Lace wigs have evolved and now come in a variety of colours and unless you're a hair colour savant, choosing a hair colour for your wig isn't always easy, especially if you're unsure which colours best complement your skin tone.
Contrary to popular belief, every skin colour can wear every colour of hair, as long as the tone of that hair colour complements the tone of your skin.
Whatever the skin colour, everyone has either a warm or a cool skin tone and knowing what your skin tone is can also help with choosing the hair colour of your wig.
If your skin has yellow or golden undertones (gold jewellery suits your skin) and the veins on the inside of your arms look like they're tinged with green, then you have a warm skin tone.
If your skin has blue or pinkish undertones (silver jewellery suits your skin) and if the veins on the inside of your forearms look like they're tinged with blue, then you have a cool skin tone.
So with that all figured out, check out the skin tone chart to the right and then check out the hair colour charts for motivation and inspiration as to your next choice of hair colour for your wig.
Skin tone chart from http://www.vapourbeauty.com
Click on the images to enlarge (some can be enlarged twice - look for the expansion box top right hand of the enlarged image window).
Black is super easy to wear.
Browns – chestnut browns through dark chocolate.
Blondes – golden brown mixed with golden blonde; warm honey blondes.
Reds - deep and rich plums (with or without hints of chocolate); auburns and burgundy; copper reds with hints of chocolate.
Below is a breakdown of the colour shades for each main colour theme (black, brown, red, blonde and fancy) that complement medium and cool skin tones as well as medium and warm skin tones.
Mahogany, flat browns and coffee browns.
Wine, burgundy, auburns, plums
Sandy blondes, ash blondes, platinum blondes and other mid-level blondes.
Violate, purple, deep blues, deep greens, silver with ash-blonde tones and darker versions of pastels.
Jet black and brownish black.
Chocolate browns, mahogany, flat browns and coffee browns.
Mahogany, auburns, orange based reds like copper.
Golden blondes, caramel blondes, honey blondes, strawberry blondes and dark blondes.
Violate, purple, deep blues, deep greens with yellow undertones, silver with gold blonde tones and warmer versions of pastels.
Note About Medium Skin Tone With Neutral (not warm and not cool) Undertones and Hair Colours for Wigs:
This tone potentially suits any shade of the colours in all of the charts.
If your skin tone is cool you can add highlights of the warm skin tone colours to your wig hair colour (such as golden blonde highlights).
If your skin tone is warm you can add lowlights of the cool skin tone colours to your wig hair colour hair (such as plum lowlights).
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