In Hawaiian the word Kai means “sea”. Rene of Paris’ Kai in Pastel Blue R swims in an Indigo blue root that ripples into a dusty gray/violet, uber straight, just below the chin bob. Mermaid hair meets satin nickel gray.
This is not your sweet grandmother’s grey hair. (Unless your grandma sports a Harley Davidson jacket and boots to die for.) This color screams “I’m badass, even while drinking carmel latte at my desk while sorting through fifty pages of dates and diagrams.”
I love color, but I also work in the healthcare field where wild and crazy colors and styles are frowned upon. This is not this style or this color. It looks very professional.
Kai is sophistication with an edge. I also have her in Melted Marshmallow, but I feel her true personality (or should I say, my true personality) comes out in the Pastel Blue R. She can be spiced up with braids or headbands, or tamed with a coy tuck behind one ear. Her length allows no tangling, so with TLC, she should last a long time. Each Kai will be different, so don’t be afraid to grab your flat iron, put it in the lowest setting (if it doesn’t have different settings, be safe and don’t use it.)
One or two quick swipes through the hair near the face gives you pencil straight razored edges. It’s beautiful.
I get compliments galore with this color. One woman in the grocery store check out line threw her hands in the air, let out a gasp and said, “No way” when she asked how long it took to get that color, and I proudly said, “It’s a wig.”
What I’m trying to say is GET HER!!!! Every compliment you receive will make you feel you can take on the world. And if you ask me, the world needs a little taking on!! Enjoy your hair beautiful people!
Well after close to 100 wigs and many attempts at finding a “ long” wig that feels right on me….I found her. Mia by TressAllure in Sunset Glow. She hits all those sweet spots for me. Long but not too long…..casual curls but not too casual…..realistic hair density-check! Layers around the face-check!….lace front and mono part-check! And last but not least a vibrant dynamic red-check! Image 1 showcases Mia right out of the box. One really cool thing is Mia came to me with a perfectly placed part. A gorgeous part..no zig zag…yippee! I wish all wig manufacturers did this. This way she truly is ready to wear right out of the box. She felt like me right away. Even my husband said she looked very nice and he still favors short hair or pixies on me. So for him to comment on a long wig was amazing. If I could do a back flip I would..lol
Image 2 showcases this glorious color Sunset Glow. A dark natural auburn base with Irish red and ginger blonde highlights. Quite dramatic. Now these ginger blonde highlights can be rather chunky so if that’s not your cup of tea you wouldn’t like this color. I happen to love dramatic color placement. In this image there is quite a lot of sunlight on me. Inside this color isn’t going to look as bright and dramatic. Ps…look at that part!
I love the texture on Mia. Big loose cork screw curls. Also the curls curl away from the face on both sides. I love that. The ends don’t all face down like the traditional “ beachy wave”, lets say like on Julianne by Jon Renau. On the other hand the waves aren’t those big barrel curls like on Brave The Wave by Raquel Welch. So for me these curls are between trendy and traditional which hits that sweet spot for me.
Image 5 illustrates this gorgeous curl pattern on Mia and the gorgeous color Sunset Glow indoors in natural diffused light.
There is a little extra lace that I will trim off the front and the knots are a little uniform but not overly dense or sparse or pluggy looking. If this was a lighter color you wouldn’t even notice them. Overall I am very pleased with the monofilament features on Mia.
I was a little surprised to find the permatease wasn’t encased in that rose lace you usually see. There is very little permatease here. I had no problem covering up the wefts on top though. As a matter of fact I didn’t even notice how little permatease there was until after I took my photos. So for me the hair density was plenty thick enough to cover any wefts. I do have bio hair be it thin in probably a perfect “root” color a light neutral brown. That of course helps hide wefts as well. I suppose in a light color I would be more careful to make sure no wefts show on top. Do I think this is a problem?…not really and certainly wasn’t for me. If you are a lover of permatease and big hair you would be dissapointed in this wig. Not me though. The permatease is just enough to give me the oomph I like on top without looking like I have a Dolly Parton wig on. 😉
For the price of this wig ($213.74 before any discounts or sales) I am really happy with all the bells and whistles. Mia feels very comfortable on partly because of the soft covered eartabs and extended nape. If I ever get any itching on a wig those are usually the areas that itch. And 9 times out of 10 its because they have open eartabs and napes. I do have to take the velcro adjusters all the way in but the fit is just fine then.
