street fight?
In the shower, by yourself or with a woman?
In the wind and rain and snow and sand and dust?
When doing farm or yard work (think dust, sprays, cobwebs, falling leaves, insects, tick inspections)?
When hiking through forests, brush, trees, or when canoeing or kayaking (again, think dust, spray, cobwebs, falling leaves, insects, tick inspections)?
When rock climbing?
When riding and grooming horses?
Can you walk with your girl in a light rain or snow without hiding under an umbrella or rain hat?
Can you wear a wig under a helmet, especially when you get nice and sweaty under that helmet?
Can you get down and wrestle with a dog while wearing a wig?
Can you play with little kids while wearing a wig (for example, water pistol fight)?
Can you have a snowball fight while wearing a wig?
Can you sleep while wearing a wig?
Can you work on your car or do woodworking/carpentry/fence mending/home repairs or even house cleaning while wearing a wig?
I can keep going on and on . . .

If you shouldn't--or if it's a hassle--to wear a wig under the above conditions,

Then when do you get to wear the thing??????





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Ahab

12.02.2012, 22:22
(edited by Ahab, 12.02.2012, 22:39)

@ USTom

Human Hair vs. Synthetic Hair

» Real Human Hair vs. Synthetic
»
» To me this question never occurred to me until very recently as every other
» hair replacement company I've ever used only offered human hair. They
» always talked about the quality of the hair they used (Russian, Italian,
» etc.) and I always assumed  that nothing could ever look more like real
» hair than real hair.
»
» Boy was I wrong.
»
» Only a few places use synthetic hair but I can say unequivocally that it is
» better. There are a few reasons:
»
» 1) There is never a need to color your hair. This may be the single biggest
» problem I experienced with hair systems as getting the unit to be
» consistently colored depended upon the stylist. Many times my hair would be
» super dark, other times very light and other times very unevenly dyed.
»
» It was the most stressful part of getting a hair cut/unit service as every
» time I walked out I didn't know if I would match.
»
» With human hair you really have no other option but to dye it as it
» oxidizes very quickly (especially if you are outdoors a lot) and it has to
» be dyed regularly. Hair dyes are also the main reason that systems start
» looking old.
»
» 2) Synthetic hair can have a "memory" that makes styling a snap. Now that I
» use a hair system with synthetic fibers it takes me about three minutes to
» style my hair as it "remembers" how to stay in place. Nothing beats this as
» your hair always looks natural, even right out of the shower. If you aren't
» a great hair stylist, this one tip will save you lots of frustration.
»
» I was not even aware that synthetic hair was an option until this year and
» it turned an already positive experience with hair replacement into a dream
» come true.
»
» I will never go back to human hair and I recommend you look into this
» option if you haven't already. It's probably the most important of the
» "Pillars" of hair replacement.

Synthetic hair sucks.

As for Synthetic hair's "memory"--that will be a hassle because the texture and wave of your remaining hair will be more changeable depending on the elements and temperature and dampness, while the texture and wave of the synthetic hair will tend to remain the same thereby failing to blend into your real remaining hair, for example as when your real hair greasens and flattens from sweat while the synthetic hairpiece part sill looks fluffy and dry.

As for dying human hair--that is pretty much a bad idea and will make the piece look more fake. When it's time to dye a real hair wig, it's time to buy a new wig.

Meanwhile, synthetic wigs also deteriorate with exposure to the elements, most especially sunlight, chlorine, and salt water. They will become more brittle and duller (to a point, the latter can be a blessing if synthetic is still overly shiny as it was in my day) and need replacing too.

And synthetic hair may not blend well with someone's whose remaining hair has a fine diameter, if the diameter of the synthetic hair is wider.

If I wanted the most realistic looking wig, I'd have one made of real human hair that has not been dyed (I suspect a lot of real hair for wigs comes from Asia these days, and will rarely be a good match in color, diameter, wave, and texture to the hair of most caucasian people; so they will process the Asian hair to make it more like caucasian hair, which artificial processing ruins much of the benefit of using real human hair).

To put it simply: after all this time science still cannot make a suit of polyester that's as nice as a suit made of wool (and wool is hair) though a wool suit is more expensive.

