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Ask a Redhead: All About Ginger Genetics

Find out why we're so special

Every week, we put out a call for your redhead questions. This gives you a chance to get advice or input from our team of redheads. From beauty and fashion to lifestyle, redheads are in a unique boat, and we want to help make this community a place where you can turn for all your redhead needs.

This week we had a few questions regarding the “redhead gene”, and how redheads differ genetically from those without red hair. So let’s break it down:

What is the redhead or “ginger” gene?

The “redhead gene” refers to a genetic variant called MC1R (melanocortin 1 receptor) that is associated with red hair, fair skin, and freckles. This gene is involved in determining pigmentation in hair and skin by influencing the production of melanin. Variations in the MC1R gene can result in different hair colors, with the recessive alleles often leading to red hair.

Chromosome 16 is one of the 23 pairs of chromosomes in humans. It contains around 900 to 1,200 genes and represents approximately 2.9% of the total DNA in cells. The MC1R gene, which stands for melanocortin 1 receptor gene, is located on chromosome 16. Variations in this gene can influence pigmentation traits such as hair color, skin color, and susceptibility to sunburn.

The MC1R gene plays a role in determining the pigmentation of hair, skin, and eye color. The chemical pigmentation is called melanin. There are two types of melanin, eumelanin which creates darker pigments like black and brown, and pheomelanin which creates lighter pigments like red and yellow. Redheads usually have high levels of pheomelanin and low levels of eumelanin, which is why redheads often have fair skin and light eyes. 

Common traits redheads share

Aside from just red hair, there are also some other common traits that redheads may have in common. Even though redheads can come from any part of the world and any ethnic background, it’s far more common for redheads to have fair skin. It’s also quite common for redheads to have freckles, which is another trait controlled by the MC1R gene. 

Redheads often have thick hair, due to the fact that they have thicker hair strands than blondes or brunettes, regardless of having fewer individual strands of hair on their heads. The MC1R gene may also be the reason many redheads have curly/wavy hair. Redheads have a higher likelihood of being left-handed than blondes or brunettes and are also more likely to have sensitive skin. 

Genetic advantages + disadvantages of having red hair

Natural red hair, often associated with variations in the MC1R gene, can come with both advantages and disadvantages. Some advantages are that redheads produce the same amount of vitamin D in a shorter amount of time than others can. This is beneficial because vitamin D deficiency can be linked to diabetes and arthritis. Additionally, studies suggest that redheads have a higher threshold for pain than other hair colors. Some of the disadvantages redheads face because of their genes are an increased risk of skin cancer, as well as an increased risk of Parkinsons and endometriosis for female redheads. Redheads may also need more anesthesia than other hair colors. Let’s take a look at these plus more: 


1. Sunlight Absorption: Red hair and fair skin allow for more efficient absorption of sunlight, aiding in the production of vitamin D, particularly in regions with lower sunlight exposure.
2. Vitamin D Synthesis: Despite the increased risk of sunburn, fair-skinned individuals with red hair may synthesize vitamin D more efficiently due to their ability to absorb sunlight.
3. Novelty and Attractiveness: In some cultures, red hair is considered unique and attractive, potentially providing social advantages.
4. Potential Health Benefits: Some studies suggest that redheads may have a higher pain tolerance and may respond differently to anesthesia, potentially offering advantages in certain medical situations.


1. Sun Sensitivity: Fair skin and red hair are more susceptible to sunburn and skin damage from UV radiation, increasing the risk of skin cancer.
2. Vitamin D Deficiency: In regions with limited sunlight, individuals with fair skin and red hair may be more prone to vitamin D deficiency.
3. Social Stigma: Red hair has historically been associated with stereotypes and discrimination in some cultures, leading to social challenges for individuals with red hair.
4. Increased Risk of Skin Cancer: The combination of fair skin and red hair increases the risk of developing skin cancer, particularly melanoma, due to decreased protection from UV radiation.

Want your redhead question answered? Find us @howtobearedhead on Instagram and Facebook and look for the Ask a Redhead question box.

Rock it like a Redhead! 


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6 Clean & Affordable Sunscreens Redheads Can Wear Under Their Makeup

Find the Perfect SPF for You!

Redheads are at a much higher risk for skin cancer and this is why sunscreen is always the most important part of our skincare routine. This means it’s important to find a sunscreen that works for both your skin and your wallet. We often get asked which affordable sunscreens we like, which clean sunscreens we like, and which sunscreens work well under makeup. Today we’re tackling the trifecta — sunscreen that fits all 3 of those important categories. Here are our top picks:

1. Innisfree Daily UV Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 36 ($18)

This sunscreen won the 2023 Allure Best of Beauty Award for a reason. It’s made by Korean skincare brand Innisfree and is packed with amazing ingredients like green tea and sunflower seed oil. Not only is it good for your skin, it has an SPF of 36 and doesn’t leave any white cast. Its smooth finish is perfect for wearing alone or under makeup.

