Hi folks Kathleen here with my review of a new pixie by Raquel Welch. Heather (CEO & founder of CysterWigs) sent me to review for you, Advanced French in the gorgeous warm dynamic color Golden Russet RL29/25. She knows me so well. 😉Thank you Heather! With all the wispy long layers this heavily highlighted color really plays up all this texture. The cut is very unique. All throughout the top layer are long wispy sections/ layers of hair. Underneath its a standard pixie. I have styled her in a gazillion ways and I feel I haven’t even scratched the service. 😉
So as with many styles what arrived didn’t look like the product photos in image 3. I suspect that the long wispy layers on top were trimmed to fit this models fine features. I love Advanced French in the product photos but to be honest what arrived has much more versatile…so in the end I am quite pleased.
Advanced French is made with heat defiant fibers. Raquel Welch calls her HD fibers True2Life. I’m normally not a huge fan of HD wigs…its a personal opinion. The fibers tend to clump together which to me looks like dirty oily hair and I’ve had oily fine stringy hair all my life so I’m a little sensitive to this. 😉 On this short pixie I don’t mind as much though. It’s such a heavily textured style that it looks very believable. What is nice about this being a HD wigs is that you can use a curling iron on her. Change her up. Also you can manipulate the fibers almost anyway you want and the fibers will stay put. Between the HD fibers and the heavily textured cut..your styling options are endless.
Raquel Welch is known for her beautiful lace fronts and this one is no exception. She has no other mono features but this lace front allows off the face styling with confidence. She has a fair amount of permatease. For styling thats great. But until I “ broke” her in I had some trouble covering up the permatease in the part area. When I say broke her in I simply mean using my fingers to comb through her which between that and just the warmth of my hands will help tone the permatease down a bit. Good news though I was able to style AF so the hair would cover any permatease. It just takes a little finesse. That’s the trade off. You can’t possible do all this wild styling without it..lol
TIP: HD fibers tend to frizz so try to handle/style as little as possible. Never use a brush! (I have a habit of twirling my hair…yeah so like don’t do that either 😜)
Above image 7 illustrates this chic style. Golden Russet is a beautiful dynamic color that is boldly highlighted with a very warm butterscotch blonde on a coarsely blended dynamic brownish and red light and medium auburn base. The collage in image 7 was taken in natural indirect light coming from my kitchen window.
Tip: Since Advanced French is short in the back I would remove the tags…you don’t want your white tags sticking out the back between the wefts lol that’s not a good look 😉)
The back of Advanced French is short…only 1.75”
Tip: Since my bio hair doesn’t match in color I make sure to keep my neck shaved…those fuzzy neck hairs are a dead give away that you’re wearing a wig 😉
Image 10 beautifully illustrates the long wispy layers as well.
This side view in image 11 illustrates the dynamic range of Golden Russet. From warm brownish auburn to medium/light red auburn to chunky warm butterscotch blonde highlights concentrated in front. Its a particularly good color choice on a heavily textured style like Advanced French.
Image 12 illustrates the longer layers of AF They are so fun to style with. To me this is a very polished sophisticated style. Very corporate.
I love how the longer wispy layers give movement and lightness visually to this style. This is not a heavy dense looking style nor does it feel dense or heavy on your head…after all it only weighs 2.4oz ☺️
Advanced French wasn’t what I was expecting but it was a nice surprise. Don’t you love when that happens? The take away here is if you want a sophisticated pixie with lots of wispy light layers, styling versatility and don’t want a dense or heavy pixie you’ll love Advanced French.