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Sometimes it feels distressing to live in a society that dictates how a person should look. A balding head, for instance, connotes ugliness and frailty; while a beautiful head of hair implies the opposite. Balding people tend to think they are an eyesore to the society so they get down to anything just to get their hair back – to be accepted once more, to belong, and heaven knows what else.
What’s more distressing is when one doesn’t have the luxury to do anything about this imperfection, hair loss replacements such as ‘wigs’ and ‘toupees’ have always been the first option. They are hair loss replacement systems which are non-surgical and cheaper than any other medical hair loss treatment.
Wigs vs. Toupees
Hair loss replacement systems have always been popular since time immemorial. Historically, wigs and toupees were worn to signify status or wealth. But times have changed. Today, they are mere cover-ups to a balding head. Still, their uses cannot be simply discounted.
Wigs and toupees are different in the size they cover. Toupees are worn to cover only a small part, the agonized part, of the head while the wigs are worn to cover the entire head of hair – agonised or not. People with temporary alopecia usually opt for hair loss replacements.
Aside from shaving the scalp completely, wigs and toupees are probably what first come to mind when looking for a solution to alopecia or hair loss. Unlike surgical hair loss replacement procedures, wigs and toupees are cheaper and easily accessible. Custom-made hair loss replacement systems are made of human (mostly Asian) hair to give a more natural look. Low-quality or pre-made hair loss replacement systems, on the other hand, look more synthetic since they are made of artificial or animal hairs – not of human hair.
Hair loss replacement systems are usually made of a plastic mesh or a coarse textile which is attached through glues or double-sided tapes. A glued hair loss replacement system is more comfortable. It saves the person the worry that it might fall off in public. But it needs to be redone every other week when it loosens up. Cleaning and repair is easier with a taped hair loss replacement system because it is removable at whim. It is however unreliable in a way that it easily loosens up especially upon sweating or pulling.
Perhaps the only main advantage of hair loss replacement systems is that they give immediate results. Their disadvantages outweigh the advantages. First and foremost, hair systems don’t solve the root of the problem. In fact, they can only accelerate hair loss because it encourages sebum production in the scalp. Sebum increases the levels of 5-alpha reductase and clogs the pores. It can produce a fetid smell from the scalp. More so, it lacks longer-lasting durability and requires frequent cleaning, repairs, and re-tightening. Therefore, hair loss replacement systems are still a catch-22.
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