Downsides to Hair Systems

Downsides to Hair Systems or Hair Pieces
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Tommy T.

Scalp Micropigmentation Practitioner
Buffalo, NY

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In a world obsessed with aesthetics and appearances, hair systems, commonly known as hairpieces or toupees, have become a popular remedy for those grappling with hair loss or thinning. But as with any solution, there are cons you must consider before diving in. Elegant SMP, known for delivering natural-looking scalp micropigmentation results, understands the challenges involved. Here, we delve into the potential pitfalls of opting for a hair system. By the end of this article, you’ll see why many are switching to an alternative hair loss solution that is undetectable and hassle-free that SMP offers.

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Downsides to Hair Systems or Hair Pieces

High Maintenance and Time-Consuming

Hair systems require a level of upkeep that can be daunting. While they may provide a quick fix for hair loss, maintaining them is a different story.

Regular Upkeep

To keep a hair system looking natural, regular cleaning and styling are essential. This isn't a simple wash-and-go scenario. We're talking about specific shampoos, conditioners, and styling products designed just for hairpieces. Plus, periodic adjustments ensure the hair system remains securely attached and retains its shape.

Tasks Involved:

  • Cleaning: Specialized products are necessary.
  • Styling: Regular touch-ups to keep it looking fresh.
  • Adjustments: Monthly updates to maintain the proper fit.

Costly and Frequent Replacements

Quality maintenance comes at a price—both in time and money. High-end hair systems can be pricey, and their lifespan is limited. Over time, continuous replacements add to the overall financial burden.

Estimated Costs:

Aspect Approximate Cost/Month
Cleaning Products $20 – $50
Styling Products $15 – $40
Professional Styling $50 – $100
Replacements $200 – $600 (Quarterly)

Comfort Issues

One of the most discussed drawbacks is comfort. Hair systems might be out of sight, but they are seldom out of mind, especially in extreme weather or during physical activities.

Uncomfortable in Heat

Wearing a hairpiece can cause discomfort, particularly in hot weather. The profound layer it adds to your natural scalp prevents proper ventilation, leading to sweat buildup and irritation.

Physical Activity Constraints

For the gym enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers, a hair system can feel like a restrictive helmet. Intense physical activities make it uncomfortable and increase the risk of displacement.

Common Complaints:

  • Excessive sweating.
  • Scalp irritation.
  • Fear of dislodgement during physical activity.

Risk of Damage

Improper installation or poor maintenance often leads to damage. The damage can affect both the hair system and your natural hair.

Adhesives and Scalp Health

One major concern is the adhesives used to keep the hair system in place. These glues can cause skin irritations or allergic reactions.

Breakage and Bald Spots

The stress of attaching and removing the hair system can lead to hair breakage and further thinning of your natural hair. In worse cases, it can even result in bald spots due to the consistent pulling and tension.

Social Stigma

Regardless of how advanced a hair system is, societal judgments can be harsh. Until the stigma surrounding hairpieces dissolves, users might experience self-consciousness and anxiety about their faux hair being discovered.


People might feel overly aware of their appearance, worried about others noticing their hairpiece. This anxiety can impact social interactions and overall confidence.


Once you start using a hair system, it becomes a part of your daily routine. The dependency can create a psychological attachment, often leading to anxiety over its condition or appearance.

Psychological Impact

Becoming reliant on a hairpiece to feel good about your appearance can be mentally taxing. Natural hair treatments and SMP provide more permanent solutions without the emotional burden.

Allergic Reactions

Skin sensitivity varies from person to person, and allergic reactions to hair system adhesives or materials are not uncommon.

Reactions to Adhesives

Certain components in adhesives can trigger allergies, causing redness, itching, and even open sores.

Material Allergies

Materials used in hair systems might also cause allergic reactions, necessitating the use of hypoallergenic products, which could be more expensive and harder to find.

