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We Picked the 8 Best Sunscreens for Redheads So Far In 2024

Happy Don't Fry Day, Redheads!

The year is almost halfway over and we’re just getting into prime sunscreen season. Memorial Day marks the start of summer and as redheads, we’re always happy “Don’t Fry Day” is held the Friday before this American holiday each year. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the dangers of overexposure to the sun and to promote sun safety measures, such as wearing sunscreen, protective clothing, and sunglasses, and seeking shade during peak sun hours. It’s a reminder to protect your skin from harmful UV rays to prevent skin cancer and premature aging. We thought this was the perfect opportunity to share our top redhead-approved sunscreen contenders for 2024. You’re probably familiar with some of these brands and products because we simply won’t stop talking about them. If you’re in the market for a new sunscreen for this summer, give one of these a try:

1. CoTZ

We love all the sunscreen products from CoTZ — so much that we’ve even included them in the H2BAR Beauty Boxes many times. This summer we are loving a tinted SPF, and CoTZ has 2 we keep reaching for:

CoTZ Face Moisture Lightly Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35: $30 

2. La Roche-Posay

It’s no secret that La Roche-Posay is a leader in skincare and SPF. We love this brand for redheads because it’s targeted toward sensitive skin and dermatologists recommended it. 

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50: $38 

3. ThinkSun

From babies to kids and adults, ThinkSun offers it all. We love their 100% mineral sunscreens for the whole family, and even use their kid’s products for sensitive-skinned adults!

Thinksport SPF 50+ Mineral Sunscreen: $22 

4. Sun Bum

With a wide selection of vegan, reef-safe, cruelty-free products, Sun Bum is a great choice for redheads. Two of their products we enjoy are their mess-free facial sticks:

Sun Bum Kids SPF 50 Clear Sunscreen Face Stick: $12 

5. Blue Lizard

Another brand that has a big focus on sensitive skin is Blue Lizard. Their mineral sunscreens are reef-safe and a great alternative to chemical sunscreens.

Blue Lizard Sensitive Face Mineral Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide and Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid, SPF 30+: $18 

6. Neutrogena 

If you’re looking for high SPF, affordable sport sunscreen you can’t go wrong with Neutrogena’s Dry Touch options. 

 

 

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Broad Spectrum SPF 70: $14  

7. Innisfree

Some of the best sunscreens in the world come out of Korea, and Innisfree is one of our favorites. It also wears well under makeup.

Innisfree Daily UV Defense Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45: $22 

8. Elta MD

The most popular SPF among dermatologists, estheticians, and other skincare professionals this year? Elta MD! The UV Clear products are a must-try for all skin types.

EltaMD UV Clear Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF 46: $45 

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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Ask a Redhead: Can I Tint My Redhead Brows with Beard Dye?

We're answering this popular question

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 to for all your redhead needs.

This week, we’re answering a question from Instagram that reads: “Can beard dye work to dye our eyebrows red?” This is a great question, and something we know a lot of redheads might not be aware of! Most redheads have light reddish blonde brows (and eyelashes) and often want them to be darker in color. For many redheads, using a redhead brow product is adequate, but others want something more permanent. Here’s everything you need to know about tinting your brows, and how to do it with beard dye. 

How can redheads tint their brows? 

First off, to answer this question: YES! Beard dye is the best at-home way for redheads to tint their brows. It’s relatively mess-free, easy to get the hang of, and super cost-effective. Many redheads opt to use the brand Just for Men Beard Dye . It’s a common brand you can find in the drugstore, or buy online.  Redheads usually use the shade blonde or the shade light red-brown.

To go about tinting your brows you need 5 things: beard dye, a small angled brush, Vaseline and/or Q-tips, and makeup wipes. Wash and dry your face, removing any skincare, SPF, or makeup. If you’re new to dyeing your brows, we suggest applying Vaseline to the skin surrounding the brow. This acts as a barrier and helps prevent any skin staining. 

Step 1: Mix a pea-sized amount of beard dye and developer according to the package.

Step 2: Apply to your brows with a small angled brush. The box will come with a brush, and you can use that but for the sake of precision, we like a small brush. Make sure all your brow hairs are fully saturated with the product. You can also comb through them with a clean spoolie to distribute the product more evenly. 

Step 3: Once you’ve applied the product, clean up around the brow with a Q-tip if you did not apply Vaseline. If you did you can leave it, or clean it up, it’s your choice. The box will say to leave the product on for 5 minutes. For first-time tinters, we recommend no more than 1 minute. Wipe off the beard dye with a makeup wipe until the wipe comes away clean. Your brows should look darker and will continue to darken over the next few hours. 

The frequency with which you re-dye your brows is up to you. Some redheads choose to do so every week or two, while others may go several weeks to months. Your brows will begin to fade over time, and that’s how you know when to reapply the beard dye. 

Always patch test

You might be nervous at the prospect of combing a foreign substance into the brows. That is why we highly recommend a patch test. After mixing the dye according to the instructions, brush a tiny bit onto the tail end of your right or left brow to see how it will turn out. And, if you’re not sure about your color, go one shade lighter. You can always leave it on longer, but the biggest issue is that people’s brows get tinted too dark and they’re unhappy with how dark they are.

How do you style your new brows? 

Having tinted brows is a game changer. You’ll wake up with darker brows every single day and it won’t wash off when you shower, sweat, or swim. To style your new brows, we love the Finally Have Brows® Clear Brow Gel for shaping and taming. You can also use the Finally Have Brows® Ultra Fine Pencil to define and fill sparse areas. When you need a full glam look, Finally Have Brows® Tinted Brow Gels are the perfect addition and will blend seamlessly with your brow color.

