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9 Easy Breezy Spring Updos for Redheads

Look Cute, Stay Cool

As the weather warms up this spring, it’s nice to have your hair away from your face and up off your neck and back. Sure you can always throw your red hair up into a ponytail if need be, but an easy, cute updo is a little more purposeful and will leave you to enjoy your spring day without worrying about your hair. We found 9 adorable styles from redheads on TikTok to give you some inspo when it comes to styling your red hair

1. Simple Clipped Bun

This style is simple, cute and only requires a claw clip to achieve. Just twist your hair almost all the way into a bun and secure it at the base. Leaving our bangs or front pieces can help frame the face.

2. Banana Clip Pony

Banana clips have been around since at least the 80s, and have made their resurgence along with the claw clips of the 90s. This simple cute style will elevate your everyday ponytail.

@tessaenorton

Would you wear a this? #hairtutorial #bananaclip #easyhairstyles

♬ Vintage – Cōrt

3. Half-Up Claw Clip

If you like a half-up style, this cute claw clip look is a classic you can’t go wrong with. Flipping the hair over the clip instead of just securing it straight on adds a lot of volume too.

@chloebelmarr

Love this and it takes five seconds #clawcliphairstyles #halfupclawcliphairstyles #clawcliphack #halfuphalfdown #easyhairstyles

♬ Lisztomania – Phoenix

4. Half-Up Bun

Another cute half-up half-down style is this simple bun. It will help to get your hair out of your face quickly and easily, and all you need is a hair tie. 

@kirstyeelizabeth

Hairties are @Kitsch LLC (my fave) #hairhack #hairtutorial #hairstyle

♬ gorgeous – ₊˙ Hee﹗˚ ༘

5. Western Twist

If you like a more country western style, this super cute leather hairpin style is a must-try. It’s as easy as twisting up your hair like you would for a claw clip but adds a little extra something to your style.

@justicebmitchell

You can find these over at @TripleEdgeLeatherCo ✨❤️ #hairpins #hairclip #leathertok #redhairgirl #redhead #redhairdontcare #westernstyle #fyp

♬ original sound – Justice Mitchell

6. Pinterest Perfect Braid

A cute braid is the perfect way to get your hair out of your face this spring, and this adorable Pinterest-perfect tutorial will help you elevate your look

@bexdoeshair

#pintresthair #pintrest #hairstyles #braid #hairhack #easyhairstyles #hairtutorial

♬ original sound – bexdoeshair

7. Curly Braided Pony

For the curly redheads, this adorable pony is dressed up with some baby braids that add dimension and texture to your curly updo.

@theamandabelair

30 Days of Curly Styles : Day 7 Today’s look is inspired by one of @GingerSnark | Ryan Terhune ‘s tutorials. I decided to do some hAir-SMR. One week down 😮‍💨 Tomorrow’s look is very special… #fyp #c#curlyhairc#curlyh#hairtutorialc#curlyhairstyles3#30daysday7 #a#amandabelairr#redheadc#curlyredhairvikingbraids #c#curlsn#naturalcurlsf#fypn#naturallycurlyhairnaturallycurlyredhair #amabdabelairhair #theamandabelair

♬ original sound – Amanda Belair

8. Finger Curls Updo

This updo might look like it’s straight out of Bridgerton, but it’s actually super easy and simple. Use a mini barrel curling iron, or embrace your natural red curls to create this look. 

@geenahunt

Curly updo with bangs tutorial <3 Love this hairstyle #hairstyle

♬ original sound – aung

9. Baseball Cap Clip Up

Wearing a baseball cap in the springtime can help shade your face and eyes but sometimes leaves your hair looking flat. This adorable clipped pony adds volume and gives you a cute cap style.

@kirstyeelizabeth

Easy cap hairstyles for a long ponytail 🤍 #hairstyle #hairideas #hairinspo

♬ original sound – DJ R-LO | The Peoples DJ

Extra 10 tips to keep your red hair out of your face this spring: 

Here are a few ideas:

1. Try a stylish headband or scarf to keep your hair back while adding a pop of color to your outfit.

2. Experiment with different braided hairstyles like a French braid or fishtail braid to keep your hair secured.

3. Use bobby pins or hair clips to pin back strands of hair around your face for a simple yet effective look.

4. Opt for a sleek low ponytail or bun to keep your hair off your face while still looking polished.

5. Consider investing in some cute hair accessories like hair combs or barrettes to add flair to your hairstyles while keeping your hair out of your face.

6. Embrace the half-up, half-down hairstyle by pulling back the top section of your hair and securing it with a clip or hair tie.

7. Rock a trendy top knot by twisting your hair into a bun on the top of your head and securing it with pins or a scrunchie.

8. Experiment with a side-swept fringe or bangs to keep hair away from your face while adding a chic touch to your look.

9. Invest in a good quality hair gel or pomade to slick back your hair into a sleek and polished style.

10. Play around with different hair accessories like headwraps, bandanas, or hair cuffs to add personality to your hair while keeping it off your face.

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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4 Ways Redheads Can Rock Natural Blonde Brows

Rocking the brows you were born with is beautiful, and you don’t have to tint or color your redhead brows to embrace them.

Eyebrows can have a big impact on how your face looks because they play a significant role in framing the face and expressing emotions. They help define facial features, contribute to symmetry, and can convey various expressions such as surprise, anger, or confusion. For many redheads, eyebrows can also be a sore subject. Much like the rest of our body hair, redhead brows and lashes are often a very light reddish blonde color and can appear “invisible”

Redheads often have lighter eyebrows due to genetics. The same gene that causes red hair can also affect the color of eyebrows and other body hair, resulting in lighter shades like blonde or even light brown. This variation in color adds to the unique appearance of individuals with red hair.

