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WHAT IS A COLOR RING?
Wig colors are determined from color sample rings provided by each individual manufacturer. A color ring is a group of hair swatches of the pre-determined colors which are used by each wig manufacturer to represent the different shades in which its hairgoods are available. Each swatch is attached to a small plastic disk with a number on it, and these disks are usually attached to some kind of ring to keep them together.
DO ALL MANUFACTURERS USE THE SAME COLORS?
The vast majority of wig manufacturers today use the J&L color standard for both human hair and synthetic hairgoods. There are certain universal colors which were determined long ago when the wig business was new. This is called the J&L color standard, and the colors are similar on swatch rings from the various companies who use this standard.
The colors are represented by number from 1 on up. In general, the higher the number, the lighter the color. Examples: 1 is jet black, 8 is light brown, 16 is honey blonde, 30 is light auburn, 44 is salt and pepper grey, 60 is white, 18/22 is ash blonde frost, etc. With most manufacturers, a slash between the numbers means that the color is frosted with both colors in 50-50 ratio. If the color has a hyphen, such as 16-8, it usually means that the lighter color is lightly sprinkled through the darker color, either in the front or throughout the wig, creating a subtle highlight.
WHY DOESN’T THE COLOR NUMBER FROM ONE BRAND MATCH THE SAME NUMBER FROM ANOTHER?
The factory that processes the human hair or makes the synthetic fiber produces flat, unblended colors like black, browns, reds, blondes, and even yellows, greens and blues in many different shades. Also different fibers can vary in color. The finished colors from which a company creates their color selection are a blend of different shades.
Example: #8 light brown on one color ring might be lighter or darker, warmer or more ash-toned, than the same number on another company’s ring. In other words, although a company may use the J&L standard, each company has its own blend of shades it uses in order to personalize its own product. In addition, companies may have special blends or colors which are unique to them, such as various highlighted and rooted color combinations. So that unless one uses the color ring to determine a company’s particular selection, it would be difficult to get an exact color match for yourself.
CAN I ORDER A COLOR RING FROM THE MANUFACTURER?
Unless you have a wig business, most manufacturers don’t offer their rings to the public. They are only for professionals who are retailing their products. However, if you wish, we can to send you a color ring for whichever collection you are interested in. Color rings are available for purchase only.