Hi folks Kathleen here with two firsts for me. This was my first Julianne by Jon Renau and the first time trying Jon Renau’s new color Laguna Blonde. When I viewed Heather’s (CEO & founder of CysterWigs) Color Spotlight I was sold immediately on this color. It was warm but not that brassy yellow blonde I avoid. It has a lot of dimension to the color and the root was a 12 so a nice light warm brown. This post will explore my journey from taking a look at Julianne right out of the box and thinking ugh another long wig that doesn’t look “right” on me to the final styling that made me totally fall in love with her. This is definitely going to be my date hair this summer. 😉
So in image 1 I plopped Julianne on my head right out of the box without doing anything to her. Now granted no one is ever going to do this. I wanted to show you how a longer curly/wave wig like Julianne comes to you. A tad scary huh? No need to panic. A little finger styling and clipped back on one side and she looks very different.
At this point I was exploring this wig and these waves. I loved the color. I didn’t feel Julianne flattered my face though. Was it my age?(59)…or my face shape?(long but full 😜) Or was it just simply because I never had long hair it was just too weird seeing myself in longer styles. Again my stubborn nature stepped in and I was determined to find a way to style her so she worked for me. Below in image 3 I fluffed her up a lot. Separating and retwirling many of the curls. Hmmm Julianne is making me feel a little younger, perhaps and I’m starting to feel better about this longer style.
Before I go any farther lets take a look at how Julianne arrives. I was so excited to get this hair mail. Hairnet on and turned inside out to preserve the integrity of the style/curl pattern and bobby pinned securely into place. Very classy.
Julianne is 100% hand tied with a mono top and a lace front. She has a closed soft extended nape and soft closed ear tabs. All the bells and whistles. Fits wonderfully and is soooooooo comfy. The cap even looks comfy doesn’t it?
Below image 6 illustrates how beautiful this color is. The very light blonde highlighting and the warm light brown root really gives a sophistication to this blonde.
Below image 7 showcases the gorgeous Laguna Blonde. This photo was taken with natural light from the windows in my kitchen. Very evenly dispersed light here. Such a pretty soft warm very light blonde. This root color is very close to my bio hair so for me looks very realistic. Julianne is slightly longer in the front than the back.
A couple of colors came to mind when I saw this new Laguna Blonde. One was Belle Madame’s Swedish blonde Root. Even in bright light (image 8) Laguna Blonde is softer than SBR. As pretty as Swedish Blonde Root is she was just a little too lemon yellowy for my taste.
Another color that came to mind was Ellen Wille’s Light Honey Rooted. What I wasn’t thrilled about was the overall darker gold (not enough pale blonde highlights) of LHR and the root was very dark so not a pleasing overall color on me. On the other hand Laguna starts out with a softer more natural warm blonde base then adds all the very light blonde highlights and the lighter rooting and bingo its a gorgeous color that works with my peachy skin color (fyi…My skin tone is neutral).
I have talked about my “magic light” from my covered deck before. The curtains act as a diffuser and softens the appearance of my wrinkles and bags 😂. Here is a photo (image 10) my husband(secretly) took from inside our home looking through the window. It came out surprisingly good! My hubby is so cute. This is the covered deck I take most of my photos from with my iPad Pro. I was testing out a simple updo for this relatively short style. I just used a small claw to keep the hair altogether. Cute and easy.
Julianne is short in the back but you can still clip her up so the hair is off your neck.
Image 12 illustrates another easy style. Take a section of hair on each side and twist and clip them back or perhaps use a pair of decorative combs. These curls/ waves are so romantic.
Below (image 13) illustrates the dimension of Laguna Blonde. The lightest blonde is used throughout this color to soften the warm gold base shade.
I love how the lightest blonde is carried through to the tips. This is exactly how your hair would change over time if you had it dyed like this.
You know I strive to get accurate color photos. Actually it borders on obsession..lol 😜 How else are you going to make your mind up about a color? Well this root was a struggle to capture but I finally got it. A beautiful warm light brown root. Image 15 illustrates how all the blondes are blended into the number 12 root so the transition is gradual. Beautifully done.
Ahhhh image 16 illustrates my Julianne finally styled for me. I changed the part to be roughly in the middle. I usually can’t wear a middle part because it makes my face look even longer. I like volume on top and sides to give the illusion of the ideal oval face shape (balances my face). Well Julianne does that. I also used a little Jon Renau Piece Out Fiber Crème along the part and to help lift the front area next to the part and for some fly aways. Isn’t she gorgeous?
Images 16-20 showcases Julianne in natural indirect bright sunlight. No filters used here. Also you can see how well the root was done in image 16.
Below image 18 illustrates how Julianne is slightly longer in front than the back. Not extreme though. I am loving this style more and more.
Below (image 21) illustrates this color Laguna Blonde (FS24/102S12) in full direct bright Georgia midday sunlight. You can see the almost strawberry blonde hue it takes on. Since I’m a red lover I couldn’t be happier. Basically I love this color in all lighting conditions.
So here I am (image 22) after I styled Julianne some more. I separated the curls even more with just my fingers (I haven’t even used a wide tooth comb on her yet). I also worked on getting a lift on top and in front. Of course there isn’t permatease but there are these baby hairs that are sewn in that allow you to work with the curl to get some lift and movement. I think Julianne looks best this way. You could certainly comb her down to be sleeker…not me! This lady needs the volume. 😂The fibers are so super fine that they behave like real hair…feathery is a good word to describe them. You’ll get fly aways (especially if you fluff her up to get more volume). There are many ways to tame those..the heat of your hand, a spritz of hairspray or conditioner. Water even helps. Lately I have been using the JR Piece Out Crème..a little goes a long way but it works beautifully. This photo is on my covered deck facing the bright sun but its diffused by the curtains you saw in the behind the scenes photo my hubby took. I might just try another beachy wave wig this time one that’s a little longer. I prefer a mono top so I can have a middle part. Ooh I love this wig & color combo. To me it screams Summer. 👙🕶☀️💃🏼
I feel like going to the beach! 🏖😊 The take away here is if you want total realism and comfort and a beachy wave style in the quintessential California Blonde summer color than Julianne in Laguna Blonde is a gorgeous choice for you. ENJOY!
Here is a little video to enjoy as well…I am thoroughly melted (it was a very hot Georgia day) and the color is a little off but I wanted to show you the movement and realism of Julianne. Fyi…I did add some silicone tape to the underside of the part area..this just helps with realism if you have bio.