Short hair may be calling your name and we're here for it
If the fall weather has you longing to chop your red hair…do it! Hair grows back and life is too short to wish you had a haircut. If you’re thinking of making the switch to shorter hair, especially a bob, here’s everything you need to know:
1. Pick your length
A bob is a short to medium-length haircut, typically sitting between the chin and shoulder. There are other lengths of bobs, so it’s important to pick the right one for you. Besides a traditional bob, you could choose:
A-Line Bob: A standard bob is even length all around. An A-line bob is shorter in the back than the front.
French Bob: French bobs are much shorter and usually hit around the mouth. French bobs are usually accompanied by bangs, but you could go without them.
Lob: A longer bob, usually around collarbone length is called a lob.
2. Layers or blunt
Bobs can be layered or blunt cut (all one length). Each style gives a different look. If you have thick hair, a layered bob may help to add more body and keep it from looking triangle-shaped. If you have thin hair, a blunt bob will help add the illusion of more volume.
3. Embrace your texture
If you have curly or wavy hair, it’s important to embrace your texture. When hair is cut short, often the wave or curl pattern becomes more apparent. This is because the hair is healthier and closer to the root and also it’s not weighed down by the length. Natural texture can add more dimension to your bob.
4. Decide if you want bangs
Bangs look super cute with any length of bob, but they are a big commitment. If you’ve never had shorter hair, try going short first and adding on bangs later once you’ve gotten used to your style. Bangs are tricky and learning both at once can be a lot. Additionally, with short hair, it’s hard to keep it out of your face, and bangs add to that.
5. Prepare for maintenance
Shorter hair requires more maintenance. Depending on your hair texture, you may need to style your short hair daily to get it how you want. Additionally, you may need to wash it more than you did your longer hair. Short hair cuts also require more frequent salon visits to keep them at the length you like.
6. Relearn how to use styling tools
You don’t have to throw out all your old styling tools once you cut your hair. You may find some of your tools don’t work the same anymore, but all it takes is some practice to relearn them and figure out what styles you can do with the tools you already own.
Learning to love your red hair can be a journey. For some redheads, appreciation for red hair comes early and naturally, for others it can take many years, trials, tribulations and a lot of self-confidence. No matter if you’re obsessed with your red hair, or still on the way to loving it, it’s always nice to have a little confidence boost.
We at How to be a Redhead coined the day National Love Your Red Hair Day. It takes place every November 5th and was created to spread love and awareness for gorgeous red hair. Make sure to celebrate with us using hashtag #LoveYourRedHairDay and mark the day in your calendar!
Here are 5 things you might need to hear to boost your confidence in your red hair.
1. Red hair has trended year after year and is popular
Red hair has been topping the hair trend charts for the last two years more than ever before. Red, copper, and ginger hair colors are so in — celebrities and influencers are hopping on the trend and dyeing their hair red to look like natural redheads. Freckles, a common trait among redheads, have also been trending and many are trying to replicate freckles by tattooing them to the skin, or using fake freckle techniques.
2. Red hair has been worshipped for centuries
Redheads can be found throughout some of history’s greatest works of art. This is not because the world was overrun by redheads, it’s because redheads were seen as so unique, so beautiful, and so interesting that they became muses for painters and other artists.
If you were picked on or teased as a kid, chances are you heard someone say, “They’re teasing you because they are jealous”. While this statement can be problematic in teaching young women that being bullied or being mistreated = a form of affection, it also has some truth to it. When people don’t understand something or they are jealous of something they can be rude or hurtful because they don’t know how to express themselves. Redheads often get teased for being different, and usually, that ends once they grow up because adults learn to express themselves.
4. Redheads get all the confidence
If you ever feel down about your red hair, just go out into public. Someplace frequented by older people, perhaps? Even better. Most redheads will tell you they can’t visit the grocery store, library, mall, post office, etc without someone commenting on their hair. Most of the time these comments are sweet and genuine compliments and many of us redheads are so used to them, that we forget to feel thankful for them.
