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By MEGAN | 15 March 2024 | 0 Comments

Good Toupee vs. Bad Toupee: What Makes Them Different?

Before choosing what, they call a good toupee, many people are confused or intimidated by the numerous toupee-related terms before deciding on what they call a good toupee.
Let’s clarify all the toupee-related terms. Then we should be more than able to tell what’s required of a good toupee and how to keep ourselves from picking a bad toupee.

Toupees are Not Really Wigs

Toupees are not really wigs. Though they are similar in function, many people rarely put them in the same category, as they are indeed of different origins.
The first toupee was created back in the mid-1700s. The term originally came from the French, toupee, meaning a tuft of hair, as in a lock or curl on the top of the head.
Toupees didn’t initially have much to do with covering the bald head.
Wigs, however, are of ancient Egyptian origin; the ancient Egyptians created the wig to shield their shaved, hairless heads from the sun.
The Greeks and Romans, later, also inherited the wig as their everyday fashion.

The Key Difference Between a Toupee and a Wig

In simple terms, a toupee is mainly used to cover baldness; it only covers a particular area of the head that’s hair deficit.
A wig, however, is usually used to cover the entire head, regardless of whether the wearer has hair or not.
Most wigs are portable; the wearer can take it off anytime, anywhere they want; but most toupee wearers can’t do the same with their toupee.
Over 95% of toupees are glued or taped to the wearer’s scalp to cover their baldness.
Most of the time, it requires a highly qualified and richly experienced stylist to install or remove the toupee for the wearer.
A good toupee should blend perfectly with the wearer’s natural hair to create the illusion that the wearer’s not wearing a toupee.

Other Names the Toupee is Known for

We’ve just talked about how wigs are different from toupees. Now let’s count all the other names the toupees are commonly known for.
Toupees are also commonly known as hairpieces, toupee for men, men’s hair toupee, men’s hair systems, men’s hair units, hair for men and men’s hair replacement systems. Their complete technical name is non-surgical hair replacement systems.
Throughout this post, anywhere you see one of the bolded names above, please know that they all mean the same thing.
Now let’s continue talking more about the difference between a bad toupee and a good toupee.

What was a Bad Toupee Like in the Old Days?

Indeed, the quality of a bad toupee or bad hairpiece in the past was hardly comparable to modern toupees.
However, easily spotted, easily slipped, and daily taken off were perhaps the three major attributes that portray a bad toupee.

Easily Spotted

In the past, people used to say, “you could easily spot a bad toupee a mile away.” Sounds a little exaggerated, huh? It rhymes, though.
Toupee technologies in the old days were surely not as developed as they are today.
The old-school methods of using toupees and weaves to hide male baldness are a thing of the past.
If you could spot a bad toupee from a mile away, surely the bad toupee was easily detectable. It's unrealistic color, bulky shape, and unnatural seams are used to be a bad toupee wearer’s nightmare.

Look at this bad toupee wearer. How old are you, grandpa? What have you got under that fluffy brown blob?
A well-fitting toupee is meant to blend with your natural hair, so people will see you have a full head of hair, not to give yourself away like this.
Next time, you have two options: get your sides dyed to brunette or get a gray hair toupee.

Are you two brothers? It looks like you guys share the same gene.
Nobody has ever said your hair looks too bulky and unreal? Or maybe you just enjoy treating all your occasions like a dress-up party.
If the latter is true, your stylist might have overcharged you. Were you trying to be funny? A $5 wig from a dollar store could do a much better job.
And the fella on the right, be sure you tug that little white thing properly under your fur next time. The base looks like French lace to me, isn’t it?

Hello, Grandpa! Is that your natural gray hair on your head, or is it just a hat?
It looks like you are wearing a toupee that’s not good enough.
Yeah, that’s a head of bad toupee hair, it’s too obvious, grandpa. We can clearly see the edges.
Maybe a fur hat could look much better on you than this bad toupee.

