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Where Do Redheads Fall on the Fitzpatrick Skin Type Scale?

Does it take into account all redheads, from different ethnicities and backgrounds?

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If someone asked you your redhead skin type, you might answer with words like dry, oily, combination, or sensitive. These words are what we’ve come to know thanks to skincare companies, packaging and media. But, there is a skin type scale you may not know about. It’s called the Fitzpatrick Skin Type Scale. It’s important to know your skin type, and it’s perfectly okay to describe it as dry or combo, but it’s equally as important to treat your redhead skin type properly. Here is everything you need to know: 

What is the Fitzpatrick Skin Type scale? 

It is a numerical classification system that categorizes human skin tones based on their response to sun exposure in terms of burning and tanning. It was developed by Thomas B. Fitzpatrick in 1975 and is widely used by dermatologists to assess a person’s risk of skin damage from sun exposure.

The scale consists of six skin types, ranging from Type I (very fair skin that always burns and never tans) to Type VI (very dark skin that never burns and always tans). The classification takes into account factors like skin color, hair color, eye color, and how the skin reacts to sunlight.

This scale helps professionals determine appropriate sun protection measures and guide skincare treatments for individuals based on their skin type.

How do redheads fall on this scale? 

The scale contains 6 “skin types” and categorizes skin tones, eye colors, and even hair colors based on how likely they are to get a sunburn. Type 1 would be the fairest of skin tones, and the most likely to burn. Type 6 would be the darkest of skin tones and the least likely to burn. 

Redheads typically fall within the lower end of the Fitzpatrick Skin Type Scale due to their fair skin and tendency to burn rather than tan. They are often categorized as Type I or Type II on the scale. Type I individuals have very fair skin that burns easily and does not tan, while Type II individuals also have fair skin that burns easily but may eventually develop a slight tan.

Stereotypically, redheads often have a high concentration of the pigment pheomelanin in their skin, which provides our characteristic red hair but also makes our skin more sensitive to UV radiation. As a result, redheads are more prone to sunburn and skin damage from sun exposure, which is why it’s important for them to take extra precautions when in the sun, such as using sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and seeking shade.

Does it take into account all redheads (of all ethnicities)? 

The downfall of this scale is that it does not take into account that not all redheads have fair skin. Redheads can have any shade of skin, and while the majority of redheads do have fair skin, it’s not always the case. This also doesn’t take into account those who don’t have red hair but do have very fair skin.

Something to remember is that this is based likeness of getting a sunburn, and not on skin damage. We know skin colors from the lightest to the darkest are all affected by UV rays and will receive damage from the sun, which is why sunscreen is important even for those with darker skin.

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: How to Determine Your Redhead Skin Type 

READ: Find Out About Your Skin Tone With These Easy Tricks



Podcast S5 EP17: Enneagram, Coffee + Red Hair with Sarajane Case

Let's chat all things enneagram with a natural redhead teacher

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We’ve all seen our friends share those cute Enneagram posts on their social media. If you haven’t heard of the Enneagram, you’re in for a treat. It is a 3 x 3 arrangement of nine personality types. If you’ve never taken an Enneagram test, it can be confusing. We chatted with Sarajane Case, a natural redhead and a trained Enneagram teacher, author of the popular self-help book The Honest Enneagram, and Host of the Enneagram & Coffee Podcast. 

She helps people to find their perfect balance between self-care and growth so they can release shame on their path to doing less harm. Her book, The Enneagram Letters: A poetic exploration of who you thought you had to be, released in October 2022, is now available wherever you buy your books.

You can find Sarajane on Instagram @enneagramandcoffee and @sarajanecase

Adrienne + Stephanie, our co-founder’s, have been longtime friends with Sarajane and asked some of the following questions for this exciting hour together:

  • How was it growing up with red hair? What was your experience like?
  • Once you graduated, like many of us, you dabbled in your talents (photography, etc) and have really seemed to find your niche with the Enneagram. At the time of this recording, you have 473k followers. How did this all come to be?!
  • We did some research on the Enneagram and are really interested in talking about it. We’d love to identify our own types. Can we do it over this podcast? From a glance, Stephanie seems to be a 6: Loyalist, and Adrienne is 8: The Challenger.
  • For anyone that doesn’t know you, you’re full of light and self-confidence. We know so many feel this way when they meet you and even follow you on social media. How did you gain so much self-confidence and love for yourself? Was this always the case? Each year, do you love yourself more?
  • You look GORGEOUS with a red lip and red hair. When we think of you, we think of how you pull it off so well. Any advice for redheads who don’t think they can rock it?
  • What are you working on now? What’s next for you?

You can hear Stephanie, Adrienne, and Sarajane on the latest episode of the How to be a Redhead Podcast directly below, available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts: 

Want to help us spread the news about the How to be a Redhead brand and this podcast? Please give us a 5-star review and tell your friends (redheads and everyone else) to subscribe! 

Want your questions answered on an episode of the podcast? Email, or DM us on Instagram @HowtobeaRedhead or TikTok @HowtobeaRedhead. We answer 2-4 questions per podcast so be sure to tune in to hear if we answered yours!

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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Dermatologist-Approved Sunscreen Products for Redheads

Two sunscreen products our co-founder can't live without

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As redheads, we try a lot of sunscreen products, and most of us probably have some sort of sunscreen collection (let’s be honest). Since sunscreen is so important for redheads, it makes sense to have different products for different seasons, occasions and to wear with and without makeup.