Same for hairpieces.




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Skywalker

The Corridor of Uncertainty,
18.02.2012, 02:25

@ MPB

I'd rather do almost anything than be stuck under a rug.

» »
» » Again, this is just BS, there is nothing to look up, it IS a negative of
» » course but if you think baldness is top of their list all you are doing
» is
» » reflecting your own insecurity on the subject. HEIGHT is far more
» important
» » - I wish it wasn't.
» »
» » So you are saying after the initial encounter they suddenly don't care
» that
» » you are bald ???
» »
» » Good grief.
»
»
» Thats been my experience. I'm sorry you're short Charlie Brown, but yes,
» after they know you, they dont care about the hair. So unless youre just
» into one night stands, I dont think it will be a problem...at least nothing
» I've experienced.

Confidence is key, a fat wallet also helps (that's a reality), being in shape helps, height certainly helps (and no, I am not particularly short) - hair is a 'nice to have' - but it's way down the priority list for most women.




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diamond6

20.02.2012, 06:28

@ Ahab

What I've learned in 15+ years of using a hair replacement system

» » I've been using a hair replacement system for over 15 years and after
» many
» » years of reading and learning from this site, I have learned immensely
» from
» » many of the users that have taken the time to post. 
»
» Been there.
»
» Done that.
»
» Imagine doing everything you do or ever wanted to do, but doing it while
» wearing a very expensive suit--and trying not to wrinkle or ruin or soil
» the suit while doing those things. Same when you're wearing a hairpiece.
»
» Can you wear a wig and not look like a jerk when you're camping?
» Can you wear a wig and not look like a jerk when you're hunting?
» When you're fishing?
» When you're sailing?
» When you're swimming or scuba diving?
» When you're mountain climbing?
» During martial arts training?
» When you're playing football, baseball, basketball, etc?
» In a street fight?
» In the shower, by yourself or with a woman?
» In the wind and rain and snow and sand and dust?
» When doing farm or yard work (think dust, sprays, cobwebs, falling leaves,
» insects, tick inspections)?
» When hiking through forests, brush, trees, or when canoeing or kayaking
» (again, think dust, spray, cobwebs, falling leaves, insects, tick
» inspections)?
» When rock climbing?
» When riding and grooming horses?
» Can you walk with your girl in a light rain or snow without hiding under an
» umbrella or rain hat?
» Can you wear a wig under a helmet, especially when you get nice and sweaty
» under that helmet?
» Can you get down and wrestle with a dog while wearing a wig?
» Can you play with little kids while wearing a wig (for example, water
» pistol fight)?
» Can you have a snowball fight while wearing a wig?
» Can you sleep while wearing a wig?
» Can you work on your car or do woodworking/carpentry/fence mending/home
» repairs or even house cleaning while wearing a wig?
» I can keep going on and on . . .
»
» If you shouldn't--or if it's a hassle--to wear a wig under the above
» conditions,
»
» Then when do you get to wear the thing??????




I did do a lot of those things and wore a full cap wig. BUT-- Every time before and after any activity I had to use a ton of liquid glue and was always paranoid about the piece. They are a total pain in the butt! There are those though who look horrible bald and wear them. I look at the Millionaire Mike Ilitch and his is sooooooooooo obvious. Born in 1929 he has more hair than people born in 1989. He is the owner of the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers. Wow is all I can say.. http://www.ilitchholdings.com/LeadershipTeam/MichaelIlitch.aspx




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Con Seannery

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Mid-Atlantic USA,
26.06.2012, 17:49
(edited by Con Seannery, 26.06.2012, 18:11)

@ Ahab

What I've learned in 15+ years of using a hair replacement system

You've either haven't worn hair recently or you weren't doing it right.
Are you talking about an actual, old-fashioned "wig", like women used to wear? Because men don't usually wear those, and I think even women's wigs have improved lately.

I've done lots of this stuff while wearing a hairpiece (front unit, then later a top unit).
Swimming, camping, traveling, hiking, sailing, in the shower, with a woman, etc. etc. etc.
Not a problem.

If you can't do these things while wearing hair, you are honestly not doing it right.

