**Be sure to check out the webinar information at the bottom of this post!**
So many of you have asked about what my experience has been with Top Secret, by Jon Renau, now that it’s been a couple of months, and if I would recommend it over Noriko’s Milan.
I figured it’s time to do an update, since it’s been four months since I’ve been wearing Top Secret full-time.
Colors: Who has the better options, Jon Renau Top Secret or Noriko Milan?
This is an easy one for me. I think Jon Renau offers a better color assortment than Noriko in these two toppers. Most helper hair, in both synthetic and human, tends to be warmer-toned. This works for many women, but makes me look like Casper the Ghost.
I absolutely MUST have some sort of ashy tone in my helper hair to get it to work, or else I have to completely adjust my makeup to compensate for the lack of color in my face. The reddish tones wash me out.
Jon Renau does carry a few neutral-to-ashy colors in their line, and luckily, 10H16 is one of them. That’s been my color of choice while wearing Top Secret, and I’m thrilled that this popular color is also available in most (all?) of their wigs.
I love having the option to switch between a matching topper and wig!
I’m all about the options, baby.
The color I was wearing in Milan (Almond-Rocka) has ashy streaks running through it, so that helps, but it’s a custom color and I have to order three at a time, blah blah blah.
Top Secret I can order as stock.
Color Winner: Top Secret
Currently, Milan is only available in 12″ whereas Top Secret is offered in both 12″ and a genius 18″.
My bio hair is closer to 20″ so wearing a 12″ topper can contrast with my stringy bio hair. Not a huge issue, since I used to keep my bio hair shorter while wearing the Milan. With the Top Secret, however, I can wear my hair a few inches longer.
Those Jon Renau folks are smaaaaart.
I never complained about the length of Milan when I wore her, but when I saw Top Secret was offered in 18″, only one word came to mind: duh.
Why in the heck wouldn’t a popular style like Milan ever be offered in a longer length?!
Length Winner: Top Secret
The feel of the fiber is HUGE for us, am I right?
One of the things I miss most about my bio hair is the way it used to feel…so soft and silky (and limp and lifeless and…). As much as I love synthetic hair, it’s not the same.
Right out of the box, it feels great, and right after a wash, it feels good. But after a few wears it starts to feel a bit more dry and loses a bit of its swing.
This is normal behavior (and human hair can feel the same since it lacks natural oils that condition it), so I expect it. But, I do notice a difference in the fiber between Top Secret and Milan.
Milan just seems to stay softer, longer.
I’ve got lots of little tips and tricks to keep your synthetic feeling fantastic for as long as humanly possible, but Top Secret just needs TLC a bit quicker than Milan does.
The super-helpful Emily at Jon Renau (more on her in a bit!) explained to me that the hair that all the different manufacturers use is very similar (if not the same), but they all process it a bit differently.
Jon Renau chooses to give up a bit of that soft and slippery feeling in exchange for less-shiny hair.
I’m sure you all have seen really obvious, fake-looking synthetic hair, be it in a wig-shop or even in online photos. The excessive shine is particularly noticeable with blond colors.
When I think about all the Jon Renau pieces I’ve owned, I’ve had to use little-to-no dry shampoo to cut down on shine, right out of the box.
Winner: Noriko…ish. Cutting down the shine is not a huge deal to me as I know how to do it, so I think I prefer whatever additional coating comes on Noriko’s hair fiber. Jon Renau does take the cake when it comes to being ready-to-wear right out of the box.
The Noriko Milan has a single mono top, whereas Jon Renau’s Top Secret has a double mono top.
The mono top allows for a more realistic look in general, since the hairs are hand-tied into the meshy area, making it look like the hair is growing out of your scalp.
If you generally prefer a mono top, you might prefer even moreso a double mono top, as I do.
The double mono adds an extra layer of material under the knots, which results in an even more realistic look.
The knots are better hidden.
The part-line is more defined (you won’t see your bio hair through the top).
SO MUCH GOODNESS HERE.
Some ladies have said that wearing a double monofilament top makes them hotter (you look good, girl, but I’m talking temperature-wise). I don’t notice a difference, personally, and I’ve lived my entire hair-wearing life with summer temperatures in the 90s to mid-100s.
Scalp Winner: Top Secret
I believe the base size of both the Top Secret and Milan are identical—perfect for me as I’m accustomed to wearing a larger base given my level of loss.
I feel like the density of these two toppers is also very, very similar, but there’s something about Top Secret that’s different.
With Top Secret, I can push my sunglasses on top of my head without them warping/stretching out/looking weird on the sides of my head.
With Milan, there’s something about her that makes it harder to throw my sunglasses up there. It could be the clip placement, or it could be the density, I’m not sure.
Same thing when I do updos…it doesn’t look super-thick on the sides when I wear Top Secret up, but Milan requires some fiddling.
The density on the front of the Top Secret seems to be a bit lighter, meaning, the part that frames my face. On my right side (I part my hair right-to-left), the Milan sometimes looks a bit heavy, but with Top Secret, it looks just right. It shows just the right amount of bio hair to make it look 100% realistic.
Density Winner: Top Secret
It’s no surprise that I’m leaning towards Top Secret on this, is it? Given the double mono top, the colors available, and most importantly (to me), the length options, Top Secret has my heart.
We’ve been going steady for four months, and I think she could be The One. 🙂
*Exciting news if you love Jon Renau as much as I do!*
If you’ve been wanting to learn more about toppers (both synthetic and human), you’re in luck! You’re invited to join the amazing Emily Buckwalter from Jon Renau (check her out on Facebook) and myself on a chock-full-of-information webinar discussing their topper options on October 4th, 7pm Central/5pm Pacific.
We’ll be covering how to find the correct topper based on YOUR current bio hair as well as how to care for your human and synthetic hair purchases. And the best part? We’ll be showing Jon Renau’s topper options—Emily will even model them all for us so we can get an idea of what their toppers look like on an actual head (sometimes those web photos are difficult, don’t you think?).
If you’re interested in attending—and I hope you are!—please sign up below to get on the notification list. I’ll send out a reminder and link the day before the event, an hour before the event, and right before the event starts.
A special “thank you” goes out to the fabulous CH&M Community members for adding their input on what they’d like to see in the webinar!
Again, if you’re interested, just let me know by inputting your email above (it’ll do a nifty little “headcount” for me so we can get an idea of how many to expect).
I’m super excited for it, and I know you are, too!
Please note, there won’t be a replay.
One of the toppers Emily will show us is, my favorite, Top Secret. I definitely prefer this topper over others and I think I’ll be wearing her as my synthetic option for a long time!
I just think she looks so good. 🙂 Doesn’t she look good in this pic?
Let me know what you think of Top Secret vs. Milan (I know many of you have also tried both!). And also, let me know what you’re looking forward to learning about on the webinar!