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 her 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 ?) 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.  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.?

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.  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. ?


Notes by Gina from CysterWigs

Sky by Ellen Wille

If you would like to see more of Kathleen’s posts, please click here. 🙂

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. 🙂

  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! 🙂

    • February 20, 2017 / 6:51 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it Heather…oh yes dark colors all colors really. 🙂

  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. 🙂

  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. 😉 Blessings, Marie

        • June 23, 2017 / 8:15 pm

          Hi Marie..oh you are lucky 🙂 all the warm to neutral reds you can wear beautifully. If you have never worn red and are on the fence I would suggest easing into it..unless you love all these reds and just want to go for it..a lot has to do with your personality. If you want to dip your toes into the water I would suggest Sangria by Tony Of Beverly..a very natural beautiful warm strawberry blonde or light warm auburn. If you want to dive in gracefully Red Saffron rooted by EW. Would be if you want to do a cannonball and slpash everyone watching you..;-) might I suggest Sunset Glow by TressAllure..its a gorgeous color..has everything in it but the kitchen sink and butterstoch highlights..I LOVE it. I have a Karla in it. If you are on Instagram visit my page KathleenRyanArt …Tangelo is pretty very bold blended light orange ginger. I love it. I have a TOB Aubrey and Gwen in it…a very happy color..I just wouldn’t suggest that one right off the bat. 😉 Something similar but more natural..but still bold is Light Mango Mix by Ellen Wille I just got a Point in it and love it..very similar to Robert Redfords hair very strawberry blonde in front..I am on fb too..come say hi. All the best Kathleen

  7. karyn h
    July 16, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    wow. I guess I understand why some of my friends think my hair is a different color. Very good information! Thank you for sharing this.

    • July 17, 2017 / 3:34 pm

      I’m glad you found it helful…thanks for taking the time to comment..I love getting feedback it very often leads me to new ideas for future blog posts 🙂

      • Karyn H
        August 3, 2017 / 10:17 pm

        I purchased the Ellen Wille wig, Sky in the light honey rooted and it read yellow on me. It was such a pretty wig, but I sent it back.
        I have a cool to neutral skin and I have almost white bio hair. I purchased a RW Fascination in Fiery Copper and omg, I love it.
        I usually wear biscuit, shaded biscuit or nutmeg f.. I am now trying to decide on my next red wig though. I was brave because of you. Thank you ❤️

        • August 4, 2017 / 9:14 pm

          Hi Karyn..Fiery Copper is a beautiful color…I have a Crowd Pleaser in that it….I dont know if you’ve seen my blog titled Yes You Can Wear Red Its all aboit finding the right red for you…it might help…yes Light Honey Rooted can be very yellow. In my Sky it had more of the very light blonde highlights but in my Movie wig its more gold…I’m glad you are enjoying my posts…i’m here to Kathleen

          • Karyn H
            August 5, 2017 / 2:12 am

            I did see your “yes you can wear red” blog and it helped me so much. I have the same coloring as you do, same eye color, too. It was such a great help to see how the different shades of red looked on you and how some played up your eyes and some your complexion. I also love the collage of the red colors running from the cool to the warm shades and the somewhat neutral reds in the middle and which manufacturer offers them.
            That is probably one of the best and most helpful things I have seen since I started wearing wigs about 3 years ago. I am still trying to decide on my next red.. It’s narrowed down to 3 or 4. ?
            Decisions!! ❤️

  8. Terri a.k.a. Gee (on instagram)
    August 6, 2017 / 1:40 am

    This was a perfect color spot light…your artistry and love so painting really made the big difference. I truly appreciate the truth about how hard it is to find s color and how the lighting and photos change everything…so awesome .
    I always am trying to figure out the colors from the same point of view as an artist,what is the real color, is it burnt umber, sepia,always thinking in oil paints.
    As an interior designer I always try to teach my clients about natural light compared to artificial…you really did that in this review.
    Thank you again always enjoy reading your reviews so much.

    • August 6, 2017 / 5:34 pm

      Hi Gee..thank you for the kind words…I try in put things in simple terms…So funny I am always refering to paint colors when describing my wigs..actually any color ;-). My second love is interior I’m glad this post was helpful to you…its all about color isnt it? lol Have a wonderful day Gee …all the best Kathleen

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