Over the years that I have been undertake the wig made research process, I noticed that there is an aspect of wig making that tend to get somewhat overlooked: rasta hair color. So many of a wig maker's focus tend to be on the construction of the wig foundation or the hairpiece base, that what type and color hair to use is sometimes almost an afterthought. In reality, it should be given equal thought.
Unless one is making a wig for a character as part of a production , then there seems to be two situations regarding hair color:
choosing hair depends on what the wearer envisages, as the change could be minimal (1 shade lighter), but you may also find that some people do not mind having far more expressive, modern and funky rasta hair colors. For people who are open to suggestions, it can be a case of: anything goes and I think as a wig maker, it can be a good way to exert some creativity.
At the same time, it is sometimes hard to imagine how a wig or hairpiece is going to look, so asking the prospective wearer for pictures (from magazines or printed off the Internet) that demonstrate the color they are trying to achieve can be a good way to aid the design process. It also helps to minimize getting your wires crossed about what they really want, and you think they want. Do not be afraid to make well-thought suggestions if you think the color or color combination may not be the best option for them. If you choose this be careful how you word it; usually it is better to gently suggest an alternative.
It is also important to be aware that not all color tones suit all skin undertones. For example, I am a person who struggles to wear blonde. It's definitely not an easy color for me to wear because most shades of it can make me look sickly, pale and/or yellow. I tend to suit darker hair colors, certain reds, and highlights that are light brown rather than blonde.
For people in situation 1, while adhering to requests for a match to their own hair, it is important to try and achieve as natural a hair color as possible. For example, people who have European-type hair tend to have hair that has a range of hair strands of different tones that make up their 'one color', rather than every hair strand being the same color. As a wig maker trying to achieve this look, this is where color blending can be a good option. If the request is for color 8, blending a 6 and a 10 together can achieve a nice shade that is somewhere in the middle and has a depth and richness that may not be achieved by using just one color.7A brazilian rasta hair by