Hi folks Kathleen here with my review of Larissa by CysterWigs. I couldn’t wait to purchase one of these beauties. After I saw Heather’s video introducing us to Larissa and showing us how each color looked I decided on Cold Chocolate. Surprised huh? 😉 This color is everything. Its dark yes but the dramatic and nuanced highlights makes it so wearable and classy. She is a beauty.
Image 3 illustrates Larissa right out of the box. The barely there waves/and curls haven’t been touched so you can really see the separation of color between the base (a blend of medium ash & natural browns) and the highlight color (a dark ash blonde) so chic. The highlight color is heavily concentrated around the face.
You can see that the texture of Larissa is very subtle. No tight curls or waves here. Once I finger combed her the highlight color and waves blended beautifully together.
The hair fibers (denier) on Larissa are very fine (thin). Meaning the circumference of each individual hair fiber is less than most wigs. This is very important if you are like me and never had thick hair to begin with. I’ve had baby fine hair all my life. I will say when I put Larissa on for the first time emotionally I felt like this is me this feels like real hair on me. I felt so happy. Its hard to explain because I thoroughly enjoy changing up my wigs often but this was a feeling of comfort and even though she’s on the long side for me I felt comfortable wearing Larissa from the moment I put her on my head. Image 5 illustrates her soft sweeping waves. This is such a feminine and chic style. I did add flesh colored silicone tape to the inside of her cap along the part for realism. If you want to see how I do this visit here.
The monofilament features on Larissa are the best I’ve experienced. The lace is pliable and not itchy. The first time I wore her was at a dinner party. I probably wore Larissa for a good 12 hours before I took her off for the night. I loved wearing her and I didn’t experience any itching or discomfort at all.
Image 7 illustrates her impeccable lace front. Between the very tiny knots and the lighter hairs knotted along the lace front it looks like this is your hair growing out of your head. It’s a beautiful wearable shoulder length style. A universally flattering wave pattern as well. Larissa has very little permatease just enough to give her a little oomph if you fluff her up that I personally like. 😉 Her very natural density combined with her very fine hair fibers gives Larissa a very realistic look and feel. Very minimal shine as well. Honestly this hair not only looks real but feels real even to the touch.
The fit for me was perfect. She definitely fits more average/petite. If your head is on the larger side of average or bigger Larissa may not be for you. On the other hand if you have an aver/petite or smaller head you’ll find Larissa fits like a dream. I wear all brands and make do but there is nothing that compares to a wig that fits you so well it feels like your own hair.
I love this color Cold Chocolate so much. The highlighting around the face is so flattering. This is a very sophisticated color and looks like you spent a bloody fortune at the salon getting it colored and highlighted. 😉Its overall a neutral medium brunette with cool dark blonde highlights. So many brunettes are very warm with reddish highlights. Its hard to find a cool brunette with cool highlights. Its funny because I love my Irish reds but with brunettes I am drawn to the cooler browns.
See how the hair in image 10 looks so real? Not clumpy or wiggy. I took my TOP wide tooth comb and gently combed through her and then shook my head up and down to get her fluffed up. The hair behaved just like bio hair.
Here is my Jett by Estetica in image 14. I love this pixy and this color R8/14H which is very very close to the color Cold Chocolate. So if you are trying to find similar colors between brands R8/14H is a great match to Cold Chocolate. I would day interchangeable.
Simmer by Raquel Welch is very similar in style to Larissa. She is a tad longer (approx. .5”) than Larissa. The denier on Simmer is medium vs very fine on Larissa. Simmer is also a heat defiant wig. Larissa is a traditional synthetic wig. The movement on Larissa is more realistic with the hair fibers moving more independently of each other than on Simmer. Larissa is also lighter at 2.7oz. vs. 4.5 oz. on Simmer. Both have a soft sweeping front wave pattern with a deconstructed or “beachy” wave pattern on the sides and back.
Image 19 illustrates how pretty and feminine Larissa is. Ahhh I am smitten ❤️
Whether you prefer Larissa right out of the box with no makeup on or styled/fluffed up with make up on as illustrated in image 17 you will love the realistic look and feel of Larissa. I highly recommend her….hmmm another Larissa in Danish Blonde Root is calling my name..lol 😂 Enjoy!