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. Some wigs are perfect right out of the box and some require some styling. My first Pippa in Sunset Red was perfect. This Pippa (which has now become my favorite 😉) needed a little love.
I always do the simplest things first to help a wig look its best. Remember I am lazy..lol. Pippa had some serious box hair (odd bumps) and was very flat (the fibers and permatease were compressed).
TIP #1)- I soaked my Pippa in a sink of cold water. I then patted her dry with a towel, shook her over my tub & hung her upside down to dry.
This really helped loosen up the hair so it wasn’t so flat against my head. The weird bump along the part was better but needed more attention.
I use the warmth of my hands to help tame bumps caused by box hair. TIP #2)- I also use ordinary pressure clips to help train my wig. I wet the hair a little first and in this case I used a clip along the part, a couple to train the front off my face and one to straighten out one side that curled too much on the bottom.
(If I got impatient I would use my steamer but I realize not everybody has a steamer. It might take longer (a few days) but you will get results this way 😉)
TIP #3)- When ever I have a mono part (or in this case a mono top) I add some soft silicone medical tape to the underside of my wig.
It will look like the hair is coming from your head. I have thin light/medium brown bio hair that I want to hide and I don’t wear a wig cap. It also works great to hide that seam between a lace front and a mono top.
TIP #4)- I selectively plucked (very carefully unknotted and removed individual dark hairs) along the part.
This works great on unrooted heavily highlighted wigs. You can get that striped look that continues into the part and by removing a few dark hairs along the part you break up that “stripe” that really adds to the realism of your wig.
Permatease is your friend. Seriously…it hides wefts and supports the style of your wig.
TIP #5)- Wake up your permatease. I use my fingers to lift and fluff the permatease to get it away from the cap.
Even if I later go in and style my hair in a sleeker fashion the shape looks better after waking up the permatease.
TIP #6)- Trim the extra lace off the front hairline
Image 8 shows you what the extra lace looked like before I trimmed it. Not bad really…and I only trimmed 3/8th of an inch off but what a difference it makes. Especially important because I wanted to showcase the lace front on Pippa. I used to think the extra lace helped keep my wig on….fyi…it doesn’t. 😜
TIP #7)- I used my lightly scented Lily Of The Valley powder to eliminate that blonde wiggy shine.
Wow this worked sooo well. Fyi I can only tolerate two fragrances Lilly Of The Valley and Lemon Verbena..lol 😂The scent of this powder went away almost immediately and didn’t leave any white residue at all. It worked way better than my lightly tinted translucent powder that I love using. Hmmm I need to try this on a darker wig! I love my Maui Gold Pippa now. Honestly maybe even more than my Sunset Red one which is saying a lot and It only took some easy peasy tips to make this Pippa a five ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ wig. 👏🏻
Image 10 illustrates all the colors I will compare Maui Gold to. This photo was taken in indirect even natural light. Hmm at first glance they look all similar don’t they?
Maui Gold is a beautiful dynamic fashion Bronde. It looks very natural on me for a reason…we share a common color as illustrated in image 11. The darker colors basically match my eyebrows as well. This color looks good with or without makeup. Overall it’s a comfortable balanced medium/ dark blonde.
The first color I compare to Tony of Beverly’s Maui Gold is Blonde Brownie (22F16) by Jon Renau on my first ever wig Evan. BB is lighter & cooler than MG. BB is a light neutral to cool highlighted blonde. Outside she’ll look neutral inside she tends to look greenish or grayish (cool) on me. CWAP is neutral as well but has enough warm highlights to never look cool. Even inside she’ll always have a pleasant natural blonde appearance…no green or gray. 😉
Next I compare Glazed Sand (R1621S+) by Raquel Welch on Voltage. GS is cooler than Maui Gold. Overall GS is a beige blonde vs Maui Gold which is a deconstructed medium sandy blonde..or bronde..lol.
Now we are comparing a warmer color Golden Wheat (R14/88H) by Raquel Welch on Brave The Wave to Maui Gold. They share a soft warm blonde between them. GW is lighter and doesn’t have the depth of color Maui Gold has with all her lowlights.
Ahhh next I compare my two favorite blondes. CWAP by BelleTress on my Vienna Roast is a softly rooted overall light neutral/warm blonde. Maui Gold shares many of the same colors but they are distributed differently. CWAP has a warmer root color than the lowlights on Maui Gold and a lot more lighter blonde in the color mixture. Maui Gold almost looks like CWAP grown out. If you like one color you’ll like the other.