Innisfree Daily UV Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 36: $18 

2. Cetaphil Sheer 100% Mineral Liquid Sunscreen for Face With Zinc Oxide Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($12)

We love Cetaphil for redheads. It’s sensitive skin-safe and super affordable. This broad-spectrum sunscreen is sheer without compromising your skin protection. The SPF 50 leaves your skin highly protected, and the matte finish is meant to be worn under makeup.

Cetaphil Sheer 100% Mineral Liquid Sunscreen: $12 

3. Blue Lizard SENSITIVE FACE Mineral Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide and Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid, SPF 30+ ($20)

A brand we love for our faces and bodies is Blue Lizard. This sensitive skin formula face SPF is perfect for wearing under makeup. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, green tea, and caffeine help to nourish skin all day long. 

Blue Lizard SENSITIVE FACE Mineral Sunscreen: $20 

4. Vanicream Facial Moisturizer with SPF 30 ($15)

If you’re looking for an SPF that’s ultra hydrating and moisturizing while also protecting your skin, you have to try Vanicream. Its SPF 30 mineral sunscreen is perfect for sensitive skin and wears wonderfully under makeup. 

Vanicream Facial Moisturizer: $15 

5. TULA Daily Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Gel SPF 30 ($38)

This gel sunscreen is a little pricier than some of our other picks, but if you’ve got the room in your budget it’s worth it. The gel-like finish is perfect under makeup, and it’s reef-safe. It’s packed with probiotics, pineapple, papaya, and wild butterfly ginger.

TULA Daily Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Gel: $38 

6. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50 ($38)

Another option that’s a little higher priced but oh so worth it is this tinted SPF from La Roche-Posay. If you want light coverage + max sun protection, this SPF 50 is perfect. You won’t even need a foundation, saving you time and money.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Tinted Sunscreen: $38 

How to apply your new sunscreen under your makeup:

If you’re wondering how to apply sunscreen under your makeup, here are some tips:

1. Start with a clean face.

2. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30, allowing it to fully absorb into your skin.

3. Apply a primer if desired to create a smooth base for makeup.

4. Use a lightweight, oil-free foundation or tinted moisturizer to avoid heavy layers.

5. Dab concealer only where needed to cover imperfections.

6. Finish with a translucent setting powder to help set your makeup and reduce shine.

7. Throughout the day, consider using a setting spray with SPF to reapply protection without disturbing your makeup.

For optimal application of sunscreen under makeup, start by thoroughly cleansing your face and applying your regular skincare products. Dispense a nickel-sized amount of sunscreen and evenly distribute it across your face and neck using a gentle patting motion, ensuring complete coverage. Allow the sunscreen to fully absorb into your skin before applying makeup to prevent pilling or streaking. Blend the sunscreen well around the hairline, jawline, and ears to avoid any noticeable lines. Throughout the day, remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially if you’re exposed to sunlight for an extended period. Consider using makeup products with built-in SPF for added protection. By following these steps, you can effectively protect your skin from harmful UV rays while maintaining a flawless makeup look.

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: How Redheads Can Apply Sunscreen When Wearing Makeup

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Hair + Beauty

How Redheads Can Quickly Heal a Sunburn This Summer

Bye Bye, Sunburn!

You had a great day out in the sun and you come inside to feel burning, tingling, and extra heat coming from your skin — all to realize you have a sunburn. As vigilant as redheads try to be about applying sunscreen, wearing protective clothes, and keeping out of the sun, sunburns happen. So, now what do you do? Getting rid of a sunburn takes time, but there are a few things you can do to speed up the process and make it a little less red, and a little less painful. 

1. Take a pain reliever

Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever like Ibuprofen, Advil, or Tylenol can help reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain caused by your sunburn. You can even try applying a gel as a topical pain reliever directly onto your burnt skin. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen can help reduce pain and inflammation associated with sunburn.*

2. Take a cool shower

Cooling down the temperature of your skin will help to soothe your sunburn. Take a cool shower or apply a cool compress to your sunburn. Don’t stay in the shower too long, about 10 minutes should do. You can do this several times a day to keep cooling down the skin. 

3. Hydrate

Keeping you and your skin hydrated is key. After your cool shower, apply a hydrating lotion to your body. One with cooling ingredients like aloe is even better. You also need to drink some extra water to keep your body hydrated from the inside. 

4. Use ointments

Topical sunburn ointments work wonders on healing a burn fast. Aloe vera is a great natural option and can be cooled in the fridge for relief. You can also use a burn cream to help heal the skin. Make sure to reapply often and wear loose clothing to avoid transfer. 

