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How To Treat Oily Roots With Dry Ends

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Updated: November 16, 2020

Is your red hair dry on the ends and oily on top? This can be frustrating for many redheads who want to condition their hair and keep it healthy but worry about the top of the hair getting too oily.

Here are some ‘redhead friendly’ tips on how to treat greasy roots with dry ends:

For dry ends

Use a leave-in deep conditioner on your red hair (focusing on the ends) once a week. When you wash your red hair, twist and rub the conditioner into your ends, brush it through a bit, then either use a ceramic hair dryer to style or air dry. If your hair is terribly dry, use 1-2 drops of a redhead approved hair oil. Keep in mind a hair oil can be very greasy, so a little goes a long way. Make sure to only concentrate on the ends.

Eleven Australia Miracle Spray Leave In Hair Treatment –– Featured in the Fall 2020 Deluxe H2BAR Box!

For oily, greasy roots

Brush your red hair using a hair scalp massager to stimulate blood flow to the scalp and oil glands. Shampoo twice (once to rinse the dirt away, the other to cleanse) and only condition the ends of the hair. Once your hair is dry, spray some dry shampoo on your roots to help prevent grease. Try a weekly scalp mask to detox the scalp and keep hair healthy.

Hair Scalp Massager Shampoo Brush


With these tips, you’re sure to have beautiful red hair all year long!


What Red Personality Are You? Look to Your Lipstick for the Answer

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It is said that how a woman wears down her lipstick tells a bit about her personality. Since redheads are known to be spunky, fiery, motivated (the list can go on and on) we wondered what the shape of your lipstick says about your red personality.

This is how it works, the more your lipstick is used, the more you shape it to your personality. Go grab your well-used lipstick, take a peak and determine what personality type you are!

Is the personality description accurate? Tell us below!

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What’s A Ginger to Do? The Low Down on Color Depositing Shampoo

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Updated: May 25th, 2023

By: Guest Writer, Lanie Short

Copper, auburn, strawberry – natural or not – we redheads all lament that our shiny, vibrant color fades from the sun, water, and harsh products. Natural red hair grows slowly and visits to the salon damage hair and pocketbooks – so what’s a ginger to do?

One way to keep your red fresh is by using color depositing shampoo and conditioner. These products actually contain hair color and it remains in your hair after you’ve rinsed.

Tip: There are products in the drugstore that say they “refresh” your color. That’s different than depositing color, and if you read the labels of those products it says (somewhere in tiny tiny print) “does not deposit color.”

There are several brands of color depositing shampoos and conditioners available today. The prices range from around $8-$35. My two favorite brands are Quantum’s Riveting Reds and L’Oreal Colorist.

Most brands have several shades of each color, so once you find a brand that works for you, you can change it up a little. When my hair is darker auburn I sometimes use a really bright red color depositing shampoo and conditioner to give it a little sparkle. I suggest going to your local beauty supply and asking which of these products are the most popular with their redhaired customers. Grab their recommendation and give it a go!

I’ll guarantee you’ll love how shiny and red your hair looks after using a color depositing shampoo.

I would love to hear what brands YOU found and what results you get. Redheads should always share product knowledge with each other, I hope I have given you something new to try!

*As a postscript, make sure to rinse your tub/shower thoroughly after using color depositing products, as you would after using any hair color, to avoid any stains.

If you are looking for an alternative to color depositing shampoo, 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.

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Redheads Are Rare Gems: An Interview with Music Star, Lindsay Beth Harper

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Since the young age of five, Lindsay Beth Harper has been performing for audiences across the United States. In her younger years, she was selected to perform on NBC’s America’s Most Talented Kid. She has also appeared on Access Hollywood, as well as many other major news stations and she has finally began to receive the promotion and experience that she had always dreamed of obtaining.

Lindsay sat down with How to be a Redhead to tell the Red community about her music and her love for being a redhead!

H2BAR: Describe how being a redhead shaped you and your career?

LBH: I love every minute of it. With such a distinct look, I definitely believe that the red hair helps me to stand out in a crowd, and it can be an advantage. I love being unique! When I was younger, I was teased, but that didn’t change my love for my red locks. I love when someone comes up to me in a public place and says something like, “Oh my goodness is that your natural hair color? It is beautiful!” That makes me feel so happy that it is my natural hair color. I feel like a rare gem.

H2BAR: How did you get started in the music industry?

