Welcome to the wig series an education on all things wigs. In this series we are answering the question, “What does one look for when looking for a wig?” We have already covered some reasons to consider a wig, human vs synthetic, five key qualities and a construction overview. Now we will explore color selection.
What not to wear:
Before you even go to the wig store here are some things to consider. Wear as little makeup foundation as possible when trying to find a wig. For some women in treatment for cancer, there may be times when you want to wear little to no makeup. If the color of the wig looks good without makeup, then you can have days where you wear your wig and little else, knowing you still look good. Another reason is you want to see the wig and your skin in natural daylight to accurately choose the right color for you at this time. With treatment there will likely be changes to the skin as well as the hair loss, seeing a wig color that flatters you can help you feel more confident.
The wig store offers many wig styles and colors to choose from. You may enjoy the idea of trying on a new identity. However, no matter how different from your own hair color, be sure to choose colors that are flattering. Especially for first time wig shopper, it can be really disorienting to try on a wig in a harsh or unflattering color. Most wigs are available in a variety of colors, so if you see a style you like ask to see it in a color that will look good before trying one on. Staying focused on colors that flatter you can help you navigate the sea of colors so you can land the one that is right for you.
Color in a wig is one of the times where more is better. When looking at wig colors, make sure you choose one that has additional shades, a hue or two in addition to the base color. This will add dimension, and with dimension comes believability. The most common would be a wig with highlights and lowlights. Some wigs are made with a darker color at the root (like your own hair when the color is growing out). This is referred to as a rooted color and can help you pull off a color lighter than your own while offering the believability of your natural hair. As a baseline, think Beyoncé as a blonde. Other wigs have an ombre look where the colors graduate from light to dark. All of these will help add realism to the wig. If you have naturally solid colored hair, one of the work arounds (we mentioned in the previous blog five qualities to consider) is to opt for a wig with one base color but some tonal highlights or low lights to give the wig added believability.
Warning: People may tell you that you look great. Believe them. Unsolicited expressions of kindness may come to you at this time. Someone mentioning you look great is more likely a show of love than a sign they know you are wearing a wig.
Sometimes the best gift we can give ourselves is the permission to receive.
– Jeanna Doyle
Stay tuned for more Wig Education. Coming soon, we will be discussing insurance shopping tips and more.
Want some additional support? Schedule a consult at The Hopemore today or purchase a copy of Wig ED What to look for when looking for a wig. Available on Amazon or The Hopemore. Stay tuned we have much more free information to cover in this series.
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