Just make sure your hairpiece is of good quality, is properly fitted and applied, and is securely attached. Loose adhesive does cause a problem in some of these situations, but this situation is easy to avoid. I wear a polyurethane "skin" base, which is very durable, easy to take care of, and sticks to my head easily. If I'm going to be swimming, participating in contact sports, or going out of town for a week, I use a special heavy-duty waterproof adhesive that stays attached for about a week. I've learned that it seeps and gets messy if you put it near the hairline and edges, so I don't put it that close to the edges. I use a weaker, dab-on stick of adhesive near the edges, which sticks for a day or two and is not messy. That way, the more powerful adhesive holds the toupee onto my head for about a week, and only minor, easily performed touch-ups to the hairline are necessary every couple of days. If you're going to be doing something where your head will sweat a lot and something will be pushing against it (e.g. wearing a helmet), you're also better off using the heavy-duty waterproof adhesive, but it can be done.

I did have some problems with monofilament bases though where the adhesive would seep up into the hair and make it stringy-looking.
I don't wear those anymore.

If you feel like you would "look like a jerk" while you're under your car or working in a wood shop, then you have some personal issues about wearing hair that don't necessarily apply to everyone else (seeing as nobody is necessarily even going to see you in those places).

And I will agree with the guy who said that baldness is more of an initial turn off and doesn't matter as much afterwards. I've had girlfriends who didn't know I was bald until much later on, at which point they didn't care that much about it because they already liked me.





» » I've been using a hair replacement system for over 15 years and after
» many
» » years of reading and learning from this site, I have learned immensely
» from
» » many of the users that have taken the time to post. 
»
» Been there.
»
» Done that.
»
» Imagine doing everything you do or ever wanted to do, but doing it while
» wearing a very expensive suit--and trying not to wrinkle or ruin or soil
» the suit while doing those things. Same when you're wearing a hairpiece.
»
» Can you wear a wig and not look like a jerk when you're camping?
» Can you wear a wig and not look like a jerk when you're hunting?
» When you're fishing?
» When you're sailing?
» When you're swimming or scuba diving?
» When you're mountain climbing?
» During martial arts training?
» When you're playing football, baseball, basketball, etc?
» In a street fight?
» In the shower, by yourself or with a woman?
» In the wind and rain and snow and sand and dust?
» When doing farm or yard work (think dust, sprays, cobwebs, falling leaves,
» insects, tick inspections)?
» When hiking through forests, brush, trees, or when canoeing or kayaking
» (again, think dust, spray, cobwebs, falling leaves, insects, tick
» inspections)?
» When rock climbing?
» When riding and grooming horses?
» Can you walk with your girl in a light rain or snow without hiding under an
» umbrella or rain hat?
» Can you wear a wig under a helmet, especially when you get nice and sweaty
» under that helmet?
» Can you get down and wrestle with a dog while wearing a wig?
» Can you play with little kids while wearing a wig (for example, water
» pistol fight)?
» Can you have a snowball fight while wearing a wig?
» Can you sleep while wearing a wig?
» Can you work on your car or do woodworking/carpentry/fence mending/home
» repairs or even house cleaning while wearing a wig?
» I can keep going on and on . . .
»
» If you shouldn't--or if it's a hassle--to wear a wig under the above
» conditions,
»
» Then when do you get to wear the thing??????





Con Seannery is located in MID-ATLANTIC USA and he is available to meet: NO

---
29 Year old
Totally bald in front, thinning on top and back.
I'd give you the Norwood number but the charts don't seem to agree with each other anymore...
Also I've been shaving off what's left and applying a hairpiece for years so I'm not sure if the apex has become a real "bald spot" yet or if it's just thin.


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Skywalker

The Corridor of Uncertainty,
24.08.2012, 13:05

@ Con Seannery

What I've learned in 15+ years of using a hair replacement system

»
» And I will agree with the guy who said that baldness is more of an initial
» turn off and doesn't matter as much afterwards.
»

In my opinion that's wishful thinking BS, for most women it is not a deal breaker anyway but for the ones where it is I don't think they ever really change their minds.




