Rooted Versus Non-Rooted Blondes: What You Should Know

Angelica Wig by Noriko
Angelica by Noriko in Butter Pecan-R
June 9, 2017
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Cameron By Jon Renau In Shaded Peaches And Cream (14/26S10)
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Rooted Versus Non-Rooted Blondes: What You Should Know

Rooted or Non-Rooted Blondes, which blonde is right for you?

Whether you were naturally born a blonde, you’ve always dyed your natural hair blonde, or you’re simply looking for a change of pace and want to lighten up for the summer months, blonde hair never goes out of style. And with wigs, you can be blonde in a matter of seconds, all without having to worry about the damage to your natural hair that bleaching would cause. Or, if you don’t have any bio hair left, it’s totally possible to get that gorgeous style that you’ve always dreamed of.

When choosing a blonde color, as you go about your hunt, you’ll notice one thing: it’s overwhelming. With seemingly hundreds of colors to choose from across all the major brands, it can make you feel a bit dizzy.

One of the first steps however in choosing a blonde is deciding whether to go for a regular shade or a rooted shade. What’s are the main things to consider?

Let’s go over a few points to note. For terminology sake, know that a ‘rooted’ shade essentially means it’s a blonde color with darker roots so it appears as though you have grown out darker brown hair – similar to what you would get if your hair was naturally brown and you had it dyed.




Angelica by Noriko in the rooted color Butter Pecan-R.

Most women will consider a rooted blonde to be the more natural looking of the two. Unless you were born with very blonde hair, chances are, you’ve had roots at some point in your life and given how vibrant and near ‘perfect’ looking many wig blonde colors can be, the darker root makes it seem that much more realistic. It’ll just appear like you have roots showing just like someone who had walked out of the salon a month ago with their natural bio hair.



The Dark Band…

This said, others do feel like rooted blondes create a very ‘dark band’ sort of look right near the top of the forehead and don’t especially like the way that appears. So think for yourself whether this will bother you. Be sure to look at many pictures of rooted blondes to see just how they look and to get a feel for which may be the better fit for yourself.





Lace Front Dots 

Another point to note, lace front dots will be much more pronounced on rooted blonde shades as they are far easier

Zara by Jon Renau in the non-rooted color FS12/24B

Zara by Jon Renau in the non-rooted color FS12/24B

to see against your skin color. If you want the most realistic looking lace front/hairline possible, a non-rooted blonde is where it’s at.

Often these dots where the hair is tied onto the lace front blend in so seamless that it really looks just like real hair. If you aren’t considering a lace front, this is an important consideration.




The Power Of Blending 

Next, on the pros for the rooted blondes is the power of blending. If you do have some bio hair left and it is darker, you’ll find it far easier to blend the edges of your wig with your bio hair if it is rooted. If it’s not rooted, this can create a very harsh line where your bio hair meets the wig cap, giving you ‘away’ so to speak. This isn’t too much of a concern at the top of the wig, but more around the ear tabs and the nape if you choose to wear your wig in a ponytail.




Know How Dark Is Too Dark 

Finally, as you go about choosing a rooted blonde, be sure to know how dark is too dark. You’ll know it’s a rooted shade usually if it has extra numbers or letters.

For instance, for Gabor, it’s the SS abbreviation in the color which stands for Shadow Shades and gives a very light rooting effect.

Kristen by Jon Renau in the rooted color Shaded Praline (12FS8)

Kristen by Jon Renau in the rooted color Shaded Praline (12FS8)

With Jon Renau, rooting is designated by an ‘S#’ and you’ll see whether it’s a 4, 6, 8, or 10, which describes the color of brown it’s rooted with. The lower the color, the darker the brown.

Rene of Paris simply uses -R to designate rooted colors most of the time, so when you see that in the color description, you’ll know you have rooting.

Be sure to look at all the various colors and pick out which have roots and which don’t so you aren’t in for a surprise when your wig arrives.

Both rooted and non-rooted blondes have their pros and cons. Choosing the best color for you will ensure that you head out the door in your new wig with confidence!