As we know, redheads typically have fair skin and often freckles, which means we have less melanin to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. As a result, we are more susceptible to sunburn and have a higher risk of developing skin cancer. Using SPF (Sun Protection Factor) products is essential for redheads to shield their skin from UV radiation, reduce the risk of sunburn and skin damage, and lower the chances of skin cancer development. Regular application of SPF products can help maintain healthier skin and prevent long-term sun-related issues.

Recently, our very own redhead co-founder, Stephanie, visited the dermatologist and was recommended two SPF products, both of which she tried and loved:

1. Eucerin Sun Age Defense Face Sunscreen Lotion with Hyaluronic Acid – SPF 50 

This first product has hyaluronic acid and 5 antioxidants to help visibly reduce the signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is a popular ingredient in many skincare products, and it can be beneficial for anti-aging purposes due to its unique properties. Here’s how hyaluronic acid helps with anti-aging:

1. Moisture Retention: Hyaluronic acid has excellent water-retaining properties, capable of holding up to 1000 times its weight in water. When applied topically, it helps the skin retain moisture, keeping it hydrated and plump. This hydration can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, giving the skin a smoother and more youthful look.

2. Improved Skin Elasticity: As we age, our skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid decreases, leading to a loss of skin elasticity. Applying hyaluronic acid topically can help boost the skin’s elasticity, making it appear firmer and more supple.

3. Collagen Production: Hyaluronic acid has been shown to stimulate collagen production. Collagen is a protein that provides structural support to the skin. By promoting collagen synthesis, hyaluronic acid can help improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

4. Antioxidant Properties: Some studies suggest that hyaluronic acid may have antioxidant properties, helping to neutralize free radicals that can damage the skin and contribute to aging.

5. Gentle and Suitable for Most Skin Types: Hyaluronic acid is generally well-tolerated and suitable for most skin types, including sensitive skin. It is a gentle ingredient that can be easily incorporated into various skincare routines.

Overall, hyaluronic acid can be a valuable addition to an anti-aging skincare regimen, helping to keep the skin hydrated, firm, and youthful-looking.

Incorporating age-defense products into our routines early and wearing SPF daily are our best actions against preventing premature aging. It has an SPF of 50 which is perfect for sun protection. This Eucerin Sun Age Defense Face Sunscreen Lotion with Hyaluronic Acid is unscented and hypoallergenic, making it perfect for sensitive skin. It’s also noncomedogenic which means it won’t clog the pores. This SPF is white in color and leaves no visible residue on the skin. 

Eucerin Sun Age Defense Face Sunscreen Lotion with Hyaluronic Acid - SPF 50: $14

2. Eucerin Sensitive Tinted Mineral Face Sunscreen – SPF 35

The other product Stephanie’s dermatologist recommended is a sensitive skin-specific tinted mineral facial SPF with zinc oxide protection. Zinc oxide protection refers to the use of products containing zinc oxide as a sunscreen ingredient to protect the skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Zinc oxide is a mineral sunscreen, and when applied to the skin, it forms a physical barrier that reflects and scatters both UVA and UVB rays.

The primary purpose of zinc oxide in sunscreens is to provide broad-spectrum protection, meaning it shields the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays can prematurely age the skin and cause long-term damage, while UVB rays are responsible for causing sunburns.

Zinc oxide is considered a safe and effective sunscreen ingredient, particularly for those with sensitive skin or allergies to chemical sunscreens. It is less likely to cause skin irritation and is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores.

When using products with zinc oxide protection, it’s essential to apply them generously and reapply as directed, especially after swimming or sweating, to maintain the efficacy of sun protection throughout the day. Regular use of sunscreen with zinc oxide can help reduce the risk of sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer caused by UV radiation.

Eucerin Sensitive Tinted Mineral Face Sunscreen is a lightweight formula with SPF 35 and is also enriched with 5 antioxidants to help fight premature signs of aging. Although this sunscreen is tinted, it blends seamlessly with all skin tones. This SPF is also unscented, hypoallergenic, and of course good for sensitive skin

Eucerin Sensitive Tinted Mineral Face Sunscreen - SPF 35: $14

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: BUSTED: 7 Myths Redheads Should Know About SPF And Sunscreen

READ: Sunscreen vs. Sunblock vs. SPF: What’s The Best Option for Redheads?


7 Celebrities Who Have Dyed Their Hair Red In 2023

Hollywood Goes Red!

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Red has been a HOT color for the past few years, and celebs are always jumping on the bandwagon. Some commit to the red lifestyle and others try it on for a little while. We love seeing celebs go red and think some of them should stick to it. Here are 7 celebs who have gone red at some point in 2023:

1. Nicola Coughlan

Best known for her role in Bridgerton (where she plays redhead Penelope Featherington) and her role in Derry Girls. She also stars in the brand new Barbie movie as a redhead Barbie! Coughlan isn’t a natural redhead and often rocks blonde hair, but she’s back with the red for the Barbie premiere and the highly anticipated next season of Bridgerton

2. Emily Ratajkowski

An actress, author, and model. Her dark brown hair has been a staple of her look for many years, but recently she appeared on Instagram with the caption “gone red” and showcased some new copper locks. 

3. Megan Fox

This isn’t the first time the actress has had red hair and it probably won’t be the last. She appeared on the red carpet for the 2023 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue launch with some flaming locks that appear to be sticking around for now. 