Image 10 illustrates one of the reasons I love Mia. The entent of the lace front and the transition into the eartabs is done very well. They have spliced/knotted hairs along the eartabs. This does two things it hides the eartabs and allows for easy styling off the face, pony tails and updos. This feature will come in handy for all those things. In other words Mia has great styling versatility.
In image 11 I have the hair pulled back for you so you can see these hairs sewn into the eartabs. FYI…The lace does lay down nicely I pulled it back a little more so you could see what I am talking about with the eartabs and where the lace and eartabs transition.
Images 12 through 16 illustrates the similarities and differences between Julianne by Jon Renau and Mia. Just the curl and style is compared. Mia has a lace front and mono part and the rest is an open cap whereas Jon Renau’s Julianne is 100% hand-tied. They do have a similar length and curl though. Mia has a shorter bang area and a longer nape and more layering than Julianne.
The layers on Mia give her a different profile than Julianne. She has more fullness/curl around the middle area of the wig or around mid face. I have a long face (full 😉 but long) so that helps balance out my face and gives my face more of an oval appearance.
Image 15 illustrates another difference between these two wigs. The nape on Mia is longer than Julianne’s. I had to let the length of Mia cascade past the edge of this cabinet. She is long enough in the back to put in a low pony. I like that versatility.
I love the layering through the mid section of Mia. Those layered curls are more flattering for my face shape.
Here is Mia in a simple low pony. I took out some side tendrils and I think she looks cute like this. Some simple updos would be beautiful and I really need to learn to French braid because Mia would look amazing with one. 😉
Mia all fluffed up… not much to do since she was already parted for me at the factory. 😉
I am seriously in love with these curls. Lol.
Sunset Glow is an appropriate name for this color since it makes me glow with happiness. 😉 I wanted long hair all my life and thought maybe that boat had passed. I’m too old. Its too late. Long hair isn’t for everyone. Well the take away here just like my belief that there is a red for everyone there is a long hairstyle for everyone. No matter your age or the fact you never had long hair don’t give up. The smile on my face tells it all. I am now officially in the long hair club..lol Most of all enjoy the ride!
Below is a little video I took of Mia right out of the box. No fluffing and no combing. So pretty huh?
Hi Folks Kathleen here with my second installment of my favorite wigs. This time I present my top 10 wigs for dates, parties, weddings, any special occasion. These are not my everyday wigs. Why you ask? Its a personal thing. I come from the pixie world and super fine stringy hair. These are wigs that I love, I just adore but aren’t so much “me”. I feel like I’m playing “dress up” when I wear these. 😉These are my dream hair wigs. I never want them to wear out..lol. I will tell you why I love them and to what occasion I might wear them. I don’t have a favorite so these aren’t in any particular order. Enjoy the ride. 🙋
Lets start with my United by Ellen Wille. I’ll tell you why I love this wig. The realism is off the charts. The best lace front I have ever seen. She also has a wonderful mono part. This is natural blonde color… rare but natural so I don’t miss a root. Just shy of platinum. This was my hair color up until I started school. The hair has absolutely no shine to her and she isn’t a heat defiant wig so there is very little tangling. The hair is so super fine I pretend it’s my own hair…it’s the hair I have in my dreams. Think summer hair, floral sundress, strappy sandals and sharing lunch and a mimosa or two with your girlfriends.