Skywalker is located in THE CORRIDOR OF UNCERTAINTY and he is available to meet: NO


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USTom

15.09.2012, 17:39

@ Ahab

What I've learned in 15+ years of using a hair replacement system

I think I am well suited to talk on the topic of whether or not a hair system limits what you can do in your life.

I do everything I ever wanted without thinking about my hair at all. I work out A LOT, I sweat, train in martial arts and do everything a very, very active person does with no problems. I don't have to do anything different and my hair looks normal all the time. This is a BIG deal to me as I would hate having to think about it or even not participate in certain activities because of my hair.

Having said that, it was not always the case. When I first started "wearing hair" I did have to think about it a lot. I still did everything but it was always in the back of my mind.

There are essentially two major considerations in my opinion that really influence how free you will be: the type of attachment to the scalp and the type of hair used in making your system.

For many years I used a liquid adhesive in the front (which is ideal for lace front systems which I wore for many years). This can create problems as I have learned, especially after a few days after your service visit as it will begin to get into the hair in the front of your system and it will begin to look "matted".

I no longer wear a lace front and now use a fantastic tape on the front of my hair system that is 100% worry free. Even two weeks after my haircut, the hair is still totally "dry" and that has made a HUGE difference. I don't have to do any maintenance at all now whereas before I had to do "touch ups" with adhesive every few days or so.

The second thing that has really made a difference in allowing me to completely ignore my hair is in switching to synthetic fibers. They look MUCH more real that "real human hair" and they don't get "strange" no matter how much you sweat, roll around on the ground, etc. This is because the right type of synthetic hair holds its shape better the first time you use it but more importantly even after months of use. I always found that sun really oxidezed the human hair and that it looked much worse after as little as two weeks.

This seems totally counterintuitive to me as human hair is always touted as the best thing but there really is no contest on this one. Synthetic looks better when you're just standing around and also when you are super active or in the water.





» » I've been using a hair replacement system for over 15 years and after
» many
» » years of reading and learning from this site, I have learned immensely
» from
» » many of the users that have taken the time to post. 
»
» Been there.
»
» Done that.
»
» Imagine doing everything you do or ever wanted to do, but doing it while
» wearing a very expensive suit--and trying not to wrinkle or ruin or soil
» the suit while doing those things. Same when you're wearing a hairpiece.
»
» Can you wear a wig and not look like a jerk when you're camping?
» Can you wear a wig and not look like a jerk when you're hunting?
» When you're fishing?
» When you're sailing?
» When you're swimming or scuba diving?
» When you're mountain climbing?
» During martial arts training?
» When you're playing football, baseball, basketball, etc?
» In a street fight?
» In the shower, by yourself or with a woman?
» In the wind and rain and snow and sand and dust?
» When doing farm or yard work (think dust, sprays, cobwebs, falling leaves,
» insects, tick inspections)?
» When hiking through forests, brush, trees, or when canoeing or kayaking
» (again, think dust, spray, cobwebs, falling leaves, insects, tick
» inspections)?
» When rock climbing?
» When riding and grooming horses?
» Can you walk with your girl in a light rain or snow without hiding under an
» umbrella or rain hat?
» Can you wear a wig under a helmet, especially when you get nice and sweaty
» under that helmet?
» Can you get down and wrestle with a dog while wearing a wig?
» Can you play with little kids while wearing a wig (for example, water
» pistol fight)?
» Can you have a snowball fight while wearing a wig?
» Can you sleep while wearing a wig?
» Can you work on your car or do woodworking/carpentry/fence mending/home
» repairs or even house cleaning while wearing a wig?
» I can keep going on and on . . .
»
» If you shouldn't--or if it's a hassle--to wear a wig under the above
» conditions,
»
» Then when do you get to wear the thing??????





USTom is located in [NA] and he is available to meet: NO


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humanhair

12.12.2013, 18:06

@ USTom

What I've learned in 15+ years of using a hair replacement system

Hi i love this post and how you talk about this. I am in the human hair wigs niche and i know a lot about this.

thank you




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jemea

20.12.2013, 03:47

@ USTom

What I've learned in 15+ years of using a hair replacement system

hi, i think http://www.lordhair.com/ is also a good choice for you!thank you!