H2BAR co-founders Adrienne and Stephanie experienced trouble finding products for their blonde brows and that’s how the Finally Have Brows® brow product line was born. The line is made up of two tinted brow gels, one brow pencil, and a clear brow gel.

But what about redheads who want to rock a natural brow look? Rocking the brows you were born with is beautiful, and you don’t have to tint or color your redhead brows to embrace them. Want a few tips? We got you, redhead babe:

Finally Have Brows® 

1. Shape your brows

If you’re rocking the light brow look, it sometimes feels like brow maintenance isn’t necessary. But if you want to make your natural brows more defined without makeup you can do so by cleaning up the edges. A fresh, sharp, shaped brow will stand out more than an overgrown one and can help your brows be a little more prominent. 

Perfecting the eyebrow shape involves considering your unique characteristics. Here are some tips:

1. Consider Your Natural Brow Shape: Work with your natural eyebrow shape as a foundation and enhance it rather than trying to drastically change it.

2. Choose the Right Shade: Opt for eyebrow products that match your red hair color. You might need to experiment with different shades to find the perfect match.

3. Soft Arch: Redheads often look great with soft, gently arched brows. Avoid overly angular shapes, as they can appear harsh against fair skin and hair.

4. Brush and Trim Regularly: Keep your eyebrows groomed by brushing them upwards and trimming any excess length. This helps maintain a neat appearance.

5. Blend Well: Make sure to blend the product well to avoid any harsh lines or patches. A spoolie brush can help soften the color and blend it seamlessly.

Remember, the goal is to enhance your natural beauty and create a flattering frame for your eyes, so embrace your unique features and have fun experimenting with different eyebrow shapes and styles.

2. Define and style

Rocking a natural brow is easy with a clear brow gel. It will give you the shape and hold you want without adding any color. You can rock the light brow while taming and defining to help your brows stand out on your face. Here’s how to use Finally Have Brows Clear Brow Gel effectively:

1. Start with Clean Brows: Make sure your eyebrows are clean and free of any old product or oil before applying the clear gel.

2. Brush Brows Upwards: Use the spoolie brush that comes with the Finally Have Lashes Ultra Fine Pencil to brush your eyebrow hairs upwards. This helps to lift and separate the hairs, creating a fuller look.

3. Apply Gel:  Start by applying the Finally Have Brows Clear Brow Gel to the inner corners of your eyebrows and work your way outwards, following the natural direction of your hair growth.

4. Comb and Shape: Use the spoolie brush to comb through your eyebrows, shaping them into place. Pay attention to any areas where the hairs may be unruly or sticking out, and use the gel to tame them.

5. Blend Any Excess: If you’ve applied too much gel or notice any clumps, use a clean spoolie brush or a cotton swab to gently blend and remove any excess product.

6. Allow to Set: Let the Finally Have Brows Clear Brow Gel dry and set for a few moments. Avoid touching or rubbing your eyebrows during this time to prevent smudging.

Using clear brow gel is a simple and effective way to achieve a natural-looking brow shape while still keeping your hairs in place. It’s a versatile product that can be used on its own or as a finishing touch to your brow routine.

Finally Have Brows® - Clear Brow Gel: $25 

3. Fill in Sparse Areas

This might be cheating, but you can still rock the natural look with just a little help. Using the Finally Have Lashes Ultra Fine Pencil, you can lightly fill in any sparse areas. There won’t be too much color transfer if you apply it gently and it can help define your brows while still keeping the look you like. 

Finally Have Brows® - Ultra Fine Redhead Pencil: $30 

4. Enhance Your Eyes and Keep Balance

If you’re keeping your brows light, you can always draw interest to your face by defining your eyes a little more. Adding mascara and even a light brown liner can help to define the eyes. With natural brows, it’s best to keep makeup minimal and subtle so it looks more natural. This will help to keep the balance in your face. Heavy glam with light, natural brows might look unbalanced and draw focus on your face downward. 

Finally Have Lashes® - Perfectly Brown: $30 

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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10 Sunscreen for Redheads Who Work Out

Stay Protected Even While You Sweat

Exercising outdoors is great for your body, but it can also put you at a higher risk of sunburns. We often wear short-sleeved shirts and shorts exposing our arms and legs, and some men opt to go shirtless, leaving their chests and backs exposed. It’s important to lather up with sunscreen whenever headed outside, but when you’re sweating it’s even more important that you choose the right sunscreen. Wearing sunscreen while working out is essential because UV rays can still damage your skin, even when you’re exercising outdoors. It helps protect against sunburn, premature aging and reduces the risk of skin cancer.

To ensure your sunscreen lasts throughout your entire workout:

1. Apply it generously: Use enough sunscreen to cover all exposed skin, and don’t forget often overlooked areas like the tops of your ears and the back of your neck.

2. Choose water-resistant sunscreen: Opt for a water-resistant formula that can withstand sweat and water exposure, especially if you’re working out outdoors or doing water activities.

3. Reapply as needed: If you’re sweating heavily or engaging in activities that could rub off the sunscreen, reapply it every two hours or more frequently as needed.

4. Wear protective clothing: Consider wearing moisture-wicking clothing that covers as much skin as possible, along with a hat and sunglasses for additional protection.

5. Use SPF lip balm: Don’t forget to protect your lips with an SPF lip balm to prevent them from getting burned or damaged.

By following these steps, you can help ensure that your sunscreen provides effective protection throughout your entire workout. Here are 10 sunscreens for redheads getting their sweat on.

