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How Redheads Can Rock: Nude Lipstick

This Classic Look is Perfect for Redheads

Just like with our How To Wear series, we’re working on a new How Redheads Can Rock makeup series. We talk trends, unique makeup, and makeup stereotypes that redheads face. This time, we’re talking about nude lipstick.

For redheads getting into makeup, it can be tempting to stay within the neutral area of makeup because they find that neutral tones complement their natural hair color and skin tone best. Neutral tones, such as browns, taupes, and soft pinks, can harmonize with the warmth of red hair without overpowering it. Additionally, opting for neutral makeup allows redheads to achieve a more subtle and natural look that enhances their features without competing with their vibrant hair color.

Nude lipstick is a staple in most women’s makeup collections, but the key to rocking a nude lip well is finding the perfect color for your complexion. Nude lipstick can often be too dark and cool-toned for redheads. This can leave your lips looking a little dull and almost gray. We’ve talked about how to pick a nude lipstick that won’t wash you out (spoiler alert: get H2BAR’s Finally Bold® Perfectly Nude) but today we’re diving into the ways you can wear a nude lip and a few tricks to help you look your best:

Won't Wash You Out: Perfectly Nude: $26

How to rock nude lips with different glam looks:

Nude lipstick is super versatile and can be worn with almost any makeup style. A few ways we love to pair our nude lipstick is:

  • Minimal Makeup: Nude lipstick is a great way to finish off a minimal makeup look. If you’ve got the right nude, it should look very natural and complement your natural features. A nude lip is great for this look because it’s not too bold or showy and won’t make your features look off-balance. 
  • Balanced Glam: Nude can also help to balance out a soft glam look. When you’ve got your eyes and face done up, you don’t want to leave your lips bare. Wearing a nude lip ties the whole look together while letting the focus be on your other features. 
  • Colored Eye Look: Wearing a bright, bold, or unique eye look? Pink or red lipstick might clash with whatever you’ve got going on. That’s why nude makes a perfect option because it’s neutral!
  • Soft Smoky Eye: Pair your nude lipstick with a subtle smoky eye using neutral shades like taupe, bronze, or charcoal. This look adds a touch of drama without overpowering the lips.
  • Monochromatic Makeup: Create a monochromatic look by using similar nude tones on the eyes, cheeks, and lips. This cohesive color scheme offers a chic and polished appearance.
  • Classic Winged Eyeliner: Combine nude lipstick with a classic winged eyeliner for a timeless and sophisticated look. The bold eyeliner adds definition to the eyes while the nude lips keep the overall aesthetic balanced.
  • Bold Eyebrows: Emphasize your brows with a bold, well-defined shape paired with nude lipstick. This look draws attention to the eyes and frames the face beautifully.
  • Fresh-faced Glow: Opt for a fresh-faced makeup look with minimal eye makeup, a natural-looking base, and a nude lipstick with a hint of gloss. This effortless style enhances your features while maintaining a radiant, dewy finish.

These are just a few ideas to explore, but the possibilities are endless when it comes to pairing nude lipstick with different makeup looks!

Tips for how to apply a nude lipstick

  • Add a Lip Liner: You can amp up a simple nude lip with lip liner. Try a perfect match for a seamless finished look, or go a few shades darker for a retro 90s-style vibe. 
  • Blend it Out: If you’ve got a “no makeup” makeup look going on, a full lipstick application might feel too heavy. Instead, try applying it just to the center of the lips and blending outward with your finger for a subtle bit of color and coverage.
  • Apply Over Lip Balm: If you’ve got a nude lipstick that’s a little too matte or has a drier finish, try applying it over lip balm. This helps to soften the application and helps it wear better. And when you’re all done with that tube, grab a cream finish option like Finally Bold®!
  • Find the Right Shade: Choose a nude lipstick shade that complements your skin tone and undertones. Experiment with different hues, from warm to cool tones, to find the most flattering nude for you. Invest in H2BAR’s Finally Bold® Perfectly Nude made specifically for redheads.
  • Prep Your Lips: Ensure your lips are smooth and hydrated by exfoliating and moisturizing them before applying nude lipstick. This helps create a smooth canvas and prevents the color from clinging to dry patches.
  • Balance with Makeup: Consider balancing your nude lipstick with the rest of your makeup. If you’re wearing minimal eye makeup, you can go for a slightly bolder nude lip shade. If your eye makeup is more dramatic, opt for a softer nude lip to keep the overall look balanced.
  • Touch Up Throughout the Day: Nude lipstick shades may fade faster than bolder colors, so keep your lipstick handy for touch-ups throughout the day, especially after meals or drinks.
  • Consider Your Outfit: Take into account your outfit and overall style when choosing a nude lipstick shade. Some nude lipsticks may complement certain clothing colors or styles better than others.

By following these tips, you can rock nude lipstick confidently and effortlessly enhance your natural beauty. Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: 5 Ways Redheads Can Make Sure Nude Lipstick Won’t Wash Them Out

READ: The Best Nude Lipsticks for Redhead Skin Tones

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Ask a Redhead: What Are The Best Products for Curly Red Hair?

From Shower to Daily Style, We've Got You!

Every week, we put out a call for your redhead questions. This gives you a chance to get advice or input from our team of redheads. From beauty and fashion to lifestyle, redheads are in a unique boat, and we want to help make this community a place where you can turn to for all your redhead needs.

This week, we’re answering a question from Instagram that reads: “What are the best products for naturally curly red hair?” Did you know curly or wavy hair is actually super common amongst redheads? The prevalence of wavy or curly hair among redheads can be attributed to genetics. The gene responsible for red hair, MC1R, is also associated with variations in hair texture. Certain genetic factors may predispose individuals with red hair to have wavy or curly hair patterns. Additionally, red hair often has a different texture and thickness compared to other hair colors, which can contribute to its tendency to form waves or curls. This is we love helping our curly-haired redheads on their hair journey! Wondering what the essentials are and how to work with curly-haired products in your redhead hair routine for better, more beautiful curls?

Let’s start with the basics:

In-shower essentials

Most of your curly hair journey is going to take place in the shower and immediately afterward. You’ll want a nice hydrating shampoo and conditioner. One of our current favorites is the Kristin Ess Hair Curl Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner Set for Curly Hair Bounce + Shine, and of course the H2BAR Finally Glossy® Shampoo for some much-needed shine. 

