Are hair pieces & hair systems REALLY that bad?

Benjamin36

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The thing that freaks me out about hair systems and pieces is the possibility of someone finding out and having people making jokes behind my back. My brother worked with a guy for years and maybe about a year ago he was looking at the guy's head from the back and noticed something unusual. Sure enough, he figured out that he was wearing a hair system/wig and he had been doing so for years without anyone noticing. From just that one time of something happening with the blending of his own hair into the wig or system, it allowed everyone at his work to figure it out. Now they all make jokes about him under their breath.
 

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Well I would agree that that is a concern. Not many people want their insecurities and artifices on show. But the same concerns affect people who use concealers or have a transplant - will the surgeon be sufficiently discreet that the people in the office won't know they have had one? What will the new hot date make of her black pillows in the morning?
 
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The thing that freaks me out about hair systems and pieces is the possibility of someone finding out and having people making jokes behind my back. My brother worked with a guy for years and maybe about a year ago he was looking at the guy's head from the back and noticed something unusual. Sure enough, he figured out that he was wearing a hair system/wig and he had been doing so for years without anyone noticing. From just that one time of something happening with the blending of his own hair into the wig or system, it allowed everyone at his work to figure it out. Now they all make jokes about him under their breath.
I wear a full lace piece and only a few know that I have told. I look at it this way,people are fake, women have fake everything. I keep my hair always looking good and if someone finds out I doubt they would really care. If it looks great how can they say anything? Men that see women women with fake hair and boobs know they are fake and don't care and women that see men on steroids ,everyone knows they are on drugs but still think they are attractive. So if you look good people will forget and not really care. I shaved my head for ten years and looked good with it shaved but I was a NW6. People always joked about my bald cue ball,now all say is wow you look great. Is it fake? yup but it looks better then most people's real hair!
 

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You asked for the perspective of young guys, well I am 61, but I have been wearing since I an 25. When I started, the pieces were bad, but today they are awesome. You can wear with any life style. I work out and sweat like an animal, no problems. I drive a convertible, don't even think about my hair. Here are the keys, find a good online supplier. I use Northwest Lace, quality pieces, great customer service. Others to consider are, Toplace, Hats Off Hair, Cool Piece, and Hair Piece Warehouse. All are reputable. Toplace and Northwest Lace have forums, great places to learn from other hair wearers. Get a good cut in. Experiment with glues and tapes. Body chemistry can determine which ones will work for you. Use a daily leave in conditioner. There is a leaning curve, but it is not rocket science, you can do it yourself and achieve a great result. I have run the gamut from salons, to Hair Club, and for the last 3 years I have bought on line, and do it myself. I now have better looking hair, and have saved a ton of money. Even at 61, I want to look my best, I look 10 years younger(I do keep fit) with hair, and it gives me a lot more confidence. Do you research, I lurked on forums for 6 months learning as much as I could about buying online and doing it myself.

Good luck, and TDK your hair looks awesome!


Are you using glue to attach your hairsystem to your head or you use clips? I just wanted to know if there is any long term side effects of using glue directly on scalp skin..
 

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Hello TDK

I am considering getting a hair system, but there are a lot of negative reviews on the internet. Can you please take a moment and update if you are still using a system and how has your experience been so far?

Thanks
TJ
 

grincher

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looks grand buddy. well done for being brave and actually doing it and posting the results.
 

JZA70

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Actually looks good.
 

I.D WALKER

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For those who aren't familiar with the adhesive strips or tape, from my short-lived experience I felt this form of attachment was considerably more "user friendly" than the adhesive itself. Particularly for a young guy who was/is experiencing seborrhea derm. I wore a partial system (very light weight) and removed/washed it daily on average. With this in mind I have no personal knowledge how well adhesives strips or tape would work on persons wearing a"full system" and who don't wish to remove/wash it nearly as often. Wigs have come a long way, the real secret to the art of illusion when selecting and/or even customizing your own system is to have a hair system that has less or equal density to you preexisting hair and furthermore it's ill advisable to place it past your original hair line. The key is striving for a realistic appearance (maturing hair line, thinner density,etc.,) and a perfect hair line does not typically fit into that operative. Merely my personal taste on the subject.
Are you using glue to attach your hairsystem to your head or you use clips? I just wanted to know if there is any long term side effects of using glue directly on scalp skin..

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Glue and a hair piece/system/wig left on for prolonged periods, and especially if you are regularly exposed to outside warm temperatures, can often become extra tacky or consequently more messy and time-consuming to remove and clean off both your hair piece and scalp. At least this is what I personally dealt with when initially using it. Partly why I preferred the adhesive strips. Unless you are hyper skin sensitive or allergic to the glue itself(which is not common), there are no known adverse side effects that I am aware of for long term use. All the best.
 

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Is glue applied all over the wig surface or only on the edges? How is it with tapes? If you use a tape, you don't need glue?
 