1. Supergoop! PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50 

Supergoop! PLAY Everyday Lotion: $68 

2. Supergoop! PLAY Antioxidant Body Mist w/ Vitamin C SPF 50

Supergoop! PLAY Antioxidant Body Mist w/ Vitamin C: $24 

3. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Water Resistant Broad Spectrum SPF 70

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Water Resistant Broad Spectrum: $14 

4. EltaMD UV Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

EltaMD UV Sport Sunscreen Lotion: $30 

5. Coppertone SPORT Sunscreen SPF 50

Coppertone SPORT Sunscreen: $10 

6. Neutrogena Sport Active Defense SPF 70 Sunscreen Spray

Neutrogena Sport Active Defense SPF 70 Sunscreen Spray: $26 

7. Thinksport SPF 50+ Mineral Sunscreen

Thinksport SPF 50+ Mineral Sunscreen: $22 

8. BLUE LIZARD Sport Mineral-Based Sunscreen Lotion – SPF 50+

BLUE LIZARD Sport Mineral-Based Sunscreen Lotion: $15 

9. Sun Bum Daily SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Lotion

Sun Bum Daily SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Lotion: $20 

10. Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Moisturizing Body Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 60

Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Moisturizing Body Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum: $16 

When working out, it’s important to be mindful of the sweat/water resistance of your sunscreen. Most sunscreens are only sweat/water resistant for up to 80 minutes and have to be re-applied more often than the suggested two hours for regular sunscreen — carrying a spray or stick sunscreen with you while exercising is a great way to easily reapply with no mess. You can also wear UPF clothing to keep yourself protected during your workout to ensure adequate protection from harmful UV rays.

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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How Redheads Can Rock: Pink Blush

This new series will bust myths that redheads can/can't wear this or that

We want redheads to know they can rock anything!

For redheads new to makeup, it can be tempting to stay within the “neutral” boxes and follow some of the outdated makeup guidelines online. If you followed our How Redheads Can Wear series, we’re kicking off a new How Redheads Can Rock series focusing on makeup trends, unique tips, and busting myths that redheads can/can’t wear this or that.

For our first installment, let’s talk about blush — specifically, pink blush.

There are tons of articles and plenty of content online telling redheads to stay away from pink. Not just pink clothing, but pink makeup too. Because many redheads have pinkness to their skin, it is believed pink blush will accentuate it in a bad way. This is why orange-based blush tones like coral and peach are usually the recommended blush shades for redheads. We love these colors and think they absolutely complement redhead skin, but we’re here to prove to you that you can wear pink blush too.

Here are a few tips for how redheads can rock pink blush and look amazing doing it: 

1. Finding the right shade is key

With any makeup, it’s important to find the right shade for your skin tone and undertones. When it comes to pink blush, there are tons of options from dark purply pinks to hot magenta pinks to pale cool-toned pinks and everything in between. For redheads, we love something a little more muted. The darker and more saturated shades can often overpower our skin. Mauves, cool-toned medium pinks, berry pinks, and rose-colored pinks all look amazing on redheads

The shade that works best for you might not be the shade that works best for all redheads. That’s why it’s important to test out different blushes before deciding they aren’t for you. Many blushes look more saturated in color on the tube or pan than they do on the cheek.

Want to see a redhead rank some of the Rare Beauty Blush Shades? Check it out below: 

@kylei.ann

this was hard idk how abby lee miller did this on the weekly #rarebeauty #rarebeautyblush #blushforredheads 👩🏼‍🦰

♬ original sound – kylei halbakken

2. Application, Application, Application: Yes, we said it 3 times!

The trick with blush is to know your application technique. Some people like to apply blush to the apples of the cheeks, while others like to apply it higher up on the cheekbone under the outer corner of the eye. These two placements will give you very different looks.

Applying blush to the apples will accentuate the cheeks and bring focus towards the center of the face helping the face feel fuller. Applying it under the eye at the high points of the cheekbone will draw the eye upwards and out helping your face appear more lifted. Pink-toned blushes can help to brighten the face and give a more youthful appearance. They can also be applied a the bridge of the nose and the tip of the nose to give a very natural flushed look. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to apply blush:

1. Prep your skin: Start with a clean and moisturized face. This ensures a smooth base for makeup application.

2. Choose the right blush: Select a blush shade that complements your skin tone and the look you want to achieve. For fair skin redheads, a soft pink or peachy blush works well.

3. Pick your tools: Use a blush brush or a makeup sponge for application. Make sure your tools are clean for a flawless finish.

4. Apply foundation: If you wear foundation, apply it before blush to even out your skin tone.

5. Find your cheekbones: Smile to locate the apples of your cheeks. This is where you’ll apply the blush for a natural flush.

6. Dab the blush: Dip your brush or sponge into the blush, tapping off any excess product.

7. Apply blush: Start from the apples of your cheeks and blend the blush upwards towards your temples in a gentle, circular motion. Blend well to avoid harsh lines.

8. Build as needed: Apply more blush gradually until you achieve the desired intensity. It’s easier to add more than to remove excess product.

9. Blend: Use a clean brush or sponge to blend any harsh edges for a seamless finish.

10. Set with powder: If desired, set your blush with a translucent powder to help it last longer throughout the day.

Remember, less is often more when it comes to blush application. Start with a light hand and build up the color gradually to avoid overdoing it.

3. Balance your look

If you’re feeling like pink-toned blush is too pink or too bright for your face, try using your other makeup to help balance it. Pink-toned eyeshadows look gorgeous on redheads and can help bring a cohesive look to the face. You can also soften your look a little with brown mascara and a nude or neutral lip to help the pink tones become part of the color palette. 

For fair skin redheads, a pink blush paired with a nude lip or brown mascara can create a stunning look. Start with a light foundation or BB cream to even out your skin tone. Then, choose a soft pink blush to add a subtle flush to your cheeks, focusing on the apples. For the eyes, opt for a brown mascara to define your lashes without overpowering your fair complexion. Finally, complete the look with a nude lip color that complements your skin tone, leaning towards shades with peach or pink undertones for a natural finish.