Shop Finally Have Brows: $26.99

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! 

Disclaimer: Make sure to always patch test and use with caution.

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What Redheads Can Do If Sunblock Is Stuck In The Eyes

Redheads typically have more sensitive eyes and this can be a common experience

Picture this, redheads. You’re applying facial sunscreen and boom. Your eyes start burning, watering, and stinging. You can probably relate. Unfortunately, this is a common experience many people have, especially redheads who typically have more sensitive eyes. It’s not fun and you might wonder why it happens, what to do about it, and if there’s any way to avoid it. 

Why does sunscreen burn? 

Sunscreen burns your eyes because it has irritating ingredients in it. This may include fragrance, chemical filters, and preservatives. While these ingredients may not be bad for your skin, they can irritate your sensitive eyes. The ingredient Avobenzone is one of the most irritating that is often found in sunscreen. Sunscreens also contain various chemicals and compounds designed to protect the skin from UV rays, which can be very irritating to the sensitive tissues of the eye, causing pain, redness, and a burning sensation. Additionally, the physical particles in sunscreen, especially in mineral-based sunscreens containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, can create a gritty feeling and significant discomfort. While most cases result in temporary irritation, severe or prolonged exposure can potentially cause more significant damage to the eye’s surface. Furthermore, sunscreen can temporarily blur vision, posing risks if you’re driving or performing other tasks that require clear vision. Therefore, it’s crucial to act quickly to rinse out the sunscreen to prevent prolonged discomfort and potential damage.

What should you do? 

Most of the time, the irritation will go away rather quickly. If the irritation is intense and/or does not subside quickly, you will need to flush it out. According to Project Sunscreen, the best steps to take are:

  • Remove contact lenses (if you’re wearing them)
  • Wipe around the eye to remove any excess sunscreen
  • Flush eyes thoroughly with lubricating eye drops, saline solution, or water for at least 15 minutes
  • Use non-preserved eye drops every hour to ease pain

For the most part, there should be no lasting damage if you get sunscreen in your eye. But consult a doctor if you experience loss or change in vision or pain. 

Can it be avoided? 

The best way to avoid getting sunscreen in your eye is to apply it gently around the eyes using the pad of your finger. You can also use a stick sunscreen for more precise application. Another option to reduce the risk of burning is to use a non-avobenzone sunscreen. Opt for a mineral sunscreen, or look for a sunscreen produced outside the U.S., as many countries like Korea, Japan, and France have alternatives that won’t cause nearly as much irritation. 

To avoid getting sunscreen in your eyes, you can follow these steps:

1. Choose the Right Sunscreen: Opt for sunscreen sticks or mineral-based sunscreens, which are less likely to run into your eyes.

2. Apply Carefully: Apply sunscreen slowly and carefully around your face, avoiding the eye area. Use a mirror to ensure precise application.

3. Use a Hat or Sunglasses: What Redheads Can Do If Sunblock Is Stuck In The EyesWearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses can provide additional protection for your eyes, reducing the amount of sunscreen needed near the eye area.

4. Sweat Management: If you’re engaging in activities that cause sweating, use a sweatband or headband to prevent sweat mixed with sunscreen from dripping into your eyes.

5. Wash Hands Thoroughly: After applying sunscreen to your face, wash your hands thoroughly to prevent accidentally transferring any residue to your eyes.

6. Reapply with Care: When reapplying sunscreen, be especially careful around the eye area and use gentle dabbing motions rather than rubbing.

By following these precautions, you can help minimize the risk of getting sunscreen in your eyes.

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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All About The Redhead Beauty Bundles In the H2BAR Shop

Bundle and Save on Redhead Beauty!

If you’re a beauty guru or just wanting to dabble, beauty bundles may be your best bet. Bundles can offer convenience, cost savings, and the opportunity to try out multiple products from the same brand. How to be a Redhead (H2BAR) bundles often provide a full makeup routine, making it easier for redheads to get everything they need at once. One thing we have heard from customers is that once you try your first H2BAR beauty product, you’re going to want them all! Wondering what bundles we offer? Check it out:

1. Complete Kit Beauty Bundles 

Limited Edition 13 Product Shark Tank Bundle

All the products you saw on our Shark Tank episode in one beauty box. It’s everything you need to get your redhead beauty journey started and try out what How to be a Redhead has to offer. It even has the *sold out* Finally Glossy redhead shampoo inside. This is your chance to snag it while it’s still in stock.

Shark Tank 13 Product Bundle

The Basic Redhead 10 Product Kit

Similar to the Shark Tank Bundle, this complete kit gets you Finally Glossy® our 7x sold-out shine shampoo, the entire Finally Have Brows® Collection, and a taste of our Finally Have Lashes® mascaras. Features three (3) sold out items: The Finally Have Brows Longwearing, The Finally Have Lashes Hourglass in Perfectly Auburn and Finally Glossy. Limited stock is available so don’t miss it. 

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Complete 10 Product Kit

2. Finally Have Brows® Bundles

Finally Have Brows® Tinted Brows Duo 

Our bestselling tinted brow gels are on pre-order in a 2-product set! Use the Volumizing to tint, condition, and fluff. Use the Longwearing to tint, tame, and lock. Get ready for fluffy, full, and always natural-looking redhead brows.

