Kathleen’s Review: Mariska by Jon Renau w/ color Comparisons

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Hi folks Kathleen here with my review of an adorable sexy easy to wear wig called Mariska…and yes she is named after Mariska Hargitay from Law & Order SVU. ? Love this style and color!

Mariska is only 1.7 oz and 100% hand tied with a lace front. CysterWigs has very generous sales and very often so help is just around the corner as far as affording this beauty. I will say upfront she is worth every penny.

I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box and saw this color..so dynamic and rich because Jon Renau isn’t known for their intense reds. ? She comes in a petite size and fit me beautifully. My head has an average circumference but all my other head measurements are petite or less. Its nice to wear a wig that isn’t big. Mariska is a modified wedge style…similar to the ice skater Dorothy Hamil’s do but really more the way Dorothy Hamil wore her hair after the Olympics….so pretty and feminine.

Below is a close up of this intense rich dynamic fashion red 32BF.

I haven’t bought a JR wig in awhile and was reminded why folks love them so much. A beautifully done lace front for one.

Its funny when I first put Mariska on I thought she had no seam between the lace front and mono top! I couldn’t see it! ? Well not exactly but pretty close as you can see from my photos below. I drew two white lines to illustrate where the invisible seam is. This is on a white wig head…crazy huh? Btw look at this excellent mono top…very small tight knots…very realistic hair density here. The lace front also has a beautiful contour to it. One of the most realistic wigs I own…so thrilled with her.

Below is a collage illustrating this beautifully made cap. It is so comfortable I honestly forget I have a wig on..its a dream to wear.

When I first saw Mariska she reminded me of my JR Natalie in Strawberry Syrup. If you love Natalie but wish it were a little longer you’ll LOVE Mariska. If you love Strawberry Syrup but wish the color was redder you’ll LOVE 32BF. If you have a Raquel Welch wig in Shaded Spice and wish the base color was redder and had some butterscotch blonde highlights then you’ll LOVE 32BF…basically 32BF is a combination of JR’s Strawberry Syrup and RW’s Shaded Spice but with a dark cherry auburn base. This color is beyond gorgeous and I think would look beautiful on just about everyone.

The take away here is if you want a very feminine short style but not pixie short and really want the realism and comfort of a 100% hand tied cap in a gorgeous fashion red that looks like your spent a small fortune on it at a salon….then Jon Renau’s Mariska in 32BF is for you. I adore this wig and highly recommend it….enjoy!

Product Listings:
Mariska Petite by Jon Renau

You can see all of Kathleen’s posts here as well seeing her talent as an amazing artist at KathleenRyanArt.com.



  1. Sherry
    September 13, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    Great review, Kathleen! I so love Mariska, but I really wish JR would offer it in a average size. The petite is a little tight on me. You look great in 32BF!

    • September 13, 2017 / 4:18 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it Sherry..thank you! I agree with you on sizes..a beauty like this should be offered in not only average but in large sizes as well. 😉 I do love 32BF its such a pretty color…thanks for your feedback..:-) best Kathleen

    • Cynthia
      September 13, 2017 / 6:16 pm

      Looks wonderful on you Kathleen! I agree with Sherry that this wig needs to be available in size average too! Can you share your head measurements so I can tell if the petite will work on me? I’ve found JR’s hand tied caps to run large but wefted caps to be more snug. Is that your experience too?

      • September 14, 2017 / 3:08 pm

        Thanks Cynthia! My head is 21 1/2″ cir….11″ ear to ear( this is where I’m really small) and 12 1/2″ front to back…best Kathleen

  2. Joan Boes
    September 13, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    Boy… what a thorough and comprehensive review ! You’d get an A+ from your teacher if this was a class in wig blogs. And I agree with Sherry..I wish JR would release it in average cap. Terrific look for you and the color is beautiful.

    • September 14, 2017 / 3:46 pm

      Lol thanks Joan I really appreciate your kind words. Agree..average and large cap!..:-)best Kathleen

  3. Terri Yeley
    September 14, 2017 / 11:36 am

    Thanks for the amazing review, Kathleen! You confirmed my choice of red in my next style… 32BF it is!! Amazing and you’re right..surprisingly dynamic for JR! I love Mariska Hargitay and so glad you made this comparison.. It wasn’t on my wish list until now! XOXO TAZ

    • September 14, 2017 / 3:56 pm

      Thanks Taz..you’ll love this color…cant wait to see your new wig on you…xxox

  4. Beverly A Helbig
    April 23, 2018 / 1:45 pm

    I love this wig and would be happy to purchase more wigs if only the manufactorers would come out with more petite sizes! It makes a world of difference in the comfort level to be able to purchase your own size. An average size wig tends to shift on me no matter how I secure it. When you need to wear a wig for a long day’s work you need a wig that fits! I’m really hoping Jon Renau and the others are listening and start making more styles in petite and large for all those of us who don’t fit in the box.

    • Kathleen Ryan
      April 24, 2018 / 1:21 pm

      Hi Beverly..you’re speaking my language..I wish manufacturers had s…m..& l sizes too. I make do but there aren’t too many wigs that fit snuggly on me..lol Keep voicing your opinion!.. 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting..best-Kathleen

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