Video Wig Review: Courtney by Jon Renau in Color 6F27

Courtney made a big splash when she came out a few years ago, and for good reason – it’s a fully hand-tied cap so it’s very natural and comfortable, and the hair is very light in  density and quite natural-looking. Unfortunately, I bought Courtney in the 6F27 which is a lovely color but always problematic for me due to the lace front, which utilizes a lot more of the 27 color than it does the 6. When a lace front is too light and not a good match for my bio hair, my dark hair shows through it and it looks odd, so I eventually sold Courtney along and, due to the high price tag and my desire to never buy the same wig more than once (out of curiosity’s sake as well as for review purposes) I never bought her again.

But I’ve always wanted another one, so I’m about to take the plunge and get her in a better color for me. I’m thinking Shaded Peach this time; you can go check out the review of Elle I just posted in that color to see what you think. When Shaded Peach first came out I loved it so much I bought and Elle, a Zara, a Julia, and an Alia all in that color; they all looked pretty but since the lace front on Elle was so nice I assumed they would be on all of this wigs too, but no – some of them were still sparse. Boo.

Anyway, here’s Courtney, and here’s hoping in a week or two I’ll have another one to show you. My birthday is this month so I’m going to hit these Fourth of July wig sales hard to celebrate!

Disclaimer: I bought this with my own money. All opinions are my own – your mileage may vary. 

17 thoughts on “Video Wig Review: Courtney by Jon Renau in Color 6F27

    • Thanks – this is a lovely wig! I actually don’t think this color looks best on me here; I think it will be better in the Shaded Peach I”m about to get 🙂

  1. Hi! I’ve been going through your reviews and love them – super helpful! I recently saw your review of Noriko in Hailey and loved the style/color you did so ended up buying the same one. It came and the cut was fantastic and color was perfect. But…when I wore it for my husband and mom, they both commented how fake the part looked as there basically is none. I’ve been looking into monofilaments now – namely this one and was wondering, do they really create a more realistic hairline, even if you do have hair? (I’m really thinning, what seems like daily, but I don’t have any completely bald areas yet).

    And is the front lace at all itchy? I found the cap on the Noriko to be quite itchy around the hairline and back. I ordered a velvet headband which I believe will stop itching/slipping, but I’m not sure now if I can even wear it with a monofilament. I noticed you said this cap was quite comfortable.

    I like the Courtney – I was considering the Zara but it might be a tad too long I think perhaps.

    Any thoughts would be great. I’d like to order another wig and try again but felt quite discouraged after the reactions I got to Hailey. Plus I can’t return her – the site I ordered from doesn’t accept returns.

    • Well first of all, people who know you are wearing a wig, especially if you ask them for their opinions, will be overly critical. Most people out in the world do NOT notice whether or not your part is showing – in fact, when I wore my bio hair short I HATED having a part show at all and was always trying to cover it! Secondly, a “rooted” color will really help cover the permatease in a wig part so keep that in mind if you really like a style and it doesn’t have a mono part. A lacefront and mono part will help create a more realistic part and hairline, yes, but keep in mind nothing is going to be a miracle for you – they are all wigs, after all, and I hate to see people set the bar too high and expect too much from a wig. You can find one that has pretty realistic features, but there’s never any guarantee someone still won’t say something. Just don’t go too far down that road of wanting a wig to be perfect because it will just keep you in a constant state of dissatisfaction.

      That said, Courtney is a GREAT wig, and I believe it has the fully hand-tied cap which is another level of realism for you. BUT – and this is a big one – the longer your synthetic wig is, the shorter it’s life span. Synthetic hair is plastic and therefore the constant friction created as the long fibers rub against skin and clothing cause it to frizz and dry out quickly. I do know people who can make a long wig like Zara last two months or so but it does take special care. Personally I am at a point where long synthetics are only for fun and occasional wear; if I were to need a daily wig I’d stick with nothing longer than shoulder length. I don’t do human hair because a huge challenge to find decent ones and they’re expensive, plus you have to style them and I don’t want to do that. But I do know that if I need longevity I’m going to go shorter and save the long wigs for the weekend or a night out.

      Not trying to be a bummer but these are just some of the pitfalls I see people go through and have gone through myself. The biggest hurdle is getting over that fear of someone knowing you’re wearing a wig, and being too paranoid about that. Ultimately, it’s just a wig and it’s certainly not your fault your hair is thinning, so you don’t owe anyone any explanation or justification for wearing a wig. If you like it, and it’s hot pink and frizzed to the Gods, then wear it. That’s what I always say. 🙂

  2. Hi! I’ve been going through your reviews and love them – super helpful! I recently saw your review of Noriko in Hailey and loved the style/color you did so ended up buying the same one. It came and the cut was fantastic and color was perfect. But…when I wore it for my husband and mom, they both commented how fake the part looked as there basically is none. I’ve been looking into monofilaments now – namely this one and was wondering, do they really create a more realistic hairline, even if you do have hair? (I’m really thinning, what seems like daily, but I don’t have any completely bald areas yet).

    And is the front lace at all itchy? I found the cap on the Noriko to be quite itchy around the hairline and back. I ordered a velvet headband which I believe will stop itching/slipping, but I’m not sure now if I can even wear it with a monofilament. I noticed you said this cap was quite comfortable.

    I like the Courtney – I was considering the Zara but it might be a tad too long I think perhaps.

