Hi folks Kathleen here with a comparison of three similar blondes. These are medium warm blondes. If you like one most likely you’ll like all three. The colors are Maui Gold by Tony of Beverly, Pralines & Cream by Jon Renau, and Caramel by Gabor. Out of the three Pralines & Cream and Caramel are most alike.
Image 2-4 illustrates the small color difference in all these blondes. Maui Gold aptly named has the most gold (yellow) in her. Pralines & Cream has a bit of butterscotch in her so appears (yellow/orange). The last color in this comparison in Caramel that has more light auburn in her so appears more (orange). That’s a simple way to look at these three colors.
Maui Gold has hints of almost a butterscotch in her but not enough to change her overall color. Heather has described her as a balanced Blonde. Which she is. That is because she has warm and cool colors in her mix. The soft brown lowlights keeps Maui Gold from becoming a brassy color. She is very dimensional and has the overall appearance of a light neutral brown that has been heavily highlighted on top and in the front.
The closeup of the color Maui Gold in image 6 illustrates her very dimensional color. What I love about this color is that instead of the highlights being cool or neutral on the base of a neutral light brown they are warm…a soft medium to light warm blonde with a hint of butterscotch. The two general colors mixes that make up Maui Gold are neutral & warm. Beautifully balanced.
I love the Jon Renau color Pralines and Cream. Overall a bit darker than Maui Gold with a more intense color mix.
Pralines and Cream is heavily highlighted but I would say the highlights are more evenly distributed than Maui Gold. There is more butterscotch in her mix but not quite enough to call her strawberry blonde. If you like red hair and want to try a blonde that isn’t so light Pralines & Cream would be a nice choice.
The color Caramel has a very soft light auburn in her mix. That color coupled with her warm balanced blonde base gives her an almost blush appearance. Gabor’s colors can be very well blended with no noticeable highlights unless you look up close. With Caramel you can see her highlights with some bolder ones around the face that lighten up your complexion. In my opinion she is a soft strawberry blonde. A beautiful color and a red lovers blonde. Not at all garish. My favorite strawberry blonde. I think if she came in a shaded version she’d be even more popular. 😉
Below are examples of these blondes all taken in the same natural lighting conditions in the same pose so you can really compare them visually to each other.
I am wearing Pippa in Maui Gold by TOB in image 11. She is the lightest (from the front) blonde out of these three. Mainly because the majority of her highlighting is on top with some bold high lighting around the face. She is described as a bronde which makes her more interesting than a straight up highlighted blonde. The darkest brown used in the base color of Maui Gold is a match for my light neutral brown bio hair. This color looks very natural on me. It never takes on that greenish cast that some neutral to cool blondes have. Even inside in lower lighting conditions under artificial light she always looks soft and warm almost neutral. A pleasing blonde to the eye. Like I had my own hair heavily highlighted and also had down lights put in for a whole lot of money I might add. I cringe at the amount of up keep this color would require..lol. 😜 My husband says this color looks most natural on me.😉
Next in line is Pralines & Cream by Jon Renau on Mena. She is a little darker overall than Maui Gold. Her highlights are evenly distributed and she has a warmth that leans towards but is just shy of a strawberry blonde. She sits happily between Maui Gold and Caramel.
Last but not least is Caramel by Gabor on the adorable short wavy High Impact. She is a soft strawberry blonde. With the introduction of light auburn she has a slight blush cast to her which I love and find very flattering with my neutral light to medium skin tone. Caramel isn’t an intense butterscotch color she’s a soft pleasant strawberry blonde and overall a little lighter than Pralines & Cream.
The take away here is first of all don’t be scared off by some of the color samples manufacturers supple. They can be very misleading. Research research. Subscribe to CysterWigs 2 our channel on youtube that Heather has dedicated to color spotlights. Our CCHD is another resource for you. I love all three of these blondes. They are dynamic and warm but not brassy or garish. You can’t go wrong with any of them. Enjoy!