Finally Have Brows® Tinted Brows Duo

Finally Have Brows® Tinted Brows + Ultra Fine Pencil

Your ultimate brow tinting bundle! Tint, tame, fill, and shape your brows, your redhead brows will never look so good. 

Finally Have Brows® Tinted Brows + Ultra Fine Pencil

Finally Have Brows® Brow Gel Trio

All the Finally Have Brows® brow gels including our newest clear gel for ultimate shape and definition. 

Finally Have Brows® Brow Gel Trio

Finally Have Brows® Full Bundle 

The full redhead brow experience.  All four of the Finally Have Brows® brow products to complete your collection. Two tinted gels, one clear gel, and one ultra-fine pencil. No matter what you choose, get ready for fluffy, full, and always natural-looking redhead brows.

Finally Have Brows® Full Bundle

3. Finally Bold® Bundle

Finally Bold® Lipstick Bundle

All three classic shades of our new redhead lipstick in a creamy, semi-matte finish. Finally — H2BAR lipsticks are here in 3 classic shades. The semi-matte, redhead-approved creamy formula glides on with a lightweight, non-sticky sheen; and the clean formula features shea butter to provide hydration while providing sheer-to-medium coverage. Choose your shade, rock it with your red hair, and get ready to feel bold. You’re unique, your lipstick should be too.

Finally Bold® Lipstick Bundle

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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Wedding Guest Hair: 7 Tutorials From Tiktok to Get Redheads Inspired

It’s wedding season, redheads! If you have a lot of weddings to attend this summer we know you could probably use some inspo when it comes to hairstyles. As a wedding guest, you want to look polished and chic but don’t want to spend a lot of time on your hair. Here are 7 styles from redheads on Tiktok that will help give you some inspo for the next wedding you attend: 

1. Half-Up with Braids

This style is awesome because it works on all hair lengths. It’s a simple half-up, half-down style with some braids added for texture and intrigue. Half-up is perfect for weddings because it keeps your hair out of your face while you’re dancing but still looks elegant.

@kirstyeelizabeth

Ignore my wardrobe malfunction please 🙃 @Hair By Sam McKnight nourishing balm @Bumble and bumble. invisible oil protective primer @ghd creative curl wand @Kérastase laque couture #weddingguesthair #halfuphalfdown #halfuphairstyle #weddingguesthairstyle

♬ Just Saying – Alina Eremia

2. “Messy” Bun

This curly undone bun is super simple, easy, and cute. Leave a few tendrils down and give them an extra curl to add to the look. This is perfect for outdoor summer weddings or anyone wearing a dress with an interesting back! 

@geenahunt

Trying the viral messy bun… @Delaney Childs love this updo!!! #hairstyle

♬ original sound – ⭐️

3. Hollywood Curls

These Hollywood-style curls with the slicked-back bangs is such a popular style right now. It’s also a great way to wear your hair down but keep it out of your face.

@annabellehooperrr

Replying to @Kyla 💞 wedding guest hairstyle ✅🍾🌾 @Betsy Moulthrop inspired!!! gigihadidhairstyle weddingguesthairstyle hairtutorial blacktiehair fancyhairstyle

♬ Close to you by gracie abrams unreleased – kai

4. Pinned Up Updo

No tutorial here, but we couldn’t help but include this stunning updo. This style of updos is created by twisting different sections of hair up and pinning them into place. You can customize the look however you like, leaving some bits loose to curl.

@thewrightsalonpanania

The perfect bun. #upstyle #bun #bridalhair #bridesmaidhair #formalhair #promhair

♬ Confidence (sped up version) – Ocean Alley

5. Braided Beach Waves

If you’re headed to a beachy summer wedding, this is the vibe. This adorable crown braid really makes the style pop, while the beachy waves flow effortlessly down your back.

@annabellehooperrr

or any date night, special event, vacation!!! ugh it’s perfect! #weddingguest #weddinguesthairstyle #weddinghair #eventhair #beachyhair

♬ Dancing Queen – From ‘Mamma Mia!’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Meryl Streep & Julie Walters & Christine Baranski

6. Micro Braid Band

This style is super similar to the braided beach waves but this version is a little more sleek and minimal. The micro braids add a really pretty feature, while the loose blowout style looks super elegant. 

@rachaela_

Series: EASY wedding guest hairstyles – part 4 – would you give this one a go? #weddingguesthairstyle #occasionhairstyles #hairstyle #hairstyletutorial #hairtok #plaittutorial

♬ Put Your Records On – Sad Vibes Night

7. 90s Updo

If you want to bring a little bit of retro to your style, try this 90s version of the pinned-up updo. It just sits higher on the head and is a little more undone. 

@georgielamond

90s look with @Dom Pelli & @Kayla Perez 🫶 #90sglam #90saesthetic #glam #makeuplook #mua #hairstyle #updo #updohairstyle #hairstylist #beauty #hairtok #makeuplook #hairup #redhead #curlyhair #90smakeup #90smakeuplook

♬ we cant be friends – greeedyari

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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5 Places To Store Sunscreen So You Never Forget It

Redheads and sunscreen go so well together!

