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Hair Colors For Your Skin Tone by Kim Stamiris

Posted on January 07 2022

When it comes to wigs, choosing the right colour can feel daunting because of the expansive colour charts, tricky colour codes, and not having your friendly hair colourist to guide you through the selection process.

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’. 

Cool blonde har vs warm blonde hair

From left to right: cool tone blonde hair, neutral tone blonde hair, and warm tone blonde hair

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. 

Warm toned wig colors

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.

Cool toned wig colors

And then there are skin tones like mine that are a neutral undertone. My skin tone is in-between: a hint of coolness and warmth, and the veins on the underside of my wrist are actually both blue and greenish in appearance. If you have a similar neutral undertone, you will have a lot more options to choose from and can most likely wear both warm and cool tones.

Skin undertones and hair colors

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. 

Wigs.com Note: if you want to transition your hair color for different seasons, below is a quick guide to get you started :) 
Hair colors by season

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. 

Hair before wigs

Some say variety is the spice of life

Wig colors that look best

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. 

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.

Warm brunette wig

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. 

Blonde Long Wig

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. 

Warm 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

  1. Warm Blonde – Longing for Long in Shaded Golden Wheat (SS14/88) from Raquel Welch. One of my newer transitional blondes that would be perfect on all skin tones.
  2. Cool Silver-Blonde – Stumptown in Roca Margarita Blonde from Belle Tress. A pale silver blonde transitional shade ideal for someone who wears blondes and is looking to try a silver-light grey toned shade
  3. Warm Brunette – January in Toffee Truffle (FS6/30/27) from Jon Renau. A brown-auburn blend that can be worn all year round and is reminiscent of decadent dark chocolate with an indulgent syrup filling
  4. Warm fashion Pink – Orchid in Smokey Rose from Estetica Designs. A unique hazy pink-apricoty toned shade. Whilst it’s not a traditional pink, it would be perfect for platinum lovers who want to try a more fun hue. 


Written by Kim Stamiris | @kim_stam

I’m an Australian-based wig and makeup enthusiast, living with alopecia universalis, who is on a mission to support and help people with hair loss feel fabulous about themselves, using a little genuine insider know-how and some tips & tricks I have picked up on my own personal journey. 

10 comments

  • The Wig Experts: January 21, 2022

    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

  • Barbara Hughes: January 21, 2022

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

  • The Wig Experts: January 13, 2022

    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: January 13, 2022

    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: January 13, 2022

    Hi Joanne,

    We would love to help you find your perfect color. 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 or book a free Virtual Consultation to meet face-to-face with one of our Experts! Licensed cosmetologists are available to take your call Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 6:30PM CST.

    Best Regards,
    The Wig Experts

  • Norma Fruin: January 11, 2022

    Thanks for the great information. I’m 66 and my natural hair is now salt and pepper with an accent on the salt. I generally by silver and salt and pepper wigs (I think I look great in silver) However I want to branch out I’m more cool to neutral. Gets expensive buying wigs and sending them back. Any ideas for me? Thanks!

  • The Wig Experts: January 10, 2022

    Hi Judy,

    We have a number of different techniques to help you! 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. Licensed cosmetologists are available to take your call Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 6:30PM CST. We would love to assist you if you would like to call us, email us, or book another virtual consultation.

    Best Regards,
    The Wig Experts

  • Madaline : January 11, 2022

    Hi Kim,

    I live in a hot climate (Fl) and wanted some advice on which wig caps are the COOLEST, MOST COMFORTABLE. I get frustrated that as soon as I put a wig on, I start getting too hot.

    Also in your opinion, should a new wig be washed to soften up the cap a bit? Or is it better not to wash it?

    Thank you for your time and hope to hear back from you! Σε ευχαριστώ! 😊

  • Joanne Davie: January 11, 2022

    Hi Kim, So I am a two time cancer survivor. To make a long story short I have one wig in the perfect color but I can’t seem to match it. All I can remember it is a Jon Renau wig with the word honey in the color. So I am Greek and have olive colored skin color and I like wigs in lt brownish with blonde red highlights. What colors do you suggest?

  • Judy Russell: January 10, 2022

    HI, I would appreciate any help I can get. I have worn wigs for years and still am not confident the colors and styles I choose are the best for me. My veins look more blue but might be neutral. I wear grey but don’t stick with one shade. I also have trouble choosing a style, somtimes they look so different than they do in the computer picture. I had so much hope of getting some help a few weeks ago when we had appt.s on the computer but could not get mine to work on this end. I am no a computer pro! I have a somwhat heart shape face and need a wig with a little fullness at the sides and very small amt on top. Can you give me some ideas?Thanks. judy judyrussell303@outlook.com

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