Raquel Welch Longing for Long Wig (Wedding Guest Hair!)

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From the second I saw the Longing for Long wig by Raquel Welch, I knew it was one I had to try.

Who can resist those waves?

They are gorgeous!

This was my first experience with Raquel Welch wigs, and I especially wanted to try Raquel Welch because I’ve heard that her synthetic hair fiber is amazing.

And it is.

It’s SO soft!

I wasn’t sure what color to go with, and since purchasing Longing for Long there have been a few videos made from both customers and online vendors. When I was making my color choice, there wasn’t much info out there, unfortunately!

I actually think my ideal color is R9F26, which is a medium brown with blond, face-framing highlights. But, I didn’t know that at the time (finding the proper helper hair color is sometimes so hard!) as I was dealing with tiny online swatches when making my selection.

I landed on SS12/20, also known as Shaded Toast. I picked this predominately from the description, which is a “cool, light brown with medium brown roots”.

I think this is a very pretty color, but I’m not sure I’d call it a light brown – to me, this is a dark blond.

Raquel Welch Longing for Long

Let’s talk a bit about Longing for Long!

Longing for Long Wig Cap

The cap is extremely comfortable! It’s wefted on the sides and back, and has a monofilament, hand-tied top.

I always look for monofilament tops, because that means that the top of the wig looks like scalp and can be parted any way you like: on the left, on the right, in the middle or anywhere in between.

This wig also has a lace front. The lace front is done really well, and to top it off, the manufacturer did a good job with strategically framing the face with highlights. Since there are light pieces right up front, the hair knots are not noticeable (which can sometimes happen with lace fronts…if the knots are dark you’ll see dark “dots” along the lace).

Available Colors

I love that Longing for Long comes in rooted or “shadow” shades. A bit of rooting looks realistic and makes a wig look more natural, to me, than a non-rooted wig. Not all colors are available with roots, but I’m happy to see that there are a few color options available with roots.

Longing for Long comes in over 20 colors, so while working with those darn small online swatches can be difficult, there’s likely a color that will work well for most women.

Longing for Long Style

The style of this wig is beautiful. In the pic above and video below, this is right out of the box.

The waves come slightly more wavy than you’d have with beach waves, which makes this wig very versatile. In fact, I’m heading to a wedding at the end of this month and I’m thinking I just might wear this.

I think the waves will likely loosen over time, but for now, this is a great style that can be dressed up or dressed down (and I plan to dress it up if I wear it to the wedding!).

The density on this wig is just perfect.

Simply perfect.

You can fluff it up for extra volume, or just let it do it’s thing and it’ll look great either way.

Longing for Long Review Video

I can blab about this wig all day, but it’s probably easier to just show y’all this wig in person:

All in all, if you’re looking for a tousled, beautiful wig (that would be amazing for summer!), you should check out Longing for Long at Cysterwigs.com.

The only thing I would change about this wig is to make it just a teeny bit longer…another two or three inches would be AMAZING.

Raquel Welch peeps, are you listening? Wink.

I mentioned earlier that I may wear this to a wedding this month. I’m currently waiting to receive the color R11S+, also called Glazed Mocha.

Here is a review on another wig in the same color. I’m really hoping it will be a close match to my current topper…but I just don’t know.

It *may* be too blonde or too gold, but I’m hoping I can somewhat interchange my daily topper with this.

My first choice color to order this time around (R9F26) was unfortunately on backorder, so this was my second choice. I’m hoping to receive it soon, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

(Update: the replacement color was WAY TOO LIGHT in the front. I was bummed.)

What do you think about Longing for Long? What questions can I answer about it? Let me know in the comments below.

Oh, and if you’re interested in a synthetic wavy topper, you might want to check out this post: Top Wave – Jon Renau’s Newest Wavy Topper.

24 thoughts on “Raquel Welch Longing for Long Wig (Wedding Guest Hair!)”

  1. Lauren, I think this wig is fabulous! I especially love that the top is not too crazy and big. It’s nice and natural. I am worried about the comments that say Raquel Welch pieces don’t last…makes me afraid to every try one. Sad πŸ™ You’ll have to let us know how it goes.

    A few questions:
    – Have you tried pinning part of it back for a different look? I’d love to see how that looks. (If you have time, would you mind posting a pic??)

    -Will you post a picture when you get the darker color? I’m excited to see that one too!

    Thanks for everything, Lauren πŸ™‚

    • Hi Emily – the new color is not so bueno and I’ll be sending it back. The front had SO. MUCH. HIGHLIGHTING. that it just wouldn’t work. πŸ™‚ I’ll see about getting a pic with it pinned back!

  2. I love it! I normally like longer wigs but I think that length looks totally perfect. I wish you would keep the blonde haha, you totally rock it! (And your husband likes it too!).

  3. I think it looks great! I haven’t heard of the wig wand for helping to cut out shine on a blonde wig. They do have that sheen about them. Not sure about vinegar. Does the smell stay with it? This is very flattering and amazingly natural looking! You wear it well!

  4. I love reading your posts Lauren! Love this wig, it looks great on you. It’s very believable and not too poofy on top. I think it will be great “wedding my hair”. I have been wearing toppers for a year, thanks to you, but I’m ready to dive into the wonderful world of wigs…thanks for always being so informative and inspiring. I don’t think I would have done any of this without you!

  5. Looks great on you!! I’m so close to trying “helper hair” You’re such a motivation. This looks great on you!

  6. Love this color on you! … But question — you say you might wear it to the wedding, which makes me wonder how often you change up your topper color. Slight style differences are one thing, but big changes in color are obviously noticeable and might draw questions if you’re changing it up too often. I’m debating how to navigate this since part of me wants to have my helper hair look ‘natural’ and another part of me wants to try to have a little fun with this hair loss thing and try new colors and styles with more frequency than would probably be believable in the ‘real hair world’ … Any thoughts on that?

    • You either stick to the same color or own it and switch it up…or maybe you get lucky. I’ve worn 5 toppers full-time since I’ve started, and not one time when making a switch has someone noticed anything. I’m not going from dark brown to blonde then back again within the same week, of course…but if you stay 1-2 shades people tend not to notice, mostly. The color that I ordered for the wedding should be arriving today, so we’ll see!! This one is a tad too blond to pull off (to your point), but I thought maybe…just maybe…I could spray it down with brown-tinted dry shampoo.

  7. It looks gorgeous on you! Going by the colour swatches on the website, I would have chosen the same shade, but you’re right – on you it definitely looks like a blonde shade, not brown. Good to know.

  8. OMG Lauren – that wig is spectacular!!! Absolutely gorgeous – the color, the waves — everything. Do they make a topper that is similar?

    • Of course not, because that would be way too amazing. πŸ˜‰ You could cut this down to a topper, however, it would be at least a few inches shorter, boo.

      • Funnily enough, I’ve just cut down a wig to make a topper for the first time today. It looks okay, but it was just a cheap wig to experiment on and I’m not sure I could bring myself to do it with an expensive one (expensive to me that is!). Cutting down a wig does give us so much more choice though, so I suspect that’s what I will do for a while yet.

  9. I love the look of Raquel Welch wigs and the lightness if the cap, but I have found they don’t last long at all and after a couple of weeks they become a tangled mess.


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