Finally Glossy Shampoo: $27

When applying your shampoo, it’s great to use a scalp massager to really get the roots. We recommend the Kitsch Hair Scalp Massager Shampoo Brush or the HEETA Scalp Massager Scalp Scrubber. After you’ve conditioned, it’s a good to detangle your red hair. We love the Tangle Teezer The Naturally Curly Ultimate Detangling Brush for redheads.

Post-shower essentials

Once you get out of the shower, it’s time to use products to shape those curls! It’s best to apply these products when your hair is really wet, so you get proper distribution and keep that hydration. Try using a mister bottle to keep your curly locks nice and wet during the process.

Apply a leave-in conditioner like the DevaCurl Leave-In Decadence® Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner to help hydrate the hair. The way you shape and add hold to your curls is entirely up to you, but we find that a curl cream, a mousse, and a gel make a pretty good trifecta for shape, volume, and hold. We recommend, OUAI Curl Cream, SheaMoisture Curl Mousse Coconut and Hibiscus and Kinky Curly Curl Custard Gel! If you want extra shape to your curls you can help define them with a Denman Curly Hair Brush.

Once you’ve applied your products and shaped your curls, it’s time to get rid of some of that moisture. Plop your hair in a the H2BAR Soft Microfiber Hair Towel and let it sit for anywhere from 10-45 minutes, depending on your preferences. If you prefer, you can use the towel to scrunch your hair and remove excess water only. Finish with an air dry, or use your diffuser blowdryer for quick drying time and reduced frizz.

Soft Microfiber Hair Towel for Redheads

Day-to-day tips and refresh essentials 

Sometimes you need to refresh your curls before your next wash day, and a great way to do that is with a mister bottle. Getting your curls wet allows you to add more products into the hair without weighing down the curls too much. Damp hair is best. You can reuse your curl cream, or leave-in conditioner, or use a curl amplifier like the Tigi Catwalk Curls Rock Amplifier and reshape some of the curls that have fallen flat. 

Because redhead curls can be quite dry, this is a great time to apply a hair oil like the Olaplex Oil. You can also use a dry shampoo like Living Proof Dry Shampoo, or Amika Perk Up to help extend the life of your hair and reduce oils at the roots. This can also add volume back into your curls. 

Last, but not least, it’s super important to keep your curls protected from damage, breakage, and frizz while you sleep. That’s why we love using a silk or satin pillowcase and/or a silk or satin hair bonnet. This will keep your hair nice and sleek and frizz-free!

Want your redhead question answered? Find us @howtobearedhead on Instagram and Facebook and look for the Ask a Redhead question box.

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: 4 Tips for Taming Curly, Frizzy Red Hair Without Making it Greasy

READ: Redhead Men with Curly Hair: The Ultimate Style Guide

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How Redheads Can Get the Sabrina Carpenter Look

That's That Me, Espresso

Sabrina Carpenter is arguably one of the biggest rising stars right now, and her iconic haircut and makeup look is taking the beauty world by storm. Her hair is big and voluminous with lots of shape and texture, and her makeup feels a little retro, but also very on-trend. Her look is soft and dewy but sculpted and glowing at the same time. Fun Fact: Sabrina might be a blonde now, but did you know she rocked the red? Back in the early 2010s, Sabrina was a redhead. It’s not her natural color, but it looked great on her. 

Here’s how redheads can achieve their own Sabrina Carpenter-style look:

The Sabrina Carpenter Hair

Sabrina’s most popular style is a big, almost undone blowout with her signature bangs. Sabrina’s haircut is long with lots of layers that evoke a 70s-style shape, but her bangs are what pull it all together. They are full but can be worn more swooped to the sides to frame her face. Her blowout is easy and can be achieved at home with a dryer brush, velcro rollers, or a tool like the Dyson Airwrap or Shark Flexstyle

For the bangs, one method you can try is using a round brush + blow dryer or a dryer brush, curl your bangs under (towards your forehead), and let them sit either on the round brush or in a roller for a few minutes until cool. Once you release them, they should be pretty rounded. Then, split your bangs down the middle and use a curling iron, or your round brush again to curl them under and out at and angle toward the ear to create that swoop, adjust, and comb flat in a swooping motion. There are tons of methods for shaping these types of bangs, so try different ones until you find one that suits you.

Want to see Sabrina-inspired hair on some redheads? Scroll below:


when sabrina carpenter bangs are trending , lets try it ✂️ #curtainbangs #sabrinacarpenter #bangs #redhead #copperhair #sabrinacarpenterbangs @hairbyyamilet

♬ bad idea right _ guts tour transition – 𝖊𝖗𝖎𝖈⸆⸉ 🎀


💕 #greenscreen #curtainbangs #newhair

♬ original sound – Hannah


Bang tutorial <3 LOVE Sabrina Carpenter’s bangs ☕️ #hairstyle

♬ Espresso Sped Up – summerchild

The Sabrina Carpenter Makeup

Sabrina’s makeup look is pretty glowy and she usually wears a very full coverage, flawless finish base that’s a little dewy. Her brows are quite full and fluffy, but also locked into place. Her contour and concealer focuses on sculpting the cheekbones and nose and adds brightness throughout the center of the face. Sabrina wears a noticeable pink blush placed high on the cheeks and blending towards the hairline. The blush Sabrina wears has been referred to as “doll blush” as it highlights the cheeks in a very doll-like way. Sabrina usually also has a lot of highlighter on the cheek under the eye which gives her a very angelic look. For eyes, she usually rocks a more simple pink or light brown eye look with soft winged liner and long, flirty lashes. For lips, Sabrina often wears a darker brown/nude lip with a more defined liner. 

