May 21, 2012

How to Choose a Wig Colour

Understanding wig colours is probably the reason most people call us! if you have never bought a wig before, colours are really difficult to understand. Basically, it is often best to go for a colour similar to your own hair if you do not want to draw attention to the fact you are wearing a wig. If you don't mind who knows then the world is your oyster!

Wig colours are completely different to hair dye colours. Basically, the colour 1 is black, 2 nearly black, 4 dark brown and so on. You then get to blonde colours at colour 20 to 26, copper 27 - 29, auburn 30 - 33. After that, 34 to colour 60 are varying degrees of greys with 60 being white!  So, if you look at colour 12/26/27, this would be the colour 12 (mousy brown) with 26 (honey blonde) and 27 (copper). It basically means it is a mix of the three colours. 


With Ellen Wille colours, most now have a colour name such as tobacco mix and caramel mix. These colours usually have the numbers written underneath. So, for caramel mix, the colours 20.26.14 are used.  Often, the clue is in the name such as expresso mix.. you would guess from the name that the colour will be a dark brown. The colours used for this are 4.6.2 so three of the darker colours are used. 

Generally a mix of colours is used to give a more realistic look. 

The Gisela Mayer colours are more difficult to understand and as yet do not have names. They also add a letter in front of some of their colours. If you see a wig in colour 12 and then another available in G12, they WILL be slightly different but quite often is it slight and the colour 12 still remains the dominating colour. In the case of the letter L, before a colour, this means the hair used is from their Lux colour ring and is nothing to do with the actual shade of the wig! 

If you are really unsure about colours, have a look through the website and see if a colour of any other wig looks like the one you want. If you are able to tell us a wig you like the colour of, we can try to match the colour to the wig you want to purchase.  It may be slightly different but we can usually find something that will be similar and suitable! We try to put the colour shown on each wig details so you will be able to see the different colours available. 

Please DO call us if the colours are difficult to understand. We appreciate that online it is not as easy to select colours from a colour chart. However, if you are completely new to wigs it is often better to go to a shop as not only do you have the colour to contend with but wigs come in different sizes, cap constructions and types.

If the colour you want is NOT on the drop down menu, then that particular wig is not available in that colour. The colour chart is a guide and not every wig comes in every colour. Wigs only come in the colours in the drop down menu on the wig details. 


Wig colours can vary from wig to wig. A long wig may have highlights in different places to a shorter one and indeed even the same wigs can look a little different as each manufactured wig will be made by different people and so the hair will be added in different ways. 

Human hair wig colours are different again. As the hair has to be dyed, each wig can vary in colour depth due to the type of human hair being dyed. All of the human hair blondes tend to be less pale that the synthetic wigs but human hair does fade over time. 

Concerning the "/" in wig numbers, this just means a blend of those two colours, so 12/23 would a base of colour 12 with added highlights of 23.  Sometimes a colour may say 12/24+8.  The "+" means the wig is rooted, i.e. roots are showing on top.  With colour 12/24-12.  This means equal colours of 12/24 and then at the back (underneath) the hair is darker again in colour 12.. this is because quite often our own hair is darker underneath. All of these colour ways ore to help the wig look more realistic.