Storing sunscreen in different places ensures it’s easily accessible wherever you are, reducing the risk of forgetting it. Whether it’s in your bag, car, or by the door, having multiple locations can help you remember to apply it regularly, especially when you’re out and about. Redheads and sunscreen go so well together which is why it’s so important to keep reapplying sunscreen every 1.5-2 hours to maintain proper coverage. Keeping your redhead skin safe this summer is super important and we know it can be hard to remember, but if you keep sunscreen in these certain spots, you’ll always be prepared. Just remember, to maintain the effectiveness of sunscreen, it’s important to store it properly. The best places to keep your sunscreen are:

Cool, Dry Place: Store sunscreen in a cabinet or drawer away from direct sunlight and heat sources, such as near a stove or in a car during summer.

Room Temperature: Keep it at room temperature, typically between 68-77°F (20-25°C). Avoid places where the temperature fluctuates widely.

Travel Bag or Cooler: When on the go, especially to the beach or pool, keep sunscreen in a cooler bag or insulated container to protect it from heat.

Avoid storing sunscreen in places like your car, beach bag left in the sun, or on a window sill to prevent degradation of its active ingredients.

With that in mind, store your sunscreen in the following places but make sure to read the description carefully:

1. Keep sunscreen in your purse 

Having sunscreen in your purse means you’ll always be prepared. Just pop a small travel-sized bottle in, or opt for a spray you can apply over your makeup. You won’t have to worry about leaving home without it, and you’ll be ready to reapply when the time is right. 

2. Keep sunscreen in your car — but be careful!

Having sunscreen in your car keeps you prepared at all times, plus it’s good to apply it to your hands before driving. Hands are one of the spots that show signs of aging first, and wearing SPF can reduce that. Just be cautious of the temperature if you live in a very hot or cold climate, as some sunscreens should not be exposed to prolonged high/low temps. If you do live in one of these areas, just bring it to the car per trip you make so it never gets overheated. 

3. Keep sunscreen in your gym bag

If you’re a gym go-er, and it’s always a good idea to have your sunscreen ready to reapply after your workout before heading back outside. If you like to work out outdoors and carry a small belt bag or fanny pack, keep one in there. If your workout is longer than 1.5 hours, reapply while you’re out, or reapply if you’re sweating a lot.

4. Keep sunscreen at your desk at work 

You might be wondering why you would need sunscreen in your office. Well, there are a couple of reasons. Your computer emits blue light and broad-spectrum sunscreen can block that. Additionally, you should be wearing sunscreen if your office has windows, or if you want to head outdoors at lunch. It’s also smart to reapply before leaving work, so you’re set for your commute home.

5. Keep sunscreen attached to your keys 

If you’re someone who frequently forgets to apply sunscreen, hook it right on to your keys. You’ll see it when you go to grab them and remember to apply it before heading out the door. If you’re usually in a rush, try attaching a travel-sized bottle to your keychain so you can apply it while you walk out the door. Or opt for a quick mist option so you’re not eating up any extra time. 

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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5 Ways To Protect Your Skin From the Sun Without Sunscreen

Stay Protected This Summer, Redheads!

We all know SPF is the best and most effective way to protect your skin while out in the sun. There’s no doubt you should be applying and re-applying sunscreen throughout the day, but there are also a few other ways you can, and should, be protecting yourself if you’re serious about sun protection. Protecting your skin from the sun without sunscreen is important because prolonged exposure to UV rays can lead to sunburn, premature aging, and an increased risk of skin cancer. Sunscreen provides an extra layer of defense, but other measures like seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding peak sun hours are also crucial. Check out these methods that can be used in conjunction with SPF to ensure you’re protected:

1. Sunglasses

UV rays can damage your eyes which is why it’s important to wear sunglasses when doing anything out in the sun, especially driving. Sunglasses with UV protection can help shield your eyes and eyelids from harmful rays and help prevent things like cataracts. Redheads typically have fair skin and light eyes, which can make them more sensitive to sunlight. Wearing sunglasses with UV protection helps shield their eyes from harmful UV rays and reduces the risk of sunburns on the delicate skin around the eyes. It’s an important precaution for maintaining eye health and preventing discomfort.

2. UV blocking sun sleeves for driving

If you spend a lot of time driving, you need UV-blocking sun sleeves. Your car window blocks out most of the UV rays but not 100%, and if you’re driving with the windows open, you’re fully at risk. UV sun sleeves slip on covering your arm from wrist to shoulder. They are lightweight and breathable but keep your arm protected. 

3. Wide brim hats

Baseball caps might help to shield your eyes and forehead, but they leave your cheeks exposed. Wide-brim hats are the best way to protect your face, neck, and chest from UV rays. Keeping a wide-brim hat in your car is a good way to plan for a sunny day. It can also be thrown on should you not be able to re-apply your sunscreen. The best hats for sun protection are wide-brimmed hats, such as floppy hats, sun hats, or even certain styles of baseball caps with extended brims. These hats provide shade not only to your face but also to your neck and shoulders, helping to protect these areas from sunburn. Look for hats with a brim of at least 3 inches to ensure adequate coverage. Additionally, hats made from UPF-rated fabrics offer an extra layer of protection against harmful UV rays.

4. UPF clothing 

Covering up with clothing is a great way to protect your skin from the sun. Throw on some pants or a skirt after getting out of the pool, and add a shirt or shawl to protect your arms and legs. Wearing full-coverage clothing in the summer can get hot and some clothing lets UV light through. Opt instead for UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing that’s made to keep your skin protected. 

UPF clothing works by blocking the majority of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Similar to SPF (Sun Protection Factor) in sunscreen, UPF measures the effectiveness of fabric in protecting against UV radiation. UPF clothing is typically made from tightly woven fabrics, treated with UV-absorbing chemicals, or designed with special coatings to block or absorb UV rays. This helps reduce the amount of UV radiation that reaches the skin, providing an additional layer of protection against sunburns and skin damage.