SS Buttered Biscuit by Gabor on Sheer Elegance is in my opinion a “cousin” color to Maui Gold by Tony of Beverly. Out of all the colors I compared these two are the closest to each other. They are close in overall value (meaning how light or dark the overall color is). They share similar base colors. SS Buttered Biscuit has a more blended base color than Maui Gold. But overall the base shades are similar and both have blonde highlights. Granted Maui Golds highlights are more dramatic. The main difference is their highlight color. Its a neutral/cool blonde on SS Buttered Biscuit and on Maui Gold its a soft natural neutral/warm blonde. Both pretty colors. If you like SS Buttered Biscuit by Gabor but wish she had warmer highlights (like me lol) you’ll love Maui Gold by Tony of Beverly.
The last color comparison is with Shaded Pralines & Cream (14/16S10) by Jon Renau on Ruby. Maui Gold has some beautiful almost strawberry blonde notes in her mix but the color overall doesn’t read strawberry blond. Compare these “strawberry blonde notes” on Maui Gold to Shaded Pralines & Cream a true dark strawberry blonde with a warmer root than Maui Golds base colors.
I hope you enjoyed my simple styling tips and color comparisons to Pippa by Tony of Beverly in Maui Gold. Below is a little video of Pippa after I styled her. In my opinion you can’t find a more beautiful balanced bob than Pippa. If you are looking for a natural looking blonde that isn’t rooted but has a lot of dimension non the less than you’ll love Maui Gold. Enjoy!
Hi folks Kathleen here with my review of Pippa Part 1 which happens to be one of my favorite styles from Tony of Beverly. I have one in Sunset Red and after seeing Heather’s wedding photo (she is wearing the beautiful TOB princess hair…Sloane in Maui Gold 💕) I knew I had to try this color. Pippa is a classic bob with a lace front and full mono top.
Opening up a box with a new wig never gets old does it?…lol. I was thrilled when I saw the color. If a blonde is not going to have a root (I prefer a lighter root-btw Champagne With Apple Pie by BelleTress is a wonderful example of a lightly rooted blonde) then it has to be dynamic with lots of separation of colors..in other words coarsely blended with chunk highlights and lowlights. Maui Gold fits that criteria. Gorgeous color and very natural looking.
I noticed this Pippa was straighter with less hair than my first one but I loved the color so I continued.
For everyone that thinks I look good in everything. Not so much…😂Here is Pippa right out of the box. Wow I’ll be honest I was totally under whelmed to say the least. My first Pippa was perfection right out of the box. I wore my Sunset Red Pippa out to dinner the first day I received her. This Pippa has low hair density…major box hair….and flopped in my face. I did check the lace front and mono part to make sure they were well done and they were so knew I could make this Pippa work for me. I will explain and demonstrate what I did to this Pippa to make her look beautiful. These tips will be covered along with color comparisons in my Review of Pippa Part 2. This time I am giving you my overall impression of Pippa in Maui Gold.
Tony of Beverly has impeccable lace fronts…really all their monofilament features are beautifully done. The knots are very small and tightly knotted. There were some odd shorter curved hairs along this lace front. Not frizzy though so I knew they would calm down overtime.
Image 7 illustrates this lace front and mono top. It is gorgeous! I am amazed and without hesitation can clip the hair back to show off this lace front. The lace front is beautiful contoured too. That’s what gives it this very natural hairline. PS…This mage is also after some time training Pippa and getting her where I want her…😉
One thing I love about Pippa is all her layers. You can really get a tousled more casual look going with this Pippa.
This color is sooooooo natural. If you are like me and was blonde growing up that then turned into a dirty blonde and now you have light/medium blah brown hair you will love this color. I used to Quiet Touch (painted on highlights) my hair back in high school..like a gazillion years ago lol and this color looks like that. My husband loves the color and the style. He says its the most realistic wig I have for me. That’s fun. I love playing with all styles and colors but finding a color and style that looks like my hair could look (in my dreams that is 😉) is really nice.
Pippa coupled with this color Maui Gold is an easy to wear very natural look. No one would think you are wearing a wig. After some time working with this one I am in love.
One thing I still need to do is steam (take out the curve a tad) on the side showing in image 11 to match the other side. 😉
Image 12 is my super model look…lol 😂😂😂 Actually I was trying to get some photos outside and it was so windy! I was getting frustrated until it occurred to me what better way to show Pippa’s natural movement than to snap a quick photo. The denier of Tony of Beverly’s fibers are very fine. Doesn’t this wig look real?
Image 13 illustrates this color so well. See the darker neutral beige blonde along the bottom of this wig. Then on top of that are medium and light soft warm to neutral highlights.
The back is just slightly shorter than the front …just enough to give Pippa some swing.
Pippa hits that sweet spot..not as short as Opulence by Gabor and not as long as Jamison by Estetica.
The take away here is I love Pippa and I love Tony Of Beverly’s new color Maui Gold. Not all wigs even in the same style are the same and that’s ok. There are so many tips to help make your wig your own which in my opinion is half the fun of wig wearing. In Part 2 I will go over those tips with you and I will also compare Maui Gold to a few other colors. Fun fun!..So until next time…Enjoy!