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Redheads Don’t Give Up: An Honorable Tale from the Olympics

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Updated: July 22, 2021

By Guest Writer: Rebecca Leslie

I remember listening to the major applause from the crowds in London. I am Canadian and we are forever proud of our homegrown redhead talent, triathlete Paula Findlay.

We know redheads are feisty by reputation, but this athlete was a shining example of how persistent one can be.

Paula Findlay is a stunning 23-year-old who was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She has been a swimmer since the age of 10, and added running and cycling to the roster as the years went on.

The highlight of her career so far may have come when she became 2011 World Championship Series event in Sydney, Australia.

A hopeful for a the 2012 London Games, she was mentally prepared for her race. And yet, a hip injury from a year ago proved to be what affected her Olympic performance and dashed her medal hopes. Due to repercussions from her injury, she had only a few months of quality training before her arrival in England. This became evident during her race and it quickly became apparent that Finlay would struggle for most of it.

She ended 52nd in the race, the last woman standing. As she crossed the finish line, she said ‘I’m sorry’, apologizing to the numerous Canadians proudly watching her back home and abroad.

The point here is that this redhead NEVER GAVE UP! She was faced with physical pain, disappointment, guilt and shame, but she chose to persevere and cross the finish line.

In doing so, Findlay proved that she possesses something much more valuable than athletic prowess – she is a courageous redhead who finishes what she has started.

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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Want to look chic and age appropriate? Choose the grown up ponytail:

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Your red haired ponytail does not have to be dead straight and boring. If you have straight hair, simply apply a styling lotion and using a large natural bristled brush to add volume to the hair. If you have curly or wavy hair, blow dry your hair upside down to calm down and use product to calm curls or frizz.

Pull the hair back and grab an inch or two of hair from the top of the ponytail and wrap around to cover elastic band. Secure with a bobby pin and hair spray.

Or, choose a pretty bow to cover elastic band.

This ten second look will make you look beautiful and chic!


The Power of Coconut Oil for Redheads

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Updated: August 1, 2021

Nara oil, the Asian word for coconut oil, is one of the reasons the Indian population has glossy, thick hair and a beautiful softness to their skin. Beauty companies have caught on in a big way and many products contain coconut oil because it has many natural skin and hair benefits:

Why is coconut oil good for redheads? 

It soothes and protects sensitive skin, and gives fullness to hair without the use of harsh chemicals.

‘Redhead Friendly’ approved coconut oil skin products: 

1. COCOOIL Topical Sunscreen SPF 50 is a protective suntan lotion that allows your skin to get a natural glow while also protecting it- a redhead’s dream! This formula protects and moisturizes skin to help prevent peeling and dryness.

2. Majestic Pure’s Coconut Oil is a massage oil thats main component is coconut. To get the full effect, apply on body after showering to lock in moisturize and soften skin.

3. Inecto Pure Coconut moisturizes and softens skin with 100% pure coconut oil.

4. DIY at home: Is your red hair tired from the summer sun? Sometimes, it is best to get to the root of the situation and buy Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. It can be used as a conditioning treatment that will do some serious work on your red locks. Simply put the oil in a container in boiling water to reduce the lumps so the oil has a smooth consistency. Take out of boiling water and let cool. Massage into the roots of your hair and try to leave for at least a day before washing out. This can be done at least twice a week or more, without doing any harm. If you can’t find coconut oil, search for nara oil.

READ: 5 Reasons Every Redhead Should Be Using Coconut Oil

Rock it like a Redhead! 



The Three Best Exfoliators For Your Redhead Skin

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Updated: December 6, 2018

With the weather constantly changing, redhead skin can quickly go from super oily to extremely dry. After trying different skin regimens and products, there is one product needed to keep skin beautifully radiant: an exfoliator.

Redhead skin is sensitive and although many experts recommend using an exfoliator once a week. The right exfoliator will clean out your pores and scrub away dead skin. You’ll immediately notice your skin is less likely to break out and your skin will look and feel better than ever.

With all the exfoliating products on the market, which are the best for sensitive redhead skin? The trick is to find a face exfoliator that is designed for sensitive skin and is made with natural ingredients.

1. derma E Purifying Day Scrub, $12:

This gentle scrub is infused with green tea and marine algae extracts to rid skin of pollutants. It also has activated charcoal that traps dust and grime while granular apricot seed powder exfoliates the skin to keep it looking pure, healthy and hydrated.

2. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment, $65

This natural scrub is perfect for redheads. It’s made with papaya, pumpkin, and pineapple enzymes to help reduce pore size, stimulate circulation, and improve oxygen flow.

3. Peter Thomas Roth Peter Thomas Roth Firmx Peeling Gel Facial Treatment, $27:

Another wonderful ‘redhead friendly’ option from Peter Thomas Roth. Formulated with pineapple, pomegranate and keratinase enzymes.

When using exfoliators, make sure to always rinse with cool water and apply a moisturizer right after. With most exfoliators, you usually only have to use a dime size amount which means your product will last a long time!