4. Blake Lively

Back to red for Blake Lively, who has rocked the color before. This time it’s for her upcoming role in the film It Ends with Us based on the best-selling novel by Colleen Hoover. Lively plays Lily Bloom, the redhead main character. It doesn’t appear the red is permanent as she has been posting on her Instagram with her signature blonde look, but we can’t wait to see her red in the new movie. 

5. Camille Razat

Best known for her role in Emily in Paris, this French actress normally sports blonde hair, but went red earlier this year for a fashion show in Paris. She’s back to the blonde now, but we think red really suits her very well. 

6. Lucy Boynton

This British actress has been sporting the red since late last year and seems to be enjoying the change from her classic blonde. 

7. Dove Cameron

Singer and actress Dove Cameron has been blonde, brunette, and redhead! She rocked the red earlier this year and is now back in her black and brunette era, but we think the red should make another comeback. 

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: It Is Time Natural Redheads Stop Hating Faux Redheads

READ: Why Dyeing Hair Red is a BIG Commitment: Everything You Need To Know

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Why You Should Use Salicylic Acid In Your Redhead Skincare Routine

Bye Bye, Acne!

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When shopping for ance products, you’ve probably come across products with salicylic acid in them. It’s one of the most common ingredients used to fight acne — and for a good reason. Salicylic acid can be used as a spot treatment or mixed into other products. If you’re a redhead who suffers from acne, here’s why you should be incorporating salicylic acid into your skincare routine

What is salicylic acid?

It is found in the bark and leaves of both willow and popular trees. It’s been used since ancient times to help reduce pain, fever, and inflammation. Nowadays, it’s a common ingredient in acne-fighting products and other skincare. 

Salicylic acid is a type of beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that is known for its ability to exfoliate the skin, unclog pores, and help treat acne and other skin conditions. It works by breaking down the bonds between skin cells, promoting their shedding and preventing the formation of acne-causing blockages. It is often found in cleansers, toners, and spot treatments designed to address various skin concerns.

How does it work? 

Salicylic acid penetrates the skin deeply which makes it great for targeting acne, especially acne that is below the surface of the skin. Once under the skin, salicylic acid helps to dissolve the things that are clogging your pores. It also aids with redness and is an anti-imflamiroty, which means it can reduce the visibility of a blemish as well as battle it under the skin. Since salicylic acid helps to unclog pores, this makes it ideal for use on blackheads and whiteheads. 

Some people may be able to use salicylic acid on their skin daily, depending on their skin type. For sensitive or dry skin, it’s best to use it as a spot treatment, or in another form where it has been diluted like a cleanser or a moisturizer. Using salicylic acid on your skin will not only help to reduce existing blemishes, but it will help to keep the pores clear and reduce future ones too. 

To incorporate salicylic acid into your skincare routine, follow these general steps:

1. Start with a patch test: Before using any new skincare product containing salicylic acid, do a patch test on a small area of your skin to check for any adverse reactions or allergies.

2. Choose the right product: Look for cleansers, toners, serums, or spot treatments that contain salicylic acid. Consider your skin type and specific concerns when selecting a product.

3. Cleanse your face: If using a salicylic acid cleanser, wash your face with it once or twice daily, depending on your skin’s tolerance. This helps to remove excess oil, dirt, and dead skin cells from the surface.

4. Apply toner (optional): If you have an alcohol-free salicylic acid toner, you can apply it to clean skin after cleansing. Toners can help balance the skin’s pH and provide additional exfoliation.

5. Spot treat (if necessary): If you have specific areas of concern, like acne blemishes, you can apply a salicylic acid spot treatment directly to those areas.

6. Moisturize: Always follow up with a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and maintain its barrier function.

7. Use sunscreen: Salicylic acid can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so it’s crucial to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 during the daytime.

8. Start slowly: If you’re new to salicylic acid, start using it every other day or a few times a week to allow your skin to adjust. Gradually increase the frequency if your skin tolerates it well.

9. Avoid mixing with other active ingredients: Be cautious about using salicylic acid alongside other active ingredients like retinol or alpha-hydroxy acids, as it can increase skin sensitivity.

10. Consistency is key: It may take some time to see noticeable results, so be patient and consistent with your routine.

Remember, everyone’s skin is different, so it’s essential to pay attention to how your specific redhead skin reacts and adjust your routine accordingly. If you have any concerns or specific skin conditions, consider consulting a dermatologist before incorporating salicylic acid into your skincare regimen.

Always read the product labels and instructions before use, and perform a patch test before applying any new skincare product to your entire face. Additionally, consider your skin type and any specific skin concerns you may have when selecting a product containing salicylic acid. If you’re uncertain about which product to use or how to incorporate it into your routine, consult with a dermatologist for personalized recommendations.

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: 11 Affordable Skincare Products That Actually Work For Redheads

READ: 4 Ways Redheads Can Combat Blind Pimples

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How Redheads Can Rock the French Pin Hairstyle

Easy, Cute and Comfortable!

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We love a hair trend, and recently French Pins have been all the rage. They’ve been around for years, but seem to have gained more popularity the last two summers. The history of French hairpins can be traced back to the early 19th century when they first gained popularity in France. These hairpins, also known as “hairgrips” or “bobby pins,” were originally made from various materials such as metal, bone, or wood.

In the 1920s, during the Art Deco era, hairpins became more decorative and fashionable. They were often adorned with intricate designs, gemstones, and pearls, becoming not just functional but also stylish accessories for women’s hair.

Over the years, French hairpins evolved in design and materials, adapting to different fashion trends. Today, they remain a staple hair accessory worldwide, helping to secure hairstyles and adding a touch of elegance to various hairdos.