4. Some of our favorite pink blush recs for redheads

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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How Redheads Can Treat Peeling Skin After a Sunburn

Help Your Sunburnt Skin Heal

The only thing worse than realizing your sunscreen failed and you ended up with a bad sunburn is when your skin starts to peel. While peeling skin is part of the healing process, it can be irritating, unsightly, and even a little painful. How should you treat that peeling skin post-sunburn? Here’s what you need to know: 

1. Don’t Pick

It’s important to let the skin come off on its own. The skin that’s peeling is dead, and you need it to come off, but in it’s own time. Picking at peeling skin can cause irritation and infection that may lead to further damage to your skin. It’s tempting to remove it yourself, but you’ll be glad you didn’t. 

Here are some specific tips to help you avoid picking at your sunburn:

1. Cover it up: Keep your sunburn covered with loose clothing or a bandage to prevent direct contact and temptation to pick.

2. Use distractions: Keep your hands occupied with activities like drawing, knitting, or playing with a stress ball to prevent picking.

3. Practice mindfulness: Be mindful of your actions and sensations. When you feel the urge to pick, take a deep breath and remind yourself of the importance of letting your skin heal.

By implementing these specific tips, you can better resist the urge to pick at your sunburn and promote faster healing.

2. Avoid Irritation

Aside from picking, you also want to avoid other irritants. Exfoliating, using harsh products, excess exposure to hot water, and rubbing a towel on your peeling skin can all cause irritation. Instead, you want to keep the skin soothed by wearing lightweight, loose clothing and gently patting the skin dry after bathing. 

3. Keep It Moisturized

The best thing you can do for a peeling sunburn is to keep it moisturized. Apply a gentle, sensitive skin friendly moisturizer to your body 1-2 times per day, and after bathing. It’s also important to avoid drying products like soaps and perfumes. You can also reduce dryness by keeping your shower water temperature low. When looking for the best sensitive skin-friendly body moisturizer for a sunburn, consider the following factors:

1. Hypoallergenic: Look for moisturizers labeled as hypoallergenic, as they are formulated to minimize the risk of allergic reactions.

2. Fragrance-free: Fragrances can irritate sensitive skin, so opt for fragrance-free or unscented moisturizers to avoid further irritation.

3. Gentle ingredients: Choose moisturizers with gentle, soothing ingredients such as aloe vera, chamomile, oat extract, or ceramides, which can help calm and hydrate sunburned skin.

4. Non-comedogenic: If you have sensitive skin prone to acne, select a non-comedogenic moisturizer to prevent clogged pores and breakouts.

5. Avoid irritants: Steer clear of moisturizers containing alcohol, menthol, or harsh chemicals, as they can further aggravate sunburned skin.

6. Dermatologist-recommended: Consider using moisturizers recommended or approved by dermatologists, as they are formulated with sensitive skin in mind and undergo rigorous testing.

7. Test before use: If possible, perform a patch test on a small area of unaffected skin before applying the moisturizer to your entire sunburned body to ensure it doesn’t cause any adverse reactions.

8. Soothing properties: Look for moisturizers specifically labeled for soothing or calming sensitive skin, as they may contain additional ingredients to alleviate discomfort associated with sunburn.

9. Water-based: Opt for water-based moisturizers, as they are lighter and less likely to clog pores compared to oil-based formulas, making them suitable for sensitive, sunburned skin.

10. SPF protection: If you plan to apply the moisturizer during the day, consider choosing one with added SPF protection to shield your skin from further sun damage.

By considering these factors, you can find a suitable moisturizer that effectively hydrates and soothes your sunburned skin without causing further irritation.

4. Protect Your Skin

The new skin under your peeling sunburn is sensitive and at a much higher risk of sunburn and damage due to UV rays. Keep your skin covered when outdoors and don’t skip the sunscreen. Some people think that once the skin is sunburnt it can’t get damaged anymore, but that new skin is actually highly susceptible. 

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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Why Redheads Should Avoid The SPF & Facial Oil Combo

Redheads are already at risk for skin cancer and this can make it worse

It’s important to moisturize before applying sunscreen because moisturizers help hydrate and nourish the skin, creating a smooth and even surface for the sunscreen to adhere to. This can improve the effectiveness of the sunscreen and ensure more even coverage. Additionally, moisturizers can help prevent the sunscreen from drying out the skin, especially if it contains ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which can be drying.

Applying sunscreen last ensures that it forms a protective barrier on top of the moisturizer, maximizing its effectiveness in blocking UV radiation from reaching the skin. If sunscreen is applied first, moisturizer may dilute or interfere with its ability to adhere to the skin properly, reducing its effectiveness.

But what about when you choose to use a facial oil to moisturize your redhead skin? You can just pop your SPF right over the top of it like you would a moisturizer…right? Stop! SPF and facial oil is one combo you want to avoid because it can leave your skin compromised and at risk of sun damage:

How do oils impact sunscreen? 

Oil-based products are amazing for getting your face squeaky clean, removing SPF at the end of the day and moisturizing. If you’re wondering what the difference is between an oil-based cleanser and a facial oil serum — it’s not a whole lot. Facial oil serums are actually known to break down your sunscreen, causing it to be less effective. 

Skincare oils can affect sunscreen in a few ways:

1. Dilution: If you mix oils with sunscreen, it can dilute the SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and reduce its effectiveness in protecting your skin from UV rays.

2. Barrier: Some oils create a barrier on the skin, which can potentially interfere with the even distribution and adherence of sunscreen, leading to patchy coverage and reduced protection.

3. Effectiveness: Certain oils may enhance the efficacy of sunscreen by providing additional hydration and nourishment to the skin, potentially improving its overall health and ability to withstand sun exposure.