Want to see Sabrina-inspired makeup on some redheads? Scroll below:


Replying to @Shelby Caffarel I dont think my makeup has ever looked better tbh, this look is literally everything. 🤭🤭 #sabrinacarpenter #sabrinacarpenteredit #sabrinacarpentermakeup #sabrinacarpenterskin #makeuptutorial #makeuplessons #paleskinmakeup #palegirlmakeup #palegirlsoftiktok #glowymakeup #pinkmakeup #espressomakeuptutorial

♬ La vie en rose (Cover Edith Piaf) – 田东昱


sabrina carpenter makeup using none other than @Patrick Ta Beauty blush. @kylei halbakken ily for inspiring me!!! #sabrinacarpentermakeup #patricktashesgiving #redheadmakeup

♬ original sound – meg barnes


New year’s eve makeup inspired by sabrina carpenter💖 would you wear this look?✨💎 #sabrinacarpenter #sabrinacarpentermakeup #glowyskin #glowingskin #palegirlmakeup #palemakeup #erastour #learnmakeup #makeuptutorial #newyearsevemakeup #easyglammakeup #easyglam #celebritymakeupartist #makeuphacks #makeuptipsandtricks

♬ Pretty girls here – Jaz


Sabrina Carpenter hair and makeup🎀 tutorial@Mirta Miler

♬ Espresso Sped Up – summerchild

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: 8 Makeup Products That Deliver Glowy Redhead Skin

READ: Why Redheads of Every Age Can Use H2BAR Products

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Redhead Men with Curly Hair: The Ultimate Style Guide 2024

Embrace Those Ginger Curls, Guys!

It is pretty common for redheads to have wavy or curly hair. While not all textured hair is curly, curly hair falls under the textured hair category. Textured hair encompasses a wide range of hair types, including curly, wavy, coily, and kinky hair. When you have these hair types, it can take certain cuts and styles to bring out the curl pattern for the ultimate style. For redhead men with curly or wavy hair, learning how to manage your curls and finding a style you like can be a process. Looking for some inspo? We’ve got you covered, plus we’re giving you a few styling tips to make embracing your red curls even easier: 

4 styling tips for redhead men with curly hair: 

Tip 1: Wet Your Hair

Water is a curly-haired redhead’s best friend. Water helps to reshape and reset your curls. For redhead men with short hair, it’s easy to spritz on some water, do a quick re-set, and let it dry. For redhead men with longer hair, it’s a little more of a process when it comes to drying, but water is still a great tool. 

Tip 2: Don’t Be Afraid of Product

Lots of men are put off by having to use products in their hair. If you want well-formed, healthy-looking curls you have to add a little product. Gels, mousses, and curl creams are all great beginner options. For curly red hair, here are some product recommendations tailored to enhance and maintain your curls:

  • Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner: Look for sulfate-free, moisturizing formulas to keep your hair hydrated without stripping away natural oils. Brands like SheaMoisture and DevaCurl offer great options for curly hair.
  • Leave-In Conditioner: Opt for a leave-in conditioner that provides moisture and helps define curls. Kinky-Curly Knot Today and Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner are popular choices.
  • Curl Enhancing Cream or Gel: These products help define curls and control frizz. Look for creams or gels specifically formulated for curly hair. SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream are highly recommended.
  • Hair Oil: A lightweight hair oil can add extra moisture and shine to your curls. Argan oil or jojoba oil are great options. Just be sure to use sparingly, especially if your hair tends to get greasy easily.
  • Deep Conditioning Treatment: Incorporate a deep conditioning treatment into your routine once a week or as needed to keep your curls healthy and hydrated. Try treatments like Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 or Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask.
  • Diffuser Attachment for Hair Dryer: To dry your hair without causing frizz, use a diffuser attachment on your hair dryer. This helps distribute heat evenly and encourages natural curl formation.
  • Refresh Spray: A refresh spray can help revive curls on non-wash days. Look for a spray that moisturizes and adds bounce to curls without weighing them down.

Remember to adjust your product usage based on your hair’s unique needs and preferences. Experiment with different combinations to find what works best for you.

Tip 3: Get a Curly Cut

Curly haircuts are often brought up for long hair that can get weighed down, but shorter cuts can be customized for curls too. The best way to do this is to go to a barber or stylist who knows curly hair. They will make sure the cut looks good both wet and dry. 

Tip 4: Get a Wide-tooth Comb

Brushing curly hair while dry is a no-no, and most men with shorter hair don’t really need to brush it anyways. Having curly hair might mean more tangles, so using a wide-tooth comb can help untangle hair, and reshape your style while keeping your curls intact. 

Seek Inspo on TikTok: Here are 5 Inspo Videos for Your Next Curly Haircut

Style 1: Longer on Top + Shaved Sides

If you want to keep some of the volume of your curls but don’t want an overall shaggy look this is perfect. The short tapered sides will look sleek, while your curls pop on top. 


Whole lotta red‼️❌ #barber #barbershop #menscut #oakville #TopTierfadesandkicks #fade #taperfade #taper #mullet #curly #ginger

♬ NEW CARTI – borja

Style 2: Tapered Cut

Similar to the last cut, this cut has more length on top, but it tapers down onto the neck. There are no shaved sides which gives more volume all over. This style of cut can be kept a little longer, or cleaned up to be closer to the head. 


Curls with a Taper #curls #curlyhair #redhair #copperhair #naturalhair #taper #menscut

♬ Oh Darling – Blues Beatles

Style 3: Long All Over + Shaved Sides

If you want to keep your red curls long this ia great way to reduce weight and bulk. Shaving the sides gives it some edge and helps reduce the amount of hair you have to take care of. 


When your personality is shit but you’ve got great hair 😎👍 #washday #hair #curlyhair #wavyhair #gingerhair

♬ оригинальный звук – Myrza_N

Style 4: Mid-Length Shape Up

This cut is a little longer, but also shaped close to the head so it’s not puffy or shaggy. It gives you tons of volume and fullness without being too much work.


Bring me more curls. 🙌🙌 #barber #curly #redhair

♬ CLOUD 333 – Bvtter

Style 5: Natural Curl Mullet 

This natural-looking mullet style is great for curly hair. Keeping it short on the sides and a bit shorter on top while letting your curl length show at the back is an awesome cut for ginger men.


Some proper barbering on tiktok #growout #mullet #scissorcut #redhead #irishbarber

♬ Praise Jah in the Moonlight – Uzii BigTalk

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: 7 Best Curly Hair Products for Redheads

READ: 4 Tips for Taming Curly, Frizzy Red Hair Without Making it Greasy

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Why Do Many Redheads Have Thick Hair?