LBH: My parents used to tell me that as a toddler I would start dancing and singing to any music that came on. Music had been a large part of both of my parents’ lives, and they felt that I had potential to not only entertain them but thousands. When I was five, I began taking dance and voice lessons.

I remember the first time that I stepped on stage; it was the most exciting thing I had ever done in my young life. I loved it and the audience did too, which made me even happier. I knew right then and there that I wanted to be a famous performer one day, and I was going to make it happen.

H2BAR: You have a CD coming out this fall. Congratulations! Can you tell us a little more about it?

LBH: I’m actually releasing my debut single, “Take it All,” along with a music video for the song. I am very excited about the single because up to this point in my career, it is my best work as an artist. I have a three-song sampler album that can be found on iTunes.  Since recording that sampler album, I decided to work on further enhancing my talent before releasing a new single.  As I personally grew up between recording my sampler album and my new single, my music has also.

I recently had my heart broken by my first love, which was the influence for the single. When I first heard the finished product, I was amazed by how much my sound has changed and matured over the past few years, and I knew this was going to be a song that audiences could relate to. The music video is set to be filmed in August. You can expect a release of the song and video in October, and I would love for to have a sneak peak of the video before its release and show it to its followers the day of the release.

H2BAR: What is your most unforgotten moment thus far?

LBH: My most unforgotten moment to this day has to be when I appeared on NBC’s “America’s Most Talented Kid.” It all started with my curiosity and determination to learn something new. Although I sing pop/rock music now, as a child, I was big into country music, and I decided to learn how to yodel.

My yodeling had become a hit all over town, and my performances got much more attention than I ever expected. I was landing appearances on local TV and radio stations, and one day my mom found this audition online for a new NBC show called, “America’s Most Talented Kid.” I was skeptical, but I went to the audition and yodeled, and I got a callback! After my callback audition, I waited a couple weeks and received another call that I had been chosen as a contestant. My life was about to change!

In the end, I didn’t walk away with a prize, but I appeared on Access Hollywood, WRCBTV in Chattanooga, TN, and appeared in major newspapers all over Georgia. Just when the excitement cooled down, I received a phone call from PAX Television, who picked up the show, and they wanted me to appear on it! During my experience on the two shows, I was able to compete against contestants such as Jordin Sparks, Diana DeGarmo, and JoJo.

The whole experience was the most amazing thing that has ever happened in my life. That little touch of fame let me know that my dream is possible, and I am never going to give up.

H2BAR: With the summer season in bloom, do you have any favorite ‘redhead friendly‘ fashion trends you are loving?

LBH: The key is finding the right fit and style of clothing that complements your body and skin type. It is also important to make an outfit your own, rather than copying the current trend. I love wearing my sparkles and knee high leather boots when performing, but when it comes to hanging out with my friends I can’t get enough of this year’s bright skinny jeans, Ray Bans, tote bags, and printed tees.

H2BAR: What is the one beauty product you cannot live without?

I love my TIGI foundation. I am an avid user of it because it goes on smooth, covers up any redness or blemishes, and it stays on all day. I love anything and everything from Bare Minerals too. I use their products from going to class during the day to performing and going out on the town at night.

H2BAR: Who is your all-time favorite redhead celebrity?

LBH: Reba McEntire! She has always been such an inspiration to me. She is spunky and full of energy, and, every time she performs, she owns the stage. I would love to meet her one day.

H2BAR: Any advice for other young girls looking to get in the performing industry?

LBH: First, find something unique about yourself, and flaunt it. You have to stand out in this industry since it is so competitive. Second, practice makes perfect. Take some lessons as a starter. Then the more performances you have the better. Practicing in your room will help your skills, but your confidence and comfort come from experience in front of an audience.

Third, promotion and fans are keys. Use social media to build your fan base, but make sure to network and build a personal fan base as well. Talk to people and get them interested in your music, and hand out free CDs. You can now download my song, “Without Me” for free on my fan page. Just like my page to receive the song, and you will also see updates and giveaways from me.

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Expert Advice: Top Sun Protection Tips for Your Red Locks

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

Every redhead wants their hair to stay vibrant and healthy looking throughout the summer. Although, we all know it is hard to keep it that way when there are so many fun outdoor activities and gatherings. Instead of worrying about your red hair getting dull, use these three quick tips to keep your hair beautifully red all summer (and for some of us, fall too) long.

1. UV Protection: Red hair (natural or bottled) will blonde up in the sun if it is exposed for a long time. If you want to keep your red bright and healthy, protect it with leave-in conditioners (spray or creams) that claim to have UV protection. And while you’re at it, make sure to use UV protection on your skin, too!