4. Stability: Some oils contain antioxidants that may help stabilize the active ingredients in sunscreen, prolonging their effectiveness and preventing degradation due to sun exposure.

Overall, it’s essential to be cautious when combining skincare oils with sunscreen and ensure that the sunscreen remains the primary protective layer on your skin, applied evenly and generously.

What can you do instead? 

The best way to utilize facial oils in your skincare routine is at night. This gives the oils time to soak into the skin without impacting your skin’s sun safety. Instead, opt for a super hydrating oil-free moisturizer, or even a hydrating SPF. If you’re dead set on wearing facial oil during the day, just make sure you apply it well before your SPF and allow it time to soak into the skin before adding your sunscreen. This will reduce the risk of breaking down the sunscreen. 

To apply a facial oil before SPF in the morning, follow these steps:

1. Cleanse Your Skin: Start with a clean face. Use a gentle cleanser to remove any dirt, oil, or impurities from your skin.

2. Toner (Optional): If you use a toner in your skincare routine, apply it after cleansing and before the facial oil.

3. Apply the Facial Oil: Dispense a few drops of facial oil onto your fingertips. Gently massage the oil into your skin using upward, circular motions. Focus on areas that tend to be drier or where you want extra hydration. Allow the oil to absorb fully into your skin before moving to the next step.

4. Wait a Few Minutes: Give the facial oil a few minutes to fully absorb into your skin. This will ensure that it doesn’t interfere with the effectiveness of the sunscreen.

5. Apply Sunscreen: Once the facial oil has absorbed, apply your SPF sunscreen evenly over your entire face and neck. Be sure to use enough sunscreen to adequately cover your skin for effective protection against UV rays.

6. Let It Set: Allow the sunscreen to set for a few minutes before applying any makeup or additional skincare products.

By following these steps, you can effectively incorporate a facial oil into your morning skincare routine before applying SPF sunscreen.

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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Do Redheads Bleed More? 

Here's What We Know

If you head to Google and type in “do redheads…” you’ll get a lot of suggested search queries. One of these might be: “do redheads bleed more?”

This is a question we’ve been asked many times on social media. We know several medical factors come into play when one has red hair, like an increased need for anesthesia, a higher pain tolerance, and maybe even more painful childbirth. But, do redheads actually bleed more than others? Here’s what we know.

According to a study published in 2011, “Red-haired individuals are known for their reputation of increased bleeding during surgical procedures and in women after childbirth. However, only a few sound scientific studies have been performed to assess the association between red hair and bleeding.” The study goes on to say that there was a slight increase in the rate of bruising among redhead women.

From what we know, the increased bruising among redheads is often due to thinner skin, which makes bruising more apparent. But this doesn’t directly relate to bleeding. We kept digging and found that it’s also believed redheads may be more susceptible to hernias due to a “tangential link between chromosome 16 and a condition called brittle cornea syndrome, the sufferers of which have a slightly elevated hernia risk.”

A study reported on by Time.com in 2010 talks about the belief that redheads are more susceptible to hemorrhages, and states that “a survey of tonsillectomy patients found that about 7% of both red-haired and control patients experienced post-surgical bleeding. And in a study of the blood coagulation of 50 women, half of whom were redheads, there was no difference in clotting.”

At this time, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that redheads bleed more than individuals with other hair colors. Right now, it is simply a myth or misconception.

What do you think? Do you bleed more than others? Have you heard this before? 

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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How Redheads Can Relieve Stress: 7 Best Stress Relief Products

National Stress Awareness Day is April 16th

Recognizing and managing stress is extremely important for your mind and body. Not only does stress weigh on the mind, but it is linked to physical symptoms as well. Increased blood pressure, panic attacks, sleep problems, headaches, acne, and hair loss can all be caused or worsened by high levels of stress. While stress is something that impacts everyone, we like to focus on our redhead community and bring awareness to all the ways redheads can improve their lives. 

There are several ways redheads can reduce their stress levels, some include: 

1. Exercise – Even just walking for 10 minutes a day can help to reduce your stress levels. To remain active and healthy, all redheads should strive for 30 minutes of physical activity a day.

2. Yoga – Grounding one’s mind and body through yoga is another wonderful way to reduce stress.

3. Adequate Sleep – Stress can often throw off our sleep cycles, which in turn causes more stress. Getting 8-9 hours of sleep each night will help you reduce stress levels and remain well-rested. 

4. Massage – A great way to relax the body and remove tension is by getting a massage. 

5. Self Care – Practicing self-care at home is a free and easy way to reduce stress and relax your mind and body. Baths, breathing exercises, journaling, and meditation are all practices you can do right at home. 

6. Deep breathing exercises: Practice deep, slow breaths to calm your body and mind.

7. Meditation: Set aside time to meditate, focusing on your breath or using guided meditation apps.

8. Seek support: Talk to a friend, family member, or therapist about what’s on your mind to gain perspective and support.

9. Listening to music: Choose calming music or nature sounds to relax.

10. Engage in a hobby: Spend time doing something you enjoy, whether it’s painting, gardening, or playing an instrument.

11. Connect with nature: Spend time outdoors, go for a hike, or simply sit in a park to unwind.

12. Journaling: Write down your thoughts and feelings to help process emotions and clear your mind.

13. Practice mindfulness: Pay attention to the present moment without judgment, focusing on what you can control.

14. Take a break: Step away from stressful situations, even if just for a few minutes, to give yourself a mental break.

Why is it important to de-stress?

De-stressing is important for both mental and physical health. Chronic stress can lead to various health issues such as high blood pressure, weakened immune system, and mood disorders like anxiety and depression. Taking time to destress helps to reduce these negative effects, promotes relaxation, improves mood, enhances cognitive function, and boosts overall well-being. It also helps increase resilience to future stressors, allowing you to better cope with life’s challenges.

