By: Jessie Harbin
Being from the South, trust me when I say: we love big hair. We are also burdened with high humidity and, in my case, extremely fine red hair. My hair might be thin, but there is A LOT of it and it just lays flat against my head. This might be because studies have shown redheads have less hair but thicker strands. That’s my hair in a nut shell.
If you’re one of those women who want to get a little bit more height or are looking to replicate a true Southern, high-to-the-sky redhead hairstyle
, here are some great tips:
1. Hair powder
How Redheads Should Use Hair Powder: Shake a small amount of powder onto dry red hair and roots. Lift and fluff through with hands for instant volume. Use as needed and if you’re falling flat, just re-fluff. Depending on how dark your hair is, start off with a small amount and go from there. Also note that this does not play well with high-humidity or rainy days. You’ll end up with some cotton candy roots. Less is always more, redheads.
2. Dry shampoo
Typically, redheads have dry hair so a product like dry shampoo can work wonders because it keeps hair looking clean without having to wash it every single day. And, it also makes hair look thicker because of the consistency of the product mixed with hair. Bonus: You can get the travel size bottles and keep them in your purse. I’ve tried a dozen brands at least and I can tell very little difference between them. However, my friends with lighter/darker hair prefer to get the colored kinds.
Redhead Friendly Tip: If you’re afraid the white residue of dry shampoo will make your red hair too light, add in a dash of cinnamon to the mix. The color will turn an auburn-y color and it will smell good too!
Good ol’ teasing. If products aren’t your thing, you can always get a teasing brush. As a child growing up in the 90s, I thought “teasing” meant holding up a section of hair and hitting it with your comb. I saw my mom do this all the time. Get it? You’re being mean to it or teasing it? I was probably 23 before I knew differently.
A teasing brush is different. It’s like a very thin hairbrush that you can buy at a local beauty supply store. You hold your hair up and brush down until it looks as thick as you want it. Then you comb over the top gently so nobody knows what is underneath; it miraculously looks like you have volume!
5. Hair extensions
After an exceptionally bad haircut in 2011, I tried Hotheads Hair Extensions
. As far as extensions go, they are on the affordable side. In all I paid $500 for the initial appointment and then $75 every six to eight weeks to get them reset. A trained hair stylist (they have to go to special classes to even order the products) will take very small sections of your natural hair and tape in the extensions. They’re held on with a medical grade tape–the kind they use for sutures sometimes–so there’s no chance of them falling out. When your hair grows, they have to be taken out, re-taped and put back in. I loved them and am considering getting them put back in for my wedding.
READ: Clip In Hair Extensions and the Secret To Thicker Red Hair
Rock it like a Redhead!