5. Eat your fruits & veggies 

Eating foods, like leafy greens and carrots, that are high in beta-carotene can help to reduce inflammation from sunburns. Oranges give you a boost of Vitamin D which which can also help with inflammation, and pomegranates can help to heal your sunburn from within. 

Here are 6 more ways to quickly heal a sunburn:

1. Use cool compresses: Apply cool, damp compresses to the affected area to help alleviate pain and reduce swelling.

2. Use moisturizers: Apply moisturizing lotions or creams to help keep your skin hydrated and prevent peeling.

3. Avoid further sun exposure: Protect your skin from further damage by staying out of the sun until your sunburn heals completely.

4. Wear loose, breathable clothing: Opt for loose-fitting, breathable clothing to prevent further irritation to the sunburned area.

5. Use sunburn relief products: Over-the-counter sunburn relief products containing ingredients like lidocaine or menthol can provide temporary relief from pain and discomfort.

6. Seek medical attention if needed: If your sunburn is severe or accompanied by symptoms like fever, chills, or blistering, seek medical attention promptly.

*Always consult a doctor before taking any medications.

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: Do You Know Why Redheads Sunburn So Easily? 

READ: How Many Minutes Does It Take To Get a Sunburn?


7 One-Piece Swimsuits for Redhead Women

Get Spring and Summer Ready!

It’s almost swimsuit season redheads, and that means it’s time to add a few new pieces to your collection. We love the sun, sand, and surf just as much as the next redhead, and we know how much having a good swimsuit can elevate your spring and summer experience. Here are a few of our favorite one-piece swimsuits for redhead women — and make sure to always pair with sunscreen: 

1. Aleumdr Ribbed One Piece

This adjustable ribbed one-piece is a must-have. Available in sizes S-XXL, it has flattering ruching and straps you can adjust or remove to get your perfect fit. The color selection is super ‘Redhead-friendly’ too!

Aleumdr Ribbed One Piece: $26 

2. American Trends One Piece Swimsuit

Everyone needs a simple one-piece in their collection, and this one is perfect. It sits comfortably on the shoulders and has a low cutback to keep it looking stylish. We love the color selection and it comes in sizes S-XXL.

American Trends One Piece Swimsuit: $24 

3. CUPSHE Wrap Color Block Tie Side Bathing Suit

Add a pop of color to your style with this adorable wrapped suit with color blocking. This swimsuit has been super popular the last few years, for good reason! And it comes in sizes XXS-XXL.

CUPSHE Wrap Color Block Tie Side Bathing Suit: $35 

4. Aleumdr High Cut One Piece Swimsuit

Another adorable ribbed option is this one. It has an open crisscross back and a flattering v-neck. The ruched and ribbed material gives you the perfect shape. Available in sizes S-XXL

Aleumdr High Cut One Piece Swimsuit: $28 

5. CUPSHE One Piece Swimsuit with V Neck Mesh

Want to show off a little more skin, without wearing a 2 piece? This mesh-paneled suit is the perfect way to do it! The color and prints are super redhead-friendly and it comes in sizes M-3X!

CUPSHE One Piece Swimsuit with V Neck Mesh: $40 

6. CUPSHE One Piece V Neck

Another adorable v-neck option is this one. It comes in sizes XS-XXL and has built-in tummy control. Back gives good coverage and there’s an awesome color range to choose from.

CUPSHE One Piece V Neck: $34 

7. Tempt Me One Piece High Neck Swimsuit

This ultra-flattering high-neck swimsuit is perfect if you have a larger chest or want a little more coverage. The mesh panel keeps it from being too modest and there are tons of colors to choose from! Available in sizes XXS – 26 Plus.

Tempt Me One Piece High Neck Swimsuit: $34 

Rock it like a Redhead! 


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What Being Part of the H2BAR Community is All About

The How to be a Redhead community is such a special one and it wouldn’t be what it is without you!

When sisters Adrienne and Stephanie created How to be a Redhead (known as “H2BAR”) back in 2011, it was to build the community they wished they had growing up. Being a redhead can feel lonely, especially if you don’t have a redhead’s parents or good redhead representation in your life. Over a decade ago, we didn’t see redheads on social media and in the news the way we do now — Adrienne and Stephanie decided it was time to change that. 

Now the How to be a Redhead community is 300,000+ strong across Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook. The community has grown from the “Rock it like. Redhead events” of the mid-2010s to, a national holiday (National Love Your Red Hair Day), viral TikTok videos, and redhead representation on ABC’s “Shark Tank” earlier this year.

Being part of the How to be a Redhead community is something special. It’s a place to feel empowered, seen, and understood. It’s a place for redheads to feel like they belong and share their unique experiences. How to be a Redhead offers redhead advice, all the latest redhead news, beauty items made for redheads by redheads and so much more. 

