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Jennifer Haynes

African Beauty For Redheads

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By: Jennifer Haynes

This soap originated in Ghana, Africa and the recipe has been used and passed down for generations. This is the only soap in the world that has not been made with lye and can be used on all skin types from sensitive to oily.

Here are some great benefits of African black soap:

1. Helps combat problem skin; acne, oily skin, blemishes.

2. Fights premature aging and wrinkles. It contains antioxidant properties that fight free radicals that cause aging.

3. Good for hair; dandruff, itchy scalp etc.

4. Great for taking off makeup.

5. Prevents bacteria by pulling it away from the skin making it easy to wash away.

6. Contains vitamin A,E and plenty of iron which nourishes the skin.

Use it for 3-8 days before you see some serious results, but you’re guaranteed to love it!

Rock it like a Redhead! 



Pump Up Your Red Look: Inspired By Disney Pixar’s New Movie, Brave

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Approximately 13% of Scotland’s population are redheads and Disney Pixar’s film Brave debuts in the Highlands of Scotland this summer. One of those redheads, although a animation, is an admiring beauty- her name is Merida and she’s featured as the lead heroine in Disney Pixar’s Brave.

Merida is a strong and fearless redhead- characteristics that all redheads have- and does a great job at exemplifying her fieriness in the film. Her confidence brings her to the forefront of summer trends this summer.

We know her character has to stem from the woman behind Merida’s voice, Kelly Macdonald. Kelly is also a real-life, beautiful redhead and is also a beauty inspiration to us all this season.

Want to get Merida (and Kelly’s) look? Here are four tips to get the redhead look:

1. Take Care of The Red Hair: Red hair (natural or bottled) needs lots of care because it is a rare color that can fade and get damaged easily. Plus, it is always great to have shiny, vibrant red locks like Merida & Kelly. We are huge fans of Pureology Hydra Cure – Intense Moisture Hair Masque. The product delivers deep hydration and quenches hair’s thirst.

2. Styling: This season, it is all about vibrant, red locks with volume. We love traditional velcro rollers. Tips: Make sure your hair is damp; take rectangular sections of the hair, hold the hair away from the scalp and comb it flat. Place the roller at the end of the section and, using both hands, roll the hair onto the roller from end to root. You can use bobby pins to secure the rollers. Keep in until your hair is dry. Flip hair upside down and spray with hairspray.

3. Makeup: It’s time to pump up your makeup and show off your fiery redhead personality. Pump up the eye with ‘redhead friendly’ colors shades.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Tips: Opt for a navy blue and light blue eyeliner pencil, pale gold eyeshadow and mascara. First, accent your brow bone with a few swipes pale gold shadow (make sure your eyebrows are plucked and defined!). Then, line your upper lashes with a navy blue pencil. Do the same to your lower lashes using a light blue pencil. Lightly, go over the pencil lines with the gold eyeshadow to blend in the color. Lastly, apply a brown/black mascara.

4. Fashion: Fashion trends this season are demonstrating ‘redhead friendly’ colors and Merida’s bright blue outfits make her hair and skin pop. Find a blue dress that can be transformed from day to night. Or, go right for the gold (especially near Halloween) and get Merida’s actual dress.

You’re sure to turn heads this summer with Merida’s fierce red look.

Keep beautifully red and Rock it like a Redhead!


The Best Blow Dryers for Your Red Hair

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How many of you have bought a hair dryer only to find out that it damages your hair? Then, you end up overcompensating with creams to tame it down and before you know it, you have to wash your hair again because it is worse than what you started with.

We’ve been through it all.

Redheads with frizzy, curly hair know it is essential to find a blow dryer that will make your hair shiny and silky. The best part is that you don’t need to spend a ton to get good results.

Here is our list of splurge and save blow dryers that are the best for your red locks:


1.Sedu Pink Sedu Dryer

2.CHI Air Pure Pink Ceramic Ionic Hair Dryer

3.T3 ‘Featherweight Journey’ Travel Hair Dryer


4.Conair Infiniti 223 Tourmaline Ceramic Codreel Hair Dryer

5.Nicky Clarke Frizz Control Hair Dryer NHD082

6. BabylissPro Carrera 2 Ceramic Ionic Hair Dryer

Keep beautiful Red and Rock it like a Redhead! 


