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I'm at around a Norwood III-IV and am 25. I really wouldn't mind being bald at 40-50, but not in my 20's
So with that being said, I want to take the plunge. There aren't really any 'established' places besides Farrell and Hair Club for Men --- which I heard were nightmares. Now I have a few questions and would appreciate COMPLETE honesty:
1) First and foremost, does it suck? In other words, are you CONSTANTLY thinking about it? I knew the glue/tape is supposedly very secure, but surely you've thought of it falling off, has it ever happened to you? Is it really a huge hassle?
2) What do you do, if you're like me, and you're super-active and sweat a lot. I mean if I go for a workout at the gym, does it "ruin" the piece of I sweat a lot? Can't I just shower and not have to remove, change, alter it?
3) How do you deal with your friends/roommates/SO's? Do they know, do some know, do any know? If I live with three roommates, is it inevitable they know?
4) This might be the hardest question to answer or the easier one and that is...is it worth it? Is there any advantage of a piece (besides cost) over a surgury?
5) What would you recommend a beginner do or start?
***Last question only applies to the younger guys***
6) How did you guys in your 20s (30s even) deal with it?
Thanks again guys, I really appreciate your help with and am GLAD I found people who can relate to this.
1. A proper bonded hair system will not fall off. Different people think about it more than others.
2. A hair system will not be ruined by sweat, you can exercise as much as you like. Lace systems are better for this as the skin systems have no holes. Your bond time may decrease if you do lots of exercise.
3. It depends. You can choose who you tell. When you reattach you will inevitably need to use a bathroom to shower. If you don't want flat mates knowing then make sure you have a lock on your bathroom door.
4.It depends on the person. For many it restores confidence and you get to lay into a lot more women which otherwise you wouldn't be able to (I'm talking about the shallow 18 year olds that don't look at bald men despite how attractive the man may be). It could be beneficial inasmuch as just allowing yourself not to worry about hair loss and seeing yourself with hair. The advantage over surgery is that it's not permanent. You can throw it away at any point and grow out your own hair. You have the choice. Surgery involves scars (FUE minimal scarring; but scarring nonetheless). Also hair systems give you full density whereas transplants can rarely return you to baseline. You have the advantage of having perfect hair (for the first week at least; then hair pieces will start to dry and fade).
5.It would be recommended to get a professional to make you a template. Then send this template to a reputable company. North West Lace are good; so are Hair4all. Order two systems and get them cut in by a hairdresser. You can then made modifications. For example, maybe your hair system is too dense. You simple ask for a reduction in density next time and so forth.
6. You have to be very brave to go ahead with it. Some people consider it weak but I think it is the opposite. The way I see it you shouldn't let your 20s go by worrying about hair and hair replacement gives you the hair. I recommend you go on hair replacement forums as well as you can get advice and it's nice not to feel alone if you go down this path. Final bit of advice - don't take it too seriously. Take it for what it is - a cosmetic solution to hair loss. If someone says you have nice hair you can tell them it's a wig - you might find the shock and disbelief on their face priceless