OK gang, I have to post an update here. I will still film reviews for these wigs, but I feel the need to warn you all about these wigs ASAP.
I’ve gotten two more of the new Rene of Paris styles in – both long styles – and while I hate to say this about my beloved ROP, it has to be said. They look like crap.
Rene of Paris was always considered the ‘fashion’ line among the three linked brands (Rene of Paris, Noriko, and Amore), so the styles were always a bit more trendy, the caps were basic, and the prices were lower. ROP raised their prices across the board, and have been doing so with new styles for awhile now, but so far all three lines have maintained the level of quality as they’ve added features like lace fronts and monofilmament parts. So, I’ve never been bothered by spending more money for them.
One of the primary reasons I’ve always loved ROP so much is their hair fiber. Their colors have always been lovely, and their fiber has always been the best. Silky soft, and natural looking, even if they often overdid it on the volume. I never would have even guessed that they would be capable of cranking out long wigs with hair fiber as crappy as what I’ve received this week.
Hudson by Rene of Paris in Melted Sunset
I didn’t expect Hudson to look great on me because even in the stock photos, that hairline looked a little weird. But I wanted to try. When plopped on my head, though, it was even worse than I suspected. It’s incredibly thick at the hairline and crown, and without any layering around the face, it looks like that guy hair grunge dudes rocked in the 90’s where they just let their hair go long and never did anything to it, so it fell around their faces like curtains. But a bad style can be fixed, and while some layering or thinning would help this one, just look at how fake the fiber looks. It’s very shiny, and yes, it’s blonde, which tends to be shinier than browns, but it’s also really dry. So, OK ,I thought. Maybe the shininess and fakeness is due to a bad color AND too much PT that needs thinning out. So maybe Hudson isn’t horrible, just a wig in need of some work.
Then, I got Rylee in the mail.
Rylee in Honeycomb Brown
I’m not sure these photos accurately show how bad this looks. But we’re talking a very dark brown here (except at the ends, obviously) and I’m telling you, it still looks terribly shiny, and it’s still really dry. Both the Hudson and the Rylee look like Forever Young quality to me, NOT Rene of Paris. They just lay on my head like they gave up as soon as I took them out of the box. If wigs had feelings, both of these would be depressed.
And yes, that color is awful – but it’s also the color that’s in the stock photo, where it looks fabulous:
Yeah, this is supposedly the same wig.
I’ve worn ROP wigs since my first day of wig-wearing, seriously. My first ever wig was a Rene of Paris. Never in a million years would I have expected to get not just one, but two wigs with this kind of shit fiber from this brand. I can honestly say that these are just not worth the money at all. In fact, they aren’t even worthy of carrying the label Rene of Paris, and that’s a damn shame. Do better, ROP, do way better – or I am done with you. Yuk.
Kai is the only one I have left to get in, and since it’s shorter, MAYBE it will be OK. I never would have guessed these two would be so bad based on the quality of the Rae, so we’ll see. Purchase these at your own risk, I guess, and definitely get them on sale!
ETA: Two other wig wearers have also received Rylee in the mail, and they both said theirs were awful, too. So, it’s not just me, unfortunately.