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How To Select A Wig Color


Choosing the right wig color can be a challenge.  If you've never worn a wig before, our large selection of color codes can be overwhelming.  Please remember that we are here to help.

Our online color swatches are intended as a general guideline only. If you have a specific color in mind, we have several recommended ways to achieve an accurate hair color match.


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Due to individual monitor settings and lighting conditions, actual wig colors can vary from what you see on your screen.  For this reason, we do not recommend choosing your color based on hair swatches alone. 

Through years of experience, we have found that our customers are much happier with their color choice when they utilize one or more of the following 5 options. Please view the selection options below to determine which one is right for you. 


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Send us a hair swatch for free professional color matching.

Send us a hair swatch and let us choose the best possible color match for you.  This is the very best way to ensure that you will receive a color you are happy with.  The swatch can be taken from your own hair or it can be a swatch from your current wig.  Our cosmetologist, with years of experience in wigs and hair color, will personally select the best possible match for you.

Instructions for Hair Swatches:

Select the wig style that you would like to purchase and place your order.  There are two ways to place an order:  (1.) Fill out our printable order form and mail your order along with your hair swatch. or  (2.) Pre-order your wig online and enter "Sending Hair Swatch" for your color selection. Send us your hair swatch via regular mail with your order number. We will hold your order until we receive the hair swatch.  When we receive your hair swatch, we will contact you and personally work with you to determine your best color option.

How To Prepare Your Hair Swatch:

On a plain, unlined white sheet of paper, write your name, address, phone number, email address and order number (if available) along with the wig style(s) you are ordering. You will be taping your hair swatch to this piece of paper. Cut a section of hair that is at least 1 inch long by 1/4 inches across. If you can spare a little more, it will make our job much easier.

Make sure that your hair swatch is taken from the section of your hair that you wish to match. A common mistake is taking swatches from an inconspicuous place on the head (such as hair found at the base of the neck, or hair buried underneath several layers of hair). Unfortunately, the hair in these places is DARKER than the hair in the top layers. Since most people want their wig to match the top layers of hair, it is very important to provide swatches from these areas. In short, make sure that the hair swatch you provide is representative of the color you want the wig or hairpiece to be.

Mail Hair Swatches To:  Headcovers Unlimited, Attn: Wig Consultant, 214 S. Iowa Avenue, League City, TX  77573.


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Send us a picture for complimentary color matching. 

Provide us with a photograph.  We will help you choose the best color based on the picture. This step can be done alone but if you can also send a hair swatch, this is even better. Because our experts do spend a great deal of time assisting our customers in their selections, we do ask that you pre-order your wig (either via our printable order form), by phone, or online to receive your free consultation.

If you are matching your own hair color, it is best to include more than one photograph of yourself taken under different lighting conditions for comparison. If you prefer a color other than your own, you can send us a photo of your favorite celebrity, a photo of a model in your favorite fashion magazine, or even a photo of a friend or relative. Any photo of someone whose hair color you wish to match is fine. We will contact you when we receive your photo(s) and we will work with you until you are comfortable with our recommendations. Photos can be emailed if you prefer. Please call us for instructions on where to send the photographs.

To send us a picture for color matching, please complete our Printable Order Form and include the photograph(s) along with your order. If you would like to pre-order your wig online, simple choose, "Sending Picture" for your color selection.  We will hold your order until the picture arrives.  Please include your name, email address and order number with your photograph.

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Let us choose a color for you that matches a wig you've worn before.

Let us cross reference the color to your current wig.  If you are an experienced wig wearer, you can provide us with the color and brand that you are currently wearing. We will cross match that color to any other brand we carry.  For example, if you know you are wearing 8R by Revlon, we can offer a comparable color in the Raquel welch wig that you have selected.

To request a cross reference, select "Cross Reference" from the color options when you add the wig style to your cart.  Next, write a note in the comments section of our order form that includes details on your current wig. Our cosmetologist will personally choose the closest possible match to your current wig. If there are any discrepancies, she will contact you to discuss your options.


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Pre-order your wig and request a free professional color consultation by phone.

When adding the wig style of your choice to your shopping cart, select "Consultation Requested" from the drop down color menu.  Our cosmetologist will contact you to discuss your options. When selecting this option, it is helpful if you give us the following information in the comments section of our order form:

A detailed description of what you want. What color intensity did you have in mind? (Do you want a light brown, a medium brown, or a dark brown?) Do you want a color with ashy undertones, golden undertones, or reddish undertones? Do you want a frosted look, a highlighted look, or a monotone look?

Browse through our on-line catalog. Without considering style, find wigs with colors that appeal to you. In the comments section of our order form, tell us which wig styles had colors that appealed to you. This will give our cosmetologist a frame of reference to work from when she contacts you.

Our specialist can usually guide you in selecting a color you are pleased with. Please keep in mind, however, that color can be very subjective. What one person considers dark brown, for example, may be medium brown to another.  For this reason, we recommend options 1-3 if at all possible.  It is always better to provide us with a concrete frame of reference.  A picture (or hair swatch) is worth a thousand words.


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Purchase a color ring to match your hair color at home.

 We don't encourage this method because color rings are expensive and the margin of error is large.  If you've never worn a wig, it's difficult to envision what it will look like based on a small hair sample.  In addition, color rings range from $30 - 65 per ring, depending on the wig manufacturer.  In the time it takes to receive the color ring in the mail, you could have sent in a hair swatch or a picture, without paying an additional $30 - $65 for a nonreturnable color ring you may never use again.  In our experience, our customers are usually happier when they let our experienced professionals choose their color for them.  If you would still like to order a color ring, please call us at 1-800-264-HATS and we will be happy to assist you in ordering the proper ring.

For more information on selecting wigs and colors, as well as instructions on submitting hair swatches and pictures, please visit our Wigs Frequently Asked Questions page.  To learn how to care for your wig, please visit our How To Care For Your Wig page.  Click here to read our Wig Exchange Policy.


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