2. Long Hair Tip: If your hair is long and you’re outdoors, tie it in a tight bun to keep the majority of your hair tucked away from the rays.

3. Conditioning Treatments: Keep the hair conditioned so the hair cuticle stays hydrated; this will also help keep the hair in better health from the drying effects of sun rays.  My favorite is Goldwell’s ‘60 Second Rich’ Repair Masque.  It’s quick and will give your red hair a deep treatment in 60 seconds. It’s amazing!


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

Nail Collections Catering to Gingers

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By: Guest Writer, Tasha 

As the summer winds down, it’s time to trade in ‘stand-by-summer’ manicure colors like pale pinks and nudes and turn to something bold and brighter that expresses your red personality. Since most redheads have pale skin tones, nail polish colors in warm, red based hues look fantastic against our completions and compliment our fiery locks.

Everyone has to love OPI because it consistently produces fabulous color collections and many of the shades become instant classics.

The OPI Texas Collection featured a redhead in the ad campaign and rightly so because most of the colors look fantastic on anyone with red hair.

For the fall season, OPI has also unveiled its Germany Collection which features many deep and rich colors which are perfect for redheads, too. The colors ‘Danke Shiny Red’ and ‘Every Month is Oktoberfest’ and can truly be deemed “redhead friendly.”

This fall, make a manicure statement, choose bold colors that compliment your hair and skin and Rock it like a Redhead!

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Is Your Red Hot Temper Cooling Down Your Relationship?

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By: Natasha Holler 

Being a redhead is about as unique as you can get, so you don’t want to fit into some box or be classified as ‘typical’.

Unfortunately, there are a few stereotypes about us that frequently rings true – like our tempers.

There are arguments in every relationship, but it seems that our fiery hair is a direct correlation to our fiery fighting skills. It takes us a little more concentration and self awareness to keep our red heads from overheating.

Let’s work on changing everyone’s opinions about us and keeping our relationships healthy and red hot in the right ways:

1. Talking comes easily to most ravishing redheads… except when it comes to expressing your feelings. Don’t keep your emotions under wraps. This will only lead to a blowout later. Avoid a knockdown, drag-out fight by talking about what you’re feeling, when you’re feeling it. If you can sit down with your partner and have a rational discussion about what’s bothering you at that moment, you won’t have to dwell. Try to set aside time to talk, so you’re not just discussing issues when you’re distressed – a dinner table and a quiet home can be the perfect time to refocus your connection with your significant other.

2. Nobody likes to be told to ‘relax’ when they’re feeling upset. But you have to do it. Just relax. Count to 10, take a deep breath, and consider about what you’re about to say. Redheads, we say some things we don’t mean when we’re caught up in the heat of the moment – always think before you speak. And when you do finally say something, don’t make accusations. Emphasize how you’re feeling instead of placing blame on your partner.

3. Living a healthy red life means putting effort into all aspects of your being, so have an outlet. If you’re putting energy into something, whether it’s riding a bike, running, gardening, or writing in a journal, you’ll be less likely to act out when something doesn’t go quite your way.

4. Lastly, make sure you take your own advice. If there’s a second stereotype that we could count as true, it’s that we ruby-headed beauties have an opinion on everything. We can tell each other our views until our faces match our hair, but each one of us is individually responsible for keeping our relationships rockin’ – as only redheads can.

Do you red ladies have any other advice?!


Who Said Today Was Unlucky? 13 Red Hot Fashion & Makeup Tips

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Since Friday the 13th is known to be spooky, crazy and unlucky, we thought we’d give you some funky ‘redhead friendly’ fashion inspiration.

1. Alexander McQueen Twin Bracelet- Whether you choose to rock one bracelet or many, make sure your jewelry reflects your vibrant, red hot personality.

2. Holst Lee Blue Knight Necklace- There are several ‘redhead friendly’ colors, but nothing is more beautiful than bright blue! For the ultimate effect, rock this look with your hair down.

3. Asos Gold Sequin Collar- This accessory has truly been a hit at recent runway shows and we are loving its dramatic feel. Pair this accessory with a deeper toned outfit and some dramatic eye makeup.

4. Jagger Edge Montana Studded iPhone Cover- It’s true, this generation is always on their phone. So, why not make it look super cool? A studded look is very edgy and fun.

