Choosing the colour of your wig
Choosing the colour for your wig is a really important part of getting the look and feel for your unique style. Ideally the colour should complement your features and skin tones. A common mistake for all skin colours and tones is to choose shades that are too harsh or dark so may not bring out the best of your natural features. A good way to get a variation of colour is to opt for a mix of colours and tones such as a wig with highlights/lowlights.
All NHS recommended wig suppliers (and most leading private suppliers) will be able to show you a colour chart with swatches of various hair colours. Some wigs even have a darker colour at the roots. This clever idea makes your wig look as if your hair is ready for re-colouring, thus a very natural look.
A wig supplier will be able to help you decide on colour choices. You should ask to see styles in various colours until you feel comfortable with your choice. If you go for a change from your regular colour then you may like to think about your make-up and clothes, as you may sometimes need to adjust the tones and colours you are wearing.
If you have had your hair cut or your hair has fallen out prior to your visit to the wig supplier, then it may be a good idea to take a recent photograph with you so that the wig supplier can easily see your most recent colouring.
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Darker skin tones
All NHS recommended suppliers should be able to offer you an extensive range of wig colours and textures such as afro-hair, or wigs that look like afro-hair that has been relaxed. Equally Asian hair types are very well catered for.
For darker skin tones, you should also check the colour of the base of your wig. The inside of a wig is commonly a weft of fabric that is a similar colour to the hair on the wig. However, some wigs have a so-called ‘natural scalp’ attached. Often this is white and therefore suited to paler skin types or people with a naturally pale scalp.
There are some wigs with darker scalps. A professional wig supplier would spot this and ensure that any coloured scalp is suited to your skin colour. However, if you choose to mail-order or buy from a regular (non-hair loss specialist) wig shop then it may be helpful to be aware of this in advance. There is no reason why you should not wear one of these wigs with a white natural scalp, but you may feel the scalp colour doesn’t look natural on you.
Next planned review: February 2025