5. Know you’re unique, rare, one-of-a-kind and there is a special “holiday” just for you
We don’t have to tell you red hair is rare — you already know natural redheads make up less than 2% of the population. Your confidence has to come from within and the more inner confidence you have, the more you will shine. To add to your amazingness, National Love Your Red Hair Day is celebrated by thousands (redheads and non-redheads) annually. Blondes and brunettes can’t say the same, just sayin’. You’re a rarity and perfect — just the way you are.
Halloween is fast approaching, and it’s time to hit the salon for your Halloween nails or DIY it at home. Maybe you want to do something that matches your costume, or maybe you haven’t decided what you’re going to be yet and need something that will go with any look. Or, maybe you just love the season and want some inspo for your Halloween night nails. No matter where you are, we’ve got you covered! Here are 9 nail designs to get you inspired this October:
It’s the season of the witch, and what better way to celebrate than with some witchy nails? Choose from classic designs or come up with some of your own. Pops of color, sparkle, metallics, and gems make great additions to these designs.
The aura-style nail art has been very popular, and it’s perfect for Halloween. Choose from some seasonal colors like red, purple, orange, green, or black, or opt for something that matches your costume colors.
Bonus: these don’t scream Halloween so they will look cute and trendy well into November.
Like the creepy crawlers? Add some black spiders to your nails for a seasonal spooky look. This look can be made cute or creepy and paired with nude nails, black nails, or other accent nails.
4. Black Marble
Another non-Halloween-specific style that can complement any costume is some black marble. It looks almost like smoke or something mystical and is perfect for Halloween and beyond.
5. Cute Ghosts
If the spookier side of things isn’t your jam, we get it. Try some cute ghosty nails! These can be done in a simple fashion on nude nails or paired with trendy styles for an adorable Halloween theme.
But if spooky is your thing, maybe try a classic horror movie design. Think: Scream. There are so many to choose from, so pick your favorite or even do a different one on each nail. We personally love these Ghostface designs in honor of the new Scream movie that came out earlier this year.
7. Black Cat
Another non-spooky, but totally holiday-appropriate design is the black cat. These cuties can be added to other designs or used alone as a simple yet adorable Halloween nail design.
And for something a little out there, why not try eyeball nails? They’re spooky and a little kooky but also kind of fun.
9. Plain Colors
And of course, if you like to play it safe, you can never go wrong with just some plain color. Black, orange, red, purple, or green all make wonderful Halloween nails and they are super wearable even after!
Monochrome fashion is wearing an outfit that consists of one color. A breakdown of the term’s Greek roots shows that monochromatic translates to “single color:” mono meaning single and chromatic meaning color
Have you ever noticed that some people look amazing in monochromatic looks and others don’t quite sparkle the same way? Or, how some people look stunning in bold prints and patterns, and it looks overwhelming on others? This is because of something called “Personal Contrast Levels” (PSL). Simply, contrast level is the amount of value difference between hair color and skin color.
There are three components of a color:
Hue: The actual color…red, yellow, blue, etc
Value: The lightness or darkness of a color.
Saturation: This is the purity or intensity.
This can help you to determine what looks good on you based on your features. It’s fairly easy to do at home and can be a guiding light for many redheads who aren’t sure and can start to guide you in the right direction with less limitation.
How to find your PSL
Take a photo of yourself in good lighting (not too harsh, not too dark, natural lighting is best) with no makeup on. Then, turn the photo black and white and use a color dropper tool to find your color values. Compare them to the contrast scale to find your contrast level. Here are a few helpful TikTok tips. Take some time to watch the quick videos before moving on:
A contrast scale, like this one, gives you something to compare your values to. You want to find values for your hair color (or eyebrow color, whichever is your natural) skin color, and eye color.
Which one are you?
High Contrast, Medium Contrast, and Low Contrast
There are three main contrast categories, and while you may fall in between two of them, it’s easiest to focus on the three to start. Hair, eyes, and skin are all on a sliding scale in terms of lightness or darkness. Contrast refers to the difference between two things. Each feature has a value on the scale, the difference between those values determines your contrast level.
Those who are high contrast will have large gaps between their values. If your hair is quite dark (lower numbers on the scale) and your skin is quite fair (higher numbers on the scale) you have a higher contrast. Your eye color may help to balance you as more medium contrast, which means you could mix the two.