Here's the Science Behind It!

Redheads have a lot in common, and when it comes to our hair, the similarities don’t stop at the color. Most redheads have hair that is quite thick and we get asked often why this is. You might think it’s a coincidence that most redheads have thick hair, but there’s an actual science behind it. Here’s everything we know about why redheads have thicker hair than blondes or brunettes. 

It’s about the thickness of the strands 

Your first instinct might be to assume that redheads have more hair than blondes or brunettes, but it’s the opposite. Blondes average about 150,000 strands of hair on their heads, while brunettes average around 110,000. Redheads average only 90,000 strands of hair. If redheads physically have less hair, how is our hair thicker overall? It’s because redheads have thicker hair strands, even if they have less of them.

Here’s the thing about red hair strands, a general rule of thumb is that the lighter the hair color, the thinner the hair strands. That’s why a lot of natural blondes have thin or fine hair. The darker the hair is, the thicker the hair strands. This is why many people with dark brown or black hair have more coarse hair. According to Modena Hair Institute, “This is believed to be due to the amount of melanin in the hair. The more melanin, the darker the hair, and the thicker the strand. Less melanin means lighter hair and a finer strand.” We know that red hair is caused by eumelanin, which redheads have a lot of. So it’s believed that this is why redheads’ hair strands are thicker.

We have thicker hair follicles

We have thicker strands and thicker follicles. Redheads also (often) have thicker hair because they typically have more hair follicles than people with other hair colors. These extra follicles contribute to the appearance of thicker hair. Additionally, red hair tends to have a thicker shaft compared to other hair colors, adding to the overall thickness.

How to keep hair healthy + thick

So now we know why redheads have thick hair, but there are some downsides. This also means that redheads are more prone to noticeable hair loss. Because we have fewer strands, it’s more noticeable when they start to fall out. This is usually an issue for redhead men. We are also more prone to frizz and coarse hair. Want some thick hair tips? Here are some tips for redheads:

1. Hydration is Key: Keep your hair well-moisturized with hydrating shampoos and conditioners to prevent frizz and maintain shine.

2. Color Protection: Use color-safe products specifically designed for red hair to preserve its vibrancy and prevent fading.

3. Heat Protection: Limit the use of heat styling tools, or use a heat protectant spray before styling to minimize damage and maintain the integrity of your hair.

4. Trim Regularly: Regular trims help prevent split ends and keep your hair looking healthy and full.

5. Opt for Red-Friendly Styles: Consider hairstyles and cuts that complement your red hair, such as layers or long waves, to enhance its natural beauty.

6. Accessorize: Experiment with hair accessories like headbands, clips, or scarves to add flair to your red locks.

7. Nutrition: Maintain a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals to promote hair health from the inside out.

8. Consult a Professional: If you’re considering a major change, consult with a professional hairstylist who specializes in red hair to ensure you achieve the look you desire without damaging your locks.

9. Gentle Cleansing: Avoid over-washing your hair, as this can strip away natural oils and cause dryness. Opt for a gentle shampoo and consider washing your hair every other day or as needed.

10. Deep Conditioning Treatments: Treat your hair to regular deep conditioning treatments to replenish moisture and keep it soft and manageable.

11. Protect from the Sun: UV rays can cause color fading and damage to your hair. Protect your locks by wearing hats or using hair products with UV protection when spending time outdoors.

12. Cold Water Rinse: Finish your shower with a rinse of cold water to help seal the hair cuticles and lock in moisture, leaving your hair smoother and shinier.

13. Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Minimize exposure to harsh chemicals found in hair dyes, bleach, and other styling products that can weaken and damage your hair over time.

14. Use a Wide-Tooth Comb: After washing, gently detangle your hair with a wide-tooth comb to prevent breakage and minimize stress on your strands.

15. Sleep on Silk: Switch to a silk or satin pillowcase to reduce friction and prevent frizz while you sleep, helping your hair retain its smoothness and style.

16. Regular Scalp Massages: Stimulate blood flow to your scalp with regular massages to promote healthy hair growth and maintain scalp health.

17. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to keep your hair hydrated from the inside out, which can contribute to overall hair health and shine.

18. Protective Hairstyles: When engaging in activities that may cause hair damage (such as swimming or intense workouts), consider wearing protective hairstyles like braids or buns to minimize exposure to environmental stressors.

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: 6 Tips for Air Drying Thick Red Hair 

READ: Frizz Fighter: 6 Ways To Tame Thick, Frizzy Hair This Summer

READ: How To Tame Coarse Frizzy Red Hair

Hair + Beauty

How Redheads Can Hide Varicose Veins on Your Legs This Summer

7 ways to cover them up so you can feel more confident

There’s nothing worse than summer rolling around and realizing you suddenly have to show off a part of your body you’re insecure about. There is also the resistance to wanting to sweat which is a whole different story and for another day/post. We all have body insecurities, and while we hope all redheads can love their bodies just the way they are, we get it. Sometimes you want to cover up your arms, or legs and aren’t sure how. For redheads with varicose veins on their legs, here are a few tricks to hide them up without covering from head-to-toe in clothing and feeling like a sweaty, hot mess:

What are varicose veins?

To put it simply, varicose veins are enlarged or bulging veins. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Any vein that is close to the skin’s surface, called superficial, can become varicose. Varicose veins most often affect the veins in the legs. That’s because standing and walking increase the pressure in the veins of the lower body.” Varicose veins are usually just a cosmetic problem, but can also lead to some more serious health concerns. If you have varicose veins and haven’t spoken with your doctor about them yet, please do. If you’re just here to find out how to cover them up this summer, keep reading:

7 ways to hide varicose veins:

You shouldn’t feel like you have to cover your legs, but if covering up your varicose veins can help you feel more confident and ready to take on the summer, then do it. Here are a few things to try:

1. Leg Makeup: Like covering up a blemish or redness on your face, makeup can be used on your legs to cover your veins. They make specific makeup that will last all day, won’t transfer, and will give you a natural finish. Just be sure to test them out before heading out and about, and be sure to stay in the shade if SPF can’t be applied overtop. 

