Color Spotlight: Ellen Wille’s Light Honey Rooted and how lighting affects color

Our guest blogger today is Kathleen. Color can be such a difficult thing to capture online and most questions we receive in the CCHD are about color. As an artist, Kathleen definitely knows her stuff. Check out herย work at

Color and picking the right color for you based on manufacturers photos is nearly impossible and I know I’m not alone. When I first saw Ellen Wille’s Light Honey Rooted wig color I was scared off in trying it because of the manufacturers photo shown in my collage below. The description was good but the color! looked like that old fashioned gold blonde you saw back in the ’60’s. After viewing Taz’s YouTube of this exact wig (EW’s Sky in Light Honey Rooted) and Heathers video review of the same wig different color (Safran Red Rooted yum ๐Ÿ˜) I decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did.

Yes there are a lot of warm honey blonde notes in this color but it has so many Platinum (not ash platinum but slightly warm because of the French Vanilla Blonde that is mixed in with it) highlights on top. It’s so realistic and dynamic. ย It’s fresh with rich color saturation..but not bright or garish. Great for my fair winter complexion. In the summer and with a little tan I can get away with more ash based blondes which I love also.๐Ÿ˜‰

In my collage you can see the closest my photos got to EW manufacturers photo was the example in artificial indoor light. That is because they shoot these samples indoors with bright studio lights. ย A good rule of thumb to follow is the wig color samples you see on the product pages will in general appear lighter, brighter (how saturated or intense the color is) and warmer than the actual wig color will look in “normal” natural light conditions as demonstrated in my collage.

I LOVE this color Light Honey Rooted by Ellen Wille and Sky is my new favorite everyday wig…so comfy flirty and the color is gorgeous. I highly recommend both. ๐Ÿ˜Š


Notes by Gina from CysterWigs

Sky by Ellen Wille

If you would like to see more of Kathleen’s posts, please click here. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you for sharing Kathleen! You did such a great job here!



  1. Joan Boes
    January 30, 2017 / 12:25 am

    Wow ! what an eye opener. This series of pictures really does show the quandary of picking hair colors ! Excellent and very helpful. Thank you, Kathleen.

    • February 20, 2017 / 6:47 pm

      Thank you Joan..Ahh I find color so fascinating..I’m glad you enjoyed this post..and found it helpful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Lori O
    February 3, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    Wow! isn’t that something how the same color can look so different. Great comparison.

    • February 20, 2017 / 6:48 pm

      Thanks Lori..yes lighting conditions really can change how a color is perceived by our eyes…:-)

  3. February 4, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    I LOVE this blog post, Kathleen. It is essentially a case study on why we all need to take color images of the wigs and swatches with a heaping grain of salt! Very educational, since this can be applied to non-blonde colors too. Thank you for the excellent report! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • February 20, 2017 / 6:51 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it Heather…oh yes dark colors all colors really. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Jake Andrews
    March 20, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    Truly helpful. So little “As is” colour photos available on the web. Thank you for taking the time to share this info.

  5. March 24, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    I am so glad you enjoyed this Jake. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. June 21, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    Hi Kathleen, I’m fairly new to wig wearing and have gone with it at full force. I have this very wig and it was the first one I ordered when my hair loss became so extensive. It is truly a wonderful wig for those with small heads and faces. Your post is so spot on and informative! Color is so important to me and my biggest struggle in ordering a wig is what the color actually is. I believe your photos in the natural, indirect, mid-day light (covered deck) really shows the most accurate representation of this color. I love the way you have spotlighted color in your posts and the way you present them, so very informative! I first came across your information on Taz’s video explaining how there is a red hair color for everyone. I have wanted red hair for a very long time but I have a very warm skin tone. I think, thanks to Heather’s wonderful review of this very wig in Saffron Red Rooted, that this wig will be my venture into red. BTW, you have some wonderful work on your website. I hope you’re still having time to paint while writing all these informative posts, for which I am so thankful. Thanks so much for taking the time to help us all with color choices!

    • June 22, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      Hi Marie..thank you for your lovely compliments. Color is very important to me as well so I’m glad my color assessments are helping you. Its funny you mentioned the Safron Red Rooted in Sky..its on my list!….I love reds and have really been on a red kick for awhile. Thats a wonderful red to try and will work beautifully if you have warm skin. My next blog post might be of interest to you its about how everyone can wear red..;-) Thank you for your feedback and I will be looking for a photo of you in your red Sky… Glad you enjoyed my paintings and yes I will always find time for my art…:-) all the best Kathleen

      • June 22, 2017 / 8:59 pm

        Kathleen, I’ll be anxiously awaiting your next blog post then along with your input on Sky in Saffron Red Rooted! I also appreciate your input on Saffron Red Rooted and warm skin. I still really don’t have a handle on that color and how it will look on me. I am a natural blonde and have a lot of yellow tones in my skin. I’m currently torn between Saffron Red Rooted and TOB’s Tangelo. So, I’m sharing a link to a post I made on Jon Renau’s Facebook page which shows my hair loss (actually when I had much more) and one of their wigs. I also write a bit about my journey. I almost feel compelled to start my own blog about my journey in order to encourage others, however I AM afraid it will take away from my painting time. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Blessings, Marie

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