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Hey everyone. I'm in my 30s, been wearing for almost 10 years now.

 

I have gotten to the point in my life where I am no longer comfortable wearing the piece. The cost, maintenance, and also people finding out that I'm wearing is mentally exhausting at this point. Each new unit is costing me around $600 with maintenance and I have considered taking the plunge to shave it all off and eventually go with SMP (scalp micro pigmentation).

 

Basically, I am looking for a method to "transition" from having a decent amount of hair to no hair. I don't want to just shave it all off and make it obvious that I never had hair to begin with. What I'd like to do is wear a piece that is showing my hair thinning and slowly going bald (I am ok wearing for another year if I have to). Is there a hair piece that does this and what would be the best method from your guys' experience?

 

All opinions are welcome. I appreciate everyone's feedback, we're all in this together.

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There are some partial pieces, have you considered getting a hair transplant?

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10 minutes ago, Melvin-Moderator said:

There are some partial pieces, have you considered getting a hair transplant?

Hey there, I actually got a transplant about 13 years ago. It didn't turn out too well and I still have the scar. I can get the scar fixed through SMP if I decide to go that route, but transplants are just too expensive and simply put, I regret doing it. All the transplanted hair is no longer there for me.

 

As for the partial pieces, I don't want to look drastically different than how I look now (a receding hairline all of a sudden), but I just want to display that my hair is thinning out more and more. 

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5 minutes ago, avids said:

Hey there, I actually got a transplant about 13 years ago. It didn't turn out too well and I still have the scar. I can get the scar fixed through SMP if I decide to go that route, but transplants are just too expensive and simply put, I regret doing it. All the transplanted hair is no longer there for me.

 

As for the partial pieces, I don't want to look drastically different than how I look now (a receding hairline all of a sudden), but I just want to display that my hair is thinning out more and more. 

Ok totally understandable, something like Jason Alexander? He looks slightly balding, but not bad.
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Actually if you do just make a drastic change and shave your head, it will make it less obvious that you were wearing a piece before.

Grown out hair makes your hairline lower and covers up crown loss within reason....David Beckham had a thinning crown and receded/mature hairline when he shaved his head years ago. 

People won't question your old hair, they'll just be like WOW YOU LOOK SO DIFFERENT WITH YOUR HEAD SHAVED! And then you'll be free.

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20 hours ago, Melvin-Moderator said:

Ok totally understandable, something like Jason Alexander? He looks slightly balding, but not bad.
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 I was thinking something more like this:

 

Phil-Ring-Does-Hair-Dos-For-Bald-Men-Sha

 

This is a example of someone who did get a hair piece on the right (left picture is his before picture). I would like to get a "thinning" piece that would somewhat resemble the look of the picture on the left and would provide an illusion of someone slowly losing hair.

 

I know it's an odd request, but I've been able to disguise wearing a piece this long... I don't want people realizing that I was always wearing one. Going from full head of hair on top to bald and no hair on top would be odd and a conversation I don't want to deal with. I am okay with with wearing for another year or so to show a better and more natural transition of thinning/balding.

 

As always, I am thankful for all your responses and suggestions.

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6 hours ago, avids said:

 I was thinking something more like this:

 

Phil-Ring-Does-Hair-Dos-For-Bald-Men-Sha

 

This is a example of someone who did get a hair piece on the right (left picture is his before picture). I would like to get a "thinning" piece that would somewhat resemble the look of the picture on the left and would provide an illusion of someone slowly losing hair.

 

I know it's an odd request, but I've been able to disguise wearing a piece this long... I don't want people realizing that I was always wearing one. Going from full head of hair on top to bald and no hair on top would be odd and a conversation I don't want to deal with. I am okay with with wearing for another year or so to show a better and more natural transition of thinning/balding.

 

As always, I am thankful for all your responses and suggestions.

I think the simplest solution for you would be to wear you systems for longer periods of time before replacing. This will allow them to slowly thin out over time, I think it would be better to do it this way as the process would be a gradual one. You could even pluck hairs out off the system using tweezers. I have got more ideas on ways you can transition without causing much suspicion, feel free to DM me and we can talk further about it. I also wore systems for a long time.

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think the best way to go is just shave your head, but with a plan of action.

Wait until the Summer comes (or whatever is the hot season where you live) and plan a week or two vacation off from work. The week before you go on vacation let some people know that you are thinking of just shaving your head when you go on vacation so you don't even need to worry about combing or styling your hair. A vacation from everything. You could do this jokingly if you like. Then when you go on vacation, shave your head the first day. This gives you the entire vacation time for you to get used to the new look for yourself before needing to let too many people see it. Then you can start going out a few places or if you actually are away somewhere on a real vacation it would be much easier to go out since nobody knows you anyway, so they don't expect you to look a certain way. Then you start text a few friends that "Hey. I actually shaved my head like we were joking about." That way some people you know will be at least somewhat ready for that look when you get back to work and by that time you may be much more used to it yourself. When people ask you say you wee on vacation and it was so hot and you were just tired of getting so sweaty and just decided to shave it for the Summer.

I know it's not an easy thing to do. I wore a hair piece when I was 21.

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On 12/3/2020 at 11:43 AM, avids said:

 I was thinking something more like this:

 

Phil-Ring-Does-Hair-Dos-For-Bald-Men-Sha

 

This is a example of someone who did get a hair piece on the right (left picture is his before picture). I would like to get a "thinning" piece that would somewhat resemble the look of the picture on the left and would provide an illusion of someone slowly losing hair.

 

I know it's an odd request, but I've been able to disguise wearing a piece this long... I don't want people realizing that I was always wearing one. Going from full head of hair on top to bald and no hair on top would be odd and a conversation I don't want to deal with. I am okay with with wearing for another year or so to show a better and more natural transition of thinning/balding.

 

As always, I am thankful for all your responses and suggestions.

You could probably just thin the piece out, do you use a lace system? 

I do not provide medical advice, recommendations, all responses are my opinion.

My Hair Transplant Journey

Melvin- Associate Publisher and Forum Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q&A Blog.

Follow our Social Media Instagram @thehairtransplantnetwork FacebookPintrest, Linkedin and YouTube.

 

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