Another love of mine is Haily by Tony of Beverly. The curls are perfect..not too curly not too loose…just right. Short which I love but plenty long enough to cover my nape hair and sideburn area. A beautiful lace front which is sometimes hard to find in curly styles. This color Sunset Red. My first SR from TOB. Love the warmth and highlights on this medium Irish Red. She’s so comfy and I love the curls around my face. Think jeans, White poet shirt & boots at an end of summer neighborhood barbecue.
My Rich Mono is another wig that looks and feels like it could be my own hair…in my dreams that is. It’s short and sassy and I love this blonde. The root is not too dark and isn’t brassy at all so blends wonderfully with my bio hair. Very low density but for this volume loving girl you can get enough oomph out of it so it doesn’t look flat on this pin head of mine. The long asymmetrical sweeping bang balances out my “full” face. It fits me so well as do most ew wigs. Think a cap sleeved aqua shift dress and an outdoor afternoon wedding. So sweet.
Oh my I love Madison by Estetica. I went gaga over this one when I first got her. The color is gorgeous and looks so natural on me. The lace front and mono part are very well done. I love the loose deconstructed waves. The fibers are dry and have virtually no shine. The front was too extreme for me so I did trim her into more of a bob and now I LOVE her even more. I feel sexy in this one. On trend but not pushing it for this almost 60 gal…well next May This is a movie date wig with my hubby. Its comfy casual and fancy all together. I love wearing her with jeans and a tee shirt.
I cannot say enough good things about Pippa. If you love bobs she’s perfection. Wonderful natural movement. The density, cut, is just right for me. I would say her density is medium. The lace front and mono top on this wig is a-m-a-z-i-n-g! Even my son-in-law complimented me on this one. Another Sunset Red wig by TOB. I love all the ginger red highlights. Think casual dress and an Italian restaurant with family to celebrate a birthday.
My Neena by Tony of Beverly in Sunset Red. If you love short hair and want something dressier for an upcoming event Neena is a beautiful choice. Lots of hair and fairly dense( no wefts will ever show on this one)and a bit coarse( which I find on most curly styles-especially on short hair) but so much fun to style. A no frills cap and so cool to wear in warmer weather. A true curly pixie. Very rare. I am reminded of Suzanne Pleshette’s hair on the Bob Newhart show. Which by the way I was always envious of and now I can have it. Think fancy romantic dinner with my hubby….little black dress, chandelier earrings…ooh la la. Neena can be very chic indeed.
For me Brave The Wave by Raquel Welch in Shaded Spice is Hollywood hair. Red carpet wow. Curled to perfection. Great lace front and mono part. Such a gorgeous sophisticated color. The base and root is quite dark but those ginger red highlights give it life. I think Lauren Bacall legendary movie star hair. Think a deep teal cocktail dress diamonds and emeralds at The fabulous Fox Theater in Atlanta to see the holiday favorite The Nutcracker…at intermission enjoy a martini with family & friends.
I love this color Lighter Red by Envy. I always loved their Brittaney but wished it were shorter..viola COCO! Love this wave pattern. Envy hair is soft and silky. I did thin her so those gorgeous waves wouldn’t fall in my face. So glamorous but for me so much more wearable in this shorter length. A wonderful date wig…anything goes as far as dress. She looks equally great with jeans and a tee shirt or all glammed up with the perfect coral red lipstick.