5. Umbrella 

When you’re out and about in the spring and summer months, you must have the option to get out of the sun and into some shade. There might not always be shade where you are, so bring your own. A small personal umbrella or parasol is great for shading yourself on a sunny day.

Protecting oneself from the sun’s harmful UV rays is crucial for maintaining skin and eye health. Sun exposure can lead to sunburns, premature aging, and an increased risk of skin cancer, including melanoma. By wearing sunscreen, hats, and UPF clothing, individuals can minimize the risk of skin damage and discomfort while enjoying outdoor activities. Additionally, sunglasses with UV protection are essential for safeguarding eye health and reducing the risk of conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Consistent sun protection measures provide long-term benefits, especially for redheads with fair skin and light eyes, who may be more susceptible to sun damage. Overall, prioritizing sun protection is vital for preserving overall well-being and reducing the risk of sun-related health issues.

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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How to Gracefully Embrace Your Changing Red Hair As You Age

Just remember that you’re still a redhead even if your hair isn’t as red as it used to be.

As we age, the body, skin, and hair undergo several changes. The skin becomes thinner, loses elasticity, and produces less collagen, leading to wrinkles, fine lines, and sometimes sagging. Age spots and uneven pigmentation may also develop due to sun exposure. Additionally, skin may become drier as oil production decreases. Muscle mass tends to decrease, leading to a decrease in strength and flexibility. Bone density may also decrease, increasing the risk of fractures and osteoporosis. Joints may become stiffer, and mobility may be reduced. And, hair often becomes thinner, grayer, and may even start to fall out or grow more slowly. Changes in hormone levels can also affect hair texture, making it more brittle or prone to breakage.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, a balanced diet, adequate hydration, and skincare routines, can help mitigate some of these changes and promote overall well-being as we age. And for redheads facing hair fading or dulling, it can feel like an identity crisis.

We get a lot of questions from redheads on how to embrace their changing hair. The aging process looks different for every redhead. In their 30s and 40s, some redheads may experience their hair starting to dull and fade into more of a strawberry blonde. Some redheads may experience the vibrancy of their red changing and their hair looking more brown. Later in life, it’s common for red hair to turn white instead of gray, but it all depends on your specific genetics. There’s no set time your hair will change, it’s all just part of the process.

So, what can you do about it? Should you embrace it? Or try and hold on to your vibrancy? Both options are valid, and there’s nothing wrong with either option. Here are some FAQ’s from Instagram and what we recommend: 

How to embrace your changing hair 

If you do want to embrace your new look, just remember that you’re still a redhead even if your hair isn’t as red as it used to be. That being said, the best way to embrace your new color is to find the fun in it. You’ve had vibrant red hair your whole life, and now it looks different. That just means you get to try something new. If your hair is fading unevenly, it might help to embrace the new color and have it dyed all over to match your new roots. This can help with the grow-out process, and won’t leave you hanging on to your old look. 

Our point is to embrace the changes in your red hair as you age. It is a beautiful journey of self-acceptance and adaptation. Celebrate the evolution of your hair, recognizing it as a natural part of life’s progression. Adjust your hair care routine to cater to the specific needs of aging hair, experimenting with different styles and colors along the way. Whether you choose to enhance your natural red with (maybe) subtle highlights or embrace the emergence of silver strands, confidence is key. Maintain overall health to support your hair from the inside out, and wear your evolving red locks with pride, knowing they reflect your unique journey and experiences.

How to keep your red hair vibrant 

If you want to keep your red hair vibrant, there are many options for that too! Color-depositing products, glazes and glosses are great for fading. Once your hair starts to go white or gray, you may want to have a professional dye job done to get it back to red. Just remember that keeping up dyed red hair can be a lot of maintenance, but it’s worth it if you love your color. 

Maintaining vibrant red hair requires a few key steps:

1. Use luminosity shampoo: Like Finally Glossy® 

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2. Use a microfiber towel: Say goodbye to your old terrycloth towel, and swap for the How to be a Redhead Soft Microfiber Hair Towel

When drying your hair, opt to use a microfiber towel. Because wet hair is at its most vulnerable, this custom microfiber towel gently and carefully absorbs moisture from your red hair and dries it quickly, all while protecting it from stretching and breakage. This design is uniquely shaped to wrap all of your hair securely (no matter the length), with an elastic strap to comfortably keep things in place. Your hair journey starts here, redheads.

3. Cold water rinse: Rinse your hair with cold water after shampooing and conditioning. Cold water helps seal the hair cuticle, locking in moisture and color.

4. Protect from the sun: UV rays can fade hair color, so wear hats or use UV protection products when spending time outdoors.

5. Avoid heat styling: Excessive heat styling can damage hair and cause color to fade. Try to minimize the use of hot tools, and always use a heat protectant when styling with heat.

6. Use color-enhancing products: Invest in shampoos, conditioners, and treatments specifically designed for red hair to help maintain and enhance its vibrancy.

7. Regular touch-ups: Schedule regular appointments with your hairstylist for color touch-ups to keep your red hair looking fresh.

8. Limit washing: Washing your hair too frequently can cause the color to fade faster. Try to wash your hair only when necessary, and use dry shampoo between washes if needed.

By following these tips, you can help keep your natural red hair vibrant and beautiful for longer. But remember that it is your journey and no matter if you decide to go white or stay red, you’re a redhead forever.