We love an updo for keeping our red hair out of our faces (and necks) this summer, so we’re all in on the French pin train. Unlike the claw clip, the French pin does take a bit more practice, but we’ve got a few tips and a couple of videos you can watch to learn how to rock the French pin in your red hair:

Tip 1: Opt for metal

Speaking of longer, thicker red hair, opt for metal. There are plastic French pins but unless your hair is quite thin or short they probably won’t last long. 

Tip 2: Adjust before you pin

The beauty of a French pin style is that if you do it right, it’s super secure. That being said, make sure you pull out any face-framing and adjust your look before you add the pin because once you do, it’s not moving without all of it coming undone. 

Tip 3: Insert and flip

You’ll notice French pins are curved, this is because you want to insert it upside down and then flip it to lock the hair in place. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use them:

1. Prepare your hair: Start with clean, dry, and styled hair. French pins work best with updos or half-up hairstyles, so gather the hair you want to pin back.

2. Create your desired hairstyle: Depending on the look you want to achieve, you can go for a classic bun, a chignon, a French twist, or any other updo style.

3. Hold your hairstyle in place: Once your hair is styled the way you like, use one hand to hold it in place while you use the other hand to insert the French pin.

4. Insert the French pin: Slide the French pin into the hair, starting from the outside and angling it inward. The U-shape of the pin should face downward, against your scalp. You can insert it diagonally or horizontally, depending on your hairstyle and the amount of hair you’re holding.

5. Secure the pin: Push the French pin all the way in until it feels snug and secure. Make sure it’s holding the hair firmly in place without being visible.

6. Add additional pins if needed: Depending on the thickness and length of your hair, you might need to use multiple French pins to ensure a strong hold. Repeat the process with additional pins as required.

7. Adjust and finalize: Once all the French pins are in place, check your hairstyle in the mirror and make any necessary adjustments. Tuck in any loose strands and ensure the pins are hidden and not poking out.

Tip 4: Practice makes perfect 

Remember, practice makes perfect, especially if you’re new to using French pins. With some patience and experimentation, you’ll soon master the art of creating beautiful and sophisticated hairstyles with French pins. Watch these TikTok tutorials to keep practicing:

French Pin Bun


Put the pin in 2/3 way down the bun (in the outer spiral) angled upwards, push it through the hair and towards your head. Once you hit your scalp angle the pin vertically down and push through the bun, keeping the pin touching your head! It will hold all day 👌🏻 #hairhacks #hairtips #hairtutorial #frenchpin

♬ Paradise – Bazzi

French Twist and French Pin Bun


Replying to @Emma The french pin is a game changer.

♬ sonido original – yo

Half-Up French Pin Styles


Have you got yourself a french pin yet? #frenchpin #hairstyles #hairinspo #hairgoals

♬ Trampoline – SHAED

Tip 5: Find the best French pin for you: 

Most French pins come in about the same size, but if you have long, thick hair you probably want something thicker, heavier, and more sturdy. If you have shorter, thinner hair you may be able to get away with something thinner.

Metal French Pins – Kristin Ess French Pins

Kristin Ess French Pins: $10

Acrylic French Pins – HYFEEL French Hair Forks Tortoise Shell 

HYFEEL French Hair Forks Tortoise Shell: $16

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: 8 Fun Summer Hairstyles for Long Red Hair

READ: Discover The Trendy Topsy Tail Hairstyle Tried & Tested On Redheads

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Why We Love Nickel-Free Razors For Redheads

Get Smooth Skin Without Irritation

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Shaving is an easy and effective way to remove unwanted body hair, but if you have sensitive skin it can actually cause irritation. Many of the times it is due to dull blades, lack of shaving lubricant, or over-shaving. However, the most common cause of razor irritation for sensitive-skinned redheads is a nickel allergy! 

Nickel allergies are extremely common, especially among those who have sensitive skin (like us redheads). Many razor blades are made with nickel, which causes a contact dermatitis reaction when used on the skin. Nickel allergies and sensitivities may show up as redness, rash, swelling, bumps, dryness, and itchy skin. 

If you suspect you might have a nickel allergy, here are some common signs and symptoms to look out for:

1. Skin Rash: A common symptom of a nickel allergy is a skin rash that may be itchy, red, swollen, or blistered. The rash can occur in the area where your skin comes into contact with nickel-containing items, such as jewelry, clothing fasteners, or metal tools.

2. Skin Irritation: Nickel allergy can cause your skin to become sensitive and easily irritated when exposed to nickel. You may notice redness, dryness, or a burning sensation on your skin.

3. Hives: Some people with a nickel allergy may experience hives (urticaria), which are raised, itchy welts on the skin.

4. Contact Dermatitis: Nickel allergy often leads to contact dermatitis, a type of skin inflammation that occurs when your skin touches an irritant or allergen.

5. Metal Taste: In rare cases, if you have a severe nickel allergy, you might experience a metallic taste in your mouth after ingesting foods containing high levels of nickel.

Luckily, nickel-free razors are a thing, and we love them and recommend them. If you have a sensitivity to nickel, or even if you aren’t sure but experience shaving irritation, rashes, or redness, give nickel-free blades a try. Switching your razor to something nickel free will ensure you get a good shave without all the irritation

Looking for a nickel-free razor? Here are 4 we love:

1. Billie Razors

2. Preserve POPi Shave System

3. Athleta Club Razors

4. Kitsch Perfect Glide Safety Razor

If you suspect that you have a nickel allergy based on these symptoms or other reasons, it is essential to consult a healthcare professional or an allergist. They can conduct a patch test or other diagnostic tests to determine if you are indeed allergic to nickel and provide appropriate advice and treatment options to manage your condition. Avoiding contact with nickel-containing items is often the primary way to prevent allergic reactions.


