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By: Natasha Holler 

If you’re like most ravishing redheads, you usually spend your days running from one thing to the next, forgetting to just sit back and breathe. September is National Yoga Month, so now is the time to focus on yourself – and  your “om”.

Whether you’re already a self-proclaimed yogi or you wouldn’t know the difference between a Sun Salutation and a Side Plank, this month is the perfect time to break out your yoga mat and bring some harmony to your red life. National Yoga Month was established as a campaign to inspire a healthy lifestyle and to educate more people about the benefits of yoga and has only gotten bigger since its inception. The Yoga Health Foundation sponsors a number of events nationally, and many local studios offer free classes during this month, so make sure you research studios in your area, and you’re ready to embark on your journey to a happier and healthier red life with yoga.

If the only images that Cat – Cow and Crow invoke in your mind are of animals, you’ll want to start with the basics – why should a redhead like you practice yoga? There are a myriad of benefits of any physical activity, but there are some extra special advantages to yoga:

1. You can practice poses nearly anywhere – you don’t need any special equipment or space to take some time to yourself. All you need is dedication, the proper execution of basic poses, and some comfortable clothing.

2. You’ll find that there are plenty of clothing brands, such as Lululemon and Athleta, dedicated to yoga-specific wear, but as long as you’ve found comfortable workout wear that is pliable or loose, you’ll be free to Cobra correctly.

3. Once you’ve been practicing yoga for some time, you’ll start to find inner peace and relief from the stresses of your hectic days. The advantages aren’t all spiritual and meditative, though – there are plenty of physical benefits as well. It may not seem like it, but asanas (yoga postures) are actually strength training. They’re designed to engage nearly every muscle in your body, so you’ll feel stronger in no time. Your flexibility will increase exponentially, which in turn will help you gain range of motion and relieve aches and pains.

4. Most of all, it’s a positive program that doesn’t focus on competition or “fixing what’s wrong”. You can do yoga despite your skill level or age (or hair color), but just remember that, as with any undertaking, it will take you some time to get to where you’d like to be. Don’t get discouraged! Many people say that yoga has helped them achieve a more meaningful life, so be sure you stick with it and soon you’ll be Lotus-ing with the best.



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The Power of Air Drying & Skipping The Blow Drying Process

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Debra Messing recently discussed her red hair with Hollywood Life saying, “I try and let it air dry whenever I can.”

As redheads, you know how it is to love your natural (or ‘by choice) color and always feel extra beautiful because of the uniqueness. But, many redheads have to fight frizzy, curly hair on a daily basis. One of the ways to keep your hair maintained is to air dry it. It sounds pretty simple, but it actually keeps our hair healthy and shiny. The healthier the hair, the less likely it is to look and feel fried. This trick will allow your hair to take well to other hot tools like straighteners and curlers.


Here are some of the “powers” of air drying your red locks and skipping the blow drying process:

1. Healthy Hair – By skipping the heat of a blow dryer, you are reducing the amount of total heat on your head during the styling process. And, you really do not need as many styling products, which is better for your hair in the end and keeps your hair cleaner for a few more days, too!

2. Great for Redheads – Air drying is especially good for natural redheads because it has been proven that ‘gingers’ have thicker hair than blondes and brunettes. Now, you can spend less time standing in front of the mirror with a round brush, pulling out your curls and you will be able to do other fun activities.

3. Money – You are able to save money on products that you would need to add the moisture back into your hair that the blow dryer took out.

Do you air dry your red hair?!

Rock it likea Redhead! 


Ask Rona: My Hair Has Gone from Fiery Red to Auburn. Help!

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QUESTION: I’m Carmina. I am Mexican and a natural redhead! And my hair has gone from fiery red to auburn. But, it changes on a daily basis. One day I have bright red hair, other days I have dull looking auburn hair. I’ve been trying to keep my red hair vibrant, but I don’t want to dye it! HELP!

ANSWER: By, Rona O’Connor: Hi Carmina! Unfortunately, all redheads do tend to brown out with age. For a redhead that may be more auburn,the hues go into the brown family; and if they are a lighter copper shade of red then they tend to dull out into more of a dishwater red/ blonde. It is sad to see beautiful red hair dull out,but there are easy solutions.

Here are a few tips and suggestions:

It is the natural process for redheads to start browning out in their 20’s and 30’s and this causes the hair to loose some of its fire.

As far as your hair changing all the time, keep in mind that the sunlight and/or bright lighting will always intensify your red, especially in pictures. And when the weather is grey, it also reflects on your red which makes it look browner.

