While I never thought it would happen because I truly loved her dearly, I’ve officially retired my go-to topper in favor of the new Top Secret by Jon Renau.
There. I had to spit it out quickly because I thought I wouldn’t be able to say it without shedding a tear.
I’d been wearing my Noriko Milan for what seems like forever, and I thought she’d be the synthetic hair topper I’d wear until I switched to wigs (who knows when that will be). I accepted she’d be my one-and-only, and was content with that. So many women buy soooooo many new pieces—I’ll admit, it’s fun—but there’s a certain peace that comes with knowing you’ve found the best match for you.
So imagine my surprise when I casually mentioned to the good folks over at Jon Renau last fall that they should consider making a topper the size of the Milan…and they actually replied that they had one coming out this Spring.
I was excited because I like Jon Renau’s colors better than Noriko’s, but I didn’t get too worked up because if it was just a Milan copy-cat in a better color, eh, sure, I’d try it. But it wouldn’t be life-changing.
Until it was.
When I got a sneak peek of what was being released my heart literally skipped a beat. Not only was Jon Renau’s new topper going to be a large size, but it was also going to come in an 18″ length (as well as in 12″).
Top Secret (now called Top Style) debuted a few weeks ago, and, it’s official—she’s my new full-time piece.
If, after reading this, you decide you love her, too…you can buy here at any of the links on this page for 25% off with code (I am not an affiliate, just a perk for my readers): hopeandmane
(I actually knew I’d love her before she arrived at my door. Both Em and Ashley in the Community got theirs a few days before I did and posted pictures…and they look amazing!)
Note: In summer 2018, Top Secret was renamed to Top Style-Synthetic. 🙂 I’ll probably flip-flop the name throughout this post.
Top Secret by Jon Renau…Drumroll, please
Here is the Top Secret in color 10H16, right out of the box. Warning, nighttime bathroom pic:
She’s darn-near perfect with no modifications, folks!
The base is similar to what I’ve been wearing: 8×9″ with five pressure-sensitive clips (I will say the clips are a bit more sharp/pointy/something than what I’m used to. I don’t feel it when they are clipped, and they look the same, but something is different about them).
You might notice that the monofilament area looks a bit different (aside from the bobby pin I have placed there). This is actually a double mono top, which means there is an extra layer of meshy material in the mono top area. This does a few things. First, it’s more comfortable if you have very sparse hair (this is not an issue for me). Secondly, you don’t have to worry about aligning the part of your topper to your bio part…no matter where you place the Top Secret on your head, a double mono top will always look like there is skin in the part area. Thirdly, for some reason, the knots just look better with this type of construction, to me.
So, the major differences with the Top Style by Jon Renau are the extra length (18″, yay!) as well as the double mono top.
These are total upgrades, in my opinion.
Here’s a comparison for you. You’ve seen her a million times before—Noriko Milan:
And 18″ Top Secret by Jon Renau:
I love her with all my heart. Is that sad? I don’t care.
I was surprised how much I like the color of this Top Secret (10H16). She’s very similar to my Jon Renau Alessandra, but the highlights are every-so-slightly more blended on that one.
This color is going to be perfect for summer (or, for forever)…it’s nice to go a little blonder this time of year.
I did end up adding a bit of rooting to her with a Copic marker, you can see my process on how I root my synthetic pieces here.
I am LOVING that my ends looks nice and thick! My old topper is a few inches shorter than my bio hair, whereas the 18″ Top Secret covers it perfectly.
I’ve already ordered a backup, and I’m considering getting a third so that I can cut off some of the wefts to make her into a smaller topper, perfect for updos.
A girl’s gotta have options, right?
Top Secret is available in Jon Renau’s most popular colors, so definitely check her out if you’re looking to make a change. She’s 100% recommended!
Because I’m occasionally an over-achiever, here’s a video of my new gal:
If you love waves, you might want to check out my post on Top Wave, a beautiful wavy hair topper…it’s basically the wavy sister of Top Style.
Want to try Top Style before you buy?
Check out the Corner of Hope & Mane private Community, where you can try on hair toppers at home…really!
What do you think of my new topper? Got questions about Top Secret? Leave a comment—I’d love to hear from you!