READ: How Often Should Redheads Change Their Razors?

READ: 4 Signs You’re Allergic to Nickel in Razor Blades


Silver or Gold: What Jewelry Color Looks Best with Red Hair?

If you do want to complement your red hair, we recommend taking your skin tone out of the equation.

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When it comes to choosing a signature metal, most of us have a preference between silver and gold. Your preference may come from pieces you already own, what’s popular, or the gems you like paired with your jewelry. But, what really looks best on redheads? 

Many articles you read will recommend choosing jewelry based on your skin tone. You may see the following rules:

Cool-toned redheads = complemented more by silver, white gold, and platinum.

Warm-toned redheads = better in gold and rose gold.

To see if you’re cool or warm toned, it’s best to do the “vein test”. Look at the veins on your wrist under natural light. If they appear more greenish, you likely have a warm undertone. If they look more bluish, your undertone is likely cool.

Want to know a secret? Redheads are unique creatures who may have cool-toned skin but super warm hair. Or, vise versa. This means gold could look good on cool-toned skinned redheads too. 

If you do want to complement your hair, we recommend taking your skin tone out of the equation. Gold will make your hair look warmer and may help to pick up more of the varying red tones throughout. Silver will create a contrast that may make your hair look more vibrant. 

To determine the best jewelry shade for you, you can try the following alternative methods:

1. Jewelry test:

This is the most simple option. Wear both gold and silver jewelry separately and see which one enhances your complexion better and which one feels more like “you”.

2. There are no rules:

The truth is, while one metal shade may complement your skin tone more, there are no rules. If you like a metal or a piece of jewelry, wear it. Mixing metals is also very popular and a great way to have the best of both worlds. 

3. Scroll TikTok: 

FYP is there for a reason and you may gain some helpful insight into what other redheads are doing. Take a look at these TikTok recs:


#beautyhack #undertones #goldorsilver #whatsmyundertone

♬ original sound – Ashleigh Thiel

♬ gold rush – Taylor Swift

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: How To Choose Jewelry To Complement Your Skin Tone and Red Hair

READ: Find Out About Your Skin Tone With These Easy Tricks

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Premature Gray or White Hair? 4 Ways Redheads Can Fight It Or Embrace It

Hair care tips for when your red hair isn’t quite red anymore..

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Gray or white hairs are a natural part of aging. For some of us, they come late in life, while others may experience white strands in their teenage years. For most redheads, the transition from red to gray/white is gradual. We may get a few stray gray/white hairs, but usually, our pigment fades all over over time. And, the cool thing about being a redhead is the hair usually fades evenly with age and never has roots — unlike blondes or brunettes who end up getting heavy roots when the white/gray hair takes over. 

There are some of us who are getting gray/white too early in life (or so you think). If you’re dealing with premature white/gray, you might be wondering how to care for your new hair. Here are some hair care tips for when your red hair isn’t quite red anymore: 

1. Keep hydrating

Gray/white hair is often more coarse than your red strands. This means they need extra hydration. Use hydrating shampoo and conditioner, a hair mask, leave-in conditioner, and hair oil to ensure your hair is staying nice and hydrated from roots to ends. Consider the following these tips:

1. Moisturizing shampoos and conditioners: Use hair care products specifically designed to provide moisture and hydration to your hair. Look for products containing ingredients like argan oil, shea butter, or coconut oil.

2. Deep conditioning treatments: Incorporate regular deep conditioning treatments into your hair care routine. These treatments can help nourish and hydrate your hair, reducing dryness and brittleness.

3. Leave-in conditioners: Consider using leave-in conditioners to provide an extra layer of hydration and protection throughout the day.

4. Oil treatments: Apply natural oils, such as coconut oil or jojoba oil, to your hair as a pre-shampoo treatment. These oils can help retain moisture and improve hair health.

5. Avoid heat styling: Limit the use of heat styling tools like blow dryers, curling irons, and straighteners, as they can strip moisture from your hair and contribute to dryness and damage.

6. Protect from environmental factors: Shield your hair from harsh environmental elements like sun exposure and wind, which can cause dryness and damage.

7. Regular trims: Getting regular trims can help remove split ends and maintain the overall health of your hair.

8. Hydrating hair masks: Treat your hair to hydrating hair masks once or twice a week to replenish moisture and promote healthier-looking hair.

By following these tips, redheads can help keep their hair hydrated, which may reduce the likelihood of premature whitening or graying and improve overall hair health.

2. Learn your new hair pattern 

In addition to being more coarse, white/gray hairs can sometimes come with a new hair texture. They may be curlier or less curly and it’s good to learn what your new hair pattern is. Next time you’re consulting with your hairstylist, ask them their thoughts so you can learn to work with it instead of against it. 

3. Reduce stress

Premature hair discoloration can actually be a sign of stress and can be reversible (click link here to read more). Lowering your stress levels isn’t always easy, but it may help with the changes to your hair. Here are some ways they can relax and unwind:

1. Exercise: Engaging in physical activities like yoga, jogging, or dancing can help release endorphins and reduce stress.

