Along about a year ago, after dreaming about it for more than ten years, I decided to purchase a hairpiece. I was instructed by the stylist to refer to it as a "hair restoration system" (HRS). I began looking at HRS's years ago and even went to a free assessment in Indianapolis to delve closer into it. At the Indianapolis firm, I was instructed to let the sides and back of my hair grow (what there was of it) and come back in a couple of months for a hair transplant, of sorts. This procedure was going to cost a few thousand dollars. After the hair was set, I was instructed that I should come there, in Indy, for haircuts at approximately $75 every six to eight weeks.
That changed my mind pretty quickly.
Several more years passed as I mulled over the situation and finally my wife and I decided that a company based in Cape Coral, FL would be the best for the money. I ordered a sample packet which had sixty different hair colors in it and when it arrived, I let Susan select the hair color. She selected # 60. The firm had a couple of options: buy the hair piece and have it sent to our home and put it on or go there and have them cut and style it for an additional charge of thirty dollars per hair piece. I called their office, talked to them and decided to go ahead with the purchase. They had recommended that I buy two HRS's, as to have a spare in case something happened to one. (Several months later, I was glad I did that.) I put a deposit of fifty percent down and waited about a week while my hair was manufactured. This company also had a location in Marietta, GA so we decided to have it delivered there and drive down to have them style my new purchases.
Upon arriving, we were greeted by a very nice female stylist who explained that only one of my pieces had arrived, but she called the Coral Springs office to inquire about the second one. They said it was shipped and should be there later that afternoon. I told my wife, "Look. Let's get this done, go out to eat somewhere and if no one stares intently, we can assume that it's realistic looking". We did that, nobody stared and I was content with the fact that it must have looked pretty good. As a matter of fact, the only person staring intently was me, in every mirror I could find. I was very pleased with how it made me look. It had been years since I had hair.
We went back to the salon and had to sit, wait and hope that the delivery service would bring my second prized possession. In a short time it arrived. This late delivery made the stylist's afternoon run short. She had another customer scheduled, a regular, who came in often to have his HRS routinely styled. As she started on my second piece I noticed that she seemed to not take the time to delicately style my hair as she did in the morning session. It seemed like no time at all until she was done. I did look better, I thought, than when I came in, so I was satisfied. I remember her saying "You'll have a favorite". I didn't quite understand that if they both looked alike, why would I have a favorite? I later found out. I liked the first one much better, as it seemed better styled and easier to manage. The second one, the rushed one, was thicker and appeared uneven in places. I am making it do though, because a few months later, my favorite had lost some hair due to mis-management. I have learned a lot in the proper care of my hair now. My other one, I have sent in to have repaired at a cost of about a hundred dollars, but it will be well worth it when it comes back.
After I started wearing my hair, some people could not figure out what I had done to look different. Some mentioned I was wearing glasses now (I've worn glasses for almost thirty years) and some said I was parting my hair differently (I was parting it, that was different!).
What I have noticed though, is how many people say I looked fine with the amount of hair that I had. The majority of these people were either women or men who still had their natural hair.
My point is: if you are bald or nearly bald and you think you would look better with hair, look into it. Go online and look around. You won't regret it. The way a person feels inside is often dictated by what you feel you look outside.