Wig Help - Choose Your Wig Color
Choosing the Right Color for You
You have probably heard this before – are you a warm or a cool? Even a few years back, we were all talking about what Season – Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall. Well, its true. Most of us fall into one category or the other. We are either in the warm family or cool family. So how can you tell if you are in the warm camp or the cool one?
Warm skin tones
One way to tell is by which jewelry you tend to wear.. if you prefer gold tones, then you are likely in the warm family. If you prefer silver tones, then you are likely in the cool family.
More specifically, if you are two or more of these, then you should fall into the warm family
If your Eyes are:
- Golden Brown
- Green, green blue or turquoise
- Hazel with gold or brown flecks
If your Skin Tone Is:
- Brown with pink undertone
- Brown with golden undertone
- Pale with peach or gold undertones
Your Natural Hair Color Is:
- Deep brown with gold or red highlights
- Strawberry blonde
- Gray with a yellow cast
- Natural golden blonde
If you have golden, olive or dark skin and brown or dark eyes (most Latinas, Asians and African Americans fall into this category). Look at the skin on your inner wrist, if you have a greenish hue then you also fall into the warm family.
In the warm family, you should avoid wigs with blue, violet, (beige) and ash based colors which will "wash out" your skin tone. Instead, choose golden tones like caramel and bronze in a darker shade than your skin. Dark, warm browns, chestnuts, rich golden browns and auburn, warm gold and red highlights, and golden blond shades will look best on you. Any color that has red-orange or gold base will look great on you. Try highlights with golden blondes, copper streaks, golden brown shades as a great way to add warm tones to your hair. Avoid jet-black hair which will wash you out and if you do opt for a golden shade, don't go too light.
Cool Skin Tones
If you tend to look best or are attracted more to silver jewelry, you are likely in the cool family. Those in the cool family have fair skin and blue or green eyes, tend to burn before tanning and the veins in your wrists run blue.
More specifically, if you are two or more of these, then you should fall into the cool family:
If Your Eyes Are:
- Deep brown or black-brown
- Gray blue or dark blue
- Hazel with white, gray or blue flecks
Your Skin Tone Is:
- Very dark brown
- True olive (most Asians and Latinos)
- Medium with no color in cheeks
- Medium with faint pink cheeks
- Medium with golden undertones
- Pale with no color in cheeks
- Pale with pink undertones
- Brown or bronze when I tan
Your Natural Hair Color Is:
- Blue black
- Deepest coffee brown
- Medium ash brown
- Medium golden brown
- Dishwater blonde
- Salt and pepper
The best wig colors for a cool toned person are shiney jet blacks, cool browns, cool blondes in shades from mink to platinum and icy white – avoid the yellow or golden blondes. Try highlights in wheat, honey, taupe or ash shades. It is best to stick with neutral, ash and beige bases when choosing a wig color.
You're also fortunate enough to be able to wear many exciting "unnatural" hair colors like lipstick reds, burgundies, and orchids, purples.
People with in cool family, should avoid gold, yellow, red and bronze tones in wig color. These warm tones have a tendency to make you look sallow and drawn.
If this is all too confusing, then we suggest standing outside in the sunlight with a mirror. Look for the glint of color in your natural hair color. If you see reds, orange or yellows, then choose from the warm tones. If you see blue, green or purple tones, then stick with the cool tones.