Hair replacements are used to cover, disguise or conceal partial hair loss or baldness. One such hair replacement is the toupee. Toupee is a hair piece made of synthetic or natural hair. It is also sometimes used for theatrical purposes. Hair pieces are characteristically associated with male wearers although there are some women who choose to wear them to lengthen their existing hair or also to cover exposed scalp.
Nowadays, there is a decline in the manufacture of toupees due in part to other methods of dealing with hair loss and also to the greater acceptance of baldness in the modern culture.
Caring for toupees is very important. Toupee dealers can help in caring toupee so as make their appearance barely and virtually indiscernible. Although even the best cared for toupees will need replacements on a regular basis because of wear and tear. Also as time goes by, the growing areas of baldness of the wearer can change the shade of the hair. The wearer will look awkward to have his natural hair color turns gray while the color of the toupee retains its original color.
Activities such as swimming and other water sports may cause irreversible damage to toupees. Chlorine and saltwater may cause toupees to wear out rather quickly. Soaps and shampoos can also damage the fibers of the toupees.
It is highly recommended that people who wear toupees must own at least more than one unit. By having two units, they can have an alternative in times when the other one is being cleaned.