6 Redhead-Approved De-Stressing Products 

1. Bath Bombs for Sensitive Skin: Bath bombs help destress through aromatherapy, moisturizing effects, sensory experience, and as a self-care ritual.

2. Aromatherapy Shower Steamers: Shower steamers help destress by releasing soothing scents, creating a calming aromatherapy experience in the shower, promoting relaxation and reducing tension.

3. Soothing Aloe Face Masks: Face masks help destress by providing a pampering self-care routine, nourishing the skin, and promoting relaxation through their soothing application and pleasant scents, offering a moment of mindfulness and rejuvenation.

4. 100 Mindful Prompts for Self-Care & Stress Relief: Self-care mindfulness prompts help destress by encouraging present moment focus, emotion acknowledgment, and relaxation-promoting activities, fostering calm amidst stressors.

5. Soothing Headache Cap: A soothing headache cap helps destress by applying comforting pressure and temperature sensations, relieving tension and promoting relaxation.

6. Stress Relief Roll-On Essential Oil Set: Essential oils help destress through aromatherapy, where their calming scents can trigger relaxation responses in the brain, reducing stress and promoting a sense of calm and well-being.

7. Microwave Heating Pad: A heating pad helps destress by providing warmth and soothing relief to tense muscles, promoting relaxation and comfort.

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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Hair + Beauty

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

It should feel silky and moisturized, not oily

Redheads naturally have thicker hair strands which can lead to coarse hair. Some studies suggest that individuals with red hair may have a higher hair density (number of hairs per square centimeter of scalp) compared to people with other hair colors. This increased hair density can create the appearance of thicker hair overall. Additionally, the texture of red hair can vary widely, ranging from fine and straight to coarse and curly. Coarser hair strands may feel thicker to the touch compared to finer strands, and this can often lead to lots of frizz.

What do you do when the products you’ve used to fight the frizz in your red hair end up leaving you feeling oily or greasy? Combatting frizz can feel overwhelming, but we’ve got some tips + products to help you tame your mane and keep things frizz-free without that greasy feeling: 

1. Frizz control starts in the shower 

The way you wash your hair can have a big impact on frizz. Focus your shampoo on the roots as it can have a drying effect on the lengths of your hair. Concentrate your conditioner on the lengths and ends to avoid adding excess oils to the root. You also want to keep your water temperature low and rinse with cool water after shampooing and conditioning. The cold water will help to lock in the moisture while flattening and sealing the cuticle which will help with frizz.

2. Spend time with your after-shower care routine 

Once you’re done showering, it can be tempting to squeeze all the water from your hair with your towel, but invest in the Soft Microfiber Hair Towel. This custom-made woven hair towel is soft, water absorbent, assists with fast drying, and helps to reduce frizz. Because wet red hair is at its most vulnerable, this microfiber towel gently and carefully absorbs moisture from your unique hair, dries it quickly, and protects it from breakage. This custom design is uniquely shaped to wrap all of your hair securely (no matter the length), with an elastic strap to comfortably keep things in place. 

Once the water is gently extracted from you hair, leave your locks wet while you apply things like leave-in conditioner, mousse, and other serums. Not only will it add moisture but it will help the products to be distributed more evenly. 

3. Pick the right products 

When it comes to styling products, oils are the best thing for taming frizz, but if you struggle with oily or greasy feeling hair this may feel counterintuitive. If you do want to try an oil, use it on damp hair and apply a small amount from the ears down, focusing on your ends. Applying the oil to your palms and rubbing it all over your hands like a lotion before running your hands through your hair can help to distribute it more evenly. Applying the oil while your hair is wet gives it more of a chance to soak in, rather than sitting on the surface of the hair. If oils are too heavy for your hair, try using mousse, a leave-in conditioner, or even gel. These products can be more lightweight and reduce the risk of weighing down your hair. Here are some of our favorites: 

1. Crown Affair Leave in Conditioner 

2. Reverie Natural Milk Anti-Frizz Leave-In Nourishing Treatment 

3. Color Wow Dream Coat 

4. VIRTUE Healing Oil 

5. SUNDAY II SUNDAY Revive Me Daily Leave In Conditioner Spray

6. R+Co Foil Frizz & Static Control Spray

4. Style the right way

A lot of frizz can occur during the styling phase. The best two ways to reduce frizz are heat + tension. That’s why a blowout leaves your hair looking and feeling sleek and sexy! When blow-drying your hair, you want to aim the air downwards along the strands, this helps to lock frizz and flyaways in place. If you want to embrace your natural texture, try using air dry creams, or diffusing your hair to speed up the drying process. To reduce frizz between washes, sleep in a silk bonnet or use a silk pillowcase, use a boar bristle brush to tame frizz while distributing your natural oils, and avoid using heavy oil-based products on dry hair. 

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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Hair + Beauty

Ask a Redhead: Best Sunscreens + Redhead Sun Safety 101

Do You Know Your Sunscreen Facts?

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 for all your redhead needs. 

We’ve received a few questions from Instagram about SPF, sun protection factor, and sun safety for redhead skin. We’ve decided to dive into all things SPF so you can stay better protected this spring/summer:

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1. Know your facts: redheads are at a higher risk for skin cancer 

The topic of sun safety is such an important one, especially for redheads. Redheads run a much higher risk of developing skin cancer and have to take extra precautions when it comes to being out in the sun. Redheads have a higher risk of developing skin cancer because they often have fair skin, freckles, and light eyes, which are all associated with lower levels of melanin. Melanin helps protect the skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation, so lower levels of melanin mean less protection from the sun’s rays, increasing the risk of skin cancer. It’s unknown what the exact risk factor is for redheads, as it varies from person to person, but research shows it may be anywhere from 10 to 100 times more than someone without red hair

2. Sunscreen is the best tool to block out harmful rays

Wearing SPF and practicing good sun safety is the best way to prevent skin cancer. SPF is effective in preventing skin cancer because it blocks harmful UV radiation from damaging the skin. It acts as a shield, reducing the amount of UV radiation that reaches the skin and thus decreasing the risk of sunburn, skin aging, and skin cancer. Applying SPF regularly helps protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays, which are major contributors to skin damage and cancer.