The Bad Toupee Used to Fall off the Head Easily

Modern toupees are stick-on or tape-on. The stylist sticks it to the wearer’s scalp and then it can sit still for several weeks without falling off even if you shower and swim with it on.
But glues or adhesives for durable and waterproof use, have only recently been developed.
In the old days, hairpieces get clipped on and they are very easy to slip or fall off the head accidentally.
Imagine when you are walking on the street and your toupee gets flowed off by the wind.
The wearer of a bad toupee couldn’t be bothered.

Daily Putting on and Taking Off

As mentioned above, thanks to the evolution of glues, adhesives, tapes, and bases, most of the toupees today are stick-on or tape-on toupees.
But in the bad old days, this was not the case. Many male wearers wore clip-on hairpieces or wigs, to be exact.
Wearing toupees in the old days is tedious, the wearer needs to take them on in the morning, ensuring they blend in well, and take them off before bed.
And the same work the next day.

How is a Good Toupee Like Today?

Today’s toupee s to help you gain a look that has a full head of lush hair that looks like your own.
Today’s toupee is semi-permanent, just like female hair extensions, they can last if the adhesive can hold them, typically three to four weeks.

Now let’s dig even deeper into what a toupee is like nowadays as well as the advanced craftsmanship in making a quality toupee——the modern hair system.

Realistic Hairline

The hairline is a significant factor in making a good toupee look like the real deal.
It is common sense for us that most toupees get glued or taped on our heads, so the base needs to be melted into our scalp so that no one can tell the difference. So, if the hairline doesn’t look real enough, it will give us away immediately.
A lot of people who favor slick-back quiff or buzz, with a quality toupee on, the hairline will just remain seamless and invisible to anyone who sets sight on it.

The hair on the base, especially along the hairline, will look like natural hair growing out of the wearer’s natural scalp.

Use of Natural Human Hair

Human hair always makes the best toupees or hairpieces in the world; it is more durable than synthetic hair and gives the wearer the most natural, authentic look.
Human hair is collected from the real person. Its natural sheen and texture in every way resembles the wearer’s natural hair, and thus blends perfectly with the natural hair; no one can tell that the wearer is wearing a toupee, for it is purely human hair.
Synthetic hair can never match up with human hair in terms of texture and hair quality, as it just doesn’t look and feel real.
As a high-end human hair system manufacturer, here at New Times Hair, all our toupees are made of 100% human hair collected from ethical sources worldwide.
There are mainly three types of human hair we use to make toupees: European hair, Indian hair, and Chinese hair.

European Hair

European hair is generally thin, delicate, and with a silky texture that many people prefer; it is among the most premium types of hair available.
It mostly comes in blonde, brunette, or red tones, making it a popular choice for wearers of Caucasian hair systems.

Indian Hair

Most of the hair we use to make our good toupees is Indian hair; it is excellent quality, durable, and soft-textured.
Indian hair mainly comes in black, and is naturally straight in general, and easy to process; but it can also come in wavy or curly textures.

Chinese Hair

Chinese hair is high quality and regarded as premium; it is perhaps the most durable on the planet.
Chinese hair is highly heat-resistant and can be permed and curled into various curly and coily styles.
All our kinky African hairpieces are made of Chinese hair.
In conclusion, the distinction between a good toupee and a bad toupee lies in the materials used, the fit and style, attention to detail, maintenance requirements, and the confidence it inspires in the wearer. By investing in a high-quality toupee and ensuring proper care and maintenance, individuals experiencing hair loss can enjoy a natural-looking solution that boosts their confidence and enhances their overall appearance.
Lyrical Hair only makes good toupees.
Our product is well-loved and enjoyed by our customers all over the globe. We can help you cover hair loss problems and achieve different hairstyles instantly.  
We are willing to negotiate to accommodate your needs.   
In this way, we are sure that we can be there for you not only at this moment but for all your future hair replacement requests. Looking for your best has never been easier than with Lyrical Hair.
Lyrical Hair Team is always here to help you choose the best hair replacement system for you! Message us and let us talk about our product.  

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