Those who are medium contrast fall more evenly on the scale, with their values being spread out but not favoring either end of the scale too much.
Those who are low contrast have all their values close together. They may even fall on the same sections of the scale. There is little difference between the light and darkness that make up the colors of your hair, skin, and eyes.
How to use tour PSL when choosing clothes
High contrast looks amazing with black and white (high contrast colors) and other highly saturated colors like red. Play with the light and dark aspects of your outfit and don’t be afraid to go bold, especially with interesting prints and patterns.
Medium contrast is an in-between contrast level, giving you the most options. More medium saturation colors look best on you, and you can still wear black but it looks better paired with other darker neutrals instead of white. The same goes for white, pair it with creams and browns instead of black.
Low-contrast people are the ones who look best in monochromatic looks. Try pairing things that are all the same shade or close. These can be dark or light but try to avoid pairing high-contrast colors together and avoid highly saturated colors like red as they will wash you out. Pastels are great for low-contrast people.
Anyone can wear anything they want, and the rules are meant to be broken, but if you’re a redhead trying to find your personal style maybe this can help you when it comes to choosing the colors in your wardrobe and pairing items you already own.
When the Halloween season rolls around, it’s fun to immerse ourselves in books, shows, and movies that capture the spirit of the season. We love seeing redhead representation in entertainment, which is why we’ve compiled this list of pieces that feature redheads and are perfect for Halloween.
This Netflix hit follows Wednesday Adams on her journey through her formative years away at Nevermore Academy. The redheaded dorm mother and botany teacher is played by Christina Ricci (who herself played Wednesday Adams in the 1990s).
A romance novel about a redheaded witch who lives in a town filled with both witches and humans. She teams up with a son of one of the town’s founding families and of course, a magical adventure unfolds that requires them to save the town before Halloween, all while falling in love.
Bonus: This is #2 in a series, so if you want a bonus book, read Book 1 “The Ex Hex”where our redhead is a side character in her cousin’s love story.
4. Monster House
This adorable kids’ movie is fun for the whole family, and the redhead character Jenny is fun for redheads of all ages to see. This movie is perfect for families to enjoy around the Halloween season.
5. Hocus Pocus
A classic Halloween movie that no October is complete without. Hocus Pocus 1 & 2 both featured redheaded Winifred Sanderson and her non-redhead sisters. These tree witches have become a staple in the Halloween movie rotation.
6. Scooby Doo
Another great pick for kids and adults alike is the Scooby Doo movies. Each one features redhead Daphne as part of the gang, and there are lots of mysteries to solve. Choose from live-action or cartoon versions — there are even a few Halloween specials.
7. The School for Good and Evil
This fantasy book-turned-film is such a fun flick for Halloween. The glamorous and acid-tongued Lady Lesso runs the School for Evil, and she’s just as fiery as her flaming red hair.
Another Halloween-themed romance, Bad Luck Charm follows a redhead occult shop owner in Salem who finds herself in a sticky situation when it seems she may be up next for sacrifice by an evil coven. Instead, she finds herself falling for the guy she’s had a crush on since she was a kid, but can he save her?
9. Practical Magic
It’s no Halloween season without a viewing of Practical Magic. The lovely Nicole Kidman plays redheaded Gillian Owens who is still giving us hair envy even 25 years after the film’s release.
For many redheads, our tans have to come from a bottle or a spray tan machine. Many of us do not tan naturally and our skin is at too high a risk for skin cancer to ever opt for sunless tanning beds. So, faux tan it is! But there’s way people are getting their glow on and the ingredient is (probably) right in your fridge. TikTokers are claiming that eating carrots helps their skin look tanner. Before you laugh this off and before you go gobble down enough carrots to fuel a rabbit, let’s talk about this.
How does a “carrot tan” work exactly?
“Carrot tans” aren’t really tans at all, but they are a change in the pigment of your skin. Foods high in beta carotene, which carrots are, can add an orangy hue to your skin. Carrots aren’t the only food that can do this, other beta-carotene-rich foods like mangos, squash, and sweet potatoes can have the same effect. When you ingest enough beta carotene, a phenomenon called “carotenemia” happens.