5. Vintage Levis Sun Flower Yellow Denim Blue Tie Dye Cut Offs- Denim always makes a comeback and this season, it is definitely all the rage; but why not step it up a notch and opt for a fun colored pair of shorts?

6. H&M Bag- This bag screams dark, edgy and chic; it also looks great with red locks.

7. Miso Glam Sparkle Heart Earrings- Earrings really do make a statement and since your hair does most of the talking, choose a pair that is fun and flirty.

8 & 9. Nars Thakoon in Amchoor & Victoriana Butter Nail Polish- Tonight, don’t go for a plain ol’ boring nail color, opt for one that expresses your personality!

10. Giorgio Armani Rouge D’armani Sheer Lipstick- With a smokey eye and a light bronzer, this lipstick will make you look super gorgeous! Strong lip colors add a dramatic effect and set your features on fire.

11. Steve Madden Studlyy, Black Stud- That’s right. Pump up your look with a hot pair of shoes. These shoes (and your hair) do all the talking, so pick an outfit that is a little subdued, but still classy and chic.

12. Modcloth Save My Spots Scarf- Like most redheads, you probably live a busy, crazy life. But, who said you can’t be stylish on the go? Quickly grab a cute scarf and run out the door!

13. Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner- Ladies, if there is one regiment you should have this evening, it should be a great, exaggerated eyeliner.  Learn how to rock the perfect eyeliner HERE.

Keep beautifully Red & Rock it like a Redhead!




Redheads Know How to Turn It Up With L’Oreal Paris Healthy Look Crème Gloss


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Everyone knows how much we love L’Oreal Paris’ Healthy Look Crème GlossWe asked our redheaded ladies to take the 2012 Haircolor Census on Facebook and share their fabulous before and after photos. 

The census statistics are IN and we’re here to share the results with you.

The Haircolor Census concluded that redheads are fun, spontaneous, radiant, vibrant, usually never have bad hair days and rule the dance floor.


And we definitely agree — don’t you?!

We, Adrienne and Stephanie, use to be the first on the dance floor, but now, thanks to L’Oreal Paris Healthy Look Crème Gloss, we are the last to leave because our red hair makes us feel full of life and super confident.

It is because of L’Oreal Paris Healthy Look Crème Gloss that we are true, vibrant redheads- inside and out.

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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The Bad Kind of Red – Rosacea and How to Prevent An Outbreak

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By Guest Writer: Andrea H.

Rosacea (roh-ZAY-sha) is a common yet poorly understood dermatological disorder of the face, neck, chest and back which causes unflattering and unwelcome redness of the skin, visible blood vessels, and in extreme cases, pimple-like bumps, and redness of the eye’s sclera.

It is a condition that most commonly affects redheads; this is because of the fair and sensitive nature of our skin which leaves us prone to inflammation and unwelcome reactions brought on by “triggers”. Although the true cause of rosacea is yet to be discovered, numerous scientific papers have been published and a way to prevent it, taken from a holistic approach, has been uncovered and proven to work.

Step one: Avoid Triggers

What’s a trigger? A trigger is anything that causes you to blush, remain blushed for an extended period of time, leaves you sensitive to blushing, or assists in maintaining visible redness. composed a list of popular triggers, and to no surprise, sun exposure and hot weather are at the top. Following close behind; hot baths and beverages, spices and spicy foods. This is an easy fix; Reduce your bath water or shower water temperature; Ask for your lattes “child’s temp” or over ice; Cook with less spicy flavors or order the not-so-spicy option.

What’s genuinely surprising is that the consumption of dairy is on that list and is linked to encouraging the visible presence of rosacea. This is because of an inflammatory enzyme that occurs naturally in all dairy products (especially the higher fat content ones) which is absorbed in your intestines and carries through your bloodstream, affecting all of your capillaries and blood vessels causing them to become and remain dilated (enter rosacea). This leaves you extra sensitive and more prone to blushing, and over time you will begin to remain blushed due to the increased sensitivity. While it does sound strange, there is actually a very close relationship between the health of your digestive tract and the health of your skin. Like most skin disorders, if left untreated, rosacea will only become worse.

