Hello ladies. After almost 15 years of rather unsuccessfully battling Androgenetic Alopecia, I will be buying a clip-on topper in the next few weeks. Part of me is relieved and excited to finally be moving on from the misery that has become me; another part is scared sh*tless. No matter how much I read about these things, I still feel like I have no idea what I am doing and again I am paralyzed by fear and procrastination. My biggest dilemma is where to buy this topper from. I went to see a local hair replacement salon - after trying a bunch of things, I settled on an asian hair clip on topper (it will be custom made) with a silk part (french part? I am awful with the terms). It would have to be colored to match, and because my bio hair is curly, the unit would have to be permed as well. The price I was quoted is $2800 and it includes cut ins, 1:1 instruction on how to wear it, take care of it, etc,. and rotation of clips every two months. They'll also perm it for the life of the unit, and I was told that the average unit lasts 18 months depending on lifestyle and how hard I am on it. The fact that I can even consider buying something this expensive - I am very fortunate and grateful for it. My husband is supportive of this purchase and never said a word about the price. But, it's a lot of money; money that should have been but will not be spent on my family, and even though I know there's no $$$ amount on feeling comfortable in my skin again which is something I thought was taken away from me forever, the pressure to ensure that this is indeed a reasonable price and a good quality piece is tremendous. How do I figure this out? It seems like a lot of you order from online vendors, but I am not comfortable buying a topper sight unseen considering that my color and curl has to be matched, and I feel like I need to have a human being who is in front of me rather than in YouTube or Skype, teach me how to blend it, clip it, style it. But is it reasonable for asian hair to cost this much? I always thought it was the VEH units that are big bucks, not processed asian hair (even if that's the best choice to blend with my bio hair). Is it normal for it to last 18 months on average? Or is the fact that it's custom along with needing a perm driving the price up? In general, how does one know if a vendor is reputable? This place I am considering is local and has a lot of good reviews online but I have no idea if they can be trusted. It's not like Design by Flora, which I am considering also ... but not sure if I can deal with the remote aspect of it. Then I am also really afraid of clips hurting and pulling the little hair I have left out. Is it possible to not struggle with the clips? Limitations - I am well aware that hair-wearing comes with limitations. I won't be able to go to the beach in this topper, or to swimming classes with my son... I won't be able to go to the gym - but we have a blissfully mirror free gym in the basement of our home and I am ok with just using that; and I won't be able to get a facial or a massage. I guessing backpacking through Costa Rica like I did in my younger days before my hairloss was too noticeable would be out of the question too. Then again, I can't do these things the way I look now anyway so I am almost not sure if it can be viewed as a limitation. What else? Do those of you who wear hair that's not bonded feel like you are limited by the topper more than by crappy bio hair? And lastly, transitioning from no hair to hair - I know I will not be fooling anyone. I became a complete recluse as a result of hair loss, so it's not so much friends I worry about because I have very of them. Sad but true. The few that I do have, and my family - I don't mind telling. It's the vultures at work that really worry me. Somebody will want to touch it, ask where I got it done, what I did to it... How do you deal with that? Sorry this got long, ladies... any advice and wisdom would be much appreciated.