Keep your skin beautifully radiant, Redheads! Rock it like a Redhead.

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Lashing Out, Part 1: How to achieve a full, fabulous fringe using your natural lashes

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By: Liz Washer

Redheads, it’s time to bat those eyes! As a professional makeup artist, I get a lot of questions about how to enhance eyelashes. Before I get into the details of applying false ones, though, I’d like to give you the tips and tricks you need to enhance what you already have:

1. Use eyeliner right at the root of the lashes to make them appear thicker – I like a gel eyeliner on a flat-tipped brush, but pencil also works well. If you prefer a softer look and like to wear an auburn-colored mascara to coordinate with your gorgeous red hair, use a similar shade of eyeliner to make the base of the lashes look nice and thick.

2. Make friends with that scary torture device known as a lash curler! You can find them in many different shapes and sizes; the Shu Uemura curler is my favorite. Squeeze gently but firmly at the base of the lash (taking care not to catch your skin) and then pinch your way towards the tip to achieve a nice, soft upward curl.

3. You have many choices when it comes to mascara – thickening, lengthening, waterproof or regular, etc. – and many different styles of applicator wands; I’m partial to CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion, but it’s really about what works best for you. Just remember that mascara ads are misleading (the models’ lashes are usually fake and enhanced digitally!), so don’t expect the formula alone to get the results.

4. When you apply mascara, first wipe any excess globs off the wand so you don’t make a mess. Apply by wiggling the wand gently at the base of your lashes to coat them thoroughly, and continue to wiggle the wand up the length of the lashes, which will help add thickness and length. You can add as many coats as you’d like, but stop before you get stiff, clumpy lashes (unless you’re aiming for the Twiggy look!)

5. Use a lash comb (I like metal-toothed combs; Tweezerman makes a nice one) to separate any clumps and keep the lashes wispy. You can also use a clean, disposable mascara wand to comb them.

Stay tuned for part 2, you beautiful redheads!



Just for Reds: The Four Best Sunscreens for Sensitive Skin

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Redheads, the best sunscreen is a hat, shirt and sunscreen. Since sunscreen is made from chemicals, it is important to find the one that is “safe” and will absorb without irritating sensitive skin.

How to be a Redhead has tried the majority of “safe sunscreens” and below are the TOP FOUR for a Redhead’s life!

1. Alba Botanica, Mineral Sunscreen Fragrance Free: This product is a Redhead’s dream. It is made of mostly organic ingredients and the texture of the lotions is smooth and light weight. The Mineral Sunscreen Fragrance Free is marketed for kids, but it is sure to be a hit with adults too. It applies beautifully and protects skin without harsh chemicals or the stink of other sunscreen odors. The best part is that it can be applied on the face without the cause of breakouts!

2. Beyond Coastal, Natural Clear Sunscreen: This sunscreen applies flawlessly and protects skin all day long-especially if going to the beach. The texture is a bit heavy for everyday use, but it’s still a fantastic choice.

3. Kabana Skin Care, Green Screen: Marketed as “Green Screen” because of its natural origins; and most of the ingredients are edible! The feel and smell is perfect for everyday use.

4. ThinkSport: If you’re an athlete, this is the best sunscreen! It never comes off and it applies easily. $14-16.00



Avocado Hair Mask To Replenish Your Red Locks

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Is the sun beating down on your red hair? How to be a Redhead always recommends using hair conditioning products, but sometimes nothing beats using at-home ingredients to make hair shiny and healthy.


And with avocados in season, why not use them to replenish your red hair?

Avocados are great for hydrating and nourishing the hair and for that reason, are usually an ingredient in many hair products. An avocado hair mask is jam packed with hydrating nourishments and perfect for those with a dry scalp or dry hair.

The recipe we recommend uses olive oil, but if you have color-treated red hair, you might want to substitute with almond oil as olive oil may lighten hair highlights or lowlights.

Avocado Hair Mask

Recipe is for long hair, use half the recipe if you have short hair.

-1 ripe avocado pitted, peeled and mashed into a guacamole-like mixture

-2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

1. Mix avocado with olive oil. Stir until olive oil isn’t noticeable in the mixture.

2. Apply mask to damp hair

3. After 30 minutes, rinse off. Shampoo well. Dry and enjoy your beautiful red hair!



Going for Gold: Drastic Makeup Tips for Redheads

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By: Melanie Ring

How often do you hear: “You can’t wear that, you’re a redhead!”

There are so many myths about colors to suit different complexions. Well, who cares about the rules, when it comes to makeup you can still be brave with any color- especially gold.

The trick is to find the right shade of gold and also learn how to balance makeup because it is important to work with your red hair, not against it.


Sometimes it’s nice to stand out from the crowd with your red hair and contrasting “redhead friendly” colors- like green, plum or turquoise. At other times, reaching for gold tones can be a versatile makeup option- especially for those fun summer nights. Warm shades of gold and copper can add a touch of shimmer to your naturally light eyelids and you can follow it up with a touch of eyeliner for some definition.