“In surveys by the National Rosacea Society, more than 76 percent of rosacea patients said their condition had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem, and 41 percent reported that it had caused them to avoid public contact or cancel social engagements. Among Rosacea patients with severe symptoms, 88 percent said the disorder had adversely affected their professional interactions, and 51 percent said they had even missed work because of their condition.” ( 

Step Two: Good Skin Care

Although it may be tempting to try radical treatments to obliterate the issue, the gentle products are the best products. Canadian brand B Kamins has a line for rosacea which is formulated to be extra soothing to reduce the proneness for blushing. I’ve used their Rosacea line and have fallen in love. Clinique also has an anti-redness line, and although I cannot contribute a personal testament, I always hear people raving about how it works wonders. Murad also has a Redness Solutions line which has received mixed reviews based on its smell and seems to be a “love it or hate it” kind of thing.

In addition to using the right daily routine, it’s also extremely important to find a good sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 45 and to wear your sunscreen whenever the sun is out or the UV index is high. At the top of my list of fantastic sunscreens would have to be Neutrogena Sheer Touch, SPF 60. I like it because it works well under my makeup and leaves me feeling moisturized, but not greasy. Next, and close second to Neutrogena, is L’Oreal Paris Ombrelle Face Sunscreen, SPF 60Both of these sunscreens can be found in virtually any drugstore.

Also, it’s best that you not visit tanning beds or try to achieve a tan outside. Most redheads can’t tan anyways so, either take pride in being a porcelain doll or switch to a self-tanner like Clinique’s Self Sun Tinted Body Lotion.

Step Three: Eat Right

Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and just like you would take vitamins or change your diet for other organs in your body like your heart or liver, your skin needs this attention too. Firstly, buy a multi-vitamin. A good multi-vitamin acts like a safety net and should be thought of as such. The best multi-vitamin you’ll find is Nature’s Sunshine Super Vitamins and Minerals. It can be ordered online and found in some, but not all, health stores.

Secondly, adjust your diet. Depending on what your diet looks like now, this is an easy feat. Dr. Scott Olson who is a naturopathic doctor, well acquainted with Rosacea and the holistic approach to treatment, asserts that an alkaline diet is best for reducing the visible redness of Rosacea, reduces the chance and sensitivity to a “flare-up”, and could put it into a state of dormancy and remission.  Alkaline foods assist with the cleansing and regeneration process of the body and are essential for maintaining healthy functioning. An alkaline diet is a different way of looking at food and has its own style for preparing and cooking meals. The easiest way to learn is to pick up a good cookbook like Sally Erie’s Staying Alive, which not only teaches you recipes but how to create your own recipes. The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet by Felicia Kliment and The Ph Miracle by Robert O. Young and Shelley Redford Young are two other sought after cookbooks for an alkaline diet.

An alkaline diet doesn’t just assist with treating and preventing Rosacea, it also means that you will have more energy to tackle daily stress and be less prone to other illnesses. On an alkaline diet, you will find that some of the afflictions you have, minor or major, disappear or reduce drastically in a week’s time. Symptoms like acid reflux, indigestion, IBS, allergies, hay fever, gout, arthritis, athlete’s foot and constipation can disappear literally overnight. In addition to this, you will most likely lose weight. This is because you are taking a holistic approach to treating an ailment, and, because everything is connected, it’s bound to have a domino effect for the rest of your body.

The 7 basic tips to follow an alkaline diet*:

1. Eat more fruits and vegetables. They should outnumber and outweigh all the other food groups that you eat. Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables should make up at least 60% of what you buy at the grocery store.

2. Avoid Acid-forming foods like most grains, sugars(refined ones especially) and many meats. Of the three (grains, sugar and meat), meat is the most allowable because it can be easily balanced out by a large number of vegetables or fruit.

3. Drink plenty of water. This will help you flush out toxins in addition to keeping you properly hydrated.

4. Make sure you are getting enough of the essential nutrients your body needs. Supplements are great assists, and your body may need additional nutrients.

5. Avoid cooked fats, trans fats, and fried foods.

6. Avoid all dairy products except the occasional serving of yogurt to maintain healthy digestive bacteria.

7. Avoid acid-forming foods: alcohol, bread, cake, coffee, cereals, crackers, most grains, processed vinegar, eggs, hydrogenated oils, fried foods, meat, seafood and fish, some seeds, pasta, refined sugars.

8. Seek out alkaline-forming foods: fruits, berries, vegetables, salad greens, sprouts, raw cider vinegar, beans, coconut oil, potatoes, citrus fruits, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, fermented tofu and tempeh, stevia, almonds, brazil nuts, sea salt, mineral water.

