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Kool Aid To Dye Your Hair Red? Rona O’Connor Answers Your Questions

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QUESTION: I’ve been told that Kool Aid can temporarily dye my hair red (I am a strawberry blonde). This seems like a bad idea, but I think I’d get your expertise. Does it work?!

ANSWER: By: Rona O’Connor: If you want an unnatural look, I’m sure it can stain the hair temporarily.  But honestly, I’d say forget it.  Get yourself a red conditioner in the golden coppers for a lighter red and one that won’t turn pink.  I like ‘Bixa’ by Aveda if you can find it. There are several good brands out there. Color conditioner is is my first choice over Kool Aid.


Glimmer & Glitter In Gold

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By: Sarah Reeves

All that glitters is GOLD and that rings very true for redheads because the color adds a sparkle to red hair and compliments light skin tones. This is why gold is the GO-TO color of the holiday season!

How You Should Wear Gold For The Holiday Season:

1. Add a New Sparkly Spin!

-With a gold blazer.

-Or try showing your sparkle in your makeup. Gold eyeliner and shadow can really brighten the eyes for those holiday parties.

2. Accessorize

Accessorize your red hair! Gold embellished hairpins and headbands will look great against your fiery red hair.

-If you already have some great outfits this holiday season try spicing it up with a gold scarf, gold clutch or cross body bag. Cross body bags are great this time of year because you’ll need your hands free to give presents and find your gloves.

3. Rock a Gold Dress

Why save it for New Years? You already stand out in a crowd with the best hair in the room, so why not stand out even more with the best dress?  Try to pick a cut that works with your figure and glam it up with red heels and red lips!

Cheers to being the cutest at the holiday party!


Arch Nemesis: Top Tips for Brilliant Brows

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By: Liz Washer 

Who doesn’t envy those lucky folks who have balanced, symmetrical eyebrows that frame their features perfectly, express their emotions adeptly, and beautifully match their hair? If you weren’t born that way (and, trust me, few are!), here’s what you can do to achieve perfect arches:

1. Go with a pro. Even if you hope to achieve brow independence, your best bet is to start with a professional shaping and maintain it from there. But don’t just opt for the add-on wax at any old salon; you want to find a skilled brow shaper who will create the perfect frame for your face. (My preference is for plucking and threading, but there are good waxers out there, too.) Then, all you’ll need to do to “stay in shape” is remove the hairs that grow outside of the lines. Determined to go it solo? is a great resource for shaping!

2. Step away from the magnifying mirror! Try your best to avoid using mirrors that make every pore in your face look like a crater on the moon. These mirrors encourage excessive plucking (not to mention irrational levels of insecurity!) They are largely to blame for a lot of overzealous – and regrettable – eyebrow plucking. The trick to brow maintenance: less is more. It can take weeks for plucked hairs to reappear, so don’t overdo it. Full, natural brows are always on trend and youthful, while overplucked ones are aging.

3. Trim first, pluck second! One commandment of brow happiness: TRIM before you pluck. Long errant brow hairs might actually be supporting the shape of the brow, and once they’re gone, you’re left with an unsightly gap. Instead of reaching for the tweezers prematurely, use a brow brush or a clean mascara wand to brush your brows straight up. Any hairs that reach well beyond the brow shape can then be trimmed, carefully, with the smallest, sharpest pair of scissors you can find (I use cuticle scissors). You can brush them down, too, to see which hairs on the bottom might need to be shortened a bit. Only THEN should you pluck the hairs that grow in outside of the brow shape you want to maintain.

4. Get your fill. So, your natural brow hair doesn’t match your fabulous red locks, whether au naturel or bottled beauty? Not to worry! Lots of redheads have nearly invisible blonde brows that can be easily tinted with an auburn-toned brow mascara. If your brows are much darker than your hair, consult a qualified cosmetologist to lighten them chemically (do not try this at home!) To fill in sparse eyebrows, I like to use a mix of matte or satin eyeshadow and pencil eyeliner – the powder gives the brow a backdrop (just don’t go too dark!), and the eyeliner, applied in subtle tiny strokes, mimics the 3-D look and sheen of real hair. The result is believable, not drag queen (unless that’s what you’re going for!)