2. Meditation and deep breathing: Practicing mindfulness techniques can calm the mind and reduce anxiety.

3. Spending time in nature: Being outdoors and connecting with nature can have a soothing effect on the mind and body.

4. Creative outlets: Pursue hobbies or creative activities like painting, writing, or playing a musical instrument to channel emotions and relieve stress.

5. Relaxation techniques: Try progressive muscle relaxation or taking a warm bath to ease tension.

6. Mindful eating: Focus on nourishing foods and avoid excessive caffeine or sugar, which can impact stress levels.

7. Laughter: Watch a funny movie, read a humorous book, or spend time with people who make you laugh.

Remember, finding what works best for you may require some experimentation. Redheads, just like everyone else, can benefit from incorporating stress-relief techniques into their daily lives to enhance their overall well-being and manage stress effectively.

4. Cover it… or don’t

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to enhance the color of fading red hair and cover the gray/white strands. You can use color-depositing shampoos and hair glosses or visit the salon for a proper dye job. Whatever you decide to do is fine, and don’t let anyone make you think it’s wrong either way.

Dealing with premature white or graying hair for redheads can be challenging. Here are some tips that might help:

1. Embrace it: Consider embracing your unique hair color as it can be a distinctive and beautiful feature.

2. Haircare routine: Use gentle hair care products specifically formulated for colored or gray hair to maintain its vibrancy and prevent excessive dryness.

3. Hair dye: If you wish to cover the grays, opt for temporary or semi-permanent hair dyes in shades close to your natural red hair color.

4. Consult a professional: Visit a professional hairstylist who is experienced in working with red hair to get personalized advice and the best treatment options.

5. Nutritional support: Ensure your diet includes essential nutrients like vitamins B12, B6, and folic acid, as they can support healthy hair.

6. Reduce stress: Premature graying can sometimes be triggered by stress, so practicing stress-reducing techniques like meditation or exercise may be helpful.

7. Avoid harsh treatments: Minimize the use of heat styling tools, chemical treatments, and harsh hair products that may damage your hair further.

Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to deal with premature graying – it’s a personal choice, and what matters most is that you feel confident and comfortable with how you look.

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: Does Plucking Gray or White Hairs Actually Make More Grow Back?

READ: How Natural Redheads Can Embrace Gray or White Hair

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7 Things That Happen When a Redhead Sees Another Redhead 

#4 is so on point!

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Redheads make up less than 2% of the population. Most of the time we are the only redhead in a room, so when we see another redhead in the wild it is exciting. Redheads share a sense of camaraderie or connection when they see another redhead because we have a unique physical trait in common. Some may exchange friendly smiles or acknowledge each other in passing, similar to how people with shared interests might react when encountering each other. 

Some of these things have probably happened to every redhead when they spot another redhead. Have these happened to you? 

1. We notice a redhead right away

We absolutely clock another redhead immediately. It’s hard not to notice when someone else like you is in the same room. We see them and we silently decide if their hair is natural or faux.

A study actually says redheads may not necessarily “always” see other redheads, but they might seem to notice each other more often due to a psychological phenomenon called “in-group bias” or “out-group homogeneity.” This cognitive bias causes people to notice and remember individuals who belong to the same group as them more easily. Since red hair is relatively less common compared to other hair colors, when redheads encounter another person with red hair, it stands out to them more than seeing someone with a more common hair color. This heightened awareness of their unique trait can create the perception that they “always” see other redheads, even though it might simply be due to the in-group bias affecting their attention and memory.

2. People will ask if two redheads in a room are related 

If you’re in a room with another redhead long enough someone will ask if you’re related. If it’s someplace you frequent, they will begin to assume you’re related, and eventually, you will have to break it to them that you do not know the person.

The assumption that two redhead people are related is often influenced by the rarity of red hair. Red hair is a relatively uncommon genetic trait, and because of this, people may associate it with a specific family or genetic lineage. When two individuals with red hair are seen together, the natural inclination is to assume that they might be related, possibly siblings or close relatives, since the trait is relatively less common in the general population.

3. People will also ask if two redheads in a room can communicate telepathically

Another thing people love to ask is if redheads can communicate telepathically with each other (which we can, obviously. *wink wink*)

4. We ask our non-redhead friend if our hair looks similar 

Once we’re out of earshot of the other redhead, we’re bound to ask anyone we’re with if that’s the color of our hair. As redheads, we’re extremely aware of our hair color, but there are so many different shades that sometimes it takes seeing it on someone else to know what your color truly looks like to other people. 

5. Some of us get friendly + talk to the other redhead in the room 

We love these videos on TikTok about what happens when a redhead spots another redhead:


We’re like a really small gang ✨ #redheadgirls #redheads #hairtok #idaho #DoritosTriangleTryout #k18results #fyp #fitness #ReasonForBooking

♬ Originalton – ♡︎𝐴𝑛𝑛𝑖 ♡︎


Automatic friends #ginger #redhead #dayinthelife #dayinmylife #sahm #utah #utahcheck

♬ I think you dropped something my JAW – Mari


I immediately love you and we’re now sisters #redhairdontcare #igottaseeher #gingergirlsoftiktok #frecklesgirl #redhair

♬ Mrs. Right – Mindless Behavior


Sisters. #gemmacollins #meme #fyp

♬ original sound – ICON DIVA

6. Some redheads see another redhead as competition

Plenty of people see other redheads as competition. We’re used to being the only ones, so they better not steal any of our compliments. 


