The history, benefits and disadvantages of Toupees
A Toupee is defined as small extension that is worn by a man to cover a bald spot on his head. Toupees can be used interchangeably with Wigs or hairpieces.
It is believed that the first one toupee was a rather primitive unit worn in order to deceive the viewer into believing the hair was natural, rather than a hairpiece worn for decorative or ceremonial purposes.
In the United States, toupees gained traction in the 19th century. Various studies have pointed out that this is in part due to a shift in perceptions over the perceived value of aging that were experienced as man became more and more sophisticated. Instead of choosing to age ‘in a grand manner’, men now wanted to look as young as possible even in old age.
By the 1950s, statistics indicated that 350,000 men in the United States wore hairpieces, out of a potential 15 million candidates. Toupee manufacturers garnered plenty of recognition starting 1954, when several makers advertised hairpieces in major magazines and newspapers, with successful results.
The Time Magazine estimated that in the U.S.,toupees were used by 2.5 million men out of 17 – 20 million who were experiencing the effects of balding in the 1970’s. The increase was chalked up once again to continued sophistication in technology as well as a need for men to seem more youthful, and the long hairstyles that were increasingly becoming part of the ensemble. Over time, the idea was embraced by both men and women.
Despite the growing demand of toupees in the US and Asia, the 21st century saw the decline of use of the pieces by 30%. Regardless of the decline, hairpiece manufacturers and retailers continued to market their goods in print, on television, and on the internet(in the modern era).
Hair restoration techniques using Toupees
Hairpieces and toupees are a customer tailor-made hair replacement answer for men and women dealing with hair loss. Instead of taking a pill, using medicated lotion or undertaking surgery to take care of the problem that is lack of hair growth, hairpieces or toupees work like a wig to cover up bald patches and mimic the appearance of normalcy. Hairpieces and toupees can be attached to existing hair using invisible clips and are some of the best solutions when you want to maintain the appearance of a healthy head of hair without undergoing any type of surgery. For many suffering from hair loss, a good wig or toupee or hairpiece is a blessing to them.
Advantages of toupees
1. You can basically get your hair back, or the hair you’ve always wanted.
Toupees are frighteningly close to the real thing if the user knows how to pull off the look. The key lies in less density. Always avoid overdoing it because then it looks unreal .It is always good to ensure that the right colors have been chosen and that whatever style is chosen does not draw too much attention to the piece or deflect attention from other aspects of dress and style.
1. Can cover up bald patches or receding hair lines
This way, you get to feel relaxed in situations where you previously felt out of place and nervous.
2. Can be made out of real human hair
This enhances its originality
3. Are easily attached to natural hair
Even those with tacky hair can find a common point of attachment
4. Available in a variety of styles and colors
Users looking for variety and flexibility can chose what goes with their complexion or general style of dress
5. Much more affordable than hair transplant surgery
Generally, transplant surgeries are not only expensive but also highly risky.
Disadvantages of Toupees
1. Can fall off if not properly attached, which can open room for all sorts of embarrassing occurrences.
2. Some styles and hairpiece systems may not be a perfect match, which might not really work for the wearer in the long term.
3. Require regular cleaning, separate from washing regular hair, which a lot of people find unnecessarily laborious and time consuming.
4. Acrylic toupees in particular are highly delicate and the wrong handling could result in damage caused by styling appliances
5. Acrylic versions last only for six to nine months, after which a replacement is required
6. Color can fade over time, leaving blots and splotches that look out of place and at times out of character.