Liz’s product picks: MAC eyeshadows in Brown Script and Corduroy, Lorac Creamy Brow Pencil in Auburn, VanityMark Ultra-Brow pencils in Gingerella and Auburnista.

Rock it, ladies! 

Olivia Volpe

Gift Guide: What to Get Your Redheaded Girlfriend This Holiday Season

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By: Olivia Volpe

Along with the snowflakes and decorations that come with the holiday season, also comes the time for some gift giving.  I think gifts that have a fun twist, such as including a fun activity or a adding personal touch, are the best!

So boyfriends, listen up!

Here’s my foolproof list of some creative holiday gifts for your redheaded girlfriend that will earn you some brownie points and leave her with special memories to last longer than just the holiday season!

1. For the Adventurous Redhead: Surprise your girl with something to get the adrenaline pumping.  Think skydiving or some other extreme sport.  Redheads tend to always be ready for a challenge and skydiving is a super fun activity you can do together!  What better way to bond than jumping out of a plane at 10,000 feet up?  It’s a creative gift and will create a memory you two can share forever.  Visit this skydiving site to find a jump location near you.

2. For the Old School Redhead: Is she still listening to a CD Walkman or a first generation iPod?  If your redhead is in need of some new music technology, think of getting her one of the new Apple iPod Nanos and filling it with favorite songs you two share!  It’ll make her think of you every time she’s working out on the treadmill or rocking out on the way to work!

3. For the Gourmet Redhead: Those with copper locks tend to have fiery personalities and a taste for the exotic to match.  Think about taking her to a cooking lesson where you can try some new and unheard of foods.  Most classes offer a lively dinner party after the class to enjoy what you just made, but you could head home and share your newfound skills cooking a meal together in your own kitchen!

4. For the Traveling Redhead: Plan a weekend getaway somewhere and put the tickets or hotel reservations in a new overnight bag!  It’s a chance for the two of you to escape daily reality for a little and spend some quality time together.  The adventurous streak that most ginger gals have means she will be thrilled to experience a new place with her special guy.

5. For the Overworked Redhead: Redheads are caring people who often put other peoples’ happiness in front of their own.  Get her a spa treatment, like a Swedish massage, so she can have some time to focus on herself and recharge!

6. For Redhead Who’s a Team Player: Those with copper tresses are some of the most loyal  (as I’m sure you boyfriends all know), so there’s a good chance she has a favorite sports team!  Check game schedules and see if there’s a home game you can go to.  It’s a super fun way to spend some time together and she’ll love that you’re sharing in her passion!  For an added bonus, pair the tickets with a new jersey she can sport to the game!  These winter months mean you’ll likely head to a football or hockey game, so check out the the online NFL Shop or the NHL’s gift shop to find something that will compliment your lady’s fiery tresses and get her amped for the game!

7. For Every Redhead: There’s one thing you can never go wrong with- jewelry.  Whether it’s a lovingly chosen locket or a modern pair of earrings, girls love something that sparkles and you can’t go wrong a little bit of bling.  Golds and greens best accent a redhead’s features, so keep that in mind when choosing something special!



Read My (Red) Lips: 5 Tips For The Perfect Pout

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One of the best makeup trends is the return of a bold lip.. and it’s the most fun! Lipstick colors like fuchsia, tangerine, bright pink and even orange will be some of the hottest looks for spring and summer. Changing your lipstick is an easy, low commitment way to update your style.

Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of this exciting trend:

1. Prep Your Lips: You want to make sure that your lips are in prime condition before calling full attention to them. Tip: Gently exfoliate lips with a moist wash cloth to remove any dry skin. Then, apply a light coat of lip balm to insure that lips are at their softest.

2. Minimal Makeup: To keep your look contemporary, when working with a bright lip, keep other makeup soft and subtle. Tip: Try a soft eye and just a hint of natural looking blush. The emphasis should be an over all natural look with lips played up to make a bold statement.

3. To Use Lip Pencil or To Not Use Lip Pencil: This has been an age old debate. Lip pencil does help lipstick last longer and eliminate “color bleeding,” but for a sheer coat of color, it’s best to skip liner all together. Tip: If you do choose to wear lip liner, NEVER, EVER outline lips with a dark pencil and then apply a light colored  lipstick because it is instant age.