There is only room for one redhead and its me. #redhead #redhair #nyc #theclique #thecliquemovie #thecliquebooks #bombasticsideeye #meangirls #early2000s

♬ LMAO THE VIDS – ✨ ILikePotatosOnCheese ✨


Jokes I just wanna be friends #tiktokireland #irishtiktok #redheadtiktok #redhair #dublinireland

♬ original sound – Tiky Perez


All the ginger jokes are mine not yours😐

♬ original sound – B7


i be shocked

♬ the real slim shady by eminem – cancel this


7. But really…it’s really cool to see other redheads

This TikToker is right. It’s like seeing a family member!


#ColorCustomizer #ginger seeing another ginger in public is like seeing a family member 😂😂

♬ presleywalker – PresleyWalker

Rock it like a Redhead! 


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READ: 3 Stories Every Redhead Can Relate To



45 Redhead Quotes To Use As Social Media Captions

For Your Next #RedheadSelfie

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We love seeing redheads share their gorgeous photos on social media. If you aren’t already, be sure to follow @HowtobeaRedhead on all social media platforms. Another thing we love is a good redhead-focused caption. Here are 45 of our favorite redhead quotes you can use as captions whether you’re a natural or ‘by choice’ redhead: 

First, let’s share 14 quotes from an author, character or brand you may know:

You can share a photo or video with one of these captions and make sure to tag us so we can share.

1. “Red hair, sir, in my opinion, is dangerous.” – P.G. Wodehouse

2. “Red hair is great. It’s rare, and therefore superior.” – Augusten Burroughs

3. “A face without freckles is like a night without stars.” – Unknown

4. “You’d find it easier to be bad than good if you had red hair.” – Anne in Anne of Green Gables 

5. “Rock it like a Redhead!” – H2BAR 

6. “Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.” – Lucille Ball

7. “My favorite feature is my red hair. Why wouldn’t it be?” – Ellie Kemper

8. “Blondes might get noticed, but redheads are never forgotten.” – Unknown

9. “I love my red hair. It makes me spunkier.” – Lindsay Lohan

10. “I like having hair that looks like a volcano is erupting.” – Karen Gillan

11. “I love being a redhead. It’s a rare thing, so I think there’s a bond between redheads. – Laura Prepon

12. “She had brilliant red hair, like honey and roses and the sun altogether.” – Kiera Cass

13. “Redheads. We’re a limited edition of fascination. A unique & rare blend of awesomeness.” – Stephanie Lahart

14. “Caution: Natural redhead. Do not place under direct sunlight.” – Unknown

Here are 20 more caption ideas:

1. “When in doubt, rock the red!”

2. “Being a redhead is a crown you wear on your head.”

3. “Red hair, don’t care.”

4. “Life’s too short to have boring hair.”

5. “Embrace the fire within.”

6. “Redheads: the rarest kind of awesome.”

7. “Red hair, don’t compare.”

8. “Rocking the ginger vibe!”

9. “Red hair, fierce flair.”

10. “The beauty of being different – redhead pride!”

11. “Red hair, wild heart.”

12. “Redheads: adding color to a black and white world.”

13. “Ginger by nature, fierce by choice.”

14. “A redhead’s spirit is as fiery as her hair.”

15. “Love me or hate me, I’m still gonna shine.”

16. “Red hair, bold and rare.”

17. “Be yourself, there’s no one else like you – especially with red hair!”

18. “Not just a hair color, it’s an attitude.”

19. “Red hair, strong and rare.”

20. “In a world full of blondes and brunettes, dare to be a redhead.”

Finally, here are some quotes for redheads ‘by choice’:

1. “Choosing to be a redhead is embracing a vibrant way of life.”

2. “Red hair by choice, expressing my inner fire.”

3. “Redhead by choice, sassiness by nature.”

4. “When you choose red hair, you choose to stand out.”

5. “A redhead by choice is a statement of confidence and individuality.”

6. “I dyed my hair red, and now my personality is even more vivid.”

7. “Choosing red hair is like adding a touch of magic to everyday life.”

8. “Being a redhead by choice means owning my uniqueness with pride.”

9. “Red hair, the color of my adventurous spirit.”

10. “I may not be a natural redhead, but I’ve got the spirit to match!”

11. “I wasn’t born a redhead, but I was born to be a redhead.” – Georgette Mosbacher

Celebrate your decision to be a redhead and let your bold personality shine with these captions. Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: 10 Redheads You Should Be Following on Instagram

READ: The 11 Best Quotes About Red Hair

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The Best Lipsticks for Redheads for Summer/Fall 2023

Plus, 3 beauty tips for a smooth application

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We’re big lipstick lovers here at How to be a Redhead. Some redheads shy away from bold lipstick because they feel like having bright hair and vibrant lips is too much, But, we disagree. A gorgeous lipstick can complete a look and elevate your makeup to the next level. This summer and fall, we’re rocking our favorite lipstick colors and we want to share with you our favorite shades, brands + tips: 

1. How to be a Redhead Finally Bold® Lipsticks

Yes, you heard it right. Finally Bold® is clean, cruelty-free, vegan and made in the USA. Discover three shades made for redheads. Shop now.

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2. True Red: Maybelline New York Color Sensational Made for All Lipstick in ‘Red For Me’

Red lipstick can be a good summer color for redheads because it complements our natural hair color and enhances our features. Redheads often have warm undertones in their skin, and red lipstick can bring out those warm tones, creating a beautiful and vibrant look. Additionally, red lipstick can add a touch of confidence and flair to a summer outfit, making it a popular choice for many redheads during the warmer months. Remember to choose a shade that complements your skin tone and hair color for the best result!

