Writing about wigs for black women is easier said than done; and to make this page inclusive we think it’s best to mention that this page aims to help women of colour who have lost their hair, or who need to wear wigs and hairpieces and just want the right wig that looks natural for their skin tone and natural hair texture.
This information can be used by anyone as the essence of the page is about choosing the right textures and colours for authentic looking hair for black women, whether it’s a full lace wig, a human hair wig or a synthetic wig.
The best wigs for black women and indeed all women of colour are those that
follow the TLC rules.
The right Texture, Length and Colour.
We’ll focus on the texture and colour as these are the two areas that make a hair texture look authentic.
For many people wigs are a necessity not a luxury. The growth hair is either fragile, or not particularly manageable or in a condition that you don’t feel confident enough to wear it.
Our job is simply to give you the best possible information so that you can buy a Peruke that suits you.
There are four popular textures that are authentic for Afro textured hair and the straightest of them all is yaki (straightened Afro) straight. Alternatively you can choose the
slightly softer texture of light (very soft straightened Afro hair) Yaki.
If you prefer something less straight than that, then go for hair that looks like blow dried Afro hair. The seemingly ubiquitous and versatile kinky (blow dried Afro) straight texture.
Anything straighter is beyond the texture typically found in black women who relax their hair; so if straight hair is your thing, then Yaki is the way to go; it’s the most authentic looking texture for women with natural Afro hair.
After all, if you buy a human hair wig then you can always use straighteners to go straight on the days you don't feel like being curly!
It's often been said that the darker you are, the darker your hair should be and the lighter you are, the lighter the hair colours you can wear.
However, every skin colour can wear every colour, as long as it's the right tone of colour.
We've put together a hair colour and skin tone guide which matches skin tones and hair colours; click the hair colour charts to enlarge - the first chart can be enlarged twice (click the expansion box top right of the enlarged image window).
Darker skin complexions are complemented by black, browns and dark reds, auburn and honey blondes. Check the hairpiece colour guide for darker skin tones.
Medium skin complexions are complemented by black, browns, auburn, copper and golden blondes.
Check the hairpiece colour guide for medium skin tones.
Lighter skin complexions are complemented by off black, warm browns, sandy blondes and mid-level blondes, honey blondes. Check the hairpiece colour guide for lighter skin tones.
If you want highlights but don't want anything too eye-catching, then the most natural effect is to have a darker colour as the base colour (about 70 - 80% of the hair) and use one or two lighter colours for highlighting.
Again, we have to stress that these are just style tips for those wanting a discreet undetectable wig solution; not a mandate that you have to follow.
Wigs for black women explained in a nutshell and in one guide!
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