4. Find The Perfect Shade: Every woman, even a redhead, can find the perfect shade of natural lipstick. Here’s a nifty trick to find the pink that mother nature intended for you: Tip: Look into a mirror and smile, the shade of your gums or just a hint darker will be the most flattering pink for your skin tone! Pretty cool, huh? To attain a bold lip, go a bit darker than your skin tone.

5. Low Key Hair: To keep focus on your pretty pout, keep your hair soft and natural. Tip: Opt for a tousled, wavy look.

Lipstick is a fun way to instantly update your look. It’s time for you to get noticed for your beautiful locks and your pretty pout!

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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Redheads Date Real Men

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Kirsten Dunst recently stated in an interview with Style Bistro, “I attract a different kind of boy when my hair’s red. I get more quality men, like a more thoughtful, nerdy dude.”

Redheads are known to have a temper, be feisty and funny. For a man to develop a successful relationship with a lady ginger, he must have confidence, patience, love and spontaneity to truly date her.

Want to date a redhead? Here’s how:

1. Confidence- You must be secure with your own self image. Don’t take it personally when your redheaded lady stands out in a crowd because of her ginger locks. You must be able to stand with her in confidence. Also, many redheads are opinionated, so you must be able to take constructive criticism if need be.

2. Fun- Most redheads are fun and ready to have a good time. You must be able to be spontaneous and join her for the ride.

3. Know Your Role- It has been scientifically proven that redheads feel more pain. Make sure you are ready to rescue the damsel in distress without overbearing her because redheads are usually very powerful and desire control. The trick is to make her feel comforted without dominating her.

4. Patience- Many redheads have personalities that are intense and powerful. There is a quote that states, ” There are two ways of spreading light, to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”  The trick is to understand that you must compliment the light, that being the redhead, and be careful to not blow it out.

While it may seem like a little less effort to simply date a sexy blonde or smart brunette, dating a redhead is worth the extra effort. With redheads you will get the whole package. Yes, they are extreme (think more allure, intelligence and fun) and what you give to your loyal redhead lady, you’ll get back 10 fold.

Olivia Volpe

Style to the Max: How to Choose a Maxi Dress

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By: Olivia Volpe

Looking for stylish way to stay cool during the scorching summer days?  The answer is a maxi dress!

They are the easiest thing to throw on in the morning, and with a quick twist of your gorgeous locks into a high chignon, you’re ready to go for any situation.  Maxi dresses come in all shapes, sizes, cuts and colors so remember to find one that accents your vibrant red hair and individual style.

Below are some of my favorite styles that I think look best on redheads:

1. Long and Sheer: Many redheads love maxi dresses because not only are they cool, but they compliment the skin and body. The new trend, a short dress with long, sheer fabric is the way to go. It is flirty, sexy and is a great fashion choice from day to night.

2. Hi to Lo: This trend is so popular this summer because it is beachy yet dressy at the same time. Dress it up with jewelry or wear no jewelry at all- either way, you’re guaranteed to look beautiful.

3. High Slit: I love this look because it compliments most body types. The high slit elongates and slims the body.

4. Super Long: The super long maxi dress was the first ‘maxi dress trend,’ and it hasn’t gone away.

TIP: Whatever style you choose, make sure you find a maxi dress that complements your body and is a “redhead friendly” color.

You can find a maxi dresses around every corner this summer, so get to shopping and get in on this floor-length fashion trend!




Six Drugstore Steals You Need to Survive the Summer!

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By: Olivia Volpe

With summer kicking into full gear and temperatures rising by the minute, I’ve put together of my top 6 drug store steals to help you maintain your ginger mane and fair skin this summer—and with everything falling below the $10 mark, these products will help you beat the heat at an unbeatable price!

1. Evian Mineral Spray: It may sound silly to keep Evian spritzers in your handbag, but when the temperatures spike above 100 and you’re stuck on the subway home, you’ll be thanking me for this one!  Just the right size to throw in a purse, these French water misters make you feel as refreshed as if you were on top of the Alps.

2. Covergirl LashBlast Waterproof Mascara: For days at the beach, on the boat or by the pool, nothing stands up to water like this mascara.  It’s one of my go-to products year round for defining my lashes, and the waterproof formula makes it a necessity for my beach bag.

