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Lashing Out, Part 2: Applying Strip Lashes (with your sanity intact!)

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By: Liz Washer 

Redheads, ready to up your batting average? As a professional makeup artist, I get a lot of questions about how to correctly apply false eyelashes. Here’s what you need to know to apply like a pro:

1. You have a variety of styles to choose from! Check out your local drugstore or beauty supply shop to see what’s available. To keep the look natural, look for slim, clear, flexible bands (nothing too thick or too dark, unless you plan to wear heavy eyeliner), wispy styles (the less “uniform” the lash, the more believable it looks), and realistic lengths (especially if you wear glasses). Or go all out and get your glam on.

2. If you’ve never applied a strip lash before, start with a half or “demi” length that fits easily on the outer half or third of your eye. These are much easier to apply. You can also trim a full lash to a demi length – some people even find it easier to cut lashes in half or thirds and applying piece by piece, rather than all at once. Your choice!

3. Start by gently removing the lash from its container and placing it against your eye to see how the band fits – very often, they’re too long to wear comfortably. Trim the band from outside in so it fits your eye shape properly – removing the longest lashes will keep the nicely tapered shorter fibers to blend with your natural lashes. You can always keep the piece you trimmed away and stack it on top of the lash band at the outer corner of your eye for extra flair!

4. Bend and flex the lash band to help it shape itself to your eye (I sometimes wrap them around a brush handle to achieve that nice curve) – this will help prevent the ends from lifting up.

5. Apply thin strip of glue (I swear by Duo waterproof adhesive in Clear), with a little extra on the corners. You want a solid stripe of glue but not so thick that it starts seeping down and gumming up the lashes.

6. Let the glue set for 30-45 seconds before application (I usually give them a little wave in the meantime) – you want the glue to be sticky enough that you won’t be struggling to hold them in place while they dry.

7. Place the strip on top of your lashes in the center, & then adhere the corners (using tweezers if you find it helpful). Press the band as close to the natural lash line as possible; you don’t want a visible gap. I tend to sit them right on top of the natural lashes and then press them back into place. Looking down into a mirror can help with placement.

8. Once the glue has set, “pinch” the false lash together with your natural lashes. You can also gently add a bit of mascara to marry the two sets together.

9. Touch up the strip with eyeliner as needed (sometimes the dried glue looks a bit shiny, so you can matte it down again with eyeliner if desired).

10. Peel off gently from the outside in when removing your makeup. I don’t recommend sleeping in your makeup, and that includes false lashes!

11. Tip! Never share false lashes (or mascara) with others. You may be able to get a few wears out of your own falsies if you keep them neat, but don’t mix and match with friends. Think of false eyelashes like underwear!

12. Practice, practice, practice! Don’t get too frustrated too soon, this isn’t easy the first few times you do it but it’s rather addictive once you do!


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Adrienne Shares Her Wedding Hairstyle Secrets With You!

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Wedding season is typically mid-April through mid-October and redheaded brides must step up their hair styles more than blondes and brunettes because the color is so rare and beautiful.

Co-Founder of How to be a Redhead, Adrienne, got married on July 28th in Charleston, South Carolina and wanted her hairstyle to express her personality (fun but laid back) without being over the top. And she wanted to share her red hair wedding secrets with you!

It took six easy steps for hair stylist and lifetime friend, Kiera Doyle, to make Adrienne’s red hair beautiful, beachy and fun:

1. Using an inch curling iron, take small sections of the hair and curl hair. For each section, hold curling iron to hair for about 30-45 seconds.

2. To get perfect loose waves, take a comb and gently comb curls. This will loosen up the curl, but give it great texture.

3. Hold hair spray 6-8 inches from head and spray evenly throughout hair to hold style in place.

4. Taking two 2 inch sections from each side of your head, twist each section and join them together on whichever side you prefer (Adrienne chose for hair to go on her left). Using bobby pins, secure hair twist.

5. Adrienne decided not to have a vail, but add flowers to give a bridal, beachy feel. You can clip on flowers to where the bobby pins are securing the hair, or whichever accessory you choose.

