Shopping online can be a challenge at times, and particularly when buying a wig or a topper. One of the hardest things to do is find the right colour. Sometimes the swatches you saw on a website don’t seem to look the same as the wig colour when it comes to your post box; other times the colour may not have been reflected in the name of the colour, leading you astray.
Another consideration is lighting; are you looking at the colour on a video which has an abundance of warm light, or cool light? Does natural light make the colour change? What about make up or clothing choices with the colour?
It’s really important to think carefully about colour when you make your choices. All wig brands blend colours slightly differently, meaning the same name in one brand may be vastly different to the same name in another brand.
SO HOW CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE?
Get to know your codes.
Wig and topper colours are often blended with a reasonably standardised palette of colours which are identifiable by number. Whilst each manufacturer’s number might be a little different, they are a good way to get a feel for the colours that are present within a style.
Remember these are just a guide – manufacturers can have alterations within codes – so always look at colours with an open mind!
2. Get to know the blend/style colour codes
Sometimes you will see letters in the colour codes. This may relate to the colour itself, but will often related to the way the overall shade is presented. Here’s some common codes you will come across in wig and hairpiece colours:
What are Rooted Colours?
Colours with darker or different shaded roots are quite commonly found in most wig brands. They can present the image of realistic regrowth, and also allow wig wearers to easily blend their own hair and skin colourings to the wig (for example, a rooted colour may make it possible for a natural brunette to wear a blonde which has darker roots, to match their eyebrows). Darker roots can also hide permatease, which is often used to give volume in open capped and cheaper wigs.
Some brands also offer ‘Long Roots’ (often indicated by a code such as ‘LR’ or something similar in the colour name). This usually means that the rooting on that style is longer than the average roots in their styles, so make sure you read the names and colour codes carefully to get what you’re after!
What about other variations?
Wigs, like bio hair, can have an endless array of variance. Highlights, tips that are different colours, blended colours and gradients (often called Ombre colours) are all found in a variety of brands and styles. By using the above code guide, and checking the link to see the colours you’re interested in from each supplier, you will be able to make better sense of what is being described and how it will look in your chosen style.
3. Search the web/youtube for examples and reviews.
Many customers, like you, have found choosing colours a challenge, that’s why we (and others) are keen to present colours and styles to our customers on the web. Search Youtube for your colour of interest, either by code or by name (or both). Make sure your search includes the brand, as all brands vary. You will likely find several reviews on your colour, giving you a better idea of what to expect when you open your parcel.
We offer a playlist of colour reviews which we are adding to regularly, so make sure you check our our Youtube channel at WigWarrior, and subscribe to catch all the latest videos as they are releases!