Wig Shown Above: Sutton Wig by Estetica in color SILVERSUNRT8

At one time or another, all wig wearers, especially new wig wearers, will shop for a new wig color and/or style. You do the research, watch the great reviewers, and narrow your choice down to one or two. But—you hesitate because you ask yourself, how do I know it will look good on me? If you are branching out to a new color or style, that can be an especially important question.

There is help! The knowledgeable staff and reviewers at WigStudio1 are there to guide you through all of your questions and concerns. They are exceptional at reviewing wigs and tackling those issues that are most discussed. The WigStudio1 Facebook page is an incredible resource when trying to branch out into a completely new color or style wig. That group is invaluable for so many reasons, but I personally love it because I can see real people in different styles and colors, and different lighting, as well as get links to the products. You can also view dozens of real-life reviews on the WigStudio1 YouTube channel!

With all that said, let’s review how the experts tell us we SHOULD be picking colors and styles.  

My disclaimer - Though there is “collective wisdom” in the hair, wig, and beauty industry, it is opinion, BUT because it really is collective wisdom, I am paying attention. In the end, it is you who has the final say.

The Ever popular and Debated “what hair for what face shape”:

  • If Your Face Is Heart-Shaped: Wispy, Layered Cut.
  • If Your Face Is Oval-Shaped: Angular Bob.
  • If Your Face Is Square-Shaped: Shoulder-Length Cut.
  • If Your Face Is Round-Shaped: Pixie Cut – If you have smaller features.
  • If Your Face Is Long-Shaped: Side-Parted curly bob-style.

Everyone has an opinion. For example, I would not wear a pixie cut with a very round face unless I had small delicate features. So, take this “collective wisdom” with a grain of salt. I think it’s about a bit more than face shape. It’s about hair color, hair style, density, texture and one’s attitude too.

Can changing our hair color make us look younger? (an always popular question)

Here again are some “experts” weighing in. I think it depends on skin tone and condition, and the hair style and volume. We see again that these blanket declarations may not be right for everyone. Again, take the following “expert’s declarations” with a grain a salt:

  • Blonde. As we age many people experience premature gray. For blondes, this can look ashy and age the complexion. Rather than keep your tresses platinum or white, add some gold tones to your highlights and you’ll soften your skin tone.
  • Red. Adding warmth to red and strawberry blonde hair has the same effect as adding warmth to blonde. It makes you look healthier. Ditch the blue reds and select something that’s warm to add a youthful glow to your tone.
  • Brunette. Lighten up dark roots with caramel highlights and you’ll ditch the drab. A few highlights will soften your look and recapture the youth of summer days long past.
  • Black. This is tricky. Black hair can be undeniably mysterious, but when in doubt – leave the blue out. A warm shade of black looks more natural and believable than Elvira’s blue-black, and there’s nothing worse than an off-tone box job look, no matter your age.

Most women have had enough hair styles and colors that they have learned what looks best on them. If you are a new wig wearer and get close to your bio hair color family, you will likely be more comfortable with that to start. Are you a brunette who has always wanted to be a blonde? Great, but what shade of blonde? Knowing your skin tones will help you decide.

The hair color that looked good on us at twenty-five may not look so great now. Don’t be afraid to experiment a little. Yes, buying the wrong wig is annoying, but you can cut down on the chances of buying a color that doesn’t suit you by knowing how colors and tones work with your skin. Look at the colors in your wardrobe. What do you gravitate to or have more of in your closet? That will give you a clue if you are warm, cool, or neutral in the tone family. Once you know that it is easier to pick a wig color that will have shades/tones to compliment your skin tone.  

Until next time,

Happy Short Wig Season (for me anyway)


June 07, 2023 — Vickie Lynn