6. Hair spray style once again to hold hairstyle in place.

If you’re looking for gorgeous gowns to go with your ‘wedding-do,’ make sure to check out these rockin’ dresses!

Keep beautifully Red, ladies.


Discovery: Redheads Are More Honest Than Blondes & Brunettes

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..Well, that is what Honest Tea concluded! It conducted a social experiment that examined the most honest cities in the U.S. The experiments were conducted by setting up unmanned pop-up stores in 30 US cities and asked people to pay $1 per bottle on the honor system.

We couldn’t help but dig more into this and discover why (or allegedly why) redheads are more trustworthy:

1. Redheads Have More “Time in Bed”: It has also been discovered that red hair is attention-grabbing, rare and it is said that the color red arouses people more than any other color.  According to research, redheads “get it on” more often than their blonde and brunette friends. In the press release for the study, it stated, “The research shows that the fiery redhead certainly lives up to her reputation.” This time would put a smile on anyone’s face; potentially leading to a friendly, trustworthy disposition.

2. Red Hair May Be Good for Your Bones: Although it is always recommended that redheads wear lots of sunscreen to prevent skin from skin cancer or aging, scientists have found that fair skin actually soaks up more vitamin D. This vitamin is needed for bone health and could potentially prevent cancers; it is also known to boost happiness levels for people who suffer with Seasonal Depression Disorder (SDD). Perhaps it is because redheads soak up more vitamin D that they are happier and even more trustworthy.

3. Redheads Are Not Going Extinct: Redheads can rejoice, it doesn’t look like gingers are going to be endangered anytime soon. The redhead population is too large to be gone for forever. A genetics professor at Stanford University told The Boston Globe“Red hair may become more rare, but they’ll be here forever.” For the day that this extinction comes true, redheads should (and are) be making a stamp on society so all gingers can be remembered as being genuine, trustworthy people!

4. Some Redhead Stereotypes Are True: Some stereotypes are: fiery, spunky, wild, sassy, fun and others are, honest, loyal and trustworthy. We are sure you all have met redheads that fit in all of these categories, but if the Honest Tea study is true, you probably have a very trustworthy redhead friend (or pray that you soon will- the word on the street is that they are the best kind of friend!).

UPDATE: August 17, 2017, Since 2013, Honest Tea has overwhelmingly named redheads as the most honest! Their 8th Annual National Honesty Index will be announced soon.

If this study is correct or just plain ol’ fun, we want to know:

Why do you think redheads are classified as “more trustworthy?”

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Scarlet Fever!

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By: Guest Writer, Erica McCann

My husband is sick with “Scarlet Fever.” He loves redheads!

It was evident from an early age that my husband showed the symptoms of Scarlet Fever. His first kiss was a little red haired girl back in the 4th grade. His best friend since the 6th grade, Sean (who was also the best man in our wedding!), is a bright orange redhead. Then, in the 8th grade he met me, an auburn haired girl, who would 10-years-later become his wife. My best friend in high school was an insanely talented and gorgeous redhead named Sarah, and we created a little crimson party every time we hung out with my husband and Sean (we were the only 3 redheads in our grade and my husband “collected” every one of us!).

Then we moved to college. Instantly he befriended a guy on my floor named Ryan – also a redhead. They became best buds in college and hung out all of the time, even deciding to be roommates the following year. That next year, Ryan’s best friend from home, Ben, decided he wanted to transfer to our school. Instead of being worried that his new roommate might prefer hanging out with his friend from home more than him, he was elated to find out that Ben too was a redhead! The following year, they all moved in together.

Needless to say, my husband has always found a way to surround himself with redheads – which seems a difficult task when we only represent 2% of the population! So when it came time to choose our bridal party for our wedding (including myself, Sarah, Sean, Ryan, and Ben), we quickly realized that HALF of the wedding party was copper topped! How wonderful (look at the great photos above)

The redheads in our lives have always been strong, proud people – we drew on each other’s confidence in our hair color and fought off any negative comments from outsiders with a laugh. We say, “They wish they could be as cool as us!”

