7 Things To Know About Raising a Redhead Teenager

By: Maddy Richards 

Oh teen years, what a hot mess of hormones and emotions, the years of decision making and formative learning. Being a teenager is no walk in the park, but being a redhead teenager comes with it’s own unique set of challenges. As a former redhead teenager, here are the things I wish I had known about these crazy years, and how my hair of all things, would play into this emotional time of my life. And, if you’re a parent or best friend, here is what to expect:

1. People will most likely at some point, be rude to redheads.

They think the jokes are harmless, but most of the time they’re not. “Kick-A-Ginger Day” is a thing that people will bring up, the jokes about redheads having no souls happen frequently, and being called a “ginge” or worse is common. As a teenager or the parent of one, prepare for the appropriate responses, learn how to boost your self-esteem so those remarks aren’t as hurtful, and always be sure you reinforce how beautiful red hair is.

2. Makeup is different for redheads.

It’s hard when you have a parent or siblings who aren’t redheads, and who aren’t sure how makeup is different for you. My pale skin and the different colors that worked for me weren’t what worked for my mom or sisters. It’s important to learn about how makeup is different for redheads, and help teach your teenagers how to make it work for them.

3. Sometimes redhead teenagers will want to dye their hair. This is fairly common, they want to fit in more and be more “normal.”

While I personally never dyed my hair, some of my redhead friends did. This is something you and your teen should discuss, and something you should be open to. While we want our teenagers to rock their red hair, self confidence is so important especially at this time. Spend time discussing it, researching it, and while doing so make sure you work on making them feel confident with their red hair. Sometimes the time you spend helping them realize how beautiful they are will make them not want to dye their hair anymore, other times they will still want to change the color, and that’s ok too. Just be supportive and loving no matter what.

4. Finding a redhead role model is essential.

I rarely saw redheads on TV or in movies when I was younger – now it’s so easy to research people, and easy to find someone for your teenager to look up to. Find someone who not only rocks their red hair, but is a good person and someone they can really aspire to be. It’s not all about looks, but finding someone who they feel a connection to and can then look up to for all their positive personality traits. These 10 redheaded women might be a good start. 

5. Cultivate an attitude of confidence.

Being a teenager is a rough time all around. It’s important to understand that differences are beautiful, and because they are unique, they are rare and precious. Helping cultivate an attitude of confidence not only based around their hair color, but all of their physical and personality traits, will help them to gain the trust in themselves they’ll need to face the difficult times of teenage existence.

6. No one is alone. 

There are thousands of us who have been where you are, and others coming up behind you. Be an example of what beauty and poise exist within all of us redheads – we are all together in this and will help you navigate the halls of your middle school or high school with grace and ease.

7. They might have a feisty attitude. 

And, that’s okay. It comes with the territory of adolescence, but it may be in a more intense form — or so they say (wink) — because of the fiery attitude.

READ: 10 Things To Know About Having a Redhead Baby

And.. at the end of the day, always Rock it like a Redhead! 

 

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17 Things To Expect at the Chicago Rock it like a Redhead Beauty Event

How to be a Redhead just premiered the Rock it like a Redhead Beauty Tour  in Austin (4.30.15), Nashville (6.18.15) and Seattle (8.13.15). All events were sold out. For more photos, see Austin’s photos hereNashville’s photos here & Seattle’s photos here.

Next stop: Chicago!

We’ve received many questions asking what the event is all about, what to wear and what to expect. Thanks to the incredible sketch from Yarden Karako, we were able to bring the event to life before many of you experience it first hand.

1. Upon entering the event, you will walk the red carpet and take a glamorous photo.

Many photographers will be on scene to capture the excitement and expressions of attendees. If you’re wondering what to wear, we encourage our audience to dress in what makes them feel comfortable; but it is a ‘dress to impress’ evening! Have fun with it and let your outfit express your personality.

Or, you have the option of taking a photo after your time with the beauty sponsors. It is your night!

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3. You will then be directed to the sponsored ‘redhead friendly’ beauty bars.

Which to choose first?! 

4. In the meantime, there will be complimentary catering.

Enjoy delicious passed hors d’oeuvres.

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5. Enjoy makeup touch ups and advice from the Kryolan Makeup Professionals.