To properly hide varicose veins on your legs with makeup, start with clean, moisturized skin and apply a body primer. Then, choose a full-coverage concealer or foundation that matches your skin tone, and gently pat it onto the veins using a brush or sponge. Blend the makeup around the edges of the veins and set with translucent powder for longer wear. Finish with a setting spray if desired. Remember, while makeup can conceal veins temporarily, it’s important to seek long-term solutions from a healthcare professional.

2. Spray Tan or Self-tanner: Fake tan is great for color discoloration or imperfections, and can help to cover your varicose veins. Try an at-home fake tan, or hit up a local spray tanner. What you DON’T want to do is hit a tanning bed, or leave your legs exposed to UV rays. 

3. Compression Socks or Tall Socks: We know this doesn’t seem sexy for summer, but there are some stylish looks you can pull off with tall socks. Rock them with a mini skirt or dress to show a little thigh. Tall sock looks are in, and wearing a tall compression sock can help to reduce any further vein bulging. 

4. Flowy Pants: In the summer, flowy pants are your best friend. Find a nice linen or cotton pant that’s breathable and doesn’t make you too hot. Bonus wearing long pants acts as another form of sun protection for your legs.

5. Long Skirts: Similarly to long flowy pants, long skirts are a great way to cover up without feeling too hot. Long skirts are super on trend right now, so it’s perfect for covering your varicose veins and being stylish. 

6. Vein-Color Matching Products: Some products, such as vein-color matching creams or powders, are specifically designed to camouflage the appearance of varicose veins. These products typically contain ingredients that help to reflect light and reduce the contrast between the veins and surrounding skin.

7. Medical Treatments: For more permanent solutions, there are medical treatments available, such as sclerotherapy or laser therapy, that can help to reduce or eliminate varicose veins. These procedures should be performed by a qualified healthcare professional.

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: How Redheads Can Use Makeup to Cover Blue Veins and Dark Circles

READ: 5 Redhead-Specific Tricks For The Smoothest Legs Ever

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9 Outfits To Rock With Your Finally Bold® Redhead Lipsticks

We custom-designed these shades to flatter all redheads

Finally Bold® redhead lipsticks dropped on May 10th and we’re so excited for everyone to enjoy them. The new lipstick line is made for redheads by redheads in the three essential colors every redhead should own. We custom-designed these shades to flatter all redheads and to be your go-to daily lipstick. Influencers like @withwonderandwhimsy are showing off their outfits when wearing the different shades of Finally Bold. Are you ready to start rocking your lipstick with a new outfit? Here are a few tips to help you style each shade.

Finally Bold® - Lipsticks for Redheads: $26

1. Won’t Wash You Out: Perfectly Nude

Nude lipstick is a must-have for everyone, but it can be hard to find the right shade for redheads. Lots of nude lipsticks are too fark for fair-skinned redheads, or wash you out. Perfectly Nude is just that — the perfect nude shade for redheads. Because it’s a nude, you can pair this shade with any outfit, but a few ways we love to rock it are:

  • Business / Work Wear: A nude lip is elegant and understated but still very chic. It won’t clash with any colors you choose to wear, and pairs great with neutrals too.
  • Neutral Top + Jeans: Dressed up or down, a neutral-colored top with some denim on the bottom is a staple look. Pair this classic look with a classic lip shade like nude. 
  • Cool-Toned Looks: Wearing something more cool-toned? A nude lip is the perfect way to make sure you’re not clashing!

Won't Wash You Out: Perfectly Nude: $26

2. Pinking of You: Perfectly Pink

For some redheads, pink is their nude and it’s almost as versatile. A good pink shade adds color and definition to the lips without feeling overwhelming. It’s almost like your lips — but better. Like a nude lipstick, there really are no limits, but we love to rock Perfectly Pink with:

  • Casual Attire: For a pop of color and fun with any outfit, even the casual ones, we love a pink lipstick. It’s very natural and gives just the right amount of definition to the lips.
  • Anything Floral: It can be hard to pair florals, especially if they have a lot of color. The one color that seems to complement them all? Pink! Pair Perfectly Pink with a floral top, dress, or skirt.
  • Warm-Toned Looks: Another gorgeous way to balance your warm-toned looks is with some pink lipstick. It won’t compete with the warm colors, and won’t wash you out. 

Pinking of You: Perfectly Pink: $26

3. RED-Y For This: Perfectly Red

The lipstick that scares so many redheads is red. You can rock it with confidence1 Red lipstick doesn’t go with every outfit, but it can be dressed up or down for a classic style. 

  • Formal Attire: We love a red lip for a formal look, especially when wearing black, or RED! Of course nude and pink work wonders for formal attire too, but red really steals the show. 
  • Red + White: The quintessential way to wear red lipstick is with a red and white outfit. This color combo can be dressed up or down, paired with denim, or made elegant and chic. Whatever your style, try out the red and white combo with Perfectly Red.
  • Dark Neutrals: Red can go with anything neutral, but a look we really love is pairing a red lip with a darker neutral like black, dark gray, navy blue, and deep earthy tans. 

RED-Y For This: Perfectly Red: $26

Rock it like a Redhead! 


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READ: Finally Bold: 6 Tips On How Redheads Can Wear Red Lipstick


Ask a Redhead: Did You Get Your Red Hair From Your Mama?

Your mom was right, people pay really good money to color their hair red. Happy Mother's Day to all!

Every week, we put out a call for your redhead questions. This gives you a chance to get advice or input from our team of redheads. From beauty and fashion to lifestyle, redheads are in a unique boat, and we want to help make this community a place where you can turn to for all your redhead needs.

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re talking about all the beautiful qualities you got from your mama. Mothers come in many forms. Some gave birth to us. Some adopted us. Some found us in a time of need and invited us into their lives.  We received a question from Instagram saying, “I’m a redhead, any other redheads get asked for their hair color so someone could match at the salon?” Red hair is one of the only colors that makes strangers stop and say, “Wait! What hair color is that?” Many assume natural red hair is dyed because it’s so unique, so rare and so beautiful. Aside from complimentary questions from strangers, redheads do get as asked the craziest things — like if people can touch their hair or even cut a small piece off to take to their stylist for color matching.

We wanted to break down the two quotes many mom’s say to their redhead kids:

  1. “Your red hair is so special! It has been in the family for generations!”
  2. “People pay really good money to color their hair red!” 