So if there are any other redheads out there, especially young ones, who feel the awful effects of bullying, know that you can find peace and new found confidence in your redheaded friends. After all, that’s what friends are for – no matter their hair color.


Red hair is a gift. Enjoy it!

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By: Guest Writer, Liz R.

I was born with flaming red hair.

When the doctors presented me to my parents, they were shocked. “Red hair? Are you sure you have the right baby?” They were both dumbfounded on how they got a red-haired baby when they were both brunettes. During my baptism, I was the “curiosity” when I was presented to our church because everyone was wondering where I got my red hair.

A year later, my parents took me to my father’s family reunion in Michigan and for the first time I met my extended family. To my mother’s surprise, there were numerous redheads walking about the reunion. My mother could not believe my father didn’t put two and two together to solve this mystery. He has strong Scottish, Irish, and Welsh roots. Ground zero for redheads!

As the years continued, growing up was not easy for me. No one in my immediate family had red hair. Classmates always made fun of me. I was called the usual “carrot top” names and was always made fun because I am sooo pale and can’t tan. And it seemed like only old women would compliment my hair color when I was a kid. Annoyingly, the compliment would always include a petting of my hair. All I wanted to do was to bleach my hair blonde so I would fit in, but I never had the guts to do it.

I entered college and something suddenly changed; I became the center of attention in a good way. For the first time in my life boys/men noticed me and I began to feel very confident about my natural looks. I received many date requests because they all loved my hair color because it was different.

For the first time, I didn’t wish my hair was blonde.

I decided to grow it very long – more to love! I still didn’t like being pale in the summer, but I discovered spray-on tans. Surprisingly, it attracted even more boys/men. Instead of being called “Carrot Head”, I was called a “Vixen”. It never gets old being called a fox!

I’m 42 years old right now. Unfortunately, I have to color some of the white hair that grows in, but I still get complimentary “cat calls” from men. The lesson I learned was having natural red hair is very lucky and should be embraced. I now go out of my way to tell redheaded girls that they should feel honored and it will be treasured when they get older. Some make a face and find it hard to believe, but I tell them it does gets better. I am proof of that. I married a man that thinks I am a rare gem and he would never want me to dye my hair any other color.

This is why red hair is a gift. Enjoy it!

Andrea H.

Learning to Love the Ginge’

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By Andrea H.

Redheads are fewer than 1 in every 120.

It seems as though now, more than ever, kids are getting bullied for pretty much everything under the sun. Not surprising, “gingers” receive a huge amount of teasing.

Many redheads hear from family and friends, “Plenty of women would die for the hair color” or “Men love redheads.”  And even though it is true, there seems to be an upsurge of redheads attempting to alter their appearance to make an effort to not stand out.

So, how do you make it easy? How do you not let bullying bother you? How do you embrace who you are inside and out?

Love yourself. Take care of yourself, body and mind. Sometimes a step towards taking better care of yourself is as easy as finding hobbies that you love, picking up an enlightening book, taking a yoga class and going out with friends. Once you start taking care of yourself, learning to love yourself becomes oodles easier.

No matter how much you hope and pray, you”ll always look like YOU and deep down, you’ll always be a redhead.  And there is nothing wrong with being a redhead! In fact, it is beautiful.

How can you make it easier for other redheads?

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.

Rock it like a Redhead!


Expert Advice for Hair Shower Maintenance

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By: Rona O’Connor 

There are many people who say that using a comb or brush in the shower works wonders and there are many who say it damages the hair. When you’re washing your red hair, it is essential to not only worry about if brushing your hair is the right or wrong thing, but to also look into your shower head.  Use my advice to keep your beautiful, unique hair healthy and split-end free:

1. Shower Filter: Most water has an immense amount of chlorine and harmful minerals that can cause harm to your hair. Look into shower filters that will remove chemicals and trust me, you’ll notice a difference in your hair texture almost immediately.

READ MORE: Redheads, Stop the Aging Process Now.

2. Brushing: If you have hair that is unruly and taming it in the shower is the best option, or you simply love brushing your hair while bathing, make sure you’re using a wide tooth comb to detangle wet hair and work in conjunction with your conditioner.

Keep beautifully Red, ladies!