    Any thoughts would be great. I’d like to order another wig and try again but felt quite discouraged after the reactions I got to Hailey. Plus I can’t return her – the site I ordered from doesn’t accept returns.

    • Also, keep Hailey around and try putting her on in a week or two. You might feel differently about it, or it could be an around the house wig, a workout wig, something. Not sure where you get her from, but Name Brand Wigs and Gallery of Wigs are two great online stores that will accept returns, as long as they are unworn and the tags are still on, etc.

    • Hi Shannon,
      I just wanted to add- Amore wigs have a double monofilament top which is very soft & silky against your scalp. They also have a strip of polyurethane at the front in case you ever decided to use tape or glue. They’re very comfortable! The part looks quite natural too. The problem I have is the edge doesn’t look as convincing as a lace front. The lace fronts on the wigs I bought prior to my Amore wigs were rough & scratchy. I’m going to be buying a Renau soon & hoping the lace isn’t as bad. The wig grip really does help though.
      Good luck!
      Julie

      • Amore’s coming out with some lace fronts in April I think – check out their website and you can see them. The styles are kinda ‘meh’ but sometimes ROP goes overboard with their styling in promos and the wigs look better in reality.

        • Wow! Looking forward to see what they’re coming out with as they never do look as good on the website as they do in person. I really have to say I love the ROP color choices.

  3. Thanks for the lengthy response to this! Yeah, I guess I just need to be confident and go out knowing if people do think it’s a wig, it’s not the end of the world. Honestly the wiggy part I’m not sure is as bad as my super sparse part I have right now – as you mentioned. It’s like which is the worse of two evils? My mom didn’t know it was a wig at first – I just had it on when she showed up and she knew instantly something was up. But she does see me daily, so it’s kind of a given. I tried Hailey on again tonight and kind of changed her part a bit, brushing it to the side to hide the parmatease and it was a lot better! She is very full though, so thinning her out might be a good idea.

    Very interesting to know about the longevity. I had thought 3-6 months was the norm but good to know that going in. I did order a Courtney today from Patty’s Pearls – there was a 25% sale, so I decided to go for it. The other one was from a Canadian site (where I am) and they take exchanges, but no returns – but now I’m out of the 5 day exchange policy. I think you’re right though, I can still make use of Hailey with a bit of a part change. I do love the style so much.

    I also liked the color of Haley better than what Jon Renau offers, so that’s an added plus.

    Thanks again for the help. 🙂 The videos you do are so very helpful when someone is first trying to figure out what to make of all things wig! 🙂

  4. Hi Cynthia,
    As I mentioned the other day, I’m looking into the hand tied wigs by Jon Renau- Cameron & Karlie are the 2 I’m considering. You mentioned in this video that these caps run a little larger than Amore. I wondered, what is your head circumference? I just measured mine & Im 21″ so I’m considered petite. I know Wigs by Patti’s Pearls offers to modify for sizing ($100 extra) That significantly raises the price. In Amore wigs, I always have them adjusted in as far as they go & have to wear a wig grip or they slip back on my head.
    Thanks again for all of your help with videos & replies. You are a gem 🙂

    • I am a 21.5 so what would be an average-petite I guess. But, with my hair now down to my shoulders that has made me more of an average since there’s a little bun I have to now put under the wigs. I am not sure I’d pay for someone else to size the wig; there are tutorials on how to do it yourself if you have a wee bit of sewing skill. $100 seems a bit high for a little nipping and tucking.

    • Actually, not sure about nipping and tucking a fully hand-tied cap. That might be more tricky now that I think of it. Do some Googling on it and see what you find. Are you in a big city where there are wig salons? I’m not sure how I’d feel about getting a wig altered via email and mail, ya know? But Patti does know what she is doing. You could also ask Kathy at Gallery of Wigs, she does a lot of customizing. She also always has 30% off Renau.

      • I agree 100%. The $100 fee seems quite steep to me too 😦 I re measured my head with my hair in a small bun & it brought me up to 21.5″ circumference. But I’m 10″ from ear to ear & 13″ from my hairline to the back of my head which I was told is considered child size. lol So I’m torn. The hand tied cap is different with modifying. I’m no good with sewing so I don’t feel confident doing it myself. There’s wig shops not too far away but I feel they rake you over the coals with prices. It’s like buying a car. You pay way more than you should & feel out of place trying on but not buying. But the hand tied caps are already higher priced so to add $100 for sizing makes it even more so. I guess I’ll have to think about it. I’ve sent Kathy 2 emails. She replied to the first without answering my question of how much the fee is. So I sent her another one. Hopefully she’ll respond & offer it at a more affordable price. 🙂

        • I’ve heard sometimes she doesn’t back to emails right away – if you join the Wig Support message board and email her thru there she gets back quickly. There is a link to her support group on the online store. Also, you can friend her store on Facebook and I think you would hear more quickly.

          • Thanks Cynthia! I’ll try that. I did hear back from her and she charges $100 just like Patti’s. I think I will order from her again. Otherwise I’d have to get the price match from Patti’s. And I appreciate Gallery of Wigs great prices! Now I’m struggling with color. Jon Renau doesn’t have anything that looks similar to Ginger Brown which I love. I may do 6 as my bio hair is quite dark. I just like how subtle the highlights are in the Ginger Brown. And there’s gold in it in the sun. I’m not huge into the real obvious highlights unless there’s a dark root, though I love them on everyone else!

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