Far be it from me to tell anyone what to do with their hair—but, I’ve been doing quite a bit of research lately. And sometimes that can either be a good thing or a very bad thing!
Anyway, it seems that at our age—or as we age, the experts suggest that we go lighter with our hair color. Now—my natural hair color is black. In fact, the black tresses that I was born with were so pitch that when certain lighting hit it, my hair took on a blueish tint—like Veronica from the Archie comics.
OK–So my eyes were crossed back then too–but only my hair looked like Veronica’s!
And before I started to lose my hair, the deep, dark blackness gradually started to change. In my late twenties, I noticed a few gray hairs popping up. And when you have dark hair, those grays stick out like flies on a wedding cake!
The thing is, I wasn’t ready for gray hair. And as more grays invaded, I noticed that my part looked kind of “off” and the gray made it appear wider. It was during this time that I started coloring my hair a deep auburn—and it was a gorgeous shade. I loved it.
“Hair” I am back in NYC with Roman. My naturally curly hair and natural auburn dye job! Jeez–it seems like yesterday. I can even remember having that picture taken!
But—as my luck would have it, as my hair went deeper into the loss of natural color, the auburn roots would start to fade into a pink color that really didn’t match my personality. So, I went back to dying my hair black.
When younger, it was fine—the black didn’t really look harsh. But as I entered my late forties and early fifties, not only was my hair falling out, but the black dye began to look a little rough.
Still, I continued to color my hair. I was born with dark hair and wanted what hair I still had to remain dark. And through the loss and the Toppik and the other products I used to disguise the loss, black remained my hair color of choice.
Then came the wigs. And my journey of fake hair!
One of my fave dark-haired wigs–Outre Perm Yaki 18″!
Now—for those of you who are regulars of this fun blog, you are well-aware of my many dark wigs.
But—after reading so many articles about aging and going lighter with hair, I’ve decided to play around with lighter colors. Let’s take a look:
My first foray into a different but not really intentionally lighter color was this wig, Konis in the color TT99J/530. This deep burgundy shade is extremely popular with older French women. They cut their hair very, very short and dye it burgundy. Like Red wine!
Lighter with my most favored wig, Carrie Lace Front from UniWig’s LaVivid Collection. This Brown Spice color is just beautiful!
Another absolute favorite is Storm by Model Model wigs. This is a Number 4–a lighter brown.
The darker wigs on the bottom all look fine-but I’m thinking that the lighter ones just may be a tad more flattering. Clary, top right, is actually a soft black with brown highlights–color number 1B/30. I’m quite fond of that color combo but Bonaparte is not!
I’m a bit obsessed at the moment with lighter hair. And I know that there are quite a few women out in the blogosphere who are very passionate about going gray. That’s cool—but I’m still not ready.
This wig, Swami, by Freetress Equal was the straw that broke the camel-colored hair’s back for me. This color is TS-Mocha, a dark brown base with golden and auburn highlights throughout. I love this so much I purchased another one. I love this color..
Lighter with Justine by “It’s A Wig” in color P4/27/30. A lovely blend of honey browns and golden blondes!
The experts write that “cool” colors for aging women are not the best choice—I think that could be debatable in some cases but I have to admit, I’m finding that warmer colors are softening my face a bit—so I think there’s something there. Maybe we should think about going lighter.
And lookie, lookie, lookie! Here I am in Carrie (not the lace front) from LaVivid Collection. @kathleenryanart on Instagram won this wig and generously gave her winning to me. I love this color. I do need to spray some dry shampoo on it to get the shine down a bit, but, boy, is it fun being blonde!
This wig is a blast! I’m really loving it in a messy updo. Very Bardot!
This is a great way to go lighter!
And that’s another reason that wigs are so wonderful. If you are thinking about going lighter and don’t want the bother of bleaching your hair or dying your hair with harsh chemicals, then maybe buying an inexpensive wig can be a good solution. I’m having so much fun with lighter colors! It really brightens my personality!!
WAIT!! I went even lighter! This wig, April by Bobbi Boss. I ordered it from GoBeautyNY . The site is having a 25% off sale through the end of the month. I paid $19.45 including shipping for this unit. It was delivered in two days and they are now sold out of this wig! This is a great wig for a look that isn’t completely blonde. I dig it!
Same thing with hair loss and gray. I’ve received quite a few emails asking me about wig sites that A. have gray wigs and B. have a silkier texture.
Mind you—my own hair is dull, coarse and wiry. And I want to apologize for being so self-centered and only posting videos that showcase wigs that are similar to my own hair. I don’t want to be exclusive.
So, if you are thinking of going lighter, or if you are thinking of wigs—you’ve got to check out wig videos by Taz. She’s so adorable and her reviews are incredibly detailed and educational. She goes into every nuance of the wigs she reviews.
This is Taz. Her channel, Taz’s Wig Closet has excellent and very detailed wig reviews–and she’s cuter than a speckle-eared puppy!
And for the gray-haired ladies—chick out IvyMUA. She loves gray wigs, gives fun and entertaining reviews and she’s a makeup wiz!
IvyMUA’s YouTube videos are also great. She rock’s the gray and she has a great sense of humor. I also love her makeup tutorials!!!
You also might want to check out http://esteticadesigns.com. This wig company has an entire page devoted to their wigs shades. Lots of lighter shades and lots of gray shades. And the brand’s Sky wig is freaking gorgeous.
For a much better view, check out the Estetica website…
And this Sky wig is a gorgeous choice for those who don’t want to go too short or longer than shoulder length!
Ladies—we’re never to old to go lighter with our hair or to go shorter or longer—and with wigs we don’t even need a scissor! I’m telling you—this gray thing—so many young women are turning gray into a trend. ( Something I find fascinating–who started that anyway?) Maybe real soon, I’ll jump on the bandwagon! I’ll stick to blonding in the meantime!
Oh…I uploaded a video on the blonde April wig I ordered a few days ago. Here you go—and Chippy makes an appearance!!!
From me to you. I have a long way to go before I get anywhere near as good as Taz and Ivy but I’m trying!