Tap Into Your Inner Redhead Mermaid

Rock your red hair!

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This season, oceanic-inspired designs are a huge fashion trend and wearing these pretty styles will inspire you to get ready for beach days this summer.

And we all know that one of the most famous mermaids ever is Disney‘s Ariel who is a ravishing redhead!

Here are a few of my favorite ways to find your Inner Mermaid:

1. Hair: Chanel featured models with messy buns studded with pearls in their hair. I adore this mermaid inspired look and it’s easy to do at home. This versatile and romantic style is perfect for the beach or a date night.

Tip: Part your hair, wrap your hair in a low bun and secure with bobby pins. Simply place pearls randomly throughout your bun and you’re out the door!

READ: How to Get the Perfect Mermaid Waves

2. Nails: For a pretty manicure, try OPI I See You Wear OPI and evoke the beautiful seafoam green color of the ocean.

3. Accessories: This delicate little fish pendant by Juicy Couture is a sweet way to keep a bit of ocean life with you even if you’re cooped up in the an office during the week.

4. More Accessories: Long, sexy earrings are on trend now and these fabulous coral chandelier earrings by Alexis Bittar are perfect.

5. Shoes: These seashell sandals by Cocobelle are gorgeous and will instantly transform you into a sultry water nymph.

6. Redhead-Friendly Colors: Mediterranean blue is a designer favorite this spring/summer and looks amazing on every redhead. This gorgeous dress by BCBG MAX AZRIA is the the perfect way to rock your red hair and the mermaid trend.

Rock it Like a Redhead!



GIVEAWAY: Hosted By Oscar Blandi

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How to be a Redhead is always searching for “Redhead Friendly” products and has partnered up with Oscar Blandi to give the “Ultimate Red Giveaway” to a lucky redhead! Included in the giveaway, is Kate Spade, “Paint the Town Red” IPhone case which every redhead would love to rock.

The items in the giveaway are smokin’ hot, hand picked for red hair and tested on a natural redhead. Learn more about these great products for your Red Life:

1. Pronto TEXTURE & VOLUME SPRAY: One of Oscar’s favorite hair styles is sexy, tousled hair and redheads look great with this look. Pronto Texture & Volume Spray provides that ‘undone’ style. One of the key ingredients in the product is Humectants & UV absorbers which help to preserve fiber strength and natural (red) hair color. How to use: Shake well. Apply to dry hair. Tilt hair away from head, spray from ends to roots while lifting.

2. Pronto Colore ROOT TOUCH-UP & HIGHLIGHTING PEN Warm Reddish Brown: Many natural redheads go white earlier than most and some redheads “by choice” have trouble keeping up their red hair- not anymore! This product disguises roots, covers gray and enhances highlights with a professional, natural looking finish. How to use: Twist pen to release color. Dab the brush tip with a tissue to remove excess. Lift hair in 1/4-inch sections away from the scalp, making sure to pull hair taut. Starting at the root, paint color onto the hair in smooth, sweeping strokes. Brush through with comb for a more natural application.

3. At Home Salon Glaze SHINE RINSE: For natural redheads or redheads “by choice” this shine rinse brightens natural and colored red hair, helps to prevent color fading and extends color life. How to use: Shampoo & condition hair. Gently towel dry. Apply At Home Salon Glaze from roots to ends. Comb through. Leave in 1-3 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

4. Pronto Invisible Dry Shampoo: This is a favorite of Adrienne & Stephanie’s! Most redheads live spunky, fun lives and sometimes do not have time to wash and style their hair every single day. Dry Shampoo allows you to cleanse your hair without water and Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Shampoo sprays on clear, which means it’s completely undetectable in the hair and is ideal for all hair color. It contains Vitamin E and Wheat Proteins which strengthen and protect the hair; it also has Lemon Verbena which adds a fresh, clean fragrance to the hair. How to use: Shake well before using Hold can 6-8″ away from head and spray product onto scalp and hair, especially at roots. Massage vigorously. Allow to dry before using fingers to shake out excess product. Brush out thoroughly.



Note: This product review contains the true beliefs of How to be a Redhead and were rightfully provided by Oscar Blandi® .