Hi folks Kathleen here with my review of Mena by Jon Renau in Pralines & Cream or color code 14/26. I was perusing WigCloseouts.com (I do this everyday..at least once 😉) and I saw Mena was offered in the unrooted color Pralines & Cream. I love this color. I had it once on a Julia and knew I’d love the color. My thoughts on Mena were since she had a mono top I could part her anywhere I want and if she was too long in front I could customize her. But honestly unlike most “normal” people who choose style first…I just wanted this color again. 😂So I purchased her before someone else did.
I love mono tops…I do. Everything looks more realistic and wherever I part my wig she always looks more natural than when I just have a mono part. My theory is more care is made knotting a full mono top than a mono part….in my experience anyway.😉
Image 3 is my right out of the box try on of Mena. I know I know no makeup but I couldn’t wait until the next day to try her on lol. First thoughts were wow yes I love this blonde. A medium warm blonde with hints of strawberry blonde in the mix. This is a dynamic version of my hair color from years gone by. Pretty even without makeup. She was super long in front so as is I felt overwhelmed my face but with makeup and lashes I could see this being a special occasion wig. It was super pouffy at the crown. Heather has a wonderful review of Mena and mentioned that in her review.
Out of the box Mena looked beautiful…..on my wig head anyway..lol. She has plenty of hair so no worries about seeing any wefts. Her density is average with just enough weft obscuring permatease. I did use the warmth of my hands to tone down the volume at the crown. I also worked with her..shaking her and fluffing her up more towards the front to balance out the volume at the crown before I started liking her. For some I’m sure Mena is a shake and go style but not in my case.
Tip: Lashes (false or mascara) and makeup go a long way when you try a style that’s not in your comfort zone or in your everyday wig rotation. Heather also mentioned the style was flattering on folks with “full” faces. I would agree in general. I have an odd combination of a small head and long face but a “full” face. On me I really had to work on fluffing the front and toning down the crown to balance out my face. Just something to be aware of if your face is similar to mine. Btw for reference I always add my head and face measurements on the end of my posts.
There aren’t a lot of layers on the front of Mena but plenty on the short back that transitions into the sides. The more I worked on getting those layers incorporated with the sides and front of Mena the better. I did that by finger combing those gorgeous layers towards the front.
The mono top and lace front are well done. It might look a little sparse on this white wig head but in reality it looks realistic on. In my opinion if monofilament features are too dense they look wiggy.
Image 9 illustrates how realistic the mono top is when wearing her. Beautiful.
I love the back..its short. The nape is only 1.5” but the layers are very soft..not severe.
There are straight short hairs at the crown to give that pouf you see in image 13. The longer hairs are meant to go over these shorter hairs (support hairs) and in theory hide them. They are easily tamed but I personally would prefer well done permatease in this situation.
Image 14 illustrates Mena’s layers finger combed forward to incorporate into the long less layered front section.
Looking at image 15 I feel the long front should be shorter and have textured layers. At least I feel for my face shape. What I do in a situation like this is I wait. I’ll wear Mena a few times and see if I still feel the same way. Sometimes I grow to love a style after I’ve worn her a bit. Btw if I do customize Mena I would put in some textured layers on the sides and front before I cut any length off. I would then wear her a few more times before deciding on further customizing.
Image 16 illustrates the beautiful lace front before I trim the extra lace off. This isn’t necessary it’s just something I like to do.
Image 17 illustrates the superb under knotting of hair on those ears tabs. See how the lace front just melts seamlessly into the ear tabs. Those under knotted hairs obscure the soft material of the ear tabs and allows you to style the sides off you face or clip back if you’d like.
One thing that Jon Renau does on their mono tops that I love is the seam/transition between the lace front and mono top is clear. It helps grip your head (if you don’t have bio hair in this area). It also doesn’t show when you part your hair. Take note of the beautiful contour of the lace front. This gives Mena a more realistic hairline.
The take away here is if you love Ignite by Jon Renau but want something longer with regular fibers and a mono top along with a lace front Mena just might be the style for you. Enjoy!