The How to be a Redhead community was made for natural redheads, but it also extends much further. Redheads ‘by choice’ can find content and connection in the How to be a Redhead community, parents of redhead children can find ways to help their little redheads grow and thrive, and even some non-redheads who share redhead traits like freckles, fair skin and light brows have found comfort in this community. 

The best part is we’re continuing to grow — here are some things to look forward to in 2024:

  • New products launching in summer, fall and winter
  • New brand ambassador program rolling out soon (summer 2024)

The How to be a Redhead community is such a special one and it wouldn’t be what it is without you! So, thank you! 

Take a look throughout the years and celebrate 200K Instagram followers with us:

Rock it like a Redhead! 


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8 Swimwear Options for Redhead Men

Ready for Spring and Summer, Guys?

It’s beach, pool, and lake season, which means you need to up your swim game. Having a pair of stylish swim trunks will make you look and feel better this spring and summer. Wondering where to start? Here are some of our favorite swim trunk options for redhead men:

1. American Trends Quick Dry Mens Swimming Trunks with Compression Liner

These stylish swim trunks let you have both function and fashion, with a ton of awesome prints, colors, and patterns. The built-in compression liner even has a spot for your phone! Available in sizes M-XXL.

American Trends Quick Dry Mens Swimming Trunks: $26 

2. maamgic Mens Quick Dry Swim Trunks

Add a pop of fun and color to your beachwear outfit with a printed pair of swim trunks like these pineapple ones. They also have other fun prints and patterns to choose from and come in sizes XS-XXL.

maamgic Mens Quick Dry Swim Trunks: $36 

3. Amazon Essentials Men’s 7″ Quick-Dry Swim Trunk

If you want something high quality and super affordable, try these quick dry trunks from Amazon Essentials. They come in a ton of colors and XS-XXL!

Amazon Essentials Men's Quick-Dry Swim Trunk: $19 

4. G Gradual Men’s Quick Dry Board Shorts with Zipper Pocket

These are a longer-style pair of board shorts that have zippered pockets. Perfect for when you want to go hands-free at the beach or pool. Available in sizes S-4X

G Gradual Men’s Quick Dry Board Shorts: $30 

5. maamgic Mens Slim Fit Swim Shorts Swim Trunks

These slim fit trunks come in a ton of prints, colors and patterns and are perfect for a more fitted swimsuit style for redhead men. Available in sizes XS-XXL.

maamgic Mens Slim Fit Swim Shorts Swim Trunks: $21 

6. YnimioAOX Men’s Swim Trunks Quick Dry Beach Shorts

Want to make a statement at the pool or beach this summer? We love these neon men’s swum trunks. Available in a ton of awesome bright (and more muted) colors these are super to be a hit this summer. Available in men’s sizes 28-40. 

YnimioAOX Men's Swim Trunks Quick Dry Beach Shorts: $20 

7. maamgic Vintage 5.5″ Swim Trunks

If you like a more retro style and a shorter swim trunk, these are the ones for you. They have a built-in compression layer and come in both solid and fun, funky vintage prints. Available in sizes XS-XXL.

maamgic Vintage Swim Trunks: $33 

8. SILKWORLD Quick Dry Compression Liner 2-in-1 Swimsuit

For those who want a little more coverage and protection from your swim trunks, try these with a built-in compression liner. They are perfect for those who love to be active in or near the water. Available in sizes S-3X.

SILKWORLD Quick Dry: $36 

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: How To Prep Your Redhead Skin for Swimsuit Season

READ: Why All Redhead Men Should Have a Skincare Routine + How to Start One


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Why H2BAR Co-Founders Chose To Wear Bright Pink Magenta on ABC’s “Shark Tank”

And how you can incorporate the color into your wardrobe

Wondering what the most flattering colors are for redheads? Well, one color is magenta. It is one of the most perfect colors because it flatters our red hair, but also adds a pop of color. Some shades of bright pink can feel overwhelming while some shades of lighter pink can make us feel washed out. 

Magenta is a rich and bold choice for redheads and that’s why How to be a Redhead co-founders, Adrienne and Stephanie, chose to wear it for their appearance on Shark Tank which aired on February 15, 2024 (Season 15, Episode 14). Adrienne wore this stunning jumpsuit (without the jacket) in a more warm-toned magenta called ‘Fushia’, and Stephanie opted for a similar jumpsuit in a little bit of a cooler-toned magenta called ‘Wild Berry’. 

Wondering how you can rock magenta with your red hair? We’ve got you covered:

Magenta top and basic bottoms

A fantastic way for redheads to rock magenta is by pairing a magenta top with basic bottoms. The magenta will be close your hair and eyes making them pop — while the simple pants or skirt will help to balance the outfit. This look works particularly well with black or denim jeans or other basic black trousers, skirts, or shorts.