Ahhh my dreamy 100% hand-tied lace front and mono top Hunter by Tony of Beverly in the gorgeous color Sunset Red. I’ll be honest with you it took me awhile to get used to the length on this one. Remember I come from the pixie world. Such an exquisite wig though. I was determined to wear her. The cap construction is amazing. The comfort level is off the charts comfy. The cap is quite roomy on me but I have a petite/average head size. I take in the velcro adjusters at the nape and I’m fine. I did trim some more bangs on this one as I liked her more with a deeper side part than the way she came. TIP: To get used to a new look in a style and/or color. Put on some makeup. Wear her a little at a time. It takes awhile to get used to seeing yourself looking different. Over time you’ll start to get comfortable wearing your wig and then one day you’ll put her on and you’ll love it!…not just on your wig head Hunter is a versatile wig. Casual to fancy. She would be great to wear to a college graduation ceremony and then continue wearing her ( because of the 100% hand tied cap and comfort level) to the graduation party/parties afterwards. 🏼
Last but not least is my Kelsey(a more refined version of Sonoma by ROP) by Envy in Lighter Red. I love the updo look you get with this short stacked curly style with the extra long front fringe. Its so Romantic. The fibers are so soft. This has a lot of volume which I love. This would be such gorgeous bridal hair. So stunning. This here is some serious Valentines date hair. The color is so pretty and with this style the tips on those tendrils are a lighter ginger red. Really pretty. Also think a bohemian maxi dress and some laced up Espadrilles for a date night and some Al fresco dining with my wonderful husband. The Take away here is there is more than one wig for each occasion in your life. Hopefully I’ve shown you some you hadn’t thought about before..have fun wig cysters and most of all ENJOY!
Hi folks Kathleen here with my review of IF YOU DARE by Raquel Welch. I want to first of all thank my wig Cyster Taz for lending me her own wig to review. You’re the sweetest. 👏🏻 I do think its important to see a wig reviewed by more than one person. We all have different face shapes complexions etc. I was so intrigued with this color Iced Lavender. I was a little gun shy though. I’ve tried some fashion colors and platinum colors and they haven’t worked for me. But this color! I have a neutral complexion. My skin is peachy vs pinkish (cool) or yellowish (warm) to keep it simple. I was afraid this color might be too cool for me to pull off.
Above are the product photos and the style of IF YOU DARE. I love the style and color. To me I think light purple when I think lavender and this looked more pink to me. I will have to admit as an artist I am more of a visual person. So when I saw the color swatch all I thought was gee looks more pink than lavender to me. But did I read the color description?…nope! 😜
When I first opened the box containing IF YOU DARE from Taz I thought…yes! I love the color. It was subtle and muted. To me it had an overall mauve color..or a muted medium to light pinkish purple appearance. Image 3 illustrates the colors I saw. Mauve Lilac and in lower light conditions some muted light lavender with some beige platinum mixed in.
Ok now for the kicker. I went back and read the color description in image 4 and I just about died laughing. It described the color to a tee. Maybe it skimmed over the root color description but the rest of it was spot on. Sooooooo the moral of the story here is read the color descriptions on the color samples don’t just look at the color image. Its very hard to get accurate color images but words don’t lie. Lol
Now for some fun! Here is my first image of this style and color. The color changing Iced Lavender. 😉This was taken outside on a beautiful sunny day but IF YOU DARE is in the shadow cast by my house. Perfect lighting to show the true colors of Iced Lavender. The color isn’t bright it isn’t garish. Its soft & pretty. It has so much dimension and the root isn’t harsh either. Very well done. It is a cool muted lilac in this lighting condition. This is the coolest this color with look. Neither purple nor pink but somewhere in the middle….or neutral. Ahhh and that’s why this color looks gorgeous on everyone.
I could look at this color all day long..lol 💕 It has such nuances to it..bits of lavender and lilac. Beige platinum and silver blend and the medium brown root blended into these colors is what gives Iced Lavender its overall muted mauve coloration.
The root in low natural light appears to be a medium to dark mauve color. Just gorgeous and really alleviates this color to a sophistication that many “ fashion” colors just don’t have.
Image 9 illustrates all the colors and nuances in Iced Lavender. In the front you see the hints of lilac and silver. The beige platinum helps keep this color from getting too cool even in these lower light conditions.
Lets take a look at image 10. All throughout this color are strands of dark brown that cut…or “subdue” the lightest colors and the most saturated colors. I believe this is the key to the overall muted sophisticated color of Iced Lavender. Its not something you notice right away. I didn’t notice these strands of hair until I got this wig outside in natural light.