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Ahab

07.06.2015, 07:56

@ Con Seannery

What I've learned in 15+ years of using a hair replacement system

The last thing I worried about was the piece coming off.

The point of my earlier post is that the activities I mentioned will either quickly damage or even destroy the hairpiece--or mess up the hairpiece to such a degree that you will look like a fool.

For example, I tried wearing one under a helmet while playing sports. When I removed the helmet, the heat and humidity had given my hairpiece the shape of a chess piece.

On another occasion while being active, the hair stuck out in all directions making me look like I had just had my finger in an electric socket, and I didn't realize it until someone pointed it out to me.

when I first got my hairpieces (I got two because it's wise to have more than one as a spare), I took one and tested it out by being moderately active. I utterly destroyed it in one weekend, and I wasn't even trying that hard.

When you see people wearing an awful looking hairpiece, it's not necessarily because they have bad taste. It could be because they had recently been active in it, which messed it up and or rendered it wet with rain, snow, sweat, or what have you. And also because over time a hairpiece gets more and more ratty looking.

If you thought I was worried about the piece coming off, then I wonder if you don't realize that you might be one of those guy's walking around looking like a fool, too, because the piece is not fresh from the salon. Or maybe you're just a couch potato.

I will say that before I destroyed it--and after I practiced grooming it for a week before leaving the house (being made of real hair, the piece actually began to look more natural the more I wore it inside my house; I guess the heat and humidity from my body eventually caused it to conform to the shape of my head, making it look incredibly natural, which is something synthetic hair won't do, BTW)--that I never looked better in my life. And while wearing it I walked into a store and had a beautiful sales clerk come on to me. I was in my late twenties at the time, and that was the first time something like that had happened to me since I went bald, I dated her for several years.

My hairpiece experiment lasted until I could find a transplant doctor, which took a couple months (back ten there was no internet to do research, it was by word of mouth and family physician recommendations). The transplants turned out to have many of the same problems as the wig, but without looking as good. However, the fact that it was my own hair made it a little less embarrassing, but not by much.



Originally Posted by Con Seannery

You've either haven't worn hair recently or you weren't doing it right.
Are you talking about an actual, old-fashioned "wig", like women used to wear? Because men don't usually wear those, and I think even women's wigs have improved lately.

I've done lots of this stuff while wearing a hairpiece (front unit, then later a top unit).
Swimming, camping, traveling, hiking, sailing, in the shower, with a woman, etc. etc. etc.
Not a problem.

If you can't do these things while wearing hair, you are honestly not doing it right.

Just make sure your hairpiece is of good quality, is properly fitted and applied, and is securely attached. Loose adhesive does cause a problem in some of these situations, but this situation is easy to avoid. I wear a polyurethane "skin" base, which is very durable, easy to take care of, and sticks to my head easily. If I'm going to be swimming, participating in contact sports, or going out of town for a week, I use a special heavy-duty waterproof adhesive that stays attached for about a week. I've learned that it seeps and gets messy if you put it near the hairline and edges, so I don't put it that close to the edges. I use a weaker, dab-on stick of adhesive near the edges, which sticks for a day or two and is not messy. That way, the more powerful adhesive holds the toupee onto my head for about a week, and only minor, easily performed touch-ups to the hairline are necessary every couple of days. If you're going to be doing something where your head will sweat a lot and something will be pushing against it (e.g. wearing a helmet), you're also better off using the heavy-duty waterproof adhesive, but it can be done.

I did have some problems with monofilament bases though where the adhesive would seep up into the hair and make it stringy-looking.
I don't wear those anymore.

If you feel like you would "look like a jerk" while you're under your car or working in a wood shop, then you have some personal issues about wearing hair that don't necessarily apply to everyone else (seeing as nobody is necessarily even going to see you in those places).

And I will agree with the guy who said that baldness is more of an initial turn off and doesn't matter as much afterwards. I've had girlfriends who didn't know I was bald until much later on, at which point they didn't care that much about it because they already liked me.