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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How To Determine Your Redhead Skin Type — And Why It Matters

Figure out your skin type right now

“Redheads have sensitive skin” might be a phrase you’ve heard or read a lot, but it can also be confusing to have your skin type assigned because of your hair color. Knowing your skin type is crucial because it helps you choose the right skincare products and routines. Different skin types have different needs and react differently to various products. Understanding your skin type allows you to tailor your skincare regimen to address specific concerns like oiliness, dryness, sensitivity, or combination skin. It also helps prevent issues like breakouts, irritation, or premature aging.

Most redheads do have more sensitive skin, but some can also have oily skin or dry skin. So how does one know what their skin type is? You can go to a dermatologist to find out all about your skin and its needs, but we know that you might want to know now. So, here are a few ways to figure out your skin type:

Quick ways to find out your skin type right now:

The quickest way for redheads to determine their skin type is by observing how their skin reacts to various conditions and products. Factors to consider include how oily or dry their skin feels, how it reacts to the sun, and any sensitivity to certain skincare ingredients.

To determine your skin type, cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser, pat it dry, and wait for an hour without applying any products. Then observe how your skin feels:

– Normal skin: Feels comfortable, neither too oily nor too dry.
– Oily skin: Feels greasy, especially in the T-zone.
– Dry skin: Feels tight, rough, or flaky.
– Combination skin: Oily in the T-zone and normal or dry in other areas.
– Sensitive skin: May experience redness, itching, or burning sensations.

Signs you have sensitive skin:

If you deal with a lot of redness, irritation, or inflammation in your skin, it might be sensitive. Those with sensitive skin often have reactions to things like fragrances and alcohol in their skincare and even in other products like laundry detergent, deodorant, and perfume. 

Sensitive skin is often referred to as reactive skin. Reactions may come in the form of itchiness, dryness, redness, or bumps. Your skin may also react to hot or cold weather, turning red and becoming slightly irritated. Those with sensitive skin can also be prone to breakouts but don’t confuse this with acne, which can happen to any skin type. 

Signs you have oily skin: 

If your face gets oily, shiny, or greasy quickly, you probably have oily skin. You may experience oiliness primarily around your T-zone or across your entire face. People with oily skin are often prone to breakouts, blemishes, and acne. If you have oily skin, your makeup may separate or wear off easily and your skin will feel oily or slick to the touch. 

Oily skin can sometimes be confused with combination skin, which is when your skin is both oily and normal/dry depending on the area. If you are someone with an oily T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) but your cheeks are more dry or normal, this is combination skin

Signs you have dry skin: 

If you deal with flakiness, tightness, itchiness, and patchy skin texture, you probably have dry skin. Your skin will look and feel dry to the touch. Your makeup may wear unevenly, and your skin can even have a scaly appearance. You may have rougher skin texture, and find that lightweight lotions do nothing for your skin.

Dry skin can be caused by medications, skincare, and atmosphere so while you may be prone to dry skin, the dryness may be coming from elsewhere. Those with dry skin often also have sensitive skin. 

Signs you have combination skin:

Combination of oily and dry areas, with oiliness in the T-zone and dryness elsewhere.

Now that you know more about your skin type, you can be on the lookout for products that fit your needs. Knowing your skin type can help you to customize your skincare routine, and help your skin be happier and healthier. If you’re still unsure about your skin or are experiencing skin issues, please visit your dermatologist. You can consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional for a more accurate assessment, especially if you have specific concerns or conditions.

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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How Redheads Can Rock: Nude Lipstick

This Classic Look is Perfect for Redheads

Just like with our How To Wear series, we’re working on a new How Redheads Can Rock makeup series. We talk trends, unique makeup, and makeup stereotypes that redheads face. This time, we’re talking about nude lipstick.

For redheads getting into makeup, it can be tempting to stay within the neutral area of makeup because they find that neutral tones complement their natural hair color and skin tone best. Neutral tones, such as browns, taupes, and soft pinks, can harmonize with the warmth of red hair without overpowering it. Additionally, opting for neutral makeup allows redheads to achieve a more subtle and natural look that enhances their features without competing with their vibrant hair color.

Nude lipstick is a staple in most women’s makeup collections, but the key to rocking a nude lip well is finding the perfect color for your complexion. Nude lipstick can often be too dark and cool-toned for redheads. This can leave your lips looking a little dull and almost gray. We’ve talked about how to pick a nude lipstick that won’t wash you out (spoiler alert: get H2BAR’s Finally Bold® Perfectly Nude) but today we’re diving into the ways you can wear a nude lip and a few tricks to help you look your best:

Won't Wash You Out: Perfectly Nude: $26

How to rock nude lips with different glam looks:

Nude lipstick is super versatile and can be worn with almost any makeup style. A few ways we love to pair our nude lipstick is:

