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Podcast S5 EP30: “I’ve been blonde, brunette and a redhead” with Laura Jackel

Listen to Laura's redhead journey

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We just celebrated National #LoveYourRedHairDay weekend and wrapped up Season 5 of the How to be a Redhead Podcast. This season has been such a blast, and we’re so thankful to all the amazing guests we’ve had on the podcast. Adrienne + Stephanie had some of their favorite conversations to wrap up the season and their final guest was Laura Jackel (follow her on Instagram).

She was the Senior Lifestyle Writer at Mamamia, Australia’s super channel for women. She is also a mum of two boys and a former natural redhead. She recently wrote an article titled: ‘I’ve been blonde, brunette and a redhead. There’s one colour I would not go back to.’ She details how she was born with natural red hair and journeyed through different hair colors. We are so excited for you to enjoy this interesting conversation. 

They dove into a lot on this episode, and it’s a must-listen! Some of the topics and questions covered include:

  1. Why did you write this article? And how was it to reflect on your hair journey?
  2. You write about now turning gray, saying, “The graying remains of my natural ginger hair are for now, still under my cool blonde highlights and I feel nostalgic and sad about the fact I didn’t embrace its natural shade for longer than I did.” We read your son is a natural redhead — do you share tips with him on self-acceptance?
  3. “As a ginger-haired, pale, and freckle-faced kid, I would have done anything to change my hair color and complexion. I faced plenty of teasing for being a redhead..” Now for the question we ask our redhead guests: what was it like for you growing up as a redhead? From reading your article, it seems like it was not pleasant.
  4. You say you went back to red for your wedding and for the birth of your child. It made us wonder how your husband feels (or felt then) about your natural red hair and if he influenced you to go back to your natural red hair?
  5. We found it interesting you went from red to blonde to brunette, saying, “But in my late 20s when I decided I wanted to be taken more seriously at work, I completed the hair trifecta and became a brunette.” Tell us more.
  6. As we mentioned before, you went back to red for the birth of your child in 2010. Why?
  7. Now for the present day, you’re blonde. We wanted to read the last sentence of the article to listeners. You say, “Perhaps in years to come, I will branch out and embrace my greys or even try a candy pink, but right now I’m comfortable as a blonde.”
  8. What advice do you have for redheads, no matter their age, struggling with their identity? Do you recommend trying a new hair color or embracing you?

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You can hear Stephanie and Adrienne interview Laura 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: 

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Rock it like a Redhead! 


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