Products to Tame Your Red Tresses

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Updated: September 5th, 2023

We redheads knows first hand that naturally ginger hair can sometimes be quite unruly and hard to handle. Here are a few ‘redhead friendly’ products to tame your red hair at every step of your hair regimens:

1. Styling and Upkeep: When you have dry or damaged hair, styling can be a nightmare. But, you’re in luck because there is a great product on the market, Moroccan Oil. Simply use a few dab sizes of this oil before and/or after you apply heat to your hair. The naturally derived ingredients in the product are considered miracle cures for distressed and overworked hair and you’ll notice a difference immediately! Try the Moroccan Oil Control Serum for smooth styling and the Moroccan Oil Deep Hydrating Hair Mask for a bi-monthly indulgence.

2. Get Control: Blowing your hair dry with a blow dryer and known to be much better than using a flat iron; especially if you straighten your hair frequently. Redheads will love Chi Air Fire Red Ceramic Blow Dryer. Using powerful ions, this blow dryer will keep your ginger locks smooth and manageable without damaging a strand of hair.

3. Final Shine Tip: Once your ‘do looks perfect, use L’Oreal’s Elinet Finishing Spray for a strong all day hold that is also touchable and silky.

4. Treatments: Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Keratriplex Treatment vials are intense monthly treatments that will restore and revive your scarlet tresses to make every day a good hair day.

With these fabulous products, your fiery locks will truly be your crowning glory this summer.

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.


Swimming Can Damage Your Red Hair: How to Stop It

Don't let chlorine damage your hair

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The best part of summer is enjoying the weather, but sometimes your hair can suffer from outdoor swimming activities. Most swimming pools maintain high levels of certain chemicals, especially chlorine, in order to keep the water clean and bacteria-free. High levels of chlorine can strip your red hair, leaving it dry and prone to split ends.

Here are some simple tips to keep your red hair looking gorgeous:

1. Wet it First:

Your hair absorbs whatever it comes into contact with first. The best way to protect your red hair is to wet your hair with regular water first. Your hair will absorb the clean water and that way, it won’t be as affected by the chlorine.

2. Apply Conditioner:

This is our favorite trick because it is an even better way to keep your hair from absorbing too much chlorine. You can either wet your hair and apply conditioner or simply add a coat of conditioner to your locks. Make sure to comb the chlorine through your hair to make sure every piece of hair is coated with conditioner.

3. Hair Cap:

A hair cap is probably the most effective and easiest way to protect your hair. The rubber in the cab will keep your hair safe from the harmful chemicals.

READ: Top 5 Shower Essentials for Redheads 

4. Protection:

After swimming, make sure to thoroughly wash your hair with a great ‘redhead friendly’ shampoo and conditioner –– preferably a brand that doesn’t contain sulfates.

Also, make sure you’re spraying your locks with SPF, too!

Rock it like a Redhead! 


Liz Washer

Using Color Theory for Corrective Redhead Makeup

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Lavender primer? Green concealer?

The array of weird colors on the market is understandably baffling to most consumers. As a pro makeup artist, I use the principles of color theory every time I apply makeup, and you can too –– especially if you have a stubborn blemish that just doesn’t look good with a thick pile of concealer on top. When it comes to covering the tough stuff, color correctors work wonders – and you can get away with using less foundation as a result.

Here’s how concealer work:

Discoloration on the face has an undertone to it. For example, undereye circles are often blue, grey or violet; pimples are pink; hyperpigmentation is brown. You can cancel out the unwanted pigmentation by using a concealer in a complementary color – i.e., the color opposite on the color wheel and then blend your natural skin color (foundation) on top as needed with a little powder to set. You end up needing less coverage because the colors are doing the work for you.

READ: Concealer 101 for Redheads: How To Apply and Get a Flawless Finish 

This method is preferable to use only a “nude” concealer because most aren’t opaque enough to do the job themselves: a light shade over a dark shade will create an unattractive a greyish cast. Neutralizing the discoloration with a soft wash of a complementary color saves you from having to use a thick, heavy concealer that’s just going to appear ashy and grey.

A few of my favorite ‘redhead friendly’ corrective products:

Temptu S/B Neutralizer Wheel & S/B Adjuster Set

Graftobian HD Glamour Crème Corrector palette

Kiko Milano Color Correct Concealer Palette

Here are the corrective formulas for easy reference:

1. For blue-toned under-eye circles, try a peach concealer to warm up the skin and brighten the eyes.

2. Grey tones in the skin can be adjusted with pink.

3. For rosacea and acne blemishes, use a yellow or green.

Be sure to use green very sparingly and sheerly, as it can drain all the pink from your skin, making you look a bit grey.