Your DNA is special 

First, let’s talk DNA, and how you got your hair from your mama (and your dad). Red hair is caused by a genetic mutation in the MC1R gene. This mutation affects the production of melanin, resulting in red hair, fair skin, and freckles. Red hair is unique and distinctive, adding to the diversity of human genetics.

Did you also know both biological parents have to carry the redhead gene for a child to be born with red hair? Red hair is recessive which is often why it skips a generation. It doesn’t always skip a generation, but it’s very common. Because red hair is recessive, and both parents need the redhead gene, the chances of having a redhead baby are on the lower side, unless you have a redhead parent. 

For two non-redheads who carry the gene, the chance of having a red-haired baby is only 25%, while the chances for one redhead parent and one non-redhead (gene-carrying) parent is 50%. For two redheads, it’s almost a guarantee they will have a redhead baby! 

Your path to self-acceptance is right where it needs to be 

When you have a rare hair color, it’s common to want to dye your hair. Even more so if you don’t have redhead parents because it can feel like you don’t fit in with your family. Many natural redheads may choose to dye their hair another color for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s just for a change in appearance or to experiment with different looks. Other times, it could be because they feel self-conscious about their hair color, or they simply prefer a different aesthetic. It’s all about personal preference and individual style choices. Dyeing your red hair might seem like a good idea, but many redheads regret it, and can’t wait to find a way back to red. 

Your mom might have warned you about dyeing your hair when you were younger — some parents even forbid their redhead kids from changing the color of their hair. This is because red hair is rare and although redheads get plenty of flack for it, it’s still coveted. But, going through a period of dyeing your red hair is common and just part of many redhead journeys. If you want to get your red hair back, unfortunately, the only way to do it well is to let it grow out over time. If you notice your hair isn’t as vibrant anymore, you can enhance your red with a gloss, glaze, or color-depositing product. 

The message today is to embrace the gorgeous red hair your parents gave you, and thank your mom for passing on her redhead gene this Mother’s Day. If you’re a mom to redheads, help them embrace their hair young, so maybe their journey can be a little easier. And, if you’re stopped on the street by another stranger asking for your hair color, simply tell them it’s natural (or not) and you “got it from your mama!” 

Want your redhead question answered? Find us @howtobearedhead on Instagram and Facebook and look for the Ask a Redhead question box!

Rock it like a Redhead! 


Women’s Health Week: 6 Healthy Reminders for Redheads

Stay Healthy, Redheads!

Women’s Health Week is May 12th through May 15th. Women’s health differs greatly from men’s health, and in many countries, including the United States, there’s less education and more misinformation on women’s health. Being healthy isn’t just about how much you weigh, or how much you work out. Your health plays a huge role in your well-being and it’s important to stay healthy. In honor of Women’s Health Week, here are 6 healthy redhead-focused habits you should be doing. If you’re already doing all these things, awesome! We’re so proud of you. If you’re not, this is a gentle reminder to make a call and set up that appointment because your health matters. Take your time and do one task at a time. We’re still proud of you!

Here are some reminders to keep yourself healthy:

Have a physical

If you haven’t been to the doctor in a while, book a physical with your primary care provider. Or if you haven’t established a primary care provider, do that! You need someone you can see annually or when any general concerns arise. Getting a physical gives you a baseline for where your health is at. Then if there are any issues you can work with them to find a specialist for further care.

Visit the dentist

Tooth health is so important and bad teeth can lead to many other issues in your body. The dentist is something a lot of redheads have a fear of, but it’s important to go at least once per year. Get a cleaning and have your teeth checked, and be sure to stay on top of your brushing and flossing at home. Want some inspo? Check out Season 5, Ep 15when our co-founder’s talk to redhead dentist, Dr. Ethan Erwin:

See your gynecologist

For women specifically, it’s important to have a gynecologist you trust. Seeing the gynecologist is a very personal and private matter and you want to feel comfortable. Your gynecologist isn’t just there to give you your dreaded pap smear. They can also help you with family planning, breast exams, and other women’s wellness exams. Often, a woman’s gynecologist is the first to notice a health concern including things like high blood pressure and thyroid issues. 

Go to the dermatologist

Skin health is important for everyone, but especially redheads. With an increased risk of skin cancer, it’s always a good idea to have a dermatologist you trust and can visit whenever you have a concern. You can get an annual skin check-up to make sure there are no issues, and of course, talk to them about any skin questions you have regarding your face or body. 

Visit your eye doctor

For redheads who wear glasses or contacts, visiting the eye doctor regularly is a no-brainer, but for redheads who have good vision, you might not think twice. Even if you don’t think you need some sort of vision correction, it’s good to visit the eye doctor every few years to confirm your eyes are still doing well. Doing so can help detect early indications of ocular diseases.

Seek out mental health help

Women deal with a lot, and it’s good to have someone to talk to. Speaking with a licensed mental health counselor or therapist can help to ease some of that burden. Mental health help isn’t just for those who are depressed, it’s a way to keep your mind as healthy as your body. Seeking mental health help is a personal choice and also one that may not be in the budget for some people. If you feel you need mental health help — even if you just feel stressed or moody — please consult your options. You may be able to find free or low-cost help, or have coverage through your insurance you’re unaware of. 

Rock it like a Redhead! 


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Ranking The Best Dolls with Red Hair: 30 Options For Your Next Buy

Redhead dolls are on the market and we're here to share our favorites with you

Parents of redhead kids contact us daily for advice and tips. Recently, we received an inquiry as to why it was so hard to find redhead dolls for their little redhead ones. It’s pretty well known that many stores do not carry redhead dolls, with the exception of specific redhead character dolls. As unfortunate as this is, we’re lucky to live in an age where we don’t have to settle for what the store has — we can decide to hop online and see what is really out there. We did our own searches and found 30+ redhead dolls online, ranging from plush dolls to more fashion-style dolls.

We also found that American Girl sells about a dozen redhead dolls in different styles, and has a One of a Kind Doll program where you can design a doll to look like anyone. This feature includes a redhead option and we are loving it. 