Why People Quit Hair Systems

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While hair systems come with a look-at-all-these-benefits brochure, the cons are extensive. From high maintenance and comfort issues to social stigma and potential skin reactions, it’s vital to weigh these drawbacks. However, if you’re ok with all the drawbacks then more power to you!

If you’re seeking an alternative and already shaving your head and ready to rock that 5 o’clock shadow look without all the hassle, Elegant SMP offers an appealing alternative. Our premium scalp micropigmentation delivers natural-looking, undetectable results, and is perfect for those tired of the daily routine and seeking freedom from hairpiece hassles.

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About Us:

Elegant Scalp Micropigmentation was founded in Buffalo, NY with the goal of providing clients with a compassionate and understanding atmosphere for their hair loss troubles. We’ve been through it ourselves and at Elegant SMP, are devoted to providing our customers with the knowledge and confidence they need to make a well-informed decision about their SMP treatment plan. 

We are excited to offer our premium SMP services that will unveil a more authentic version of yourself. Our continued dedication to perfecting this craft aims to help our clients rediscover their confidence and be able to enjoy a renewed sense of self.

What our customers are saying

Hirschy Hoops
Hirschy Hoops
Tommy T you’ve changed my life. I put all my trust in you and you made me so comfortable with this process. The reason I selected you is you want to master this art and customized a process to meet my specific needs. When I look in the mirror and am confused that I have hair or a hair line now that says a lot. Honestly I see you as the go to SMP artist in the future. All of your studying on this will pay huge dividends and you are able to change people’s lives which is so powerful. Thank you for treating my head like your own. God bless you and if you ever need a reference or anything I’d be thrilled to do so. Thanks again Tommy
byron culf
byron culf
Sent me a mock pic of how my hair might look within a few hours. Great service! Shame I'm in the UK and didn't realise they are in the US
Eric Boone
Eric Boone
Today I had a consultation with Tommy at Elegant Smp. He was very professional and informative answering all my questions. He made me feel confident that I came to the right place. His knowledge and understanding of Smp put my mind at ease going forward. I would highly recommend reaching out to Tommy if you are considering this procedure.
Krishna KV
Krishna KV
I recently had a consultation with Tommy, and I was impressed with his professionalism. He spoke clearly and answered all of my questions about the procedure and Pre and Post-care instructions. I had a positive experience and I am looking forward to getting my SMP done with Tommy and I would highly recommend him to others.
Kendall Velarde
Kendall Velarde
Great guy and very professional!! Highly recommended!!
jason velasquez
jason velasquez
Talking with Tommy was great! He was very professional, and informative with all the questions I had.
Michael Marino
Michael Marino
Tommy provided me with a image of how I would look with SMP his service was awesome, simple and quick id recommend Tommy’a website to anyone wanting to see what they look like with SMP
Akeem H
Akeem H
Amazing professional that really takes the time to answer questions or concerns and does great work!
Matt T.
Matt T.
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Elegant SMP is the place to get your scalp micropigmentation if you are interested in quality technique. Not all SMP is the same and your practitioner's training really does matter. For me, understanding how my artist could achieve an authentic looking hairline was very important, and very few SMP artists have the training to achieve that. Tommy at Elegant SMP is a true professional who understands how to get a natural looking result that is difficult to replicate - which is a true testament to his training. My SMP results exceeded my expectations and I would recommend Elegant SMP to anyone who is interested in getting the highest quality work the first time, or repairing SMP work that missed the mark.
Jason V.
Jason V.
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I knew from the consultation with Tommy that he was a genuinely good guy. Their professionalism is top-notch and the work he does is amazing! I can't stop looking at my hairline and just how natural it looks. I'm 100 % satisfied with the results and highly recommend his services!
Eric B.
Eric B.
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I just finished my third session with Tommy over at elegant smp. He did a great job and was extremely professional. His attention to detail was amazing giving me the desired look I was going for. I would highly recommend his services for anyone looking to have this procedure done. Everything about the experience was pleasant and stress free.

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