SPF 30 blocks out 97% of the sun’s harmful UV rays, which will greatly reduce your risk of exposure. Although no SPF can block out 100% of harmful rays, it can be a great tool to keep your skin safe if applied properly. 

It’s also important to know that you must use SPF sunscreen whenever the UV index is over 0. The UV index measures the intensity of UV radiation from the sun, and even on cloudy or overcast days, UV radiation can still reach your skin and cause damage. Wearing SPF sunscreen helps protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation and reduces the risk of sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer.

Here is a helpful graph on when to wear sunscreen:

3. Invest in protective clothing 

Although SPF sunscreen is always recommended, it doesn’t block out 100% of sun rays because it’s not possible to create a sunscreen that provides complete protection against all UV radiation. While SPF sunscreen does provide significant protection by absorbing, reflecting, or scattering UV rays, it’s challenging to formulate a product that can completely block all UV radiation without being impractical or uncomfortable to use. Additionally, factors such as sweat, water, and rubbing can reduce the effectiveness of sunscreen, so reapplication is necessary for continued protection.

That’s why redheads should also wear protective clothing and limit time in the sun. Protective clothing is helpful for preventing sunburns because it physically blocks UV radiation from reaching the skin. Fabrics with a tight weave and dark colors offer better protection than lighter colors and looser weaves. Additionally, some clothing is specially designed to provide UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) ratings, indicating their effectiveness in blocking UV rays. Wearing protective clothing, along with using sunscreen and seeking shade, can significantly reduce the risk of sunburns and skin cancer.

Remember, SPF is a great defense, but still leaves a window for sunburn and skin damage. Proper sun safety includes a combination of tactics to help keep your skin safe. 

4. Pick a good redhead-approved sunscreen 

Broad spectrum SPF is the best choice for redheads since it blocks out both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen should be applied as the last step in your skincare (before makeup) and reapplied approximately every 2 hours. Redheads should look for sensitive skin-friendly sunscreens and opt for “sweatproof” / “water-resistant” brands if they plan to be in the water or active.

Sweatproof and “waterproof” are terms used to describe the effectiveness of sunscreen or other products in maintaining their protective properties when exposed to sweat or water. “Sweatproof” means that the product is designed to resist being washed away by sweat, making it more suitable for activities that cause sweating, such as sports or outdoor work. However, sweatproof products may still require reapplication after sweating heavily or swimming. “Waterproof” means that the product is designed to maintain its protective properties even when exposed to water, such as swimming or water sports. However, it’s important to note that no sunscreen is truly waterproof, as all products will eventually wash off with prolonged water exposure. The term “water-resistant” is often used instead, indicating that the product provides some degree of protection in water but may need to be reapplied after swimming or sweating.

Take a scroll through our favorite brands and products:

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Dermatologist-Approved Sunscreen Products for Redheads

5. Know the difference between a burn and freckles 

Most redheads have had a sunburn at some point in their life, and while sunburn isn’t the end of the world, it is an indicator that your skin has received too much unprotected sun and may become damaged. Freckles, on the other hand, may also come out when you get sun but are not a sign of sun damage or skin cancer. Freckles are naturally occurring and can appear on healthy skin when exposed to the sun

Freckles are small brown spots on the skin that are caused by an increase in melanin production in response to sun exposure. They are usually permanent and more commonly found in individuals with fair skin.

A sunburn, on the other hand, is redness and inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to UV radiation from the sun. It occurs when the skin’s DNA is damaged by UV rays, leading to inflammation as the body’s immune system responds to repair the damage. Sunburns are temporary but can be painful and increase the risk of skin cancer over time.

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! 

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Check Out The Crazy Ways People Have Tried to Get Faux Freckles

We think freckle pens are the best bet if you want to add freckles to your face

Red hair…trending!

Freckles…trending!

Bleach blonde brows… trending!

After years of being bullied, redhead features are the hottest trend. Of course, not all redheads have freckles, but many do. The freckle trend is continuing to blow up, especially with summer around the corner. There are several reasons why people may choose to create faux freckles:

1. Aesthetic appeal: Many people find freckles charming and associate them with a youthful, natural look. Faux freckles allow individuals to temporarily mimic the appearance of freckles, adding a touch of whimsy and character to their makeup look.

2. Trendiness: Faux freckles have gained popularity through social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok, where influencers and beauty enthusiasts showcase their creativity with makeup techniques. As a result, many people may try faux freckles to stay on-trend and experiment with their makeup routine.

3. Personal expression: Makeup is a form of self-expression, and faux freckles offer individuals a fun and creative way to express their personality and style. Some people may use faux freckles as a form of artistic expression or to enhance their natural features.

4. Enhanced natural look: Faux freckles can create a more natural-looking makeup finish, particularly for individuals who want to achieve a sun-kissed, outdoorsy vibe. By strategically placing freckle-like dots on the cheeks and nose, individuals can achieve a fresh, youthful appearance.

5. Covering imperfections: For some individuals, faux freckles can serve as a way to camouflage blemishes, acne scars, or uneven skin tone. By strategically applying freckle-like dots, they can draw attention away from imperfections and create a more even complexion.