There are a few treatments you can try to help maintain your red hues without permanent color.

Gloss: When many of my redheaded clients complain about “browning out” I always recommend a gloss because it is very natural with beautiful results. Yes, it is a form of coloring, but will not require commitment and doesn’t leave a line of demarcation. Glosses are a great way to start because they are transparent with hues and give great shine. There are various companies that have great glosses, but my absolute favorite is called ELUMEN by Goldwell. The gloss will wash out in 5/6 weeks so there is no commitment.

Glaze: Glazes are semi-permanent and is another option that can be customized into matching and reviving your red hair. It is a safe way to add red back into your hair with a little more tone and lasts about 5/6 weeks.

For a natural approach: Try squeezing lemon juice onto your roots and combing it thru your ends. Then, spend some time in the sun. This can lighten your hair up a bit,bringing out some of your red hues. Be sure to shampoo and condition.

Let me know if this helps! Good Luck!


Do you want to ask Rona a question about your red hair? Submit your photo and question here.



Fall is Hat Weather: Tips for Dealing with Hat Hair

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Red hair should always look gorgeous because the color is so unique and rare. When the fall season approaches and hats are all the rage, a redhead has to worry about lanky and flat hat hair.

Follow the below steps to keep your hair beautifully Red:

1. Damp hair will cause hat hair. Make sure to blow dry hair and do not style with mousse because it will dampen hair and give you more hat hair.

2. Depending on your hair type and mood you can either blow dry your hair straight or give it body.

If you choose to go straight, straighten the hair with a flat iron (especially the ends) because by flattening your hair on purpose, you will avoid the flatness of hat hair. 

If your hair is naturally curly or you’re in the mood for voluminous hair, give body to your hair. Using a round brush and a hair dryer, give your hair a boost at the roots.

3. There are a few hat tricks that many women use:

– Simply twist your hair into a high bun, secure with hair elastic and put your hat on. When you get inside, shake out the bun and your hair will be bouncy and will have no sign of hat hair.

– Take your hat off every ten minutes to half an hour. Brush your hair each time and this will help fight against hat hair.

Rock it like a Redhead!


Photo Credit: Kara Kochalko,  © How to be a Redhead


Accepting Your “Ghost-Like” Whiteness

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A few weeks ago, a reader wrote in saying, “I’ve accepted my ghost-like whiteness.” It’s a great statement because redheads should be empowered by their red hair and feel confident when rocking their natural beauty.

If you haven’t quite reached the point where you are exclaiming to the sky above “thank you for my beautiful red hair”, then here are some tips on how to be a knock-out, confident redhead:

1. Don’t Let The Teasing Bother You: Be a proud example. Compliment a redhead on their hair or freckles; If someone makes a ginger joke, refrain from getting offended; If you can see someone’s true red roots growing in under all the hair dye, ask them why they choose to dye their hair. What could go wrong? You might just help them change their minds. In the end, if you’re bullied, laugh at it. Be the bigger person. Love yourself.


2. All Redheads Are Born With Confidence: Take a look at all Hollywood redheads and there is one commonality: confidence. If you take Nicole Kidman for example, she has spoken candidly about how being a tall and skinny teenager with curly hair made her feel insecure, but once she got older, she realized her true beauty. Her red hair helped her embrace her beauty (inside and out) and now there is no doubt that the public will always view Nicole as someone who exudes a natural, subtle confidence.

You can find that inner confidence in you, too. Sometimes, by pretending you’re happy about your hair, you’ll eventually BE happy about your hair. You might be surprised how easy it is to trick yourself into believing something.

Don’t listen to your doubters – you CAN do anything you put your mind to!

READ: Are Redheads Automatically Assumed To Have Confidence?

3. Accept Your Redhead Features: By accepting your “ghost-like” whiteness, your vibrant red hair, beautiful eye color and freckles, you will actually notice that you’re a more confident person; sooner or later you’ll love your red hair more than anything. People around you will suddenly feel the vibe of your empowerment and you’ll catch people saying, “Wow! I wish I had red hair!”

What are some ways you accept your “ghost-like” whiteness?


The Top 8 Makeup Products for Redheads

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With so many makeup products on the market, it can sometimes be difficult for a redhead to find items that don’t break out the skin, work with light eyelashes/eyebrows and complements ivory skin tones. Things can get even more complicated when a different season approaches and makeup must change, too.

The below products have been tested on a redhead for a maximum of 10 days and deemed “redhead friendly”! See why they are great for your red life:

1. AmazingCosmetics Amazing Concealer, Light: If you’re looking for the perfect concealer to cover all your flaws and match your pale skin, this is your answer. It is very difficult to find a good concealer, but this one is the best one out there. Unlike traditional concealers, the Amazing Concealer is so concentrated, you only need to use tiny pin-dot amounts of product to create flawless skin.

