Joined by hubby Jay-Z, Beyoncé is on tour again, which means her glorious blonde hair will be whipping around on a stage near you.

I got to thinking about her hair, more particularly, the fact that her hair is blonde and she is black. (Side note: I always think about Beyoncé’s hair. I NEED to know the mystical elves that make her units with their tiny, magical hands. I would give up bacon for the rest of my living days to get ahold of just one!)

But seriously… Can the everyday, non-celebrity dark skinned woman wear blonde hair without committing to the process of chemically altering their strands? And can she do so without looking tacky, ratchet, or unnatural?

Left to Right: Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, and Ciara
Left to Right: Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, and Ciara

Kim Kardashian may not be black, but she is a woman of color. The Armenian reality star recently duped her Instagram followers (and pretty much every beauty blogger/website) into thinking she’d gone blonde again.

Nope. Wig.

That just goes to show you that wigs CAN be believable (and beautiful), and they’re way better for your hair than bleach or dye. Speaking of which, this black girl certainly isn’t going to strip her natural kinky hair texture and black hair color to go blonde. Chemically processing black hair color to blonde hair color is just too damaging.

For me, choosing to wear a blonde wig is the easy part. The hard part is choosing a color(s) to accentuate my honey brown skin. Here’s what I learned in my search for the perfect blonde wig.

Choosing A Hair Type

Since I’ve never had blonde hair, I went the cheap and easy route. Ain’t nobody got time or money for a $500+ wig that doesn’t match your skin tone, and besides, synthetic wig companies have really upped their game. The construction and fibers of many synthetic wigs look more like human hair than ever before.

Finding Your Color

Every wig has a color code. These codes, which vary from brand to brand, can be composed of numbers, like a basic 1 (black), or numbers and letters, like a 1b (off black). Then there are also wigs that are color coded with several numbers and letters; these wigs have a blend or mixture of colors.

Below, I’m wearing a synthetic wig, called “Giselle,” from the FreeTress Equal Collection (around $33) in the hair color code OH/27/30/613.

Isn't she gorgeous?!
Isn’t she gorgeous?!

What does OH/27/30/613 mean?

OH = Ombré Highlights

27 = Light Auburn

30 = Medium Auburn

613 = White Blonde

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