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Created On: 03/26/2004 02:30 PM
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 03/26/2004 02:30 PM
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Dagon
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Just some general observations after my research, and after looking at many pictures of HairSystems. Please note; I am making the (naieve?) assumption that all photos are genuine!

From all the photos I've seen, and the research I've done, it seems that Coolpiece have more realistic looking hairlines. I mean, compare this system - at 9 months old:

[image]http://www.coolpiece.com/images/4816-80F-130rest-64F-SP.JPG[/image]

..to the photos on Toplace.com

I know Toplace are cheaper, and they are very good in general. But generally the hairlines look a bit "messy" and slightly unrealistric (especially after a few months of use) compared to coolpiece. And it seems for people who want a nice low hairline (like the pic above), Coolpiece is the best choice.

Then of course, you have HairDirect. http://hairdirect.com/hair-systems/index.asp
The systems at HairDirect look amazing, even better again than Coolpiece. Look at this:
[image]http://hairdirect.com/hair-systems/styles/hdd_038sm.jpg[/image]
Although, probably more expensive. The photos on there are amazing - but are they real? Does anyone know?

Michigan you look very good, but why not bring down the hairline a little lower, I think it would look much better on you.


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 03/26/2004 06:30 PM
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Are you sure?
 03/27/2004 01:07 AM
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michigan baldy
looks really good pal,i have worn a system in the past .but looking at yours if i seen you in the street i would of never known .most i can tell
 03/27/2004 10:30 AM
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Hi Dagon,

Great pictures. I hope they are accurate too ! I am doing my own research as well. Thanks for the info. I might try looking into HairDirect in the future. I really like those last two pictures, if they can actually make it look that dense and thick with a lace front realistically with double knots I would be interested , btw anyone have any experience with hairdirect, i know alot of you have been to coolpiece.com...thanks.

Edited: 03/27/2004 at 10:32 AM by johnny_22
 03/27/2004 04:09 PM
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Coolpiece offers a superb product. The quality control from Jeff's factory is top notch. The color, measurements, density and hairline I got from CP were all right on the money. Definitely one of the best hairpiece distributors around. Jeff is great to deal with. Pretty much guaranteed great results.

Toplace offers a very good product for less than half the price. I've had a couple problems with them, but overall very satisfactory. Great product at a great price, great customer service, really a godsend for hairwearers.

Hair Direct. LOUSY, and I mean LOUSY customer service and mixed feedback on the forums. They offer cut ins and mail order maintenance...but higher prices without the service and quality, I really would just stay away from them.

My advice? Order a pair of lace front pieces from TL, and send them off to CP for repairs as needed.
 03/27/2004 08:51 PM
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About Hair Direct: "but higher prices without the service and quality"

Without the quality? Well if those pics online are anything to go by, their quality it superior to everything else! And I like the way they give different style options. If the quality is good, I would not worry about customer service - maybe use Coolpiece for repairs, etc.

Michigan - excellent pic!! Pity all the hair system pics don't show peoples faces - what are you ashamed of guys? For goodness sake, it's not like you've commited a crime by wearing a piece! Show your faces I still reckon you could get a lower hairline and thicker overall look, but then again what do I know - I've never worn a piece and don't know much about head shapes. Perhaps it would not be possible to move the hairline down for measurement or styline reasons?

Final question: What is the average lifespan of a Coolpiece / Toplace system? From what I have seen - for 24/7 use you are talking maybe 6 to 7 months of high quality. Then perhaps repairs are necessary!? But with most systems you can get 1 year if you take good care of it and keep it dyed and repaired? Is this correct?

I don't wear a piece, and will hopefully not have to if all the topicals I'm using keep my hair the way it is. But my dad is bald and sometimes it's hard to cheat genetics, so I want to make sure I know all I need to know about pieces, cause in a year or two I might need to invest in one! I'm even considering trying one out now (a low price one) just for fun - to see if it would work for me, and to see if it would be a viable option in the future.

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 03/27/2004 10:25 PM
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If you are talking about the hairdirect pics in the style selection area of their website, those are not hairdirect clients.
They are hairstyle models.
If you want to see their clients, click on Our Company then click on testimonials/videos. Those are customers.

I can tell that you get most of your information from advertisements. If you want to know the truth about hairreplacement, I can tell you
the honest truth/facts/fiction/myths. Most of the hair replacement industry is full of corruption and rip-offs. HCM is at the top of the list.

If you want to get a year out of a system, you`ll need one thats more durable, and thus less natural. 6 months?
Not without some color fading.
The most natural looking ones will need some repair or color restoration after 3 months.
The best thing to do is buy them in pairs. The ones you see in my pics are a pair. I got them in November and one of them needs some hair
added to it. I am still using the other one.
I can move my hairline up or down, it doesnt matter. I can only come down just so far though, because the unit is only just so long.
In the past, I was going to a stylist who was not very good at hairreplacement and she always had my hairline way too low.
A very low hairline is one of the biggest mistakes and dumbest looks you can do to yourself.
Nothing yells "hairpiece alert!" like a low hairline.
 03/28/2004 10:57 AM
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"Without the quality? Well if those pics online are anything to go by, their quality it superior to everything else! And I like the way they give different style options. If the quality is good, I would not worry about customer service - maybe use Coolpiece for repairs, etc."

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Those are not their customers. Like Robert Fischer said, hair direct's product SUCKS. Don't get suckered in by glitzy websites and spectacular photos. Their website might contain some satisified customer testimonials, but it doesn't contain dissatisfied customer complaints, and I know several, myself included. and it's not just their customer service that sucks. Their product is far worse than their customer service. If you do order from them, don't say you weren't warned.



Edited: 03/28/2004 at 11:05 AM by TanMan
 03/28/2004 01:48 PM
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yeah I 've read some other threads about hairdirect and and I am fully forewarned and will heed your advice. thanks.
 03/28/2004 02:40 PM
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Thats funny.... weren't HairDirect voted the #1 mail order company by hairsite?

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 03/28/2004 02:45 PM
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Hair Direct has quality marketing, and web designers. That's about it.

A hair piece is hair tied to a base. It's made according to standardized techniques and materials by a relatively small number of factories in China. Some factories have better quality control than others, but if someone tries to convince you that they have something special and unique, they're probably pulling you leg.

Hairpieces can last for a couple months or a couple of years, depending on your daily wear and tear, choice of base materials, and repairs you put into them. Fine mono pieces with lace fronts are a good choice for the long haul. I don't see why you couldn't get years out of a pair, provided you do routine hair adds/front replacement ($60 to $75).
 03/28/2004 04:01 PM
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Originally posted by: Farrel
Thats funny.... weren't HairDirect voted the #1 mail order company by hairsite?



They were. It now appears hair direct and a bunch of other companies have been deleted from their directory of discount and mail order companies. Only four remain as of today, and between each listing are large ads for... well, we all know who.
 04/01/2004 08:21 AM
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I'm very happy so far with my first Coolpiece - the color match, wave, fit, etc. are all good. We'll see how long it takes before I notice any deterioration. I expect around 6 months given my lifestyle (active) and the way I care for my system (well). I may try Toplace at some point as well, just for comparison.

My last system, which I bought from my old HR salon and paid $1500.00 for, lasted about 18 months before it really deteriorated. It needed coloring after about 6 months and hair addition after about 9 months. It came with a second lace front which was replaced after about a year.
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scarred head
any chance of seeing any photos mate
 04/15/2004 09:31 AM
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I'll see what I can do in the next few weeks...........

Edited: 04/15/2004 at 09:31 AM by Scarred Head
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