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    Quote Originally Posted by Candide View Post
    Hey BBTM

    I am about your age and have been wearing a system for a few years, so I can give you a second perspective. I think most of us younger guys are in this to increase our chances with the opposite sex (or the same sex in some cases).

    My lace units are very comfortable and breathable - most of the time I honestly forget I am wearing it once it's on. It definitely won't "fall off". As you'll see as soon as you try one, that is completely impossible. It is just a Hollywood gag. I mostly change my piece every week (I have 2 that I swap about). It takes me about an hour a week. That keeps my unit fresh and with a solid bond, and my scalp in good condition.

    So far as I am aware (and you can tell) since I have been wearing a fine lace piece no one has ever spotted that I am wearing anything or said anything to embarrass me. The few people I have told have been incredulous, and one of them is now also doing the same thing. They are really subtle and undetectable. If you want to see what one of these looks like from a non-commercial source I will share a pic of mine with you if you email me on keltinthedelta at yahoo dot com.

    I haven't heard of anyone particularly good in Phoenix. I wouldn't recommend Hair Club though. Most of the people who I have come across who tried hair replacement and hated it seem to have gone through Hair Club. I would recommend that you try to get your pieces on-line and get an ordinary hair salon to cut them in (ie match them to your fringe of natural hair) for you. You'll save a fortune and get a better quality piece. There is a guy who posts as Gaminggolfer / Chefmclifter (not on this forum, but you can easily track him down on Google) who is based in Scottsdale and wears a very nice-looking hairpiece. You could ask him who he uses to do his cuts.

    Alternatively there are salons where you can get pieces bought on-line cut remotely - you send them a picture of your bald self and the look you're going for, and they do the cut in and send it to you ready to wear. Let me know if you want details.

    Hope that's helpful.
    Thanks for the help again. I had to travel and didn't get the chance to get this done yet but I'm still thinking about doing it in the next month or so.

    So, if you buy the hair piece online, how do you go to a salon and explain to them what's going on without embarrassment? Do you just go to a regular salon and tell them you are wearing a hairpiece?

    And do you buy the human hair or synthetic hair pieces? Also, when you place the hairpiece on your head, do you do it yourself at home or get a family member to help?

    Thanks again for the help with this!

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    Btw, another quick question, I'm thinking about ordering from hairdirect...but how do that match color? Do I send them a sample of my hair? I'm confused on that process...

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    Hi BBTM

    So, if you buy the hair piece online, how do you go to a salon and explain to them what's going on without embarrassment? Do you just go to a regular salon and tell them you are wearing a hairpiece?

    If you go to a unisex hair salon (as opposed to a barber) they are very familiar with artificial hair, because women are doing it all the time. It's not that embarrassing to me - they are like medics: they have seen it all before. I live in a big city, and I just go to a place well away from work and home, where I am not going to bump into anyone I know. If you feel you would find it embarrassing, you could use a specialist hairpiece salon (more expensive though) or you could get it cut in remotely from a photo. Hair Direct do that, and NorthWest Lace and Toplace can also arrange it.

    And do you buy the human hair or synthetic hair pieces?

    Always human. The main reason is that with synthetic hair you can't bleach the knots, which markedly lessens the realism of the piece.

    Also, when you place the hairpiece on your head, do you do it yourself at home or get a family member to help?


    I do it myself. After a week or two it becomes second nature. It is useful to have help making a template though.

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    Yes, definitely send them a little swatch of hair, it's the only reliable way. It's even worth take a few samples from different parts of your head, because there are usually slight color differences.

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    Okay thanks for the help on this and your advice is appreciated. I am receiving my first hair fitting kit today so we'll see how it goes. If it doesn't look real, I'm definitely going to just give it up but it sure would be nice to have hair again for the ladies.

    Thanks again for your input on this.

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    No worries BBTM; good luck with the process. I have a couple of tips that I could give you off-line, if you would care to drop me an email. Address is keltinthedelta at yahoo dot com

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    "How come more men don't do this?"

    Honestly, I think it's because there's such a stigma around bald men wearing hair pieces.

    Men hear "wig" and it's automatically type-casted into those ridiculously bad, horrifically mis-matching toupees. I think a lot of guys simply don't know that you can get these integrated hair systems that -
    A) you can wear 24/7 like it's your own hair you grew yourself, and B) looks pretty amazing. I personally know a guy who wears one, looks pretty good (although once you know it's there, you can kinda see the hairline).

    Because (although I'm currently Norwood 2 and on Finasteride) I'm likely to go full N7 looking at my family history, I think this is probably the most realistic option for me in the long-term. I want to wait until I have a more secure job down to where I can afford it (and, hoping with futility, that something more effective might come along to save my own hair) before coming off Finasteride. I like the idea of potentially transplanting-in a thick/low hairline of my own that I can grow and then blending-in the system behind it for the most natural-looking results, I'm sure that's possible?

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    Hey guys, so I've been regrowing my hair out for the past 3-4 weeks and I did not realize until tonight that the lower back area of my hair isn't growing in evenly. I've put a picture of it below.

    It's almost as if I'm thinning at the bottom on the back of my head near the neck region. Any ideas if this is normal for the hair to grow unevenly like this? It's been like 8-10 years since I've grown my hair this long and I'm getting ready to get my new hair system in the next week. I really hope it grows in properly on the back of my head near the bottom. I've put a pic below...what do you guys think?

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    You probably are experiencing a bit of thinning there too, but it doesn't look bad or obvious, and I doubt anyone but you would even notice it. You can get a barber to even up the line if you want. It won't affect your hair system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candide View Post
    You probably are experiencing a bit of thinning there too, but it doesn't look bad or obvious, and I doubt anyone but you would even notice it. You can get a barber to even up the line if you want. It won't affect your hair system.
    Thanks for the help but I think my main concern is that in the next 10-20 years, will it get worse and worse in the back? If so, then I will have to go back to shaving my head down just like I do now and get rid of the hair system which would be very disappointing to say the least. Do you think its possible that I could lose the hair on the back of my head? how common is this?

    Thanks again for the help with this.

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