2. Youngblood Brow Artiste Kit, AuburnAdrienne and Stephanie swear by this eyebrow kit. Redheads know it is not easy to find an eyebrow color that complements light eyebrows and red hair; the colors are usually too dark or too light. That is, until you discover the beauty behind Youngblood’s Brow Artiste in Auburn. The kit contains two different shades of auburn and a cool wax. It is easy to find the color that matches your skin and hair tone and there is also a great brush and tweezer that comes with the kit. You can’t go wrong. It is a must have!

3. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, Black/Brown: How many of you feisty redheads are in a rush and need to complete your look, but don’t have time to apply a fancy eyeliner? Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner easily glides on with ease, won’t smudge or run, and stays in place until you say when. The thin marker-like tip is easy to use, goes on smoothly without skipping, smudging, or pulling, and is waterproof!

4. Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip, Rich Red: A super-pigmented, eight-hour wear, creamy liquid lipstick in a squeezable tube that glides on super smooth. The lip color looks fantastic with red hair and fits perfectly in any purse or clutch.

5. L’Oreal True Match Naturale Powdered Mineral Foundation SPF 19, Light Ivory: How to be a Redhead has recommended this product before because it is perfect for every season. It looks and feels great on redheads and gives full coverage without any sign of nasty breakouts. The texture is light weight and so smooth on skin.

6. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Original: Earth toned eyeshadows are very trendy this season and the colors look fantastic with red hair. But, who has been in the position where hours after application, the eyeshadow seems to have disappeared or not look as vibrant? This primer is fantastic because it guarantees more vibrant eyeshadow that lasts for 24 hours and NEVER CREASES! Once you experience this product, you’ll wonder why you never had it in your makeup bag.

7. MAC Retro Matte Lipstick, Ruby Woo: Yes, redheads can wear a bold red lip. Ruby Woo has a matte vivid blue-red tone with a retro matte finish. It’s perfect for day and night looks. Simply apply and let your red hair down!

8. Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara, Beyond Black: Some natural redheads have very light or almost translucent lashes, so it is important to find a great mascara that will curl and create extra volume. This mascara will make you look like a rockin’ redhead!

Keep beautifully red & Rock it like a Redhead!


Can Redheads Wear Brown Lipstick?

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Many say that redheads look best in pale, pink or red colored lipstick, but with fall around the corner and warm tones all the rage, it must be asked: Can redheads wear brown lipstick?

It is a fact, redheads must wear different color makeup than most blondes and brunettes; and the trick is to find the right color “tone” that matches with ivory/pale skin and red hair. When it comes to brown lipstick, redheads can definitely rock it, but only certain browns will compliment a redhead in the perfect way.



Stay away from dark, brown-black lipstick and save it for Halloween because too dark of a color will clash with redheaded skin. Want to make a statement with darker colors? Choose a nail polish that expresses your personality.


Most brown lipsticks, like in the photo above, will look absolutely ravishing on redheads of all sorts.

Bobbi Brown -Dessert Plum has hints of purple and brown and is perfect for a fall day. Tip: Make sure to lay low on the eye makeup because this lipstick will be your statement.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte -28: Beaubourb Brown is a radiant lipstick because it provides long-lasting color with a satin finish. Tip: This color looks great with a bit of warm bronzer on the cheek bones.

Lipstick Queen Sinner -Sinner Nude is long lasting and is a warm, beige nude that has an almond style pale brown aspect. Tip: This color looks great with “redhead friendly” wardrobe pieces like eggplant purples, greens and deep blues.

Bobbi Brown -Dark Chocolate has a creamy shine with pink undertones that looks great with redheaded features. Tip: If you’re looking for one brown lipstick for the fall season, opt for a color like this because it is perfect for day and night.

Keep beautifully Red!


GIVEAWAY: Get Intimate and Beautify Your Red Life, Hosted By Box Intimates

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How many of you sassy redheads have been out on the town and it’s time to see your boyfriend, husband or significant other and you look anxiously in your purse for an intimate wipe? Finding nothing, you secretly wish you had something that would make you feel clean, beautiful and sexy. Your first thought may be to purchase a generic brand at your local drugstore, but then you remember that your redhead sensitive skin doesn’t work well with chemical based, harsh products–especially “down there.”

What should a girl do?

