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Hair Colors For Your Skin Tone by Kim Stamiris

JANUARY 3, 2022 

Knowing Your Undertone

When it comes to hair or wig colour, knowing your undertone is a good starting point in choosing between a cool or warm shade on the colour code chart, and knowing what will compliment your complexion without ‘washing you out’. 

Warmer Skin Tones

People with warmer skin tones have a yellow or golden hue, and it is likely that the veins on the inside of the wrist will appear more greenish. If you have a warm skin tone, warmer toned colours will be more complimentary and usually contain golden, butterscotch, chocolate, copper or bronze, in the colour description. 

Cooler Skin Tones

On the other hand, people with cooler skin tones will have a pinkish hue, and it is likely that the veins on the inside of the wrist will appear more blueish tint. If you have a cool skin tone, cooler toned colours will be more complimentary and usually contain ash, walnut, platinum or champagne, in the colour description.

Neutral Skin Tones

People with warmer skin tones have a yellow or golden hue, and it is likely that the veins on the inside of the wrist will appear more greenish. If you have a warm skin tone, warmer toned colours will be more complimentary and usually contain golden, butterscotch, chocolate, copper or bronze, in the colour description. 

Color Rings

If you still aren’t sure about which hair colours or tones are best for you, most wig manufacturers have colour rings of small colour swatches for you to see all the available colours live and compare them against your skin tone. 

My Hair Colour R-EVOLUTION

From a very young age, I think I always wanted to be a blonde; I always coveted my mums’ blue eyes and fairer hair. But unfortunately, genetics just wasn’t on my side, and I inherited my brown bio-locks from my dad, who has brown eyes and the darkest brown hair. 

It’s no secret that I am a natural brunette that my bio hair was a dark brown shade; somewhere between a 4 and 6 on the hair colour chart. But I was always fascinated with coloured hair, and I became quite adventurous colouring my own hair in my 20’s and 30’s. 

Some say variety is the spice of life...

I will always be a brunette at heart. It made sense for me to try and find a natural looking wig from the get-go, that closely mimicked my brunette bio hair for my first wig. I didn’t want anyone to feel sorry for me and choosing a style and shade that made it appear like it was ‘my’ hair was important at this very early stage – for both my confidence and self-esteem. 

From Brunette to...

I incidentally started off with a chocolatey-brown brunette wig in shade 6.30 from Ellen Wille, but my tastes in brunette shades quickly evolved after discovering the plethora of tones and blends available. I now tend to reach for brunette blends, opting for dimension over a flat, one-dimensional shade, one of my current favourites being Toffee Truffle from Jon Renau. The warmer highlights throughout give some extra glow to the complexion and is perfect all year round.   

I still however wanted to be even more adventurous. So naturally, a year into my wig wearing journey, I did what I always wanted to do, and chose to go permanently blonde.

Choosing the right ‘transitional’ blonde

I didn’t want to jump straight to a drastic colour like an icy platinum with my very first blonde wig, so going the safer route with a natural blonde blend seemed like the right fit for my neutral skin tone. My first blonde was Jon Renau’s then best seller, 12FS8 Shaded Praline; the perfect honey-platinum blonde blend with a dark brown root. 

These blended tones are the types of shades that will suit literally everyone and are perfect if you are transitioning from a blond to a brunette, or vice-versa! 

I felt confident from the get-go with this transitional blonde and over the course of my hair colour evolution, I eventually tried so many different blonde hues and tones. After some trial and error, I landed on my newest favourites which are the cooler toned icy platinum’s.

Pink hair is more than just a trend

Coloured wigs are so on trend and most wig manufacturers have come out with fun fashion colours. But pink hair for me was always more than just a trend. It was the last ‘colour’ I dyed my bio-hair before hair loss and is the colour I find myself most emotionally invested to.

So, after I got the hang of being a blonde, I went on the hunt for my fantasy rose-gold pink wig. 

Now you might be thinking that a 40-year-old woman is too old to be wearing pink wigs – the answer is a categorical no! Coloured wigs are for all ages, whether you want one fun wig as part of your wig arsenal to wear on certain occasions, or if it’s because you want to change hair colour like you change your socks. 

If Madonna can wear pink hair in her 60s, who’s stopping you? It’s all about personality and owning it! 

My wig picks of the month!

This month I wanted to share some of the shades I reach for across the different tones

Warm Blonde: Shaded Golden Wheat (SS14/88)

Warm Brunette: FS2V/31V CHOCOLATE CHERRY

78 reviews
$463.68$394.99

Warm fashion Pink: Shade Smokey Rose 

64 reviews
$299.96$270.99

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11 comments

I have brown hair with so many colors of highlights and now gray. What do I do. I just want a wig to wear when I feel like crap and have to go somewhere like p t. A lot going on. Don’t want to spend a lot. Please help.

Connie

Hello Barbara,

We have a number of options for you and would love to help you find your perfect look. We are pleased to offer you the benefit of licensed cosmetologists on staff ready to assist you and provide expert advice on color and style. If you would like to speak to us directly, please call toll-free 1-800-581-2001 (outside the U.S., please call 1-214-443-4848). Licensed cosmetologists are available to take your call Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 6:30PM CST.

Best Regards,
The Wig Experts

The Wig Experts

My hair is mostly white,, looking for a white pixie, and not real full on top. I also want human hair

Barbara Hughes

Hi Norma,

A Virtual Consultation may be a great option for you! You can schedule an appointment over the phone or online to book your free face-to-face consultation for help with finding your new color. These are also incredibly helpful in making the need to return much less likely too! Please feel free to contact our customer service team Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 6:30 pm CST. Call TOLL FREE 1-800-581-2001 or email customerservice@beautyandhair.com. We would be happy to help you!

Best Regards,

The Wig Experts

The Wig Experts

Hello Madaline,

Wearing a wig in a warmer climate can be challenging some days. Human hair wigs generally tend to be cooler than synthetic fiber. Styles that feature wefts on the back and sides may offer a bit more ventilation and shorter styles may feel cooler too. Washing your wig prior to wearing may soften the cap a bit but this entirely up to you!

We are pleased to offer you the benefit of licensed cosmetologists on staff ready to assist you and provide expert advice and tips for care and wearing your wig. If you would like to speak to us directly, please call toll-free 1-800-581-2001. Licensed cosmetologists are available to take your call Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 6:30PM CST.

Best Regards,
The Wig Experts

The Wig Experts

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