  • Minimal Makeup: Nude lipstick is a great way to finish off a minimal makeup look. If you’ve got the right nude, it should look very natural and complement your natural features. A nude lip is great for this look because it’s not too bold or showy and won’t make your features look off-balance. 
  • Balanced Glam: Nude can also help to balance out a soft glam look. When you’ve got your eyes and face done up, you don’t want to leave your lips bare. Wearing a nude lip ties the whole look together while letting the focus be on your other features. 
  • Colored Eye Look: Wearing a bright, bold, or unique eye look? Pink or red lipstick might clash with whatever you’ve got going on. That’s why nude makes a perfect option because it’s neutral!
  • Soft Smoky Eye: Pair your nude lipstick with a subtle smoky eye using neutral shades like taupe, bronze, or charcoal. This look adds a touch of drama without overpowering the lips.
  • Monochromatic Makeup: Create a monochromatic look by using similar nude tones on the eyes, cheeks, and lips. This cohesive color scheme offers a chic and polished appearance.
  • Classic Winged Eyeliner: Combine nude lipstick with a classic winged eyeliner for a timeless and sophisticated look. The bold eyeliner adds definition to the eyes while the nude lips keep the overall aesthetic balanced.
  • Bold Eyebrows: Emphasize your brows with a bold, well-defined shape paired with nude lipstick. This look draws attention to the eyes and frames the face beautifully.
  • Fresh-faced Glow: Opt for a fresh-faced makeup look with minimal eye makeup, a natural-looking base, and a nude lipstick with a hint of gloss. This effortless style enhances your features while maintaining a radiant, dewy finish.

These are just a few ideas to explore, but the possibilities are endless when it comes to pairing nude lipstick with different makeup looks!

Tips for how to apply a nude lipstick

  • Add a Lip Liner: You can amp up a simple nude lip with lip liner. Try a perfect match for a seamless finished look, or go a few shades darker for a retro 90s-style vibe. 
  • Blend it Out: If you’ve got a “no makeup” makeup look going on, a full lipstick application might feel too heavy. Instead, try applying it just to the center of the lips and blending outward with your finger for a subtle bit of color and coverage.
  • Apply Over Lip Balm: If you’ve got a nude lipstick that’s a little too matte or has a drier finish, try applying it over lip balm. This helps to soften the application and helps it wear better. And when you’re all done with that tube, grab a cream finish option like Finally Bold®!
  • Find the Right Shade: Choose a nude lipstick shade that complements your skin tone and undertones. Experiment with different hues, from warm to cool tones, to find the most flattering nude for you. Invest in H2BAR’s Finally Bold® Perfectly Nude made specifically for redheads.
  • Prep Your Lips: Ensure your lips are smooth and hydrated by exfoliating and moisturizing them before applying nude lipstick. This helps create a smooth canvas and prevents the color from clinging to dry patches.
  • Balance with Makeup: Consider balancing your nude lipstick with the rest of your makeup. If you’re wearing minimal eye makeup, you can go for a slightly bolder nude lip shade. If your eye makeup is more dramatic, opt for a softer nude lip to keep the overall look balanced.
  • Touch Up Throughout the Day: Nude lipstick shades may fade faster than bolder colors, so keep your lipstick handy for touch-ups throughout the day, especially after meals or drinks.
  • Consider Your Outfit: Take into account your outfit and overall style when choosing a nude lipstick shade. Some nude lipsticks may complement certain clothing colors or styles better than others.

By following these tips, you can rock nude lipstick confidently and effortlessly enhance your natural beauty. Rock it like a Redhead! 

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Ask a Redhead: What Are The Best Products for Curly Red Hair?

From Shower to Daily Style, We've Got You!

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 to for all your redhead needs.

This week, we’re answering a question from Instagram that reads: “What are the best products for naturally curly red hair?” Did you know curly or wavy hair is actually super common amongst redheads? The prevalence of wavy or curly hair among redheads can be attributed to genetics. The gene responsible for red hair, MC1R, is also associated with variations in hair texture. Certain genetic factors may predispose individuals with red hair to have wavy or curly hair patterns. Additionally, red hair often has a different texture and thickness compared to other hair colors, which can contribute to its tendency to form waves or curls. This is we love helping our curly-haired redheads on their hair journey! Wondering what the essentials are and how to work with curly-haired products in your redhead hair routine for better, more beautiful curls?

Let’s start with the basics:

In-shower essentials

Most of your curly hair journey is going to take place in the shower and immediately afterward. You’ll want a nice hydrating shampoo and conditioner. One of our current favorites is the Kristin Ess Hair Curl Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner Set for Curly Hair Bounce + Shine, and of course the H2BAR Finally Glossy® Shampoo for some much-needed shine. 

Finally Glossy Shampoo: $27

When applying your shampoo, it’s great to use a scalp massager to really get the roots. We recommend the Kitsch Hair Scalp Massager Shampoo Brush or the HEETA Scalp Massager Scalp Scrubber. After you’ve conditioned, it’s a good to detangle your red hair. We love the Tangle Teezer The Naturally Curly Ultimate Detangling Brush for redheads.

Post-shower essentials

Once you get out of the shower, it’s time to use products to shape those curls! It’s best to apply these products when your hair is really wet, so you get proper distribution and keep that hydration. Try using a mister bottle to keep your curly locks nice and wet during the process.

Apply a leave-in conditioner like the DevaCurl Leave-In Decadence® Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner to help hydrate the hair. The way you shape and add hold to your curls is entirely up to you, but we find that a curl cream, a mousse, and a gel make a pretty good trifecta for shape, volume, and hold. We recommend, OUAI Curl Cream, SheaMoisture Curl Mousse Coconut and Hibiscus and Kinky Curly Curl Custard Gel! If you want extra shape to your curls you can help define them with a Denman Curly Hair Brush.

Once you’ve applied your products and shaped your curls, it’s time to get rid of some of that moisture. Plop your hair in a the H2BAR Soft Microfiber Hair Towel and let it sit for anywhere from 10-45 minutes, depending on your preferences. If you prefer, you can use the towel to scrunch your hair and remove excess water only. Finish with an air dry, or use your diffuser blowdryer for quick drying time and reduced frizz.