3. Cherry Chapstick: Katy Perry said it all in her song, but there’s a reason everyone loves this classic.  It keeps your lips moist kissable and the pink adds a great hint of color (especially against fair skin) when heavier lipsticks seem like too much for those warm summer nights.

4. John Frieda Liquid Clear Shine Hair Glaze: This is a new edition to my laundry list of hair products, but it is by far my favorite.  Applied in the shower, it adds no extra time to my morning routine and it adds that extra needed shine and bounce to my hair that the summer sun can often take away!  The clear formula is perfect for making radiant red locks stand out even more.

5. Aloe Fresh Hydrating Lotion: Built in SPF 15 is perfect for fair-haired skin and the aloe formula is perfect for hydrating after a little too much fun in the sun!  This lotion pulls double duty working for your skin before and after sun exposure to keep your skin protected!

6. Goody Spin Pins: The best hair accessory to sweep hair off your neck and into a chic chignon.  Summer can take a serious toll on your hair due to the breakage that comes from dryness, hair ties and salty or chlorinated water—avoid all that and give your beautiful ginger strands a break with these harmless bobby pin substitutes that hold up even the thickest of manes.

Rock it like a Redhead! 

Olivia Volpe

Style Recipe: How to Fly the Friendly Skies With Flair

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By: Olivia Volpe

With many freckle-faced redheads across the world making travel plans for the holidays, it seemed only appropriate to leave the recipes for the cooks in the kitchen and come up with a style recipe for the perfect travel outfit to wear on the airplane!  I’ve included some of my favorite things to create a great outfit to impress even a TSA agent, but recipes are up for interpretation so, use this as a base to create your own perfect plane style!

Start with:

1. Your Favorite T-Shirt:  Old Navy Lightweight V-neck Tee is a great choice because it’s super soft and an old standby. It comes in tons of colors, but I stick to the charcoal gray, so I can play up the color with some of my accessories & let my ginger hair take center stage!


2. A Comfy Sweater: This cozy number in a deliciously creamy oatmeal color is perfect for year round flight travel because flying high means cabin temperatures that rival a Chicago winter. The color will look great with any shade of scarlet tresses and will keep you warm when the wind starts whipping around outside or while you try and get comfortable with Skymall at 30,000 feet up!

Add a dash of:

3. A Fun Accessory: A great scarf adds a touch of effortless style and a chocolaty brown hue will make your copper locks pop!

Don’t forget to include:

4. A Trusty Carry-On Tote: The Lululemon ‘Fast in Flight’ bag comes in many colors and is the perfect size to fit under the seat in front of you.  It holds 
everything from my nook, books and magazines, to Sourpatch Kids and an oversized water bottle.

Finally, choose how you finish it off with:

5. Jeans and Old School Moccasins: Joe’s Jeans makes my favorite pair of jeans called ‘The Best Friend’ and they aren’t lying.  This pair of jeans works great with a pair of heels or for a ten-hour flight!  I roll mine up at the bottom for a chic, relaxed look.  These feminine-inspired boyfriend jeans paired with my favorite Minnetonka Moccasins makes for a great effortless outfit perfect for wandering through the airports of the world.


6. Leggings and Hot New Boots: Leggings are an airplane favorite simply because they don’t restrict your movement and most ladies are hard-pressed to find something more comfortable.  American Apparel makes a great opaque, black legging that is perfect for all occasions.  Paired with this stylish leather boot from Steve Madden and you have comfy travel perfection.

Rock it like a Redhead! 


Item Information:

Sweater, JCrew Donegal Wool Shawl Cardigan in Oatmeal

Tshirt- Old Navy Women’s Lightweight V-Neck in Charcoal

Scarf- World Market Brown Floral Infinity Scarf

Bag- Lululemon Fast In Flight Bag in black

Jeans- Joe’s Jeans The Best Friend Jeans

Moccasins- Minnetonka Classic Beaded Moccasins

Leggings- American Apparel Spandex Leggings in Black

Boots- Steve Madden Ridley Boot in Black Leather


Sarah Reeves

The Perfect Closet Checklist

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By: Sarah Reeves

I was recently cleaning out my closet and realized there are basic garments that every woman should have. Have you been a bit confused on what to throw out or keep?