Full magenta moment

If you really want to rock the magenta, try a full magenta moment like Adrienne and Stephanie did. Magenta dresses or jumpsuits are perfect for any special occasion. The pink tones will help to accentuate your hair and skin to perfection. We love pairing a full magenta moment with a nude shoe to help give the color its time to shine. 

Wear magenta with other colors

Magenta is beautiful, but what colors do you pair it with other than black, white, and nude? We love magenta paired with jewel tones like emerald green, and other complementary colors like blue and red. The best part about magenta is it comes in lots of different shades and this makes it easier to pair with other colors. We love the really vibrant ones but if you’re not 100% sold on the pop of pink, try going for a darker berry shade and pairing it with colors you love.

Magenta makeup

Magenta and berry are great shades for redheads when it comes to makeup. You can rock the magenta on your lips, eyes, and even your cheeks. The pink tones will really pop, and make you look stunning.

Magenta nails

Another way we absolutely adore magenta? Nails! Berry-colored nails are trendy year-round and are the perfect in-between of pink and red. Berry tones look ultra-flattering on fair skin tones too.

Magenta accessories

Add a pop of pink to any outfit with some magenta accessories. Magenta shoes, bags and earrings will give you the color you’re looking for without feeling overwhelmed. We love adding these magenta pops to neutral outfits! 

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: How Redheads Can Wear: Pink

READ: How And Why Redheads Should Wear Barbie Pink


How Many College Clubs Are Bringing Redheads Together

Would you sign up to be involved?

Heading off to college is exciting, but it can be nerve-wracking and intimidating too. If you head off to a college where you don’t know anyone, it can be hard to find your place. For redhead students at Dartmouth College, an Ivy League university in New Hampshire, there’s a solution. 

Gingers of Dartmouth (GoD) is a group of redhead students who chat via a GroupMe group message. As of late October, there are almost 150 members that make up GoD. The Dartmouth, the school’s newspaper, wrote an article called Inside GoD: Dartmouth’s Ginger Community where they talked to a few of the members of GoD. Some members relay stories of being asked to join the group, a casual invite by fellow gingers, and others talk about how they grab selfies with fellow gingers they see on campus to share with the group. 

Admission into GoD seems pretty simple — you must be a natural redhead, but for strawberry blondes or people with auburn hair, you might be discussed by the group chat if you’re welcome. Sadly, redheads ‘by choice’ aren’t welcome, and neither are redheads who choose alternative hair colors for themselves. But for those redheads who are embracing their natural red, it’s a welcoming environment. One member remarks that the group chat put her at ease when she first came to Dartmouth. She felt like she had an automatic “club” to join.

Other schools are following suit. University of Virginia has an Instagram called @gingersofuva. Watch their “Redheads on the Grounds” YouTube video below featuring the many redheads at UVA:

Although GoD lives mostly in their GroupMe chat and Gingers of UVA is solely on Instagram, both groups hope to set up some in-person events soon. Many colleges like Boston College, University of Dayton, Notre Dame, and Queen’s University hold a “Run of the Gingers” on St. Patrick’s Day, or perhaps some other sort of social event. Every year it goes viral on social outlets: 


St Patricks Day Tradition 🇮🇪@Barstool U (Via:@mia)

♬ original sound – Two Friends


Social groups built on similar interests or backgrounds aren’t uncommon on college campuses, so we may see other schools start redhead clubs, especially as social media offers more ways for redheads to connect and keep in touch. 

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: Reddit Thread: Redheads Speak On Being Bullied (Or Not). Were You?

READ: 10 Comebacks If You’re Ever Bullied About Your Red Hair


Hair + Beauty

Ask a Redhead: Are Strawberry Blondes Redheads?

Let's settle this once and for all!

Every week, we put out a call for your redhead questions. This gives you a chance to get advice or input from our team of redheads. From beauty and fashion to lifestyle, redheads are in a unique boat, and we want to help make this community a place where you can turn for all your redhead needs. 

This week’s Ask a Redhead question comes from Instagram and reads: “Are strawberry blondes redheads?” And, we are answering two other redheads with similar questions, “What does it mean to be a strawberry blonde?” and “What makeup works for strawberry blondes?”

We’ve got these answers and more:

What is considered “strawberry blonde”? 

Strawberry blonde is a term used to describe a light, warm hair color that’s somewhere between a true ginger color and a natural blonde. As you probably know, red hair is a color spectrum. Most redheads have some darker hues and some lighter hues in their hair which gives it its gorgeous dimension. The more dark (brown) you have the more auburn your hair looks. The more light (blonde) you have, the more strawberry blonde your hair looks. If you have an even amount of light and dark, or maybe just red and orange hues, you would be considered more of a “true ginger” redhead

Just like red hair is a spectrum, so is strawberry blonde hair. Some strawberry blonde hair is lighter and more on the blonde end, while others are more orange/red and on the ginger-end of the spectrum. 

