Never choose a wig color without first going to several online wig stores to check out their color charts. Wigs.com, e-Wigs.com and Name Brand Wigs.com are some online wig stores that have nice color charts or good color descriptions. Narrow your color choices down to a couple of possibilities. Call the customer service number listed on the wig site to discuss your wig colors with a representative. Some are very talkative and will give you a full description–which is only their personal opinion, and may differ from your idea of what is light versus dark, blonde versus light brown, or what ash, golden or strawberry should look like. I’ve also had a couple of representatives that really wouldn’t say too much because it’s only their opinion and they don’t want to mislead you. I like to call Name Brand Wigs because the girls are not afraid to describe the colors in detail. Most of the time I find that I am a little overwhelmed with all the details I’ve just taken in…and feeling thoroughly confused (try to take notes as they are talking). So, to clarify things a little more, I ask questions like: overall is this color darker or lighter than another color, (taking into consideration how it is highlighted or if the colors are evenly mixed), or is one more ash, more golden or more strawberry than another? Every wig site has a color disclaimer somewhere on their site. Also, make sure you read the store’s return and exchange policy.
Of course, the best way to choose a color online would be to purchase a color ring, however there are a couple of drawbacks to this method. Each manufacturer has different color rings that reflect their own particular color names and numbers, and they’re not cheap. Some wig stores have a color ring loaner program which allows you to send the color ring back in its original condition, within a specified amount of time and you will get an in-store credit for the amount of the color ring, less shipping. I have never done this because I would never make it to the post office to send it back. See my Online Wig Store Guide for information on which stores have a color ring loaner program.
Even with a color ring in my hand, I would still call customer service to ask how the color is distributed throughout the wig based on the letters in the color code. I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine how a color is going to look on my entire head from a teeny tiny little color swatch! I recommend using ALL of the above methods when choosing a wig color. In my opinion, color is the one thing you don’t want to get wrong.
See below for blonde, strawberry, auburn and light brown color comparison pics. If you would like help with darker brown/auburn wig colors a very good blog site is 100% Real.
Raquel Welch Colors: #1. Camera Ready in RS29+; #2. Limelight in RL12/22SS; #3. Show Stopper in Honey Ginger RL14/25; #4. Spotlight in Fiery Copper RL31/29; #5. Camera Ready in RL32/31.
Wig #1. RS29+ is a beautiful strawberry with blonde highlights, although I believe the plus means that there are several different highlight colors in it.
Wig #2. Limelight in RL12/22SS looks pretty good here, but Diana says it really looks more like it does in the Shades of Blonde 3 pic. Color #22 is an ashy/silvery color.
Wig #3. Honey Ginger looks butterscotch here; in shades of blonde 2 and 4 it looks blonde/strawberry, however it probably looks like this in brighter light.
Wig #4. Fiery Copper is a lighter auburn-31 with strawberry-29 highlights.
Wig #5. RL32/31 is a medium auburn-32 with lighter auburn-31 highlights. This is exactly the same color as Noriko/Amore’s Chestnut.
#1. Jade-Creamy Toffee-ROP; #2. Love Angeles-Chiffon Candy-LaVie; #3. Angie-Dark Blonde B-Envy
Picture #1: Wig #1. Jade in Creamy Toffee-ROP is a very light toffee with very light blonde highlights; the highlights are about 50% of the wig color and they go all around evenly.
Wig #2. Love Angeles in Chiffon Candy-LaVie is a dark/honey blonde with light gold blonde highlights which are about 30% of the wig color and the highlights are even all around.
Wig #3. Dark Blonde B-Envy is a dark gold blonde with a very delicate light strawberry hue and gold blonde highlights. The highlights are chunky in front, they go all around the top layer, and the tips and back are dark blonde.
#1. Haute-24BRH18-Jon Renau; #2. Gisele-24BT18-Jon Renau; #3. Tigress-R14/25-Raquel Welch; #4. Show Stopper-14/25 Honey Ginger-Raquel; #5. Scene Stealer-RL14/25-Raquel
Wig #1. Haute in 24BRH18-JR. 24B is golden blonde and 18 is usually an ashy dark blonde/light brown, but in JR wigs this color is not ashy at all, it’s more like a very dark blonde. This wig is not highlighted, the colors are well blended all the way around.
Wig #2. Gisele in 24BT18-JR has dark blonde 18 for the base color, and it’s highlighted on top and tipped with 24B.
Note: If you want to see a real dark ash color go to my review of Hilary by Henry Margu. The first picture shows what the color actually looks like, it’s not very pretty and it doesn’t look like they blend 24B in the top half at all.
Wigs #3, #4, & #5. These are all Raquel wigs with colors 14-light brown and 25-light blonde but the colors are distributed differently in each wig. Tigress is R14/25 which has more highlights all around the top half of the wig and less on the bottom. Show Stopper is 14/25 Honey Ginger which is highlighted evenly all around, and Scene Stealer RL14/25 is highlighted all around.
#1. Gisele-24BT18-Renau; #2. Julia-Cinnamon Syrup FS12/24B-Renau; #3. Limelight-RL12/22SS-Raquel
Wig #1. Color 18 is dark ash “mouse” blonde (which is not really that ashy) with 24B–honey gold blonde w/hint of red highlights;
Wig #2. Color 12 is light brown with 24B–honey gold blonde w/hint of red highlights;
Wig #3. Color 12, is light brown with 22, light blonde (silver/light ash/can appear greyish) highlights.
#1. Gisele-24BT18-Jon Renau; #2. Show Stopper-14/25 Honey Ginger-Raquel; #3. Felicity-Maple Sugar-ROP
#1. Scene Stealer-RL14/25-Racquel; #2. Glow Girl-I Heart Espresso-Forever Young; #3. Angelique-24BT18-Jon Renau; #4. Show Stopper-Honey Ginger 14/25-Raquel