4. For sun damage and hyperpigmentation, use orange to neutralize the brown.

The darker the skin, the deeper your concealer should be. Orange is the most magical concealer color when serious coverage is needed. I can even use a wash of orange to soften a multicolored tattoo that needs to be concealed.

5. Enliven sallow skin with a sheer wash of lavender.

6. Add a drop of blue concealer to cool down a foundation that is too warm for your skin, or to tone down an overly orange spray tan! Go sparingly; like green, blue tends to OVER adjust.


Solve Your Accessory Dilemmas

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There is nothing that looks more stunning than wearing “redhead friendly” colors and rockin’ that outfit with great accessories. But, sometimes when you’re looking your best, there are accessory dilemmas that could ruin your look and when matched with sensitive, redhead skin, there can be serious issues.

Don’t ditch accessories. It is easy to stop accessory issues with these simple tips:

Jewelry Staining Your Skin: It has happened to all of us. You get that nasty, greenish/blueish line around your neck or fingers. Use the following tips to keep your skin from ugly staining:

1. Coat the jewelry with clear nail polish.

2. Choose stainless steel jewelry when possible.

3. Choose jewelry labeled hypo-allergenic. It’s formulated for people who are sensitive to metals.

4. Keep your skin dry when wearing jewelry.

5. Keep your jewelry clean and tarnish-free.

Sore Feet: Ladies, we all get sore feet from wearing heels and we all know we aren’t going to stop wearing beautiful shoes because our heels hurt.

1. Soak your feet in Tea Tree Oil in warm water either before and after you hit the town. We also love peppermint oil because it has a soothing affect.

2. Wear orthotic insoles in your shoes. They are life savers!

3. Massage your feet regularly to break up tension.

Earrings Causing Swelling: How many of you have bought cute earrings and soon find out you can’t wear them because they infect your ear? Redheads have very sensitive skin and the ear lobe can be just as sensitive.

1. After wearing your favorite pair of earrings, dab hydrogen peroxide on each ear lobe to prevent swelling.

2. As tempting as it can be, if the earrings are cheap, do not buy them because the ending result isn’t worth it.

Itchy Head: Summer hats are all the rage this summer! But, sometimes the materials inside the hat can cause your scalp  to itch.

1. We like to coat the insides of our hat with a small amount of conditioner. Choose a conditioner that you would use for your hair because the result will turn out better. Simply dab the inside of the hat with water and add a dime size of conditioner. Scrub. Wash out completely. The conditioner will add a protective coat and stop itchy scalps.

Jeans Turning You Blue: It happens to us all. You buy gorgeous, new jeans and the dark-wash denim washes off onto shoes, clothes and skin.  So what is a girl to do?

1. Soak the jeans in a bucket of vinegar and water overnight. The acidity of the vinegar helps to set the dye. Wash and hang dry afterwards and you’ll notice less bleeding the next time you wear them.

Stay beautiful, Redheads!

Brittany Henderson

Get The Beach Look: Redhead Style

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By: Brittany Henderson

Finally, the weather is heating up and I want to scream “finally!” because I grew up in sunny California. Summertime symbolizes beach days, barbeques, long bike rides and lots of fun with friends and family.

Most of my friends were bleach blonde, tan girls, so I learned how to rock the same ‘just came from the beach’ look while still looking fashionable and keeping my skin safe. Here are a few tips on how to pull off that ‘California cool’ look, redhead style:

1. Wear Linen: Linen is the perfect accessory for summer! It is the best option because it offers maximum sun protection and is so fashionable. Check out Roxy Ocean Side Beach Pants.

2. The Fit: Wear loose fitting and comfortable clothes that still have some shape to them. Printed maxi dresses and flowy tops are great for the summer. The Indah Marissa Open Back Maxi Dress is great because it covers your shoulders for more sun protection.

3. Accessorize Like Whoa: Bring out the friendship bracelets from third grade and leather bracelets and layer them on your wrist.

4. Rock that Red Hair: Garnier Fructis Surf Hair is a hair paste that should be applied right after a shower.  It will give you the perfect tousled beach look.