Image 11 shows me on my covered deck in similar lighting conditions as image 9. Although my shirt is white it appears lavender because of the natural low lighting conditions. Yet this wig color doesn’t look particularly cool or lavender does it? I originally had a berry (cooler) colored lipstick on and my skin looked too warm/yellow so I switched to this neutral shade in image 11. Take note in image 21 I have the berry lipstick on and it doesn’t work. 😉 So honestly tweaking your make up does help when working with fashion colors. My eye makeup was too warm also so next time I would wear all neutral make up colors.
Ahhh outside in bright Sunlight. See how this color warms up? The pink/mauve colors really brighten up and pops.
I would still say even in the bright Georgia sun this color is still quite nuanced and subtle. I know its subjective but to me this color doesn’t scream pink or purple or lilac even in this bright light. Its so beautiful.
The root looks warmer and brighter but still mauve.
I love image 17. Such a gorgeous color and this is what people will see. Most folks just aren’t going to take a close look at the top of your head…well maybe a fellow wig wearer would. 😂
I haven’t even mentioned the style or any specifics of this wig yet. I will say I love the style. Its a little longer in the back so she has a very flattering profile. Loose beachy deconstructed waves which I love. IF YOU DARE is also a heat defiant wig. I have a love hate opinion of HD wigs. I love the no shine aspect but that’s about it. This hair felt and looked different from other HD wigs though. It was airy and light. It didn’t have that clumpy almost oily or dirty hair look and heavy feel that HD fibers have. Absolutely no shine which really helps with the realistic appearance of IF YOU DARE. Those are the pros of this wig’s HD fibers. The cons are that this hair was very dry and had lots of fly aways. It tangled easily. So I sprayed some Jon Renau de-tangler on her ends. This worked well. After my photo shoot with her I use some more de-tangler on her and gently re twirled some of the waves. I wanted to see if it helped with the fly aways. Yes it did. I’m happy because honestly the look and feel of these fibers are wonderfully realistic. I would keep a full bottle of de-tangler and silicone spray on hand though. I also would try and handle this wig as little as possible. Finger style and only use a wide tooth comb sparingly.
I was initially quite happy with the lace front. As I am on all Raquel Welch lace front wigs. The lighter colors are used along the lace front which really helps disguise the knots. After trying to style her off my face I noticed a funky area where the lace front ends on the left side of the part. This is pictured in image 19. If this was my own personal wig I would snip off the thread that is hanging and with my small sharp scissors I would trim back very carefully the dark wefting material so I would see more of the hair. The transition wasn’t done very well. This could be just this wig but its still disappointing. Another thing I would do is trim the access lace off the front hairline. On me its noticeable. I’m not sure if its the color lace they use but you can see the indentation of the lace on my forehead. (This is noticeable on the video at the end of this post). After further inspection I realized the lace wasn’t truly temple to temple. As you can see in image 19 it stops just past the part. This kind of thing bugs me and I’ll tell you why. You know its a cost cutting decision by the manufacturer its not a “style” decision. So you have a lace front for two reasons 1) for realism and 2) for styling versatility. So when you end the lace well before the temple (on one side..really?) to save money you just defeated the versatility of having a lace front. Arghh..ok I ‘m off my soapbox now. Is this a deal breaker for me!….no…I love this color and style too much..😜
One style I was reminded of when I first saw IF YOU DARE was Raquel Welch’s Brave The Wave. Image 20 shows them side by side. Brave The Wave has lots more hair and lots more permatease (so is much puffier on top for instance) is longer in the front and has fully formed barrel curls vs the barely there beachy waves of IF YOU DARE. So if you loved BTW you’ll love IYD or if BTW was too much for you then you’ll love the style of IYD. I will note these photos for this side by side collage was taken indoors with indirect light from my kitchen windows. Isn’t Iced Lavender just such a gorgeous color? This is how she’ll look in most indoor conditions. Honestly I can’t stop looking at her..lol.
So the take away here is if you want a gorgeous sophisticated dare I say “grown up” fashion color in a neutral pink/lilac “mauve” wig on a mid length on trend style with very realistic HD fibers than you’ll love IF YOU DARE in Iced Lavender. Enjoy!