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    Quote Originally Posted by gmonasco View Post
    The thing is, plenty of people alter their appearances with "artificial" things that are detectable to those who know what to look for -- everything from prosthetic limbs to glass eyes to breast enhancements -- and nobody really cares. To me, the primary criterion for something like this (whether it be a hairpiece or anything else) shouldn't be "Is this absolutely undetectable?" but rather "Do I look better with this than without this?

    If you want to avoid embarrassment at being "detected" as a hairpiece-wearer, I think the best approach is not to keep it a secret. People pay attention to what they think others are trying to hide; they quickly lose interest in things that aren't being concealed.
    Yeah, I agree that plenty of people do things to alter their appearances. Prosthetic limbs are kind of in a different league than a wig in that people actually use them out of necessity rather than choice. In my opinion, breast enhancements are totally different than wearing a wig. There are plenty of people in the public eye who acknowledge that they have breast implants, yet they are still viewed as sexy and attractive. Pamela Anderson, Jenna Jameson, and even people that I personally know come to mind. However, I really don't know anyone who outed themselves as wearing a wig and they were still viewed as sexy and attractive. I think it would be a million times worse to be outed for wearing a wig than having breast implants (or even most other aesthetic treatments for that matter).

    In terms of people not keeping their wigs a secret, I kind of think that that defeats whole purpose of wearing a wig. I think most people with wigs wear them because they want people to believe that they have a full head of hair. That's why these wig-makers today design these wigs to be so natural-looking, so that hopefully no one will detect that the person is wearing a wig in the first place. If some one admits that they are wearing a wig, it's as if they are saying: "I'm really bald, but I'm just covering up", and that to me would be very embarrassing. Thankfully I'm not close to being bald because I'm not sure I could handle wearing a wig or having surgery on my head.

    But yeah, you're right about people having all kinds of cosmetic surgery today to improve their appearances. However, hair loss just gets totally marginalized as usual. I mean, women do all kinds of ridiculous things to improve their appearances, yet a lot of them just can't understand the misery and depression that a lot of us guys feel when we start to lose our hair. So they (and most other people) cannot understand the lengths that many of us go through to restore our hair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davey Jones View Post
    What's so bad about a wig?
    Exactly. I think people can only make fun of it just about as much as you let them. If you act like you're embarrassed and have something to hide by wearing a hairpiece, people will poke fun at you mercilessly; but if you simply acknowledge it and treat it like no big deal, you've effectively taken away their ability to mock you.

    Of course, you need to have a hairpiece that's decently passable. If you wear a toupee as ridiculous as James Traficant's, you deserve the ridicule you'll get:


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    Quote Originally Posted by gmonasco View Post
    Exactly. I think people can only make fun of it just about as much as you let them. If you act like you're embarrassed and have something to hide by wearing a hairpiece, people will poke fun at you mercilessly; but if you simply acknowledge it and treat it like no big deal, you've effectively taken away their ability to mock you.

    Of course, you need to have a hairpiece that's decently passable. If you wear a toupee as ridiculous as James Traficant's, you deserve the ridicule you'll get:

    Who is going to walk around telling people that they are wearing a wig? Do you know ari from entourage ? The whole cast makes fun of him for wearing a wig. Once people find out your wearing a rug than your whole image is ruined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DepressedByHairLoss View Post
    Prosthetic limbs are kind of in a different league than a wig in that people actually use them out of necessity rather than choice.
    Generally, but there are some prosthetics whose primary purpose is cosmetic rather than functional.

    In my opinion, breast enhancements are totally different than wearing a wig. There are plenty of people in the public eye who acknowledge that they have breast implants, yet they are still viewed as sexy and attractive. However, I really don't know anyone who outed themselves as wearing a wig and they were still viewed as sexy and attractive.
    Yes, clearly people's attitudes towards those two things vary widely. But the point is, why should they? What is so inherently different about those two body parts that justifies considering fake boobs to be sexy but fake hair to be ridiculous?

    In terms of people not keeping their wigs a secret, I kind of think that that defeats whole purpose of wearing a wig. I think most people with wigs wear them because they want people to believe that they have a full head of hair.
    Certainly people want to look like they have full heads of hair; fooling others into believing they have full heads of hair is another matter. The latter need not follow from the former.

    That's why these wig-makers today design these wigs to be so natural-looking, so that hopefully no one will detect that the person is wearing a wig in the first place.
    They're natural-looking so that they look like real hair. Even people who don't care that others know they're wearing hairpieces still want hairpieces that look real. What's the point of wearing fake hair that looks fake?

    If some one admits that they are wearing a wig, it's as if they are saying: "I'm really bald, but I'm just covering up", and that to me would be very embarrassing.
    But I think that only applies as long as you assume and act like you've got something to cover up. If you just own and it say, "Yeah, I'm wearing a piece because I've lost some hair and I look better this way," what have you got to be embarrassed about? Embarrassment is about other people making you feel uncomfortable; if you refuse to accept the discomfort, they can't succeed.

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