Redhead dolls are so hard to find because there’s less demand for them — with less than 2% of the population having red hair. The only way to get more redhead dolls is to show toy makers that there’s a need and want. So, if you have a little one, redhead or not, get them a redhead doll! For those kids with red hair it’s a great way to have a doll that looks like you, and for non-redhead kids, it’s a great way to diversify their doll collection to look more like the world around them.

Plush Dolls 

A plush doll is a soft toy usually made from fabric, often resembling animals, characters from movies, cartoons, or even humans. They are often stuffed with cotton or similar materials to make them cuddly and huggable.

Gloveleya Plush Curly Red Hair Heart Dress Baby Doll: $23

Barbie Dolls 

We all know and love Barbie. Here are some redhead versions and if you want even more, read about 17 Redhead Barbies You Need Right Now.

Barbie Looks Doll with Curly Red Hair: $23

Fashion Dolls

A fashion doll is a type of doll primarily designed to represent fashion and style. They often have posable limbs and come with a variety of clothing and accessories that can be changed to create different looks.

Glitter Girls Astrid - Red Hair & Hazel Eyes: $21

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: Top 17 Redhead Barbie Dolls You Need To Know About

READ: Barbie Rolls Out New Redhead Dolls

Featured Post

3 Ways To Naturally Darken Blonde Brows Without Beauty Products

They require patience and we break down the pros/cons

For most redheads, the blonde brow struggle is real. Redheads often have lighter eyebrows compared to their hair color due to variations in melanin production. The same genetic factors that result in red hair can also affect the color of eyebrows and other body hair. While the exact reasons for blonde eyebrows in redheads aren’t fully understood, it’s likely related to the interplay of different pigmentation genes and how they influence melanin distribution throughout the body.

But putting science being us, the real-real is that having light blonde eyebrows can make it look like you have no brows at all — especially in contrast with your red hair. We often get questions about darkening eyebrows, rocking the light brow look, and of course, the best redhead brow products.

Did you know there are options for darkening your blonde redhead brows naturally*?! We know some redheads want a way to just wake up with dark brows without doing anything to them. Unfortunately, there’s no way to make the blonde brow hairs grow darker, but there are some DIY ways for darkening the existing hairs in a more “natural” way. 

1. Castor Oil

Castor Oil is known to help darken light brows and lashes. Simply apply a light coat to your brows with a spoolie every night before bed. Castor oil is known for helping your hair to be thicker and fuller and could potentially help to darken blonde eyebrows. Over time, the castor oil can help darken the eyebrows naturally. Be consistent with the application for best results.

Using castor oil to darken blonde eyebrows for redheads has several pros and cons:


1. Natural Solution: Castor oil is a natural and chemical-free option for darkening eyebrows, which can be appealing for those looking to avoid synthetic products.

2. Nourishing: Castor oil contains nutrients that can nourish the eyebrows, potentially promoting thicker and healthier growth over time.

3. Cost-effective: Castor oil is relatively inexpensive compared to other eyebrow darkening products, making it a budget-friendly option.


1. Time-consuming: It may take several weeks or even months of consistent application to see noticeable results, which requires patience and commitment.

2. Variable Results: The effectiveness of castor oil in darkening eyebrows can vary from person to person, depending on factors like hair type, genetics, and individual response to the oil.

3. Potential Irritation: Some people may experience irritation or allergic reactions to castor oil, especially if they have sensitive skin or existing skin conditions. It’s essential to perform a patch test before applying it to the eyebrows regularly.

Overall, while castor oil offers a natural and affordable option for darkening blonde eyebrows for redheads, it requires patience and may not be suitable for everyone due to potential skin reactions and variable results.

Castor Oil: $16

2. Henna

This natural vegetable dye can be used to tint your brows more “naturally.” Beware, henna can sometimes turn your brow hairs green if not done properly. 

To darken blonde eyebrows with henna, choose a shade like light brown or auburn. Mix henna powder with water to form a paste. Clean brows, apply petroleum jelly around them, and use a brush to apply the paste. Let it dry for 30 mins to an hour, then leave it on for hours or overnight. Remove excess and avoid cleansers for 24 hours. Always patch test before use.

Using henna on blonde brows has its pros and cons:


1. Natural Option: Henna is a natural dye derived from plants, making it a chemical-free alternative for coloring eyebrows.

2. Long-lasting Color: Henna can provide longer-lasting color compared to some other eyebrow tinting methods, typically lasting for several weeks.

3. Customizable Shades: Henna comes in various shades, allowing you to choose a color that matches your desired eyebrow shade, including options suitable for redheads.


1. Limited Color Options: While henna offers a range of shades, the color outcome may still be limited compared to synthetic eyebrow dyes, especially for achieving lighter or more vibrant colors.

2. Time-consuming Process: Applying henna to the eyebrows can be a time-consuming process, requiring mixing the paste, application, drying time, and development time.

3. Potential Skin Staining: Henna has the potential to stain the skin around the eyebrows if not applied carefully, leading to temporary discoloration that may take time to fade.

Overall, henna provides a natural and long-lasting option for coloring blonde eyebrows, but it requires time and care during application to achieve the desired results while avoiding skin staining.

3. Cocoa Powder + Activated Charcoal

In an article from Byrdie, they claim you can darken brows with aloe, cocoa powder, activated charcoal, and vitamin E oil. “First, mix aloe vera gel, cocoa powder, and vitamin E oil. Add the activated charcoal powder to create your desired color. Apply this paste to your brows using a spoolie brush or Q-tip, leave for 20 minutes, then rinse.”

Using cocoa powder and activated charcoal to darken redhead brows has its advantages and disadvantages:


1. Natural Ingredients: Both cocoa powder and activated charcoal are natural substances, making them a chemical-free option for darkening eyebrows.

2. Customizable Shades: You can adjust the ratio of cocoa powder to activated charcoal to achieve your desired eyebrow shade, allowing for customization based on personal preference.

3. Cost-effective: Cocoa powder and activated charcoal are generally affordable and readily available, making them a budget-friendly option for eyebrow darkening.


1. Potential Messiness: Mixing cocoa powder and activated charcoal into a paste can be messy and may require some trial and error to get the consistency right for application.

2. Limited Lasting Power: Unlike some other eyebrow tinting methods, the color from cocoa powder and activated charcoal may not last as long and may require more frequent reapplication.

