So many women that I’ve talked with or heard from lately are saying that they are ready to give up the coloring processes and learn to love their hair the way it is now. Often that means a form of gray, silver, or white hair. The situation with wig wearers is a bit different. We can change our color any time and with little fuss. But the same desire might still be there. How can we make such a drastic change with ease?
Shades of silver, gray, or white don’t have to mean “old” or mean any age. However, the challenge seems to be learning how to make that change. If you have worn a brunette wig for five years, should you just turn up one day in a lovely gray or silver wig? What if you’ve not shared your wig journey with others who see you every day, should you have a transition color/wig? There is no one answer to that question. It all depends upon your comfort level. Fortunately, there are resources to support any decision you make.
If you do decide to “just go for it” get help if you think you need it—learn what brands carry the wig styles and cap construction that you prefer if you are new to wigs. If you already know all about caps, styles, brands, and what works best for you, then you are ahead of the game. All you need to decide is if the colors you are considering are found in the styles that you like…or is it time to re-visit other styles that might have colors that you love?
Tips from the professionals about choosing a color/shade and style:
- Go for a soft color, and one with dimension. Nothing screams “fake” like a flat solid root-to-tip color with no variation.
- Color should always be multi-tonal, especially as you age. That is true for blondes as well.
- Remember, in most cases, we lose a “plumpness” in our faces as we age. The styles that looked good on us at thirty might look a bit harsh now. Example: a too-blunt bob, close to the jawline and with no layering can be a very severe look.
- Go for a layered style, and one a little below the jawline.
- Tone—is so important, and wig wearers must learn how to care for their wigs to protect the wig’s color/tone.
If we must look at new styles to find the colors we like, there is that question again: Short or long as we age? This is the question that never goes away. Ask yourself if your style makes your face look younger or older. Does the too-long hair pull the face down? Would you look better with a shorter, more face-flattering style? So many people get caught up in the look of the wig on a model—we need to be interested in how the wig looks on us with our face shape, and our coloring—huge difference.
Don’t be afraid to claim your color—and don’t be afraid of shades of gray! Try different shades/tones and get help if you need it. There are in-between colors that you can choose, but often the salt/pepper colors age us more than a lovely silver or white. It’s all about shade/tone, color, and style.
If you had rather take the plunge more slowly, there are some lovely options. Ellen Wille Smoke Mix and Pearl Rooted are lovely, and Raquel Welch Silver and Smoke, Iced Granita, and Silver Mist come to mind.
Skin Tone! We must not forget that our skin tone will play a big role in how we look in these shades of gray, silver, or white. Yes, it is ever important as we age because our skin tone changes. Know your skin tone as it is NOW and that will help you key in on colors/shades that will look best on you. For example, if you have a cool skin tone you likely already know that ashy colors, shades of honey, beige, and gray work well for you. Just remember, the tone and color gradient, and dimension are the keys for gray shades just as it is for any color. Flat equals fake.
I am reminded of two in particular that I have recommended before when writing about the fear of going gray. Just two of my favorites. Notice the dimension, and the shadings. No flat, drab and lifeless look with these!
Until next time, here I am thinking that I might go gray…maybe silver.
Onda by Ellen Wille is a wavy bob wig that falls just above the shoulders. This petite/average synthetic wig features a soft lace front and monofilament part for ultimate comfort while giving you the natural look you desire. Part of the Modixx Collection, Onda is available in a selection of beautifully blended and unique colors.
Ferrara is a shoulder-length synthetic wig with incredibly flattering layers all over and a slight flip that compliments any face shape. Ferrara features an extended lace front that gives the appearance of a natural-looking hairline extending from ear tab to ear tab and a full monofilament top that offers parting and styling versatility. Get ready to feel beautiful in this new flirty style which is part of our Ellen Wille high energy Modixx Collection.
Piemonte Super from our Modixx collection radiates chic hair energy! A synthetic modern bob that seduces. Piemonte includes a lace front that mimics a natural hairline and a full monofilament top to allow for versatile parting. Includes a partially hand-tied cap design that allows for movement and a lightweight density.
Rimini Mono by Ellen Wille is a part of our high energy Modixx collection. This short tapered pixie with textured layers creates a timeless style. The lace front provides multiple styling options while providing an extremely natural looking hairline. Her monofilament top offers parting versatility and wefted back provides comfort while allowing for additional stretch. Rimini looks stunning sleek and smooth or styled with some texture.
Rica by Ellen Wille is a short shag style with flared ends in the back. This synthetic wig features an extended lace front for a natural-looking hairline appearance extending from ear tab to ear tab and a monofilament crown. This modern shag is ideal for a petite to average head size and is a part of the Ellen Wille high energy Modixx Collection.
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