With all of this being said, there are some ground rules you need to remember:

1. Don’t go overboard with your Alkaline diet. Why? The only good reason is that if you ever decided to say, have a big piece of birthday cake or a Big Mac with fries, your body would not be the least bit thankful and symptoms would include; nausea, drowsiness, stomach and intestinal cramps, gas, and difficulty getting “back on track”.

2. Don’t yo-yo diet. It’s hard on your body and as you read above, you’ll regret it.

3. Give yourself time to adjust and make your change into this diet gradual and steady.

Although it’s not necessary to change your diet to assist in preventing and treating your Rosacea, coming at an issue from every angle is the best way and perhaps the redhead way.

Strong-willed, are we not?

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*Consult your physician before beginning any diet, nutrition, or wellness plan.


Dip Into Nordic Spas: A Must for Redheads

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By: Rebecca Leslie

If you live in an area where long, harsh winters are promised every year, keep in mind that redheads need to take extra special care of their lush locks and often ornery skin- especially those of us that live in cold regions like Quebec, Canada. And although this summer has smiled upon us in the most delightfully sunny ways, we are too well aware of the boreal blues that loom on the icy horizon.

What? July has barely ended and we’re talking about winter? Pfft. 

Quebec redheads don’t wait for summer bonfires to die down or fall leaves to be raked in order to indulge in the traditional winter activity of Nordic spas. Could it be the simple break in our daily routine? Or the deer wandering up to the outdoor pools while we’re dipping? Or maybe it’s the actual medical advantages to the ancient practise of hydrotherapy? Regardless of the reason, Quebec redheads swear by Nordic Spas no matter the season.

Nordic means, ‘Of, relating to, or characteristic of Scandinavia or its peoples.’ A Nordic Spa is known as a healing spa and is made up of balmy freshwater, Finnish saunas, eucalyptus steam baths, icy cold basins.. and more! This type of healing spa is also known as hydrotherapy.

Tip: When visiting a Nordic Spa, alternate several times between thermal extremes over the course of a few hours and you will be left feeling invigorated and ready for anything. Circulation is improved, blood flow nourishes our tired muscles and a natural blush happily returns to our fair cheeks. In just one visit, your red hair will be benefited from a deep rinse and your lips will be naturally plumped like the beautiful Christina Hendricks. 

Hydrotherapy is a well-known indulgence in Quebec, but we most certainly do not hold the monopoly. Nordic Spas are becoming more and more accessible across North America. And at affordable day rates ($30-60!), we redheads owe it to our hair, skin and peace of mind to find the spa closest to us!



Find Out About Your Skin Tone With These Easy Tricks

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By: Guest Writer, Erin Haight

A beautiful redhead is at the cosmetic counter at a department store and is searching tirelessly for the foundation that will perfectly match her complexion. A woman dressed in a lab coat approaches and asks, “What is your skin tone? Are you a warm tone or a cool tone?”

The redhead thinks, “Huh? What did she mean? Did she just insult me or say I look ill?”

Ravishing reds, never fear.

Here are a few tips you can use to determine if you have warm or cool undertones in your complexion and what to do about it:

Warm Tones: This means you have peaches, reds, and purples mixed into your skin color.

Cool Tones: This means that you have a blue-green tint to go with that fleshy skin color.


1. Turn your arm upwards so that you can see the underside of your forearm. Find your darkest most obvious vein, see it? Now is it blue-green or bluish-purple? If it is blue-green, you are a “cool” tone. If it is bluish-purple you are a “warm” tone. Easy, right?! 

2. The color of your eyes can also make a big difference in figuring out what you are. If you have brown or hazel eyes, you are most likely a warm tone. If you have blue or grey-ish eyes you are probably a cool tone.

Note: Most redheads have cool-toned skin, but there are always exceptions.


Remember that most foundations are labeled NW or NC and a corresponding number, like NW25 or NC 20. That means Neutral Warm or Neutral Cool. The number is the level of color, the smaller the number the lighter the shade.

READ: Save or Splurge? The Top Foundation Picks for Redheads 


1. In the summer, keep it sheer with tinted moisturizer in a slightly warmer shade to emphasize the color of your gorgeous freckles (jealous!!). This shade should be somewhere between the color of your freckles and the underlying skin tone.

2. In the winter months, emphasize the underlying skin tone color and use thicker moisturizer and foundation. You can cancel out redness with a yellow-based foundation and concealer.

Now, when you find yourself at your next makeup counter, the conversation will go a lot more smoothly and you’ll find the ‘redhead friendly’ product you so desire.

Keep beautifully red and Rock it like a Redhead!