3. Variable Results: The effectiveness of cocoa powder and activated charcoal in darkening eyebrows can vary depending on factors such as hair type, skin tone, and individual response to the ingredients, leading to inconsistent results.

Overall, while cocoa powder and activated charcoal offer a natural and cost-effective option for darkening redhead brows, they may require more effort and maintenance compared to other eyebrow tinting methods, and results can vary.

Bonus: Simply invest in Finally Have Brows®

Now these tricks may work for some redheads, but might not work for all redheads. For long-term brow darkening we suggest getting a brow tint or even tinting them yourself at home. For redheads who don’t want to commit to darker brows all the time, just use Finally Have Brows®! The universal red shade works for all redheads and our array of brow products will help you to tint, tame, define, and fill your redhead brows in a natural-looking way. 


If you use any products on your eyes, the FDA urges you to follow these safety tips:

  • If any eye cosmetic causes irritation, stop using it immediately. If irritation persists, see a doctor.
  • Avoid using eye cosmetics if you have an eye infection or the skin around the eye is inflamed. Wait until the area is healed. Discard any eye cosmetics you were using when you got the infection.
  • Be aware that there are bacteria on your hands that, if placed in the eye, could cause infections. Wash your hands before applying eye cosmetics.
  • Make sure that any instrument you place in the eye area is clean.
  • Don’t share your cosmetics. Another person’s bacteria may be hazardous to you.
  • Don’t allow cosmetics to become covered with dust or contaminated with dirt or soil. Keep containers clean.
  • Don’t use old containers of eye cosmetics. Manufacturers usually recommend discarding mascara two to four months after purchase.
  • Discard dried-up mascara. Don’t add saliva or water to moisten it. The bacteria from your mouth may grow in the mascara and cause infection. Adding water may introduce bacteria and will dilute the preservative that is intended to protect against microbial growth.
  • Don’t store cosmetics at temperatures above 85 degrees F. Cosmetics held for long periods in hot cars, for example, are more susceptible to deterioration of the preservative.
  • When applying or removing eye cosmetics, be careful not to scratch the eyeball or other sensitive area. Never apply or remove eye cosmetics in a moving vehicle.
  • Don’t use any cosmetics near your eyes unless they are intended specifically for that use. For instance, don’t use a lip liner as an eye liner. You may be exposing your eyes to contamination from your mouth, or to color additives that are not approved for use in the area of the eye.
  • Avoid color additives that are not approved for use in the area of the eye, such as “permanent” eyelash tints and kohl. Be especially careful to keep kohl away from children, since reports have linked it to lead poisoning.
  • Always be very careful!

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: 4 Ways Redheads Can Rock Natural Blonde Brows

READ: Reddit Thread: Is It Common for Redheads to Have Darker Brows?

Hair + Beauty

Why Redheads Should Not Take Those “Tanning Pills” All Over TikTok

It could be dangerous and hopefully this is a lesson to not believe everything you see on social media

You can’t believe everything you hear or see online, but sometimes things can make you wonder. We recently came across a TikTok video talking about a supplement called “astaxanthin”. The video is by Beverly Hills-based plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Barrett. In the video, Barrett goes on to talk about how this supplement could be a “natural tanner” and also a form of “internal sunblock”. Astaxanthin is simply a powerful antioxidant found in certain seafood and algae and has potential benefits such as a “natural sunblock” and may help to improve skin health. While some research suggests that it may provide some level of protection against UV radiation and help with skin health, it’s not a substitute for traditional sunblock or sunscreen. Redheads, who are often more susceptible to sunburn due to their fair skin, should continue to use sunscreen and take other sun protection measures. 

But, let’s do some more digging to find out why some doctor’s, like Dr. Barrett, are recommending this supplement: 

What is astaxanthin? 

According to, “Astaxanthin is a red pigment that belongs to a group of chemicals called carotenoids. It occurs in certain algae and causes the pink-red color in salmon.” Additionally, “astaxanthin is an antioxidant. This effect might protect cells from damage. Astaxanthin might also improve the way the immune system functions.”

Does it really “naturally tan”?

First, let’s discuss the idea of this supplement being a natural tanner. We’ve heard this before with things like carrots that are high in beta-carotene. While ingesting a large amount of carrots (or just taking a large amount of beta-carotene supplements) may impact the hue of your skin — at what cost? We know from the carrot tan trend that you would have to eat a ton of carrots to see any sort of change, and unless you have a Vitamin A deficiency, it’s not recommended. Similarly, you would need to take an abundance of astaxanthin to see any difference in your skin tone, and it may have an unhealthy impact on you in other ways. 

According to Dr. Hartman, a board-certified dermatologist interviewed for an article by Allure back in January, taking astaxanthin, or other similar “darkening” supplements could actually put you at higher risk for skin cancer. Dr. Hartman explains that “astaxanthin really could make your skin darker, but not in a protective way like having melanin. If you have the pigment naturally, then you are [more] protected from skin cancer. This is giving you the fake version, and it’s making you more likely to develop melanoma.” For redheads, although your skin may appear darker when taking these supplements, you’re still at a very high risk of skin cancer. Supplements like astaxanthin, and lycopene (another supposed “natural tanner”) may interfere with other medications or even lead to stomach or liver issues. 

Is it really a natural sunblock?

Now what about the idea that astaxanthin is an “internal sunblock”? This comes from the fact that it’s an antioxidant, which can help to reduce damage caused by UV rays. While this is beneficial for our bodies, and it’s good to have antioxidants in our diets, it’s not the same as wearing sunscreen. Everyone, especially redheads, should wear an SPF 30+ and re-apply every 2 hours, or as directed. 

Remember, don’t take everything you hear online at face value, because while technically what Dr. Barrett is saying is not true, and it’s a lot more complicated. Redheads need a lot more information than provided in this short video:



Fake Tan Alternative #faketan #faketanroutine #faketantips #faketanhack

♬ original sound – Dr Daniel Barrett

DISCLAIMER: Consulting with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement is always a good idea.

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: Why Redheads Should Never Use Tanning Beds Or Attempt A “Real” Tan

READ: Ask a Redhead: Feeling Pressured To Tan And How To Embrace Your Skin