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How to Choose a Realistic Looking Toupee

September 13, 2012

Male pattern baldness is something that every man dreads while secretly hoping that it’s something that only happens to other people. Naturally, it’s not easy to finally come to the realization that the extra hairs showing up on the pillow in the morning or the increasingly substantial amounts of hair in the shower drain are actually proof that baldness is a cruel reality that now needs to be dealt with.

Thankfully male pattern baldness isn’t something any man needs to take lying down, as we’re living in a modern world that’s actually jam-packed with solutions. One of the most commonly chosen solutions is a toupee and with good reason. Toupees are affordable, they’re simple, and they’re convenient. However they come attached to a definite need for caution.

If you choose the wrong toupee, you wind up calling more attention to your balding problem than you direct away from it. That said, it’s important that you take care in choosing the right toupee. The right toupee can be virtually indistinguishable from your natural hair, but the wrong one can look far worse than any bald spot ever would. Here are some tips on how to make a good, solid decision and wind up with a hairpiece that’s everything it should be.

Choose a Toupee Made of Natural Hair

Once you start shopping in earnest for your toupee, you’ll notice that you’ll have your pick between synthetic hair and all-natural human hair. It will certainly be tempting to choose the synthetic hair. Synthetic hair is easy to clean, maintain, and manage. It’s also a good deal cheaper than the alternatives made from natural hair. What synthetic hair doesn’t happen to be is natural-looking in the great majority of cases.

A toupee should hide your bald spot, not call attention to it. Synthetic hair is almost always distinguishable as such, especially when it’s sitting on top of your head right alongside your remaining natural hair. Natural human hair will stand a better chance of blending right in, making well worth the extra cash.

Opt for Hand-Made Over Machine-Made

Another very important point to consider is how your toupee was manufactured. Many modern toupees were crafted by a machine. Machine-made toupees are made quickly, crafted inexpensively, and churned out by the hundreds. This being the case, they’re relatively inexpensive for the consumer as well. However, as with the synthetic toupees, they run a higher risk of looking unnatural and not blending well with the rest of your hair.

Consider saving up the cash for a handmade toupee instead. Toupees that are handmade are more likely to look like normal hair. They behave more like real hair to boot, so you don’t have to worry about a breeze or some rainfall giving away the fact that your wear a hairpiece. Remember, at the end of the day a toupee is supposed to increase your confidence level, not cause you to constantly worry about the way it looks.

Make Sure You’re Measured and Color-Matched Properly

Many men become so wrapped up in getting their bald spot covered up as quickly as possible that they forget to consider details like fit. At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that a toupee is something you wear. As such, it’s also imperative that you make sure it fits you properly.

  • The best way to do that is to have yourself measured and ask for some professional advice from a toupee shop or wigmaker before making a final decision.
  • Find out how a toupee made for your specific bald spot and head shape should fit, how big it should be, and so forth. This way, you’ll know in advance what to look for and what options to prioritize, even if you eventually elect to purchase your toupee online.
  • You also want to pay very close attention to the color of your toupee. It should match the color of the rest of your hair as accurately as possible. Sometimes it helps to go in for a color-matching session at a wigmaker and bring a close friend with you to help judge the quality of the matches.

Choose the Place You Buy from Carefully

Last but definitely not least, you want to take the time to choose where you buy your toupee with care. Whether you choose a brick and mortar establishment or a website online, make sure you’re choosing someplace that has a strong record of customer satisfaction with the products. You should also make sure you pick someplace that stands behind its products with a good warranty or a guarantee. It should be a simple process to speak to someone in customer service if you have questions or concerns as well.

In the end, buying a toupee that is so realistic you yourself will forget it’s not your natural hair isn’t rocket science. It just takes a little care, consideration, and attention to detail.