Maybelline New York Color Sensational Made for All Lipstick in ‘Red For Me’: $8

3. Bright Pink: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in ‘ Pink Promise’  

Pink lipstick can also be a great option for redheads in the summer. The key is to choose the right shade of pink that complements their hair color and skin tone. Soft, warm-toned pinks can enhance the natural glow of red hair and create a fresh, youthful look. On the other hand, cooler-toned pinks may not complement red hair as well, so it’s essential to try different shades to find the one that suits you best.

Ultimately, makeup is a personal choice, and there are no hard rules. If you feel confident and beautiful in a particular shade of pink lipstick, go for it! Experimenting with different colors can be fun and help you discover what works best for your unique features.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in ' Pink Promise': $10

4. Coral: Mega Last High-Shine Lipstick by Wet n Wild in ‘Bellini Overflow’  

Coral lipstick can be an excellent choice for redheads in the summer! Coral is a versatile color that falls somewhere between pink and orange, and it complements a wide range of skin tones, including those of redheads. The warm undertones in coral lipstick can harmonize beautifully with the natural red hair color, creating a vibrant and lively look that’s perfect for the sunny days of summer.

Like with any lipstick shade, the key is to find the right coral hue that complements your specific skin undertones and hair color. Some corals may have more pink undertones, while others lean towards orange. Experimenting with different shades will help you determine which one enhances your natural features and makes you feel your best. So, if you’re drawn to coral lipstick, don’t hesitate to give it a try and see how it complements your summer style!


Mega Last High-Shine Lipstick by Wet n Wild in 'Bellini Overflow': $4

5. Pinky Nude: L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche in ‘Nu Confident’   

Pinky nude lipstick can be a fantastic option for redheads in the summer! Pinky nude shades combine the natural and subtle appeal of nude colors with a touch of soft pink, creating a flattering and sophisticated look. These shades can complement a redhead’s warm undertones and natural hair color beautifully, adding a subtle pop of color to the lips without overpowering the overall appearance.

Pinky nude lipsticks are versatile and suitable for various occasions, from casual outings to more formal events. They can effortlessly enhance your features and create a fresh, radiant look that’s perfect for the warm and sunny days of summer.

As always, when choosing any lipstick shade, consider trying different tones to find the one that best complements your unique complexion and hair color. What matters most is that you feel confident and comfortable with your choice, so have fun experimenting with different pinky nude lipsticks to find your perfect match!

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche in 'Nu Confident': $10

6. Blue Toned Red: NYX Professional Extra Creamy Lipstick in ‘Snow White’ 

A blue-toned red lipstick can look stunning on redheads during the summer! The cool undertones in a blue-based red can create a striking contrast against the warm tones in red hair, making the lip color pop and drawing attention to the lips. This contrast can result in a bold and eye-catching look that’s perfect for making a statement in the summertime.

Blue-toned red lipsticks can also help make the teeth appear whiter, which is an added bonus. They are a classic and timeless choice that can work well with a variety of summer outfits, from casual to dressier ensembles.

Remember that personal preference plays a significant role in choosing any lipstick shade, so if you love the idea of a more blue-toned red, go for it! Confidence is key, and rocking a bold lip color can be a fun way to express your style and personality during the summer months.

NYX Professional Extra Creamy Lipstick in 'Snow White': $9

Lipstick tips for redheads when applying: 

Want to make your lipstick last all day in the summer? We’ve got three summer lipstick tips you’ve got to try!

1. Exfoliate Before Applying: Getting a good base will help your lipstick last longer. Use an exfoliating lip scrub to make your lips nice and soft and ready for application.

2. Don’t Skip the Lip Liner: Lip liner is meant to shape the lips and also keep your lipstick locked within the lines. Make sure you use it to avoid any bleeding of the color and keep your lipstick looking amazing. 

3. Set With Translucent Powder: The last thing you want is for your lipstick to be running or rubbing off. Like your other makeup, your lipstick can be set using a translucent powder. It will give you more of a matte finish, but you can also top it off with a setting spray to bring back a little shine.

4: To make your lipstick last all day in the summer, follow these tips:

  • Exfoliate: Start with smooth lips by exfoliating them gently to remove any dry or flaky skin. This creates a smooth canvas for your lipstick application.
  • Moisturize: Hydrate your lips with a lip balm or moisturizer before applying lipstick. This helps prevent your lips from drying out and ensures better adherence of the lipstick.
  • Use a lip primer: Applying a lip primer can create a barrier between your lips and the lipstick, helping it stay in place longer.
  • Line your lips: Outline your lips with a lip liner that matches your natural lip color or the lipstick shade you’ll be using. This helps prevent feathering and gives your lipstick a defined edge.
  • Apply in layers: Apply your lipstick in thin layers, blotting with a tissue in between applications. This builds up the color and increases its longevity.
  • Choose long-wear formulas: Opt for long-wear or matte lipsticks, as they tend to stay on for more extended periods.
  • Set with powder: For extra staying power, lightly dust translucent powder over your lips or use a tissue to press powder through the tissue onto your lips. This sets the lipstick and helps it last longer.
  • Avoid excessive lip licking: Try to avoid licking your lips frequently, as this can remove the lipstick and cause it to fade faster.
  • Carry touch-up essentials: Keep your lipstick, lip liner, and a small mirror in your bag for quick touch-ups throughout the day.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated, as this can also help maintain the moisture in your lips and prevent the lipstick from drying out.

Rock it like a Redhead!


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