We love, love BOX Intimate Wipes because they are the natural choice for your most intimate parts. They are lightly scented with pure crushed rose petals and blended with organic natural cleansers. It is sold in discreet luxury packaging and looks beautiful when sitting on your vanity table, tucked away under your sink or thrown in your purse.

BOX Intimate Wipes are 100% Natural, 100% biodegradable, naturally preserved, paraben-free, soy-free, petrochemical-free, animal ingredient-free, mineral oil-free, sulfate-free, artificial detergent-free, fragrance-free, and pH balanced to accommodate the sensitive needs of your body. No harsh fragrances to hit you over the head. Just crushed rose petals and water, that’s it.

Beautiful, subtle and feminine so you can feel gorgeous, naturally and as a bonus, it has been deemed “redhead friendly!” You are guaranteed that it will work beautifully with your sensitive, fair skin.


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Wedding Hairstyles for Redheads

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Wedding season may be coming to a close, but many brides are walking down the aisle in the next few months; and your special day might be around the corner!

Have you decided one of the most important aspects of your wedding, the perfect red hairstyle?

One of the most perfect details about your wedding that is special compared to any other bride is… your gorgeous red hair. Your hair is the finishing touch that makes everything come together. This one perfect detail will help make your wedding be glamorous, unique, and memorable. Choosing the best style can be difficult, but sometimes the best option is to be classic. “Less” is perfect, especially with your stunning, unique hair.

Here are some suggestions to help you get started:

1. Classic Twist

The French twist is a classic up-do. This classic hairstyle fits any face-shape, but can work especially well if you have medium to long hair. This will allow you to personalize this classic do and make it your own. Redheads have exquisite porcelain skin, and this classic style allows you to showcase your fair and elegant shoulders. To achieve the classic twist, gather your hair at the nape of your neck and begin twisting your hair. Roll your twisted hair upwards and then tuck inwards. Secure your French twist with several redhead bobby pins. You may choose to tuck any loose ends into the twist, or allow them to gather at the top of your twist.

2. Modern Bun

Many redheads have beautiful eyes, and a high bun with bangs is a great way to bring attention to your eyes. To achieve this modern bun, style your bangs as you normally would. Next, gather your hair into a high ponytail. After securing your ponytail with an elastic, twist your hair around the base of your ponytail until you fully roll your hair into a bun. Secure the coil with u-shaped bobby pins. To give your hair more volume, without teasing, start off with a high ponytail. Take a pair of socks you don’t wear anymore and snip off the toe ends, Place one sock into another, then grab the inside of the sock and roll outwards. Continue to roll outwards, until you create a donut shape. Take your donut shaped socks and secure it around your high ponytail. Then wrap your hair around the sock as you normally would for a regular bun. Secure the ends with the u-shaped bun. Adjust your hair around the sock until no remnants of the sock show through.

3. Loose Side Bun

Red hair also looks beautiful and flattering when pulled into a whimsical side bun. To achieve this loose side bun, gather your hair at the nape of your neck into a low ponytail. Make sure to shift the ponytail to the side of your head, right under your ear. Similar to the modern bun, wrap your hair around the base of the ponytail until only the loose ends remain. Secure the bun with u-shaped bobby pins. If you’re still leaning towards a little more glamour, add soft touches with bridal jewelry strategically placed around the bun.

4. Free Flowing Hair

Red hair also looks beautiful with highlights that are accentuated by curl patterns with free flowing wavy or curly hair. To achieve this look, curl your hair with a curling iron or hot rollers. The tightness of the curls and the thickness of your curling iron can change this look to be either sultry or ethereal.

5. Romantic Braid

The unique shading of your red hair looks gorgeous when pulled into a simple braid. To achieve this look, simply pull your hair towards the nape of your neck. Separate your gathered hair into three different bundles and alternatively overlap each one over the other. This simple braid looks especially nice when paired with hair combs pushed into the sides where the braid begins.

6. Mix of the above

A few weeks ago, we shared with you that Adrienne got married and gave you her hairstyle look for her special day. She had a twist with free flowing hair and added a great accessory to make her red hair pop. To achieve this look, read more here!

When trying out several, different looks for your special day, remember to stay true to yourself, plan ahead, and simple is timeless.

Rock it like a Redhead!

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Highlights from Montreal Fashion Week

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By: Rebecca Leslie

The Montreal Fashion Week was from September 4th-7th and the fact that it overlapped with New York City Fashion Week by 2 days didn’t deter fashionistas from adding to the excitement and prolonging fashion festivities on the East Coast.