Are strawberry blondes redheads? How do we know? 

The age-old question is, are strawberry blondes redheads? We know so. Strawberry blonde is one of the lightest shades of red hair and like we’ve said, it’s a spectrum. If you feel like a redhead, you’re a redhead! But if you’re unsure, or need a little more proof here’s a series of questions you can consider to help you determine if you are a “redhead”. 

  • Is your strawberry blonde hair natural? Strawberry blonde hair, like ginger hair, is pretty rare, especially in adults. If your hair color is natural then chances are you’ve got the redhead gene and would be considered a redhead. If your hair isn’t natural, and you’ve had it colored and warmed up, chances are you’re a natural blonde, not a redhead. If your hair is colored, but only blonde has been added, then you might be a redhead. 
  • Did your hair look red when you were younger? Think about your hair when you were a kid. Was it redder? If you’re over the age of 40, think about your hair as a teen or early twenties, was it more red/ginger? Lots of redheads have more ginger hair when they are younger, and as they get older it fades and loses vibrancy. Your strawberry blonde may actually be red hair that’s diluted with white/blonde hairs from aging or just faded red hair
  • Do you have other redhead features? Freckles and fair skin aren’t synonymous with redheads, but they are very common traits amongst redheads. If you have fair skin and/or freckles you’re much more likely to be considered a redhead by others.
  • Does red hair run in your family? Red hair has to be passed down by both parents, so look for the redhead gene in your family. If one of your parents, grandparents, or siblings is a redhead, you’ve probably got the gene.

What makeup products are recommended for strawberry blondes? 

Our H2BAR redhead makeup line is made to fit all redheads, including strawberry blondes. We even have some regular blondes who want a warmer, more natural look and love our products. Our top picks for strawberry blondes are: 

Brow Products

Lash Products 

Want your redhead question answered? Find us @howtobearedhead on Instagram and Facebook and look for the Ask a Redhead question box!

Strawberry Blonde Influencers

It’s always recommended to connect and follow other fellow strawberry blondes. Take al look at some of H2BAR’s strawberry blonde influencers:


The after, omg 😍😍 #FinallyHaveBrows [Customer video from Kristin B.]

♬ Hello Gentle Breeze – Official Sound Studio


“It matches so well”- @zipporahcardozo 👩🏻‍🦰💥 #FinallyHaveBrows #redhead #eyebrowgel

♬ original sound – How to be a Redhead


The excitement is REAL 😒#FinallyHaveLashes 🎥 @@kaity_june

♬ original sound – How to be a Redhead


“Oh my god.. that looks really good!” – @lilycardone 👩🏻‍🦰 #redhead #strawberryblonde #eyebrows

♬ Sia – Xeptemper

Rock it like a Redhead! 


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READ: Redhead Makeup Tips 101 for Strawberry Blondes

Hair + Beauty

The Bob is Back: How Redheads Can Ask for the Look + Styling Tips 

Rock That Bob, Redheads!

After seeing the Oscar’s red carpet, there’s no doubt, that the bob haircut is back. This sleek, short hairstyle has been around for ages, and it’s making a comeback big time in 2024. Wondering how you can rock a bob? Here’s everything you need to know from how to ask for the exact look you want to tips for styling your new do. 

Why is the bob so classic? 

The bob hairstyle has cyclically remained popular throughout fashion history due to its versatility, simplicity, and ability to suit a wide range of face shapes and hair textures. Its resurgence in popularity may be attributed to several factors:

  1. Celebrity Influence: When influential celebrities and public figures adopt a certain hairstyle, it often becomes trendy. If prominent figures are seen sporting bobs on red carpets or social media, it can inspire others to try the look.
  2. Fashion Trends: Fashion trends often influence hairstyles, and the bob complements many modern fashion styles. Its clean lines and structured shape can enhance contemporary clothing designs.
  3. Ease of Maintenance: Bobs are generally easy to style and maintain compared to longer hairstyles. In today’s fast-paced world, people often seek hairstyles that require minimal effort to look stylish.
  4. Timelessness: The bob has proven to be a timeless hairstyle that can be adapted to fit different eras and aesthetics. Its classic appeal makes it appealing to individuals looking for a timeless yet fashionable look.
  5. Expression of Individuality: While the bob is a classic hairstyle, it can also be customized to reflect individual preferences and personality. With variations such as the asymmetrical bob or textured bob, people can personalize the style to suit their unique tastes.

Overall, the bob’s resurgence in style can be attributed to its adaptability, ease of maintenance, and ability to complement contemporary fashion trends.

