When less than 2% of the population are natural redheads, you’re bound to find yourself in social situations where you’re the only natural redhead in the room. Sometimes it’s fun because you get extra attention and people will compliment you. But, when you’re young and trying to fit in, it’s sometimes not so fun.
Always remember your red hair makes you unique — and that’s amazing! But if you’re struggling, here’s some advice from some redheads who’ve been through it:
Tip #1: Embrace who you are
Being different is really amazing! Red hair is beautiful and distinctive. Be proud of your natural features. It took Stephanie (our co-founder) years to understand this. She dyed her hair blonde for over 7 years to fit in. As she got older, she later realized her red hair was who she was and learned it’s really special to be different and unique. Stephanie isn’t the only one either — lots of redheads dye their hair when they are young to feel like they fit in. Embracing your color usually comes with age, but someday you’ll love your hair color. It just might take some time.
Tip #2: The bullies are jealous. Stay patient
This always proved to be true. The bullies who comment on your red hair aren’t comfortable in their own skin (particularly those who look different from the bunch) want to put others down. As many discover, bullies usually dye their hair red later in life.
When people tease you or make rude comments, it reflects more on them than it does on you. It’s not easy, but try not to let it bring you down. People may have questions or make comments about your hair. Respond calmly and educate if needed. Continue to stay patient and watch the new “Redheads on the Streets” series. It might help you gain confidence:
Tip #3: You don’t need to follow the crowd
This is something Adrienne and Stephanie wish they knew and understood when they were younger. They regret basking in the sun with their friends who were Italian, Portuguese, and Armenian –– only to come home to blistering sunburns and having to soak in oatmeal baths for hours. They later realized their skin was different from their friends and that it was okay to be the friend wearing the hat and applying the sunscreen.
Sunscreen is actually really cool. You’ll have the best skin when you’re older!
Tip #4: Build confidence
Confidence is attractive and can help you navigate any potential teasing or curiosity from others.
Tip #5: Surround yourself with supportive friends
True friends appreciate you for who you are, regardless of your hair color.
Tip #6: Use humor
Playfully embrace any ginger-related jokes, showing that you can laugh at yourself.
Tip #7: Connect with fellow redheads
Online communities or local groups can provide a sense of belonging and support. Follow us on social @HowtobeaRedhead!
Remember, your hair color is just one aspect of who you are. Embrace your individuality and let it shine. Rock it like a Redhead!