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Hi folks Kathleen here with my review and comparisons to two of Raquel Welch’s all time favorite pixies. The collage (image 1) shows Power on top and Winner on the bottom. This was fun and something I always wondered about. Interestingly enough they are both in Glazed Fire (the color that started me on my love affair with reds 😉) Ahh but their colors codes are different. Whattt? Lol.
Above in image 2 are these two pixies side by side. As you can see they are slightly different reds. Winner on the left is in R28S+ and has a ginger/butterscotch blonde highlight throughout not just on top and in front like the R28S on Power. This gives the R28S+ on Winner a slightly overall warmer appearance and lighter appearance in front than Power’s R28S. Power on the right is more vibrant and redder than Winner.
Above are the specs for both of these pixies. Very similar. Very light and both are fun to wear.
Image 4 shows Power and Winner side by side from the front. Same natural lighting conditions. You can see how much lighter in front the R28S+ on Winner is than Power’s R28S. There is more permatease on Power so getting crazy volume is easy. The texture is amazing on Power. With Winner you have to work on it a little more. The layers on Power are more razored than Winner’s.
I love the side view on both of these. Plenty of hair. No wefts showing. I was worried I wouldn’t have good coverage at the sideburn area and I the nape. No problems at all.
Interestingly enough Power is marketed as a petite/average. I always thought she would be snug. Not at all! I have a 21.25” cir. and I had to take in the nape adjusters quite a bit. As a matter of fact Power was bigger on me than the average cap of Winner.
Winner is really your basic perfect pixie. I love her. One of my first wigs was a CysterWigs clearance petite Winner in glazed Vanilla. She’s a great first wig because she doesn’t have any scratchy monofilament features. And she has permatease but you can’t see it and its just enough to obscure wefts and help with the style.
About the only difference between the construction of Power and Winner was the memory cap. Both had open ear-tabs and nape. Permateased top and your basic open cap.
Ok so Winner is a winner. 😂 I love the coverage and I love the color of course..and will probably get one in the petite version. Below is a video of Winner. Adorable easy to wear..I have absolutely nothing bad to say about her…great right out of the box a true shake and go wig. She was on loan from CysterWigs so no product or anything was used on her to get this tousled layered look.
Ahh Power. I was surprised how much I love her. I thought she was going to be much shorter. I am very happy with her length. You can style her in a million ways. The styling versatility is off the charts. Is she a shake and go? She could be. If you want a very spiky straight up voluminous wig..Power is your baby. I on the other hand found her to be a bit of a challenge to find the right amount of volume etc for me. But once I did I fell in love with her. An odd feature (to me anyway) is she has dark little clusters of hair at the hairline instead of permatease (you sometimes see along non lace fronts I assume to give bangs etc. some lift). They are darker than the rest of the wig. I don’t know why though since this isn’t a rooted color. I would have preferred they be the same color as the wig, having said that I love her and even though she was on loan I’ve purchased her…lol…I just couldn’t part with her. 😜 The texture is so amazing she’s chic and not your run of the mill pixie. So obviously the pros far outweigh this feature. Below is a video of gorgeous Power..fun and funky and I style her differently every time I wear her. And the good part is no product is needed at all to keep her looking great. The take away here is these are two great pixies. If you want a perfect true shake and go pixie Winner is an awesome choice. If you want some funk and fun and texture galore than Power is the one for you. Both winners in my book…ENJOY!
In Hawaiian the word Kai means “sea”. Rene of Paris’ Kai in Pastel Blue R swims in an Indigo blue root that ripples into a dusty gray/violet, uber straight, just below the chin bob. Mermaid hair meets satin nickel gray.
This is not your sweet grandmother’s grey hair. (Unless your grandma sports a Harley Davidson jacket and boots to die for.) This color screams “I’m badass, even while drinking carmel latte at my desk while sorting through fifty pages of dates and diagrams.”
I love color, but I also work in the healthcare field where wild and crazy colors and styles are frowned upon. This is not this style or this color. It looks very professional.
Kai is sophistication with an edge. I also have her in Melted Marshmallow, but I feel her true personality (or should I say, my true personality) comes out in the Pastel Blue R. She can be spiced up with braids or headbands, or tamed with a coy tuck behind one ear. Her length allows no tangling, so with TLC, she should last a long time. Each Kai will be different, so don’t be afraid to grab your flat iron, put it in the lowest setting (if it doesn’t have different settings, be safe and don’t use it.)
One or two quick swipes through the hair near the face gives you pencil straight razored edges. It’s beautiful.
I get compliments galore with this color. One woman in the grocery store check out line threw her hands in the air, let out a gasp and said, “No way” when she asked how long it took to get that color, and I proudly said, “It’s a wig.”
What I’m trying to say is GET HER!!!! Every compliment you receive will make you feel you can take on the world. And if you ask me, the world needs a little taking on!! Enjoy your hair beautiful people!
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From a customer e-mail:
If I could trouble you for your professional opinion…..I saw a Heidi JR in shaded peach locally and fell in love. My ideal situation would be to have this wig trimmed down into a half wig or large topper and have my bio hair free underneath. My bio hair is a level 4-6 brunette like the rooted shade of Heidi.
Would this look completely bizarre?? I see women all the time that have heavily highlighted top layers with undyed natural colour underneath….but Heidi doesn’t have any low lights so that makes me hesitate.
This question is a two-parter.
For the first question:
I actually think Heidi would be a great wig to turn into a topper – and it’s a very easy thing to do, too! 🙂
Before I tell you how, I have one question: does your biohair have a similar texture? That is my only reservation here. You will want it to blend in . . . though it may look kind of cool if you got the back of your hair cut really short and tapered like an angled bob, thus negating the need for the textures to match. The integration is the tricky part with toppers. The texture is more of a dead giveaway than a color match because if your hair is slightly darker, like you mentioned in your example, then the topper could just look like it’s adding highlights / lowlights. Texture is much harder to pass off like that.