The fashion showcases were housed comfortably (yet forever fashionably) in the 40,000+ square foot L’Arsenal, the revamped shipyard tucked between industrial warehouses,which dates back to the 1800’s.

Redheads were proudly represented, modeling some of the most stunning pieces from show-stopping collections such as DUY, Iris Setlakwe, Rachel Sin and Anomal Couture. Tall, proud and impeccably coiffed, models Liz Couture and Léonie Côté most definitely caught the crowd’s attention.

How to Be a Redhead was interviewed for the livestream web coverage of Montreal Fashion Week. We let Montrealers know that redheads from Quebec to NYC to LA are always sharing the best fashion and beauty tips around! Stay tune for the video – coming soon!

Here are the top “redhead friendly” fashion trends spotted on Montreal’s red carpet:


1. Long locks (either natural length or supplemented with extensions) coiffed stick-straight

2. Low messy bun gathered at the nape

3. And, of course, a glossy finish to showcase color


1. Open backs everywhere! Your back is the spot to show off, more than cleavage and arms right now.

2. Zippers are still prevalent. Wear them both horizontally and vertically!

3. When it comes to textures, opt for touches of leather, silk and lace.

4. Load of Color! And black counts! Redheads look fabulous in coral, bright purples, deep fabulous aubergine and Montreal’s stand-out color from the 2013 show was bold emerald green (such a fabulous color!)

Rock it like a Redhead! 


10 ‘Redhead Friendly’ Approved Self-Tanners You May Want To Know About

'Redhead Friendly' tested + approved

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Updated: May 9, 2022

I started experimenting with self-tanners in high school. Back then, I got whatever I could get my hands at the drugstore. Most of the time it was a cheap product that left my skin smelly and streaky. I didn’t care. I just wanted to be tan like the rest of my friends.

Over the years, I’ve learned to drop the self-tanner and embrace my fair, freckled skin. I love who I am. My freckles are a part of me.

But, sometimes I must admit it does feel great to have a little glow with the help from a few ‘redhead friendly’ self-tanners. Whether it’s applying a little bit before the weekend begins or setting a tanning schedule a few days before a big trip, I’ve learned to adjust the color necessary to make it as natural as possible.

READ: Top Self Tanning Tips for Redheads 

To save you time on trying a ton of different tanning products only to wake up and see streaky, orange spots, the How to be a Redhead beauty team has compiled a list of our favorite ‘redhead friendly’ self-tanners.

1. St. TROPEZ Self Tan Bronzing MousseThis product is a staple in our beauty routine. Invest in the St. TROPEZ mitt. It’ll make it easy to apply –– without staining your palms.

2. Tan Towel: This product has been in a few summer H2BAR beauty boxes. It’s the perfect travel companion. Pack these easy-to-pack towels and you’ll never go a day without a glow.

3. Fake Bake Self Tanning Liquid Solution Flawless Darker: Turn to Fake Bake if you’re looking for a maximum tan. You’ll see a significant difference within an hour.

4. Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam: This popular tanning foam is super lightweight and very simple to apply. Don’t forget your mit!

5. Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer: It’s no wonder this product won ‘Best Sunless Tanner’ at the 2018 How to be a Redhead Beauty Awards. It delivers a hydrated, streak-free glow that’s buildable and can be used daily.

6. Sally Hansen Airbrush Spray: If you’re looking for a little glow on your legs, turn to this easy-to-use and super affordable redhead friendly’ spray. 

7. L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self Tan Drops for FaceThis product allows you to customize your tan. Add 2-6 drops in your moisturizer to get the perfect tan.

8. Beauty by Earth Self Tanner: This is for all those redheads out there looking for a natural, organic and effective sunless tanner. Made with all organic ingredients including jojoba oil, argan oil and green tea.

9. Miami Gorgeous Self Tanning Mousse LaPlaya Glow Instant Self Tanner Bronzing Mouss: Achieve a natural looking tan with oil-free, buildable lotion.

10. Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse, Light Bronze TanYou really can’t go wrong with the Jergens Natural Glow line.

Rock it like a Redhead!

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Discover Nicole Kidman’s Best Beauty Secret

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One of the most talked about celebrity redhead, Nicole Kidman has an interesting way of keeping her hair vibrant without hair dye. She washes her hair with cranberry juice!

Cranberry juice can give your red hair that extra tint if done right.

Simply pour 1/2 a cup of 100% natural cranberry juice into your hair and blow dry until the cranberry juice is dry. Or, after showering, apply the cranberry juice to your hair, sleep and rinse in the morning.

This technique isn’t permanent and definitely won’t hold color like a glaze or dye, but it will add some dimension and shine- the natural way!