To finish the look you can choose warmer brown mascara to show off your lashes without appearing too harsh.

If you’re looking to create an evening look, you can use gold shades as a base to build on and apply browns for a warm, smoky eye effect. Or, you can add a deeper, matte eyeshadow and gold eyeliner for a dramatic look.


To be on the safe side with your blush, it’s best to choose a peachy or coral shade. Luckily, these tend to blend beautifully with gold so you’re sure to get your look spot on.


Gold lipstick is a little bit more dangerous. A strong metallic gold lip only really works on olive skin types. It doesn’t mean gold can’t be an option for you. A good trick for redheads is to apply some gold lip gloss over the top of your favourite lipstick for a shimmering effect. Alternatively, look for warm lip colors that include the shimmer. Golden coral shades or gold-based reds and peaches work well.


There is no better way to incorporate gold into your beauty regime than with a spot of gold nail polish. It makes a great addition to any party outfit because you can match the color with your choice of jewelry. Or, you can pick a shade which co-ordinates with your lipstick, but has flecks of gold within the polish.

Rock it like a Redhead! 


Photo Credit: Hart & Co.


Interview with Jerseylicious Star, Gayle Giacomo & A Giveaway For Your Red Hair!

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Gayle Giacomo is a beautiful redhead and owner of The Gatsby Salon, the famous salon in Green Brook, New Jersey and home of the hit show, Jerseylicious. 

Gayle always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer in the shops of Manhattan and had a love for color, shape, and design for as long as she could remember. Ultimately, those dreams manifested in another form of creative expression in what became her ultimate passion – hair styling.  She became part of the ownership of The Gatsby Salon when she and her husband, Danny, married. She then became the sole owner in 1998 when Daniel passed away. Going forward, her goal was to bring The Gatsby Salon into the modern era by creating a unique salon experience by infusing traditional and modern techniques in a sleek setting.

She sat down with How to be a Redhead and discussed redhead beauty secrets and how The Gatsby Salon turned into one of the most famous salons in the country:

H2BAR: Jerseylicious is on its 4th season. Congrats! How did you get involved with the television show? How has it helped shape your career?

GG: My mutual industry friend suggested The Gatsby Salon to the producers and it all seemed to fall into place from there. When things are meant to be- they will be! 

H2BAR: What does being a redhead mean to you?

GG: It’s just the color that feels most comfortable on me; just like when you find the perfect pair of jeans that fit.  I have tried blonde, medium brown, dark brown and realize I am never happy because it’s not red, so now I stick to what works for me.

H2BAR: Who is your favorite redhead celebrity and why?

GG: Lucille Ball. She is classy, funny and timeless- the epitome of what being a redhead is all about!

H2BAR: How would you describe your style?

GG: Classic…with an edge

H2BAR: You are a very successful businesswoman. Do you have any advice for women entrepreneurs?

GG: Balance! Balance is the key to any success for a big or small business.  Every entrepreneur should make time for work, family and themselves.

H2BAR: Frizzy hair is always a problem we [redheads] are trying control, especially with the humidity issue in the summer months. What is your top advice to fight frizzy red hair?

GG: Moisturize your hair with a deep conditioner at least once a week and using a good oil before and after blow drying the hair. It’s all about using the right product!

H2BAR: What makeup beauty products can you not live without?

GG: PRIMER. Without a good primer all the money and time you spend on makeup is worthless.  A good primer will smooth the skin’s surface and evens out the skin tone, makes your foundation stay longer and helps fill in fine lines and wrinkles. It is a definite must have!


H2BAR: We LOVE your GG Gatsby hair care line! Can you tell our community a little more about this line? What makes this line different from other hair lines and how does it work for red hair?

GG: My GG Gatsby Ooh La La Volume Collection features 5 products to achieve the ultimate volume: the Raise Volume Shampoo & Conditioner are amazing, super gentle –sulfate and phthalate FREE! The Styling skus really do the heavy-lifting: we have the Ultimate Lift Dry Shampoo Powder, great to use to for the late for work mornings or refreshing a blow-out. My ultimate favorite is the Over the Top Root Lift Spray, it really gives you the lift, bulk and height you need for real Jerseylicious Hair! And then we have to finish every hair style with a hairspray, ours is called Against Gravity Hair Spray.

GG Gatsby is a unique line of hair care as each of its products contain a proprietary Oleo-VOLUME & STRENGTH™ Technology which helps to create 40% more volume and 50% more strength in hair. Their state-of-the-art Oleosome natural delivery system helps deliver 2 key benefits: Biopolymers penetrate the hair shaft to plump and expand the hair and the lightweight natural oils and extracts strengthen hair from the inside out with tremendous health and shine benefits.

Since I am a redhead, all of these products work perfectly for my hair and they’ll work for you ‘Reds’ too! You can find the line on or !