But how any carrots do you have to eat?
The amount of carrots (or other beta-carotene-rich foods) you would have to eat is pretty high. You need about 20 to 50 milligrams of beta carotene per day to see a change in the skin tone. That’s around 10 full carrots per day.
Is it safe to eat that many carrots*?
While eating carrots isn’t inherently bad for you, the issue comes with too much Vitamin A. Carrots contain a lot of Vitamin A and 10 carrots gives your body way more than you need, especially if you don’t have a Vitamin A deficiency.
According to the National Institute of Health, the recommended Vitamin A intake for an adult female ages 19-50 is about 700 mcg (900 for an adult male of the same age) and 1 cup of raw carrots will fulfill your daily intake need. That means that by eating 10 carrots a day (roughly 5 cups) your Vitamin A intake would be around 5x what you need. That doesn’t include any other foods you are eating that contain Vitamin A. Consuming too much Vitamin A can cause hair loss, nausea, skin irritation, headaches, and other things.
*Before you try to get a carrot tan, consider the side effects and always consult with your doctor. Eating carrots in moderation, along with other beta-carotene-rich foods, can give your skin a nice healthy glow. But, trying to change the color of your skin through carotenemia probably isn’t the way to go.
There’s no doubt about it: redheads are rare and make up less than 2% of the population. While the “ginger gene” might feel uncommon, and some may even say we’re going extinct, redheads have actually been around for about 10 million years, scientists say. How do we know this? Well, scientists recently found the pigment that produces ginger coloration (phaeomelanin) in some pretty old fossils.
A little back story: phaeomelanin is a type of melanin, a pigment responsible for the color of hair, skin, and eyes in humans and other animals. It is one of the two types of melanin found in mammals, birds, and reptiles. Phaeomelanin is responsible for red and yellow colors and is found in varying amounts in the hair and skin of individuals. It’s one of the two primary types of melanin, the other being eumelanin, which is responsible for brown and black colors. The combination and balance of these two types of melanin determine an individual’s overall hair and skin color.
To sum it up: those with phaeomelanin have lighter-pigmented hair and skin, like redheads and blondes. Those with eumelanin have darker hair and skin that tans more easily like those with black or brown hair.
The team, led by researchers at University College Cork and reported by DailyMail, performed lab experiments on black, ginger and white bird feathers to track phaeomelanin pigments. They then applied their results to the fossils of Pelophylax pueyoi, an extinct species of large frog, confirming that high concentrations of the pigment were present. Dr Tiffany Slater said, “This finding is so exciting because it puts palaeontologists in a better place to detect different melanin pigments in many more fossils. This will paint a more accurate picture of ancient animal colour and will answer important questions about the evolution of colours in animals.”
You might be wondering, are these human fossils from 10 million years ago? No, but the fact that this phaeomelanin existed so long ago means it could also have existed in the earliest of humans. Red hair in humans can be traced back 50 thousand years to Asia, and several thousand years to Ireland, Scotland, and Scandinavia.
Red hair has been around a long time, which is just proof that we aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, and our redhead roots may trace back even further than we know.
Our favorite season is here! It’s the special time of year when the leaves match our red locks. It’s also a special time for H2BAR because we’re adding more products to our beauty line. Take a peek inside the Fall Deluxe H2BAR Box and get your own — they’re still shipping (for a limited time).
Are you blown away we included Finally Glossy® in the Fall Deluxe H2BAR Box? We’re so excited for you to enjoy it! Introducing the first product in our Finally Glossy hair line! It’s a special shampoo to help strengthen, shine, and add hydration to red hair.
This clean formula is formulated with Vitamin B3, olive oil, coconut oil, and green tea. This is NOT a color-depositing shampoo. It is suitable for frequent washes and for ALL shades of red hair. It is paraben-free, cruelty-free, sulfate-free, petroleum-free, mineral-oil free, and vegan. HOW TO USE: *If you have blonde highlights, do not use them. Always patch test* Use daily or whenever you want to add a natural radiance to your red hair. Use it together with your normal shampoo and conditioner. Or, use it by itself! It’s designed to work with normal haircare routines. It is suitable for frequent washes.