Here are some of the craziest (and smartest) ways people have tried to get faux freckles. 

Broccoli Faux Freckles

Using broccoli for faux freckles might be the wildest one of all, and we’ve seen plenty of people try this and have it flop, but for some, it’s working.

@tinipeart

hack for the perfect faux freckles with fake tan 🥦🤍 no broccoli was wasted 🫶 #broccolifreckles #fauxfreckles #faketanfreckles @St Moriz

♬ original sound – EXCLUSIVE EDITION

@camartins

Respondendo a @Rute Ester testando truque de fazer sardas com brocolis e pra piorar, o meu ta estragado akakak #hacks #beautyhacks #fakefreckles #makeuphacks

♬ original sound – harley

Root Spray

Another crazy trick people have been trying is using root spray. This one has created plenty of failures, but if done right, it seems like it might actually work!

@mireyarios

Replying to @c0rpes.of.trinity freckle hack #frecklesgirl #magicrootcoverup #rootcoverup #frecklespray #frecklestutorial #frecklesmakeup #fakefreckles #fakefrecklestutorial

♬ original sound – Mireya Rios

@chloe_dillon

Trying out the faux freckle hack 🧍🏼‍♀️#makeup#fauxfreckle#hack#sprayonfreckles#fail#fyp#viral

♬ original sound – Chloe Dillon

Electric Toothbrush

Liquid bronzer seems like a great product for creating faux freckles, but getting the freckle effect with an electric toothbrush is wild.

@makeupbyash.x

Would you try this freckle hack?!✨ #freckles #fauxfreckles #fauxfrecklestutorial #freckleshack

♬ original sound – Ash 💓

Beard Dye

We love beard dye, for eyebrows! But for faux freckles? This is a big fail!

@alysamaebeck

I will master this! #fauxfreckles #bearddyefreckles #fauxfreckleshack #makeuproutine #skincareroutine #grwmchitchat #grwmvlog #dayinmylife #makeuphack

♬ original sound – Alysa

Bonus Faux Freckle Techniques

Looking for some faux freckle techniques that seem to work pretty well? Check out these: 

@kseniasenn

Trust me just get it #frecklestutorial #frecklestamper #freckles #freckleshack #makeuphacks #makeuphack #frecklemakeup #makeup #beautytok

♬ original sound – Ksenia

@avakolker

freckle hack

♬ original sound – ava 🙂

@harrietmrose

Another henna freckle transition as you love them so much #henna #hennafreckles #fakefreckles #fauxfreckles

♬ Kali area codes – Kali

And of course, for those who really want to commit…freckle tattoos are a thing:

@yassatattoo

Replying to @stephaniexdianne she’s so stunning…I can’t even…#cosmetictattoo #freckletattoo #frecklesgirl #frecklestutorial #frecklehack #freckles #fauxfreckles #frecklefilter #facetatt #facetattoo #pmutraining #pmuartist

♬ Love Lost – Mac Miller & The Temper Trap

Freckle Pens

Even redheads born without freckles are jumping on the faux freckle bandwagon, but these redheads know the best way to achieve the faux freckle look is a freckle pen. It’s made for creating faux freckles and won’t damage or irritate your skin. If you’re a redhead ‘by choice’, a freckled redhead, or just someone who wants to embrace the freckle life, here’s your best bet. 

@kylei.ann

It also stains so long lasting !!! I love that it doesn’t turn gray either @saltyfaceofficial #fakefreckles #makeupforredheads #fyp

♬ original sound – kylei halbakken

@jonesgirlstudio

What do we think?!? : #freckles #fauxfreckles #ginger #redhead #makeupreview #tiktokmademebuyit

♬ Chopin Nocturne No. 2 Piano Mono – moshimo sound design

@jonesgirlstudio

What do we think?!? : #freckles #fauxfreckles #ginger #redhead #makeupreview #tiktokmademebuyit

♬ Chopin Nocturne No. 2 Piano Mono – moshimo sound design

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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Confidence

Photographer Has Been Capturing Redheads Around The World For 11 Years

Over a Decade of Redhead Personality Photos

For over a decade, photographer Keith Barraclough has been photographing redheads in a series called The Redhead Project. According to Barraclough’s website, it is “an ongoing series of studio personality portraits of natural-born redheads. Each photo shoot is a collaborative process between photographer and subject, resulting in portraits that tell redheads’ unique stories.”

Barraclough photographed our co-founders, Adrienne + Stephanie, in 2014! 

Barraclough began the project in 2013 after a chance encounter with a redhead at a corporate photoshoot he was working. Barraclough explains, “That same week I’d read a National Geographic article about the extinction of redheads in 100 years. I personally only knew one redhead at the time. I was intrigued.  Processing that redhead executive’s headshots from the corporate shoot, I was struck by his presence. I got to thinking, who is this person? What’s his personality and what makes him special aside from his red hair? And the idea for this collaborative project that tells redheads’ unique stories was born.”

Photoshoots for The Redhead Project currently take place in New York City, but Barraclough has also hosted photoshoots all over the US, as well as a virtual photoshoot option for redheads. The virtual shoot idea came about during COVID-19 when shoots for The Redhead Project had to be put on hold — now it’s a way for redheads all over the world to be a part of the project. On the redheadproject.net you can see photos of redheads of all ages, as well as interviews from redheads who have attended both in-person and virtual photoshoots with Barraclough. 

Barraclough isn’t the only photographer to take a special interest in redheads. Photographer Mark Elzey did an entire shoot on natural freckles, while photographer Brian Dowling has captured photos of redheads (including Madelaine Petsch) from around the world. Redheads are rare, and if there’s one thing photographers love it’s capturing rare beauty and unique features. It’s no surprise redheads are a common photographer interest. 

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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