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The Latest Trend in Nails: The Caviar Mani!

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One of my favorite trends this summer is the “Caviar Manicure,” which was first seen in London and now can be spotted on the coolest fashionistas here in the United States.

So, what is it?

A Caviar Manicure features a topcoat of pearlescent, 3D beads that gives your nails a luxe look with terrific texture. It’s the hottest look right now and definitely on trend for this season’s oceanic, beachy vibe- a perfect look for redheads.

Keep these tips in mind when you take the Caviar plunge:

1. Tell Your Manicurist: When requesting a Caviar Manicure at your local salon, ask your nail tech for a short oval shape and coordinate the base polish color with the pearlescent topcoat for intense color.

2. Love to Do It Yourself?: If you’re a ‘Do It Yourself’ kind-of-girl, Sephora now offers Ciaté Caviar Manicure kits that offer gorgeous results. Make sure to add a top coat every day or every other day to keep the nail looking freshly manicured.


5 Quick Tips to Keep Your Red Hair Frizz-Free This Summer

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Updated: September 1st, 2023
We, redheads, know all too well that heat and humidity can cause our lovely ginger tresses to go wild and frizz. Just because there can be some minor hair issues does not mean we have to have the summertime blues.

Here are five tips to fight frizz even in the midst of a heat wave:

1. Avoid brushing

Brushing not only disrupts your hair’s cuticle but it can stretch the hair, leading to breakage and frizz. After shampooing, used a wide tooth comb to part and smooth your hair. Then, add a touch of your preferred leave-in conditioner or anti-frizz product. Allow your hair to air dry.

2. Look for protein in your conditioner

A protein-infused conditioner will not only help you manage frizz but will help to create shine too.

3. Don’t cook your hair

When it’s hot outside, you wouldn’t turn on your oven. So why add heat to your hair? Blow drying with humidity and heat only encourages more frizz. Minimize frizz by avoiding flat irons, curling irons, and limiting heat sources to a blow dryer with a diffuser.

4. Dry only the roots of your hair

If you need to blow dry your hair and short on time, dry only your roots. This will give the hair a lift but will help you to avoid drying out the hair shaft. Pull hair back in a sleek pony for a sophisticated look or a messy, ballerina bun for those crazy busy days.

5. Go alcohol-free

Because alcohol can dry the hair out, setting you up for frizz, look for alcohol-free hair products. That may mean switching to salon-quality shampoos, conditioners, and hairsprays. It’ll be worth the investment and your red hair will be healthier!

If you are looking for a way to keep your red hair shiny and healthy, look no further:

Finally Glossy® Shine & Luminosity Shampoo for Redheads

It took many years to custom-make the Finally Glossy® formula and we’re so excited for redheads to enjoy it. We’re thrilled to release another clean redhead beauty product. It is paraben-free, cruelty-free, sulfate-free, petroleum-free, mineral-oil, and vegan. It also contains no perfume, is free of gluten and is silicone-free, phthalate-free, formaldehyde-free and cocamidopropyl betaine-free. This clean formula is formulated with Vitamin B3, olive oil, coconut oil and green tea.

Rock it like a Redhead!


Stop Hot Tools From Leaving Red Hair Dull and Damaged

Our #1 tip!

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By: Guest Writer & Celebrity Colorist, Rona O’Connor

Many natural redheads have frizzy, coarse red hair and the only way to keep it tamed is to use styling products and hot tools. With the summer in full bloom, the humidity and hot tools could be damaging your red hair more and more every day. Red hair is so unique and rare and that’s why it is important to keep it from looking dull, damaged and unhealthy.

Follow my quick advice on how to keep your gorgeous hair protected and shiny:

Styling products that provide heat protection are key. Some of these products are actually activated by heat and will either allow conditioning ingredients to penetrate the hair or provide a protective barrier on the surface of the hair.

Two of my favorite products for a sleek look are Goldwell Stylesign Flat Marvel Straightening Balm and Goldwell StyleSign Just Smooth Sleek Perfection Thermal Spray Serum because they both protect up to 392 degrees!