I have complied a list of essential looks and pieces for building the perfect wardrobe:


1. An Interview Outfit- Even if you have a job or career, you should always have a professional look for interviews, business dinners, and conferences. Essentials: Black dress pants; white silk blouse.

2. The ‘Wowzer’ Dress- Every girl needs a dress in her closet that makes her look like a supermodel. Essentials: The little black dress (make sure it is fitted for your body).

3. Default Wedding Guest Dress- It’s always nice to have a cute easy-to-wear dress for occasions like a friend’s wedding or meeting your beau’s mother. Essentials: Redheads, make sure you have an amazing green or brown dress that really shows off your red locks.


1. Great Jeans- They need to fit right in the waist and the length must be tailored if not the perfect length.

2. Black Blazer- This piece is so versatile that it can be worn over sweaters, dresses, and with tanks and jeans.

3. Basic Black Pumps- You have to keep these polished and nice because they are perfect for all the events in your life. No bar-tar or nights on the town!

4. Charcoal T-Shirt- The color makes anything you wear chic.

5. Working Lingerie- It can be sexy or basic, but they need to be the right pick. No panty lines, ladies! And get fitted for bras because the right size is essential.

TIP: Red haired ladies, pair your outfits with great mascara and a trusted lipstick.



Bundle Up In Style This Season

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By: Guest Writer, Janelle Driscoll


With the brisk weather quickly approaching, it’s time for us redheads to start bundling up in the most fashionable ways. Of course, we don’t want to hide away our fiery locks under dull hats, so I’ve pulled a few of my favorites from the shelves this season:

1. Fashionable Outing:

The dramatic floppy hat came back in a big way this fall, and it’s sticking around for a few more chilly months. This grey one is the perfect compliment to our red locks.

Recommendation: Deena  & Ozzy Felt Floppy Hat (Urban Outfitters)

2. Outdoor Ventures:

When you’re headed up to the mountains, this is the perfect accessory that’ll keep you warm & looking stylish.

Recommendation: Plaid Trapper Hat (Forever 21)

3. Daytime Cap:

A casual knitted beanie is perfect for running errands, while still maintaining a cute look.

Recommendation: Slanted Knit Beanie (Forever 21)

With these options you’ll be sure to top off any look – stay hot, redheads!


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


6 Beauty Products to Help Redheads Beat the Winter Blues!

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By: Olivia Volpe

Updated: June 6th, 2023

As winter closes in on us and the temperature start to drop, it’s necessary to arm yourself with the best redhead beauty products to help beat the chapped lips and give your skin a warm glow even when you’re not roasting chestnuts on an open fire!

1. 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.

redhead shampoo

2. Moroccan Hair Oil Treatment

If you haven’t heard of this miracle product yet, prepare yourself.  The Moroccan Hair Oil treatment will save your copper tresses from the harsh weather the winter months bring around.  A small amount strengthens and smoothes and is great for all hair textures– it even adds that extra bit of shine to your ginger mane.

3. Peace Massage Bar by LUSH

After a long day of work or holiday shopping, a massage bar by LUSH is just what you need.  The Peace Massage Bar is my secret winter weapon. It’s a great moisturizer to help battle dry skin and doubles as stress reliever with hints of lavender and rose to calm you down after a long day battling the cold!

4. NARS Blush in Orgasm

Maybe their most famous shade of blush, NARS ‘Orgasm’ adds the perfect touch of pink to your complexion and has shimmery golden undertones just in case Jack Frost isn’t nipping at your nose.  It has even won awards for being one of the best shades for fair-skinned beauties!

5. OPI Russian Navy and Lincoln Park After Dark Nail Lacquer

Put your summer reds and pastels away and dive into the deep end of the color spectrum this winter.  OPI has some of the best colors (with the best names, too!) and while jet black can look very harsh near a redhead’s pale skin, Russian Navy and Lincoln Park After Dark are two dark jewel tones that reflect light and help us redheads pull off the stylish dark nail trend.

6. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Champagne

Gold and champagne tones always look good on the fair skin of redheads and the added shimmer in this Bobbi Brown shadow compact adds a little glitz and glamour during the holiday season!

Rock it like a Redhead!