How to get the perfect bob

The best thing to do is bring in photos and decide what you do and don’t like about each one. Something to keep in mind is the length. Bob haircuts are usually between the shoulder and the chin, but you can also ask for the lob (long bob) that hits somewhere around the collarbone or armpit length. When a haircut hits right at the shoulder it often flips out at the ends, so be sure to get it cut above the shoulder if you don’t like that look. 

Next, you need to decide if you want a layer or a sleek, blunt bob. Show your stylist some photos and ask if you should get layers or not. If you have thick hair, your stylist will probably recommend layers, but there are options for getting a blunt cut with thick hair. Bangs and face-framing can really pull a bob together, so be sure to ask for those if your inspo photos have them. 

Usually, people’s biggest regret with a bob is going too short. So, it might be helpful to have your stylist cut off some and then gradually go shorter until you feel comfortable. 

Styling your redhead bob

The way you style your bob will greatly depend on your hair texture and what style you like. The number one thing you have to realize about a bob haircut is that the majority of the photos you see of this cut are styled. While a bob is a short haircut, it’s not necessarily a low-maintenance cut

When unstyled, a bob can often look flat and even unflattering. If you like a textured bob, you’ll need to add waves or curls or embrace your natural hair texture. If you like a more voluminous bob, you’ll need to blow it out, use rollers, and add that volume. If you like a sleek bob, you’ll need to straighten and slick it down.

If you haven’t had short hair, it can be a learning curve to style it, so be patient. You can also ask your stylist to show you some hairstyles and products to use to achieve your perfect look. Some things to consider when styling shorter hair is that you may need a smaller barrel curling iron and some heatless overnight styles may not work the same way they did with long hair. 

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: 4 Ways Redheads Can Add Texture and Body to a Bob

READ: 5 Trendy Short Hairstyles

Hair + Beauty

11 Best Sunscreens for Redhead Men

Redhead men are less likely to want to apply, but it's vital to do so

Studies have found that less than 20% of men regularly wear sunscreen and redhead men, specifically, are at an elevated risk of developing skin cancer. Redhead men typically have fair skin, which contains less melanin, making them more susceptible to sunburns and skin damage from UV radiation. They should wear sunscreen to protect their skin from harmful UV rays, which can increase their risk of skin cancer and premature aging. However, they may be less likely to wear it due to a variety of reasons, such as underestimating their risk, finding it inconvenient, or not realizing the importance of sun protection.

You can see why wearing sunscreen is so important. And it isn’t just about preventing wrinkles and early signs of aging, it’s also the number one way to protect your skin and reduce your risk of skin cancer. Sunscreen isn’t just for summertime, it should be for year-round use on your face and body. 

Reasons why redhead men should always wear sunscreen:

1. Redheads typically have fair skin with less melanin, making them more prone to sunburns and skin damage.

2. Sunscreen helps to protect against harmful UV rays, reducing the risk of skin cancer.

3. Regular use of sunscreen can prevent premature aging, such as wrinkles and sunspots.

4. Sunscreen can help prevent painful sunburns, which can lead to discomfort and increased risk of skin problems.

5. Wearing sunscreen promotes overall skin health and maintains a youthful appearance.

Reasons why they might be less likely to do so:

1. Some may underestimate their risk of sun damage due to a misconception that having red hair makes them less susceptible to skin damage.

2. Redheads may find sunscreen application cumbersome or uncomfortable, especially if it leaves a white residue on their skin.

3. Cultural or societal norms may discourage men, including redheads, from using skincare products like sunscreen.

4. Lack of awareness about the importance of sun protection or misconceptions about sunscreen efficacy.

5. Difficulty finding sunscreen suitable for their sensitive skin or preferences, such as fragrance-free or non-greasy formulations.

Here are our top 11 sunscreen picks for redhead men:

1. Oars + Alps Hydrating SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray

This Vitamin C and antioxidant-infused SPF can be used on both the face and body and even on wet skin. It’s sweat and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and won’t leave your skin feeling oily or greasy.

Oars + Alps Hydrating SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray: $18

2. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Stick

Reduce mess with this easy-apply mineral sunscreen stick for sensitive skin. Can be used on both the face and body. Has a dry-touch finish that leaves no white residue and isn’t pore-clogging.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Stick: $22

3. Neutrogena Sport Face Sunscreen SPF 70+

If you’re looking for a high SPF sport sunscreen that’s oil-free, water and sweat-resistant, and broad spectrum, give this one a try.

Neutrogena Sport Face Sunscreen SPF 70+: $15

4. Alba Botanica Sensitive Sunscreen Spray for Face and Body SPF 50

Nourish, protect, and hydrate your sensitive skin with this water-resistant, broad-spectrum SPF spray made with 100% vegetarian ingredients and botanicals.