5. Smile Big: If you aren’t out in the California sun, smile bright enough so that everyone around you feels like they are!



Dermatologist Claims Redheads Are "Three-Time Losers"

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By: Guest Writer, Dr. Leslie Baumann M.D.

Harvard dermatologist Madhu Pathak calls redheads “three-time losers” because their red pigment is an inadequate filter of sunlight and their skin is more susceptible to sunburn, skin cancer and wrinkling with age.

Is this true? 

Being a redhead myself, I hate think of us as any type of losers- so instead I would like to say that we are eumelanonically challenged.

What I mean by this is natural redheads have less eumelanin- the pigment that gives a brownish black hue to skin and hair.  There are 3 main reasons that ‘red hairs’ are more likely to get skin cancer:

1) We tan poorly, therefore many of us have developed sunburns trying to tan.

2) Our eumelanin levels are low so we do not get as much natural antioxidant protection from eumelanin.

3) our pheomelanin, when exposed to sun, makes free radicals that can lead to damage to our DNA.

The sun damage that redheads get from these 3 reasons leads to sun burns, wrinkles, skin cancer and freckles.  The sun damage occurs more in redheads for these reasons:

When irradiated, pheomelanin produces free radicals, therefore pheomelanin may contribute to photoaging of the skin.  Eumelanin, however, may actually have antioxidant activity which protects skin.  These may be one of the reasons that redheads are more likely to develop skin cancer. Redheads have less eumelanin in their skin (and hair) and more pheomelanin in their skin (and hair), as compared to darker skin and hair types.  Therefore, they have less natural protection or more damage from sun exposure.

The lesson is, always wear lots of sunscreen and keep your skin safe from the sun!


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


Basic Benefits And Uses of Neem Oil for Red Hair and Sensitive Skin

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Edited: May 13, 2022

By: Jennnifer Haynes

Neem oil is derived from an Evergreen Tree native to India and surrounding areas. This tree offers an abundance of health and beauty to those who partake of its goodness.  It is most commonly used in Ayurvedic practices for overall health.  It can be taken internally or applied topically to the skin.

There are 150 active compounds in Neem oil that make it work wonders for skin, hair, digestion, and other ailments. It also has no undesirable side effects, so you can use this all-natural product with confidence. Be sure to look for pure organic Neem for the best results.

Just some of its excellent redhead-approved benefits are listed below:

1. It is great for all skin problems ; acne, psoriasis, eczema and many more. It has been shown to solve skin problems that even the harshest of chemical products cannot solve.  It is also great for dry skin and quickly replenishes moisture loss. It may seem crazy to put oil on your skin if it is not dry, but all skin types can benefit from this amazing oil which has properties so close to sebum that it tricks your skin into not producing more oil!

2. It has anti- bacterial, anti-fungal, anti- microbial properties which aid in scalp and skin health.

3. Stimulates immune system health and aids in all forms of stress.

4. Summer is just around the corner and so are the bugs. Neem oil will keep them from biting you; just watch those little critters take flight.

Rock it like a Redhead! 


Redhead Celebrities

Good Genes.. or Botox?

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Have you noticed that redheaded women have less wrinkles, but their skin is “looser”? Our co-founders, Adrienne & Stephanie, have always felt their skin was “looser” than other girls their age, even thought they’re in their mid to late 20’s. This causes us to wonder: Do redheads wrinkle less than blondes & brunettes? Does a natural redhead’s thinner-than-most, sensitive, sometimes-oily, sometimes-dry skin genetically stop the aging process?

Do redheads naturally age well or do some get some help? Take a look at some statements from redhead celebrities themselves: 

1. The 49 year old Desperate Housewives star, Marcia Cross, always looks stunning. She has never publicly admitted that she has had botox, but Manhattan plastic surgeon Dr.Jennifer Walden told a London blog, “Marcia Cross is the poster child for Botox.” Cross has come back at rumors saying she always stays out of the sun and wears a high SPF face cream.

2. Nicole Kidman, 45, has also never admitted that she has had botox, but instead said she drinks lots of water and stays healthy to keep away from wrinkles.

3. England’s Soap Opera star, Patsy Palmer (left), age 40, landed herself in the hospital after having a bad botox experience. She told the public she is done with cosmetic surgery, “..My relationship with Botox is over. I got really scared about it.’

But hey, let’s admit it, if they have had botox or not, these redheaded gals look great. What’s your thought on it?