If your texture matches, then the rest is easy-peasy! All you would have to do is cut the monofilament top free from the rest of the wig – which should be easy to accomplish due the obvious seams – and then sew in some Jon Renau pressure-sensitive clips into the back and sides of the mono parts.
You may also want some lace tape for the lace front, and Lace Let Go to protect these delicate features (and your skin!) while removing the topper at night.
For the second question:
It will NOT look bizarre at all, provided the textures match or you have another strategy like the stacked-bob solution I mentioned above. Your dark hair color will look very pretty with this kind of highlight added to it, and will look like a traditional “stacked” color, which is typically darker at the nape, anyway.
Here’s a video tutorial on this:
Hi folks Kathleen here with my review thoughts and comparisons for Nikki by Belle Tress in Cayenne With Ginger Root. This is a new style for Belle Tress and this wig was sent to me by Heather (CEO & founder of CysterWigs) to review. Thank you Heather..spot on choice for me! 👏🏻I will say right off the bat I LOVE this style. I thought the color might be too dark for me but like all Belle Tress’s colors its beautiful and nuanced. Overall it’s a medium to dark natural red based auburn. The root is a medium to dark brown. I was pleasantly surprised that the root wasn’t really long. As a matter of fact with all the texture and natural volume of Nikki it just gives the color some dimension. I’m happy with that because I don’t feel I need a root on a darker color and I certainly don’t want a long root. This root is beautiful.
Ok I’ll admit I thought the product photo was a little wild..lol. But what I did see was an all over choppy layered short shag..hmmm interesting. I think I can work with this. She has heat defiant fibers so you can curl her more or straighten her. Not me though I think her texture is perfect right out of the box. I have a Belle Tress Mimosa in Champagne With Apple Pie and I did customize her by trimming the back and thinning the front a bit. I like her better…but In short Nikki is the style I wished Mimosa was..lol.
Both have shaggy layers. Nikki is more of a traditional long shaggy pixie. The style has more balance than Mimosa in my opinion. Mimosa was top heavy and the nape was too long for the rest of the style. Another thing Mimosa didn’t have that Nikki has are longer adequately covering sideburns (for lack of a better name 😉) I have to work with my Mimosa to cover my sideburn area.
The back view of Mimosa and Nikki illustrates the difference in layering. Nikki has more shorter and curled/textured layers than Mimosa.
This side view illustrates the “60’s bump” at the crown that Mimosa has (yes there is permatease here) Nikki overall has a lot less permatease. None at the nape like Mimosa has. Just a little on top around the mono part. I still love Mimosa but that is mainly because I love this blonde…Champagne With Apple Pie.
I am impressed with the well made lace front and side part on Nikki. The knots are average size but the spacing is very well done and in the past Belle Tress hasn’t been known for their great mono features.
Here’s a little back story about my experience with Belle Tress. I owned a M&M and though I loved the style and color (Honey With Chai Latte) I thought the lace front and mono part were awful..very dense in a weird way and it didn’t lay right. I had to pluck the part and lace front to make it more manageable. What that does when it’s your first experience with a manufacturer is you get turned off. I was hesitant to try another style. Fast forward I was given one of Heathers exclusive colored non HD Biscotti Babes (mine was in Strawberry Cream Soda) and honestly I was blown away with the quality of lace front and mono part. Sooo I took another chance and purchased Mimosa. It also had an amazing lace front and mono part. I don’t think this is a coincidence. I feel Belle Tress heard our complaints about their mono features and have upped their game and improved their quality. I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase from them in the future…👍🏻
So back to Nikki..lol 😉I have a petite/average head size (if you’re interested I give my head measurements at the end of this post) Nikki fits me to a tee. I don’t know what I am more excited about the style or the fit. I always take in the adjusters even on my Ellen Wille wigs. Not this one. I always have some bunching over my ears (my head is totally flat in this area 😂) this one fits like a glove..such a great feeling. Having said that this cap obviously runs small. So if your head is a true average it might be a snug fit. I wouldn’t recommend her if you have an average/large or large head. So sorry about that but if you have a smaller head or a true petite head you’ll love the fit of Nikki.
Lets talk about the texture of Nikki. Btw..I haven’t used any product in her for any of the photos I’m sharing with you. The volume is from the curl and texture of Nikki. There are two things going on with this texture. The curl and the razored straighter sections throughout the style. If you want you can style her more traditionally like in the collage at the beginning of this post. But If you take a curl and pull it out all the way you’ll get little razored strands that give this style movement crazy texture and I think alleviates it to a whole new level. Its gorgeous!
Look at the beautiful texture in image 9. No product used and this style will stay like this all day. No flopping.
The color (Cayenne With Ginger Root) is beautiful. Even in fairly strong sunlight ( image 10)its still going to read on the cooler side of auburn. See how the dark roots just give it dimension but don’t interfere with the color.
Below in image 11 I went for broke to see how much movement I could achieve with this crazy texture. I love it! I definitely will be getting another one in their new color Champagne With Apple Pie. Nikki reminds me of Raquel Welch’s short textured pixie Power if you grew it out. 😉 The take away here is if you love a textured shag and are tired of all your wigs swimming on you then I would highly recommend getting Nikki. ENJOY!
Below is a little video I did right out of the box. You might notice a little white spec when I turn around. It isn’t a weft..its a little white tag that I have since removed..😊
Nikki Lace Front by BelleTress