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Hi everyone... I'm new to this forum.. And can't tell you how happy I am to have found it too! It's so nice to know I'm not alone..
I just wanted to explain the situation I'm in..
Well back about 9 years ago I was really upset about my hairloss.... At first when I spoke to close friends about it they just told me perhaps I was being overly paranoid .. But as time went on and on random people started saying horrible things about my hair thinning.. I became more and more depressed about it.. So I took the plung and went for a hair transplant treatment (I didn't even know systems existed at that time!). The transplant was quite invasive- massive scar at the back of my head too. Without boring you guys too much with my long story- the bottom line was I waited and waited and waited for a decent result to grow through and nothing special grew through. I was left with extra hair that was so low on density that it was pointless. I had asked for the transplanted hair to cover my crown area as well as my residing front hairline but both areas density was horrendous where it actually seemed my crown area was untouched!
I kept complaining and writing letters to the company who performed it for me and after numerous consultations they realised they had messed up and offered me a free second session of transplant... So yes I went ahead with it and guess what..? Still absolutely pointless.. Since then the only thing that was made me feel more better about my insecurity is concilers ... I've been using this for two years and surprisingly quite happy with the results.. But there are some difficulties with it.. like applying it when your not in the comfort of your own surrounding or leaving black marks behind! Also my hair is continuing to thin so I know this is not a long term solution.
About 10 months ago I happened to hear about hair systems and almost immediately griped my attention. So I decided to go to a company who specialises in hair systems.. The consultant was very friendly and explained a lot of details about the system and aftercare. But I feel like over the years I have really been through a lot and sadly sometimes feel that I don't know who I can trust. Hence why I'm on this forum..
I really need you guys opinions and advice please..
The company is offering me a lace system with a package for re- grooms. They advice me to have two systems and have monthly re-grooms (system removal / cleaned/ reattached).
Does monthly removals sound right or is it too long?
I asked them how long do systems last? They say if I alternate the two systems every month they can last up to 3 years.
Does this sound right? To me that seems a bit much?
They said every few months if the system sheds hairs you can have hair added to the same system???? Is this true guys?
I'm not made of money and if instead I'm having to buy new systems every few months from this place as opposed to every 2-3years I won't be able afford this..
The other few questions I wanted to ask was... Does wearing a system make you feel hot?? Reason why I ask is because I usually get hot very easily...!?
I really appreciate any advice...
 

anik

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No, generally lacesystems dont make you feel hot. What type of weather do you live in? I mean what is the summer temperature/maximum temperature? Is it hot hot and humid? And I dont think that there are any systems out there that lasts for 3 years when you use tow. May be lace systems will last for a maximum of 9-10 months if taken care of.
 

grincher

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Hi there and welcome Adzy_K.


There is much talk about these services here and on other forums. The general opinion is yes they offer a product, but the cost is lower and the results better when you DIY. I DIY and all my costs including pieces, haircuts and products come in at under £440 a year. These other places they drag you in regularly will rack up costs of thousands. Avoid them and DIY.


It can seem a little daunting at first, but its really not that difficult.


Personally, I recommend removing and reattaching every 10-14 days. How often you do it will depend on the bond you use, your lifestyle and your own body chemistry. 1-month is too long.


If you get a good quality system and look after it you will get 8-months at peak. Rotating between two should give 16-months; possibly more at a push.


Pieces do shed and you can add to a system, but usually people replace it.


A lace base is very ventilated so you should not feel hot. You can shower sweat and swim in it without any problems. Its so lightweight you wont feel a thing.


I made the leap to a hair system a couple of years ago and now I wear daily and have spares. Its an important part of my life now and I love them.
 

Adzy_k

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No, generally lacesystems dont make you feel hot. What type of weather do you live in? I mean what is the summer temperature/maximum temperature? Is it hot hot and humid? And I dont think that there are any systems out there that lasts for 3 years when you use tow. May be lace systems will last for a maximum of 9-10 months if taken care of.

Oh thank you so so much for replying.. I really appreciate it. I live in London, UK.. So not incredibly hot.. Yeah I did think 3years were a bit much! Which system do you wear?
 

anik

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Recently I have got an NWL piece and its really good. I've heard that the weather is super sweaty in London? Is that true? In that case you have to use stronger glues.
 

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Kenz9, IVe been wearing hair pieces for over 35 years!
1... I remember when I got my first piece around 1977, my wife had to drive when we left because it was so emotional for me. I kept pulling in the side mirror of our car to constantly check it.
There wasnt a mirror or shiney object that I would stop and check my self. I used a clip in the back, on each side, and one in the front to hold it on. And yes you do constantly think about it.
No , ive never had it fall off , and yes it can be a hassle but you learn to live with it out of vanity. I have never considered being bald. I think most men look better with hair. Black guys look better bald
than white guys in my opinion. If you can accept being bald, its probably better and cheaper! I just couldn't, considering I grew up a rocker listening to The Beatles and the Stones! And being in a rock
band myself.
2...You can be active, just use more clips, or tape (which i use now) I dont go into the water anymore for a swim.
3... If you still have hair on the sides and some on top, grow it out a little bit and then get the new piece installed. Your hair will be cut to blend in with the new piece.
Your friends will know something different but probably wont know what or why, just that you look younger and better. Maybe you should tell your room mates because you may
want to remove it to shower and sleep.
4... I've been getting a new hair piece every year since the beginning. They average $1000.00 each but its custom.
5...As a beginner, don't get crazy and do too much, you want it to look natural.
6...And what was the point of all this for me? I feel more confident and look better.
7...When I was in the dating scene, I was a little self conscious. I always wore it to bed and never let a woman see me without it. When I'm alone, I always remove it to sleep and shower.
My current future wife has never seen me without it in over 5 years and we have yet to bring it up !
 
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Conpecia

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what about when you're in bed with a woman and she's right up close running her fingers through your hair with your hairline exposed? how can they not notice?
 

grincher

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what about when you're in bed with a woman and she's right up close running her fingers through your hair with your hairline exposed? how can they not notice?


you can try very thin "skin" systems - invisible to the touch OR just be honest and fess up - nothing wrong with a good head of hair :)
 

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I'm thinking on getting a hair system, but I live in South America, so I need to get it online. Which company do you recommend me? Taking into account, of course, quality, but also customer service. Thanks!
 
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