» » I've been using a hair replacement system for over 15 years and after
» many
» » years of reading and learning from this site, I have learned immensely
» from
» » many of the users that have taken the time to post. 
»
» Been there.
»
» Done that.
»
» Imagine doing everything you do or ever wanted to do, but doing it while
» wearing a very expensive suit--and trying not to wrinkle or ruin or soil
» the suit while doing those things. Same when you're wearing a hairpiece.
»
» Can you wear a wig and not look like a jerk when you're camping?
» Can you wear a wig and not look like a jerk when you're hunting?
» When you're fishing?
» When you're sailing?
» When you're swimming or scuba diving?
» When you're mountain climbing?
» During martial arts training?
» When you're playing football, baseball, basketball, etc?
» In a street fight?
» In the shower, by yourself or with a woman?
» In the wind and rain and snow and sand and dust?
» When doing farm or yard work (think dust, sprays, cobwebs, falling leaves,
» insects, tick inspections)?
» When hiking through forests, brush, trees, or when canoeing or kayaking
» (again, think dust, spray, cobwebs, falling leaves, insects, tick
» inspections)?
» When rock climbing?
» When riding and grooming horses?
» Can you walk with your girl in a light rain or snow without hiding under an
» umbrella or rain hat?
» Can you wear a wig under a helmet, especially when you get nice and sweaty
» under that helmet?
» Can you get down and wrestle with a dog while wearing a wig?
» Can you play with little kids while wearing a wig (for example, water
» pistol fight)?
» Can you have a snowball fight while wearing a wig?
» Can you sleep while wearing a wig?
» Can you work on your car or do woodworking/carpentry/fence mending/home
» repairs or even house cleaning while wearing a wig?
» I can keep going on and on . . .
»
» If you shouldn't--or if it's a hassle--to wear a wig under the above
» conditions,
»
» Then when do you get to wear the thing??????





Ahab is located in [NA] and he is available to meet: NO


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Ahab

07.06.2015, 07:58

@ USTom

What I've learned in 15+ years of using a hair replacement system

So when you sweat and your real hair gets plastered to your scalp while your synthetic hairpiece stays fluffy, that looks natural?




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Ahab

24.08.2016, 20:23

@ Con Seannery

What I've learned in 15+ years of using a hair replacement system

Having it fall off was the least of my worries.

I tried a toupee, and I destroyed it my first weekend using it. And I went easy on it.

At the end of the first day, my piece was full of sand, dust, dried human and horse sweat, particles of hay, cobwebs, animal hairs (farm animals) from my outdoor activities.

The next day, salt spray off ocean waves and some fish and bait blood, slime, and an occasional fish scale, and more sand and sun to damage and bleach.

There's no way you can tell me that you cannot destroy any hair system by washing it every day and by exposure to strong sunlight every day.

In no time, the system's hair will turn a different color and different texture from your own hair and it will look strange.

At my rate of activity, I'd have to have a new one made every few days.

Impractical except for couch potatoes and lounge lizards.

It is possible that you might get away with it looking worn out because these days even men dye their hair and have weird hairstyles, so having two-tone hair might be mistaken for a fashion statement among the unwashed masses.

Whenever the public sees a ridiculous looking hairpiece, they probably think the wearer wants to look like that.

They might be seeing him on his way home from the beach or sports, or other outside work, and think the way it looks is intentional.

I tried wearing a sports helmet over my hairpiece. After a hot humid summer afternoon, when I removed the helmet my hairpiece had taken a set from the heat and humidity into an odd shape--I looked like the top of some chess piece. And there wasn't anyplace private to go with a hair dryer for me to try to wet and style the hair to look more natural when the crowd wanted to go out for drinks after the game. I said I had an appointment and couldn't go along.




Ahab is located in [NA] and he is available to meet: NO


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Ahab

24.08.2016, 20:30

@ USTom

What I've learned in 15+ years of using a hair replacement system

You said that "synthetic hair holds its shape better the first time you use it but more importantly even after months of use."

Right there is the trouble with synthetic hair.

Assuming you still have hair growing on the back and sides of your head, the hair system has to blend with your own natural hair.

To blend, the synthetic hair needs to not just be the same color and diameter as your real hair, but it needs to also behave like your natural hair.

If your natural hair changes shape because of humidity, sweat, hats, etc., while your hair system remains relatively fluffy, the system is a fail.




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