Perfect for natural redheads who want a boost, or redheads ‘by choice’ who want to extend their color. Enjoy this instant, in-shower conditioning glaze that adds incredible shine and smooths frizz while providing a sheer hint of temporary color.
This gentle cleanser helps repair damaged hair. If your hair is feeling dull due to the summer sun, you’ll love this sachet of love. This sulfate-free formula gently cleanses while helping to repair and restore hair to its former resilience, leaving strands soft and shiny.
This dermatologist-tested moisturizer is a broad-spectrum SPF 28, mineral-based sun protector, meant to be used every day. It is a lightweight, skin-loving formula and tested safe for sensitive skin. It also shields the skin from damaging UVA + UVB rays, and blue light-emitting screens.
Moisturize, prime for makeup and protect your skin with this sulfate-free, mineral-oil free, paraben-free daily SPF moisturizer. It’s the perfect size to take on the go, loved by jetsetters and TSA approved.
Deodorant: With the power of pure, organic ingredients, the blissful coconut cream deodorant effectively neutralizes body odor and promotes dryness. The gentle formula works by creating an alkaline environment that naturally reduces odor-causing bacteria.
A deep-acting cleanser for sun-damaged skin and perfect for sensitive redhead skin. It is so versatile, it even works for oily or blemished skin. With Glycolic Acid, it also provides mild exfoliation while it cleanses. HOW TO USE: Apply liberally, massage onto face for 1-2 minutes with wet fingertips. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water, followed by a cold water rinse. Pat dry.
This is the last Deluxe H2BAR Box with these featured wipes! They have helped subscribers through spring + summer, and fall too. These wipes will make you feel clean, refreshed, and ready for the day ahead. They are hypoallergenic, have no added alcohols, parabens or fragrances. Ingredients include aloe, chamomile and cucumber. Feel confident these wipes will agree with your redhead skin.
Nothing screams autumn more than a gorgeous fall-inspired, redhead-approved eyeshadow palette. Enjoy a mix of mattes and shimmers. The shadows are formulated to deliver smooth, highly blendable color for a buildable eye look that will take you from day to night.
Your fall lip shade is here! This product has the go-to ease of lip balm plus a pop of color and yummy vanilla-mint flavor. The ingredients consist of cocoa butter and peptides for a firmer pout over time.
Redheads usually have super sensitive skin and after a summer of heat and sunshine, our lips can feel extra dry. This product is infused with jojoba oil and shea butter and will moisturize your dry lips while adding major shine. Because of this non-sticky formula you will never experience the feeling of your red hair being stuck on your lips anymore.
A new season, new habits and new snacks. We wanted to introduce you to this refreshing snack option! One full pouch of Essential C’s Konjac jelly is only 10 calories and comes with your daily dose of Collagen and Vitamin C. A boost of Collagen helps improve skin elasticity and provide joint & muscle support. Vitamin C helps optimize the immune system and promote bright & healthy skin. Its refreshingly fruity taste and chewy, fulfilling texture make it satisfying and fun for adults and children alike. *Please consult with your physician before using.
Fall is Redhead Season, and that means it’s our time to shine. Redheads look amazing in all colors, but there are some colors that really help us stand out in the fall. Here are our seven favorite colors for redheads to wear during autumn:
An amazing color for redheads year-round —green is a must-wear for fall. Opt for darker forest greens or keep it airy with some lighter greens. Green looks amazing paired with blue, purple, and brown/cream for the fall.
2. Berry Pink
We love wearing pink in the summer, and berry pink is the perfect transitional color for fall and winter. The colder months don’t have to be dull and boring, so brighten things up with some rich berry tones.
Anyone who says redheads can’t wear orange is dead wrong. Orange, especially burnt orange and more muted shades of orange looks amazing with red hair and is perfect for redhead season.
Another must-wear for redhead season is yellow. Mustard and golden yellow really make red hair pop and look amazing with orange, brown, cream, and black.
We love black because it gives our red hair a chance to shine. If all black is too dark, mix it in with lighter colors like white, cream, and any of the other colors listed here.
Cream and brown are gorgeous in the fall. They will compliment your red hair and give you an overall cohesive look.