Soft Microfiber Hair Towel for Redheads

Day-to-day tips and refresh essentials 

Sometimes you need to refresh your curls before your next wash day, and a great way to do that is with a mister bottle. Getting your curls wet allows you to add more products into the hair without weighing down the curls too much. Damp hair is best. You can reuse your curl cream, or leave-in conditioner, or use a curl amplifier like the Tigi Catwalk Curls Rock Amplifier and reshape some of the curls that have fallen flat. 

Because redhead curls can be quite dry, this is a great time to apply a hair oil like the Olaplex Oil. You can also use a dry shampoo like Living Proof Dry Shampoo, or Amika Perk Up to help extend the life of your hair and reduce oils at the roots. This can also add volume back into your curls. 

Last, but not least, it’s super important to keep your curls protected from damage, breakage, and frizz while you sleep. That’s why we love using a silk or satin pillowcase and/or a silk or satin hair bonnet. This will keep your hair nice and sleek and frizz-free!

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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How Redheads Can Get the Sabrina Carpenter Look

That's That Me, Espresso

Sabrina Carpenter is arguably one of the biggest rising stars right now, and her iconic haircut and makeup look is taking the beauty world by storm. Her hair is big and voluminous with lots of shape and texture, and her makeup feels a little retro, but also very on-trend. Her look is soft and dewy but sculpted and glowing at the same time. Fun Fact: Sabrina might be a blonde now, but did you know she rocked the red? Back in the early 2010s, Sabrina was a redhead. It’s not her natural color, but it looked great on her. 

Here’s how redheads can achieve their own Sabrina Carpenter-style look:

The Sabrina Carpenter Hair

Sabrina’s most popular style is a big, almost undone blowout with her signature bangs. Sabrina’s haircut is long with lots of layers that evoke a 70s-style shape, but her bangs are what pull it all together. They are full but can be worn more swooped to the sides to frame her face. Her blowout is easy and can be achieved at home with a dryer brush, velcro rollers, or a tool like the Dyson Airwrap or Shark Flexstyle

For the bangs, one method you can try is using a round brush + blow dryer or a dryer brush, curl your bangs under (towards your forehead), and let them sit either on the round brush or in a roller for a few minutes until cool. Once you release them, they should be pretty rounded. Then, split your bangs down the middle and use a curling iron, or your round brush again to curl them under and out at and angle toward the ear to create that swoop, adjust, and comb flat in a swooping motion. There are tons of methods for shaping these types of bangs, so try different ones until you find one that suits you.

Want to see Sabrina-inspired hair on some redheads? Scroll below:

@kaileygdavis

when sabrina carpenter bangs are trending , lets try it ✂️ #curtainbangs #sabrinacarpenter #bangs #redhead #copperhair #sabrinacarpenterbangs @hairbyyamilet

♬ bad idea right _ guts tour transition – 𝖊𝖗𝖎𝖈⸆⸉ 🎀

@hannah.bayles

💕 #greenscreen #curtainbangs #newhair

♬ original sound – Hannah

@geenahunt

Bang tutorial <3 LOVE Sabrina Carpenter’s bangs ☕️ #hairstyle

♬ Espresso Sped Up – summerchild

The Sabrina Carpenter Makeup

Sabrina’s makeup look is pretty glowy and she usually wears a very full coverage, flawless finish base that’s a little dewy. Her brows are quite full and fluffy, but also locked into place. Her contour and concealer focuses on sculpting the cheekbones and nose and adds brightness throughout the center of the face. Sabrina wears a noticeable pink blush placed high on the cheeks and blending towards the hairline. The blush Sabrina wears has been referred to as “doll blush” as it highlights the cheeks in a very doll-like way. Sabrina usually also has a lot of highlighter on the cheek under the eye which gives her a very angelic look. For eyes, she usually rocks a more simple pink or light brown eye look with soft winged liner and long, flirty lashes. For lips, Sabrina often wears a darker brown/nude lip with a more defined liner. 

Want to see Sabrina-inspired makeup on some redheads? Scroll below:

@itscasuallyhannah

Replying to @Shelby Caffarel I dont think my makeup has ever looked better tbh, this look is literally everything. 🤭🤭 #sabrinacarpenter #sabrinacarpenteredit #sabrinacarpentermakeup #sabrinacarpenterskin #makeuptutorial #makeuplessons #paleskinmakeup #palegirlmakeup #palegirlsoftiktok #glowymakeup #pinkmakeup #espressomakeuptutorial

♬ La vie en rose (Cover Edith Piaf) – 田东昱

@megbarnes23

sabrina carpenter makeup using none other than @Patrick Ta Beauty blush. @kylei halbakken ily for inspiring me!!! #sabrinacarpentermakeup #patricktashesgiving #redheadmakeup

♬ original sound – meg barnes

@sophieemand

New year’s eve makeup inspired by sabrina carpenter💖 would you wear this look?✨💎 #sabrinacarpenter #sabrinacarpentermakeup #glowyskin #glowingskin #palegirlmakeup #palemakeup #erastour #learnmakeup #makeuptutorial #newyearsevemakeup #easyglammakeup #easyglam #celebritymakeupartist #makeuphacks #makeuptipsandtricks

♬ Pretty girls here – Jaz

@mimiermakeup

Sabrina Carpenter hair and makeup🎀 tutorial@Mirta Miler

♬ Espresso Sped Up – summerchild

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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