Alba Botanica Sensitive Sunscreen Spray for Face and Body SPF 50: $10

5. BLUE LIZARD Sport Mineral-Based Sunscreen Lotion – SPF 50+

This dermatologist-recommended sport sunscreen is ideal for sensitive skin and coral reef safe.

BLUE LIZARD Sport Mineral-Based Sunscreen Lotion - SPF 50+: $15

6. Oars + Alps SPF 37 Sunscreen and Everyday Face Moisturizer

Keeps skin hydrated all day, infused with Hyaluronic Acid and antioxidant-rich Alpine Caribou Moss, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B5 which help combat signs of aging.

Oars + Alps SPF 37 Sunscreen and Everyday Face Moisturizer: $22

7. CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30

Want to add a hydrating SPF to the end of your morning skincare routine? Try this one from CeraVe. It’s formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide & Ceramides.

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30: $20

8. Jack Black, Oil-Free Sun Guard SPF 45

This fragrance-free broad-spectrum sunscreen is oil-free and stays put during physical activity. It’s also water and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes. 

Jack Black, Oil-Free Sun Guard SPF 45: $24

9. Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Stick for Face & Body SPF 50

Formulated for sensitive skin, this water-resistant, broad-spectrum stick sunscreen is low-mess and good for both face and body.

Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Stick for Face & Body SPF 50: $8

10. MARLOWE. No. 128 Men’s Facial Lotion with Sunscreen SPF 50

This men’s SPF is lightweight, oil-free, hydrating, nourishing, and soothing, making it perfect for daily use. 

MARLOWE. No. 128 Men's Facial Lotion with Sunscreen SPF 50 $17

11. Supergoop! PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50

Meant for daily use on both your face and body, this SPF is good for sensitive skin, It’s also water and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes. 

Supergoop! PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50: $24

Rock it like a Redhead!

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READ: 10 Sunscreen Rules from a Dermatologist All Redheads Should Know

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10 Redhead-Approved Beauty Products That Give Instant Results

Get Results In Minutes!

Investing in skincare and beauty products can be a labor of love, and sometimes it’s hard to know if your products are actually working. We’re in a society where many of us want immediate gratification. The truth about skincare is hard for some to hear. Some skincare products do not claim to show a difference for many months, if not years. And, there is always the situation where you waited for results, they never came and it’s too late to return the item. There is also the situation where you use proven skincare and do not see a difference for many months, but finally it comes and it’s rewarding once it actually happens. No matter what boat you find yourself in, you must know not all skincare can have instant results. But, some products will make a difference right away! Here are 10 of the best beauty products if you’re looking for some instant beauty results:

1. Timeless Skin Care Vitamin C Serum with Vitamin E & Ferulic Acid

This vitamin C & E serum will leave your skin looking and feeling brighter and more nourished.

Timeless Skin Care Vitamin C Serum with Vitamin E & Ferulic Acid: $54 

2. Moisture Boost Hydrating Cream for Sensitive Skin with Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid

Give this moisturizer a try if you need an instant boost of hydration.

Moisture Boost Hydrating Cream for Sensitive Skin with Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid: $29 

3. Eight Saints Light Show Brightening Eye Gel

Minimize under-eye bags, morning puffiness, and dark circles with just one application. 

Eight Saints Light Show Brightening Eye Gel: $36 

4. Finally Have Brows® Brow Gels in Longwearing + Volumizing

Just one swipe of our best-selling brow gels will tint, tame, and lock your brows into place. 

Finally Have Brows® Brow Gel: $53 

5. Finally Have Lashes® Enhancing Mascara

Our Perfectly Chestnut and Perfectly Auburn mascara shades will leave your lashes looking longer, more voluminous, and with a pop of natural color in seconds. 

Finally Have Lashes® Enhancing Mascara: $29 

6. CeraVe Retinol Serum for Post-Acne Marks and Skin Texture

This helps skin look smoother and more even-toned while retinol works over time to reduce signs of aging. 

CeraVe Retinol Serum for Post-Acne Marks and Skin Texture: $22 

7. e.l.f. Power Grip Primer, Gel-Based & Hydrating Face Primer

Instantly blur pores and imperfections to create the perfect base for your foundation. 

e.l.f. Power Grip Primer, Gel-Based & Hydrating Face Primer: $10 

8. Paulas Choice–SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant

Your skin will look brighter, healthier, and feel cleaner after just one use of this exfoliant. 

Paulas Choice--SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant: $35 

9. First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

Tone and brighten your complexion instantly with these facial radiance pads. 

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads: $17 

10. Peach & Lily Super Reboot Resurfacing Mask

Apply this mask for just 15 minutes and you’ll be stunned when you wash it off. Your skin will feel softer and your complexion more even. 

Peach & Lily Super Reboot Resurfacing Mask: $15 

Rock it like a Redhead! 


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