If black is a little too dark for you, but you want something sophisticated, opt for shades of navy and other darker blues. It will make your red hair pop and look ultra chic.
The Beckham’s have been everywhere lately. Victoria Beckham hosted a celeb-worthy fashion show at Paris Fashion Week, David Beckham’s Netflix documentary, Beckham, has received great reviews and his Inter Miami soccer league is receiving world-wide attention after winning the Leagues Cup final. If there are two words that seem to come up at Victoria’s fashion shows, Netflix docs, or by soccer commentators, it is: Spice Girls.
We think it’s time to highlight another Spice Girl. Let’s talk about redhead icon, Geri Halliwell. She is world famous for her role as “Ginger Spice” in the 1990’s girl group. But, she hasn’t always had flaming red locks. Halliwell was born a brunette, went blonde and red many times since, but returned to red in 2019. It seems like it’s here to stay because she doesn’t just rock the red, she really embraces all it is to be ginger.
In a recent interview with Andy Cohen, she recalled meeting another famous UK-born redhead, Prince Harry. The prince was just 13 when he met the group in 1997 and connected with Halliwell’s redhead persona. She reflected on the moment saying, “I think when you’re in any kind of [way] different slightly, you’re in your own lane, you have to find your own voice,” she explained. And, as many of us know, Prince Harry has found his own voice, and Halliwell too.
It is no surprise she made the main character in her new book a redhead. The title is Rosie Frost and the Falcon Queen and is described as “a sweeping adventure filled with a hidden island, family secrets, shocking betrayals, amazing music, and girl power.” The story follows an orphan named Rosie who attends a school for extraordinary teens.
In an interview with The Messanger, Halliwell is asked if Rosie is a “cheeky nod” to Ginger Spice as well as how she feels about redheads being excluded from literature and other forms of media. Halliwell answers with the following: “You know, being a redhead is actually very interesting because you’re in your own lane. 20 years ago, you could have maybe been marginalized for it! But, actually, if you look at the greatest heroes of our time — Annie, Queen Elizabeth the First, Merida from Brave, Ariel — it goes on. All redheads! Sure, there’s a stereotype or two about being a redhead, but honestly, you just have to list out our heroes and then get on with it.”
This isn’t Halliwell’s first book. She actually authored a series of children’s books called Ugenia Lavender about a thoughtful, brave, sassy kid with tons of energy and attitude who leaps into adventure after adventure. As you can see, that character was a redhead too.
For sensitive-skinned redheads, the last thing you want is an irritated underarm. The aluminum in anti-perspiring deodorant products can cause irritation in those with sensitive skin. Aluminum-free deodorants are a great choice for individuals with sensitive skin, including redheads, for several compelling reasons. These products omit aluminum compounds found in regular antiperspirants, which can often lead to skin irritation and discomfort. Given that some redheads have inherently sensitive skin, opting for aluminum-free deodorants can help reduce the likelihood of skin reactions and redness. These deodorants typically feature natural ingredients such as baking soda, arrowroot powder, and essential oils, which are known for their gentle qualities, making them suitable for delicate skin. Ultimately, personal preference plays a role, and many redheads and those with sensitive skin appreciate the peace of mind that comes with using products that exclude potentially harsh or controversial ingredients. It’s essential to remember that individual skin reactions can vary, so it may take some experimentation to find the ideal product that suits your specific needs and skin type.
Aluminum-free deodorants are becoming more and more popular, but not all are created equally. Here are a few of our favorite aluminum-free deodorants that actually work:
Finding foundation as a redhead can be quite a task. We should choose a foundation shade that complements our unique skin tone. Typically, warm or neutral undertones work well, but individual variation is key — especially since redheads are found across the entire planet in all different nationalities. Testing foundation shades in natural light can help you determine the best match for your skin.
It’s important to find foundations that are not only the right shade, but are also safe for our sensitive redhead skin. It is not a small task. We’ve tried a lot of foundation brands, and these are the 8 best brands to shop when buying foundation as a redhead:
With liquid and powder foundations ranging from light to full coverage, It Cosmetics offers a range of products that work with redhead skin. Their shade range extends far enough for most redheads to find a color that matches, and most of their products contain SPF for added protection.