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6. Skin consultations will be available from BioElements Professional Skin Care.

Redheads have so many questions about their skin and the best skin routine for a particular skin type. Experts from BioElements will be demonstating proper skin techniques and more. 

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7. Ten Friends Blow Dry & Style House will be giving complimentary hair touchups and consultations.

Want a fancy braid? Or have questions about your hair type? Ask away.

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8. Adrienne and Stephanie will be working closely with Billion Dollar Brows for the eyebrow bar.

As many of you know, How to be a Redhead has released the ‘Red’ Hint of Tint eyebrow gel with the niche eyebrow company, Billion Dollar Brows. Every attendee has the chance to sit with Adrienne & Stephanie to discuss their eyebrows & the product!

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9. The How to be a Redhead Beauty Bar will feature new apparel and brand new never-before-seen products.

Get excited!

10. Turn to Notable Nails to get mini-manicures, polish touchups.. and more.

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11. Enjoy live performances from redhead rockstar, Shayne Leighton.

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12. Complimentary cocktails and soft drinks will be provided.

Thanks to our beverage sponsor, DRY Soda

13. The four fashion shows will begin!

Looks from Coolibar, local Chicago designers: House of Gina Marie & MienKielo, local Chicago boutique, Havlan & West and the How to be a Redhead apparel line.

We are also thrilled to have Katie Schuppler from KS Style Consulting as the fashion consultant for the evening. Wondering what color looks good on YOU?! She will give you the answer!

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14. Special performances by Aleem.

We’re excited to have this Los Angeles-based, Chicago-born singer and songwriter perform on our 4th stop on the tour. His current single, ‘Need You Here’ is setting the country on storm. Listen to him here.

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15. Leave with $300+ in beauty product.

General Admission attendees will leave with $300+ in beauty products and VIP will leave with $500+! They are our favorite products, handpicked by Adrienne and Stephanie, for each and every attendee.

16. 10% off all ticket proceeds go to The Hope Bag Mission.

Read about why we teamed up for this organization for the 2015 beauty tour here.

Haven’t bought your Chicago tickets yet? There are a few left! 

17. We are excited to announce our partnership with ACME Hotel Company! Looking for a fabulous place to stay? Look no further –> http://bit.ly/1JUo4rs$

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Chicago, we will see you soon. New York City we will see you in November! For complete tour dates & tickets click here and watch a sneak peek from our Austin event above to see more.

11 Ways To Make Your Red Hair Grow Faster

Updated: June 13, 2020

I’ve had longish red hair for most of my life. I’ve only cut it short twice and once was because I had donated it. I love the way long hair makes me feel. If you crave long hair after cutting it short as I’ve done in the past, then you came to the right place!

Today, I am sharing all the things I do to help my natural red hair grow and all the tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years: 

1. Brush your scalp

I never used brushes much on my hair because someone told me once that the bristles could cause more damage. However, it is true that hair grows faster when there is more blood circulation to the scalp. Now, I brush once a day, every night before bed with a bristle brush. Brush the scalp in C motions for about 5 minutes — it is relaxing, too! If you are not a fan of brushing, concentrate on the scalp only. 



2. Use heat protectants 

The trick is to never let your hair break if you are trying to grow it longer. I’m a huge believer that heat is the biggest cause of damaged hair. I like to straighten my hair because its natural waviness sometimes gets unruly. I used to hate using a heat protectant on my hair because I thought it weighed my hair down. This changed when I started to see notice breakage and split ends.

I soon opted for a heat protectant and learned the key is to not go overboard with the product – too much can make the hair burn when it comes in contact with a hot tool. Make sure to spray the protectant (lightly!) when you see the most damage, and for most of us, it is on the ends.

3. Avoid using heat

Have you noticed how healthy and silky a child’s hair is? This is probably because they don’t use heat on their hair as adults do. Like I admitted before, I believe the biggest thing that will damage your hair is heat, however, I have a hard time not using heat on my hair. I will, however, air dry my hair overnight so I don’t have to blow dry it as often. I recommend going as long as you can without using any heat. If you can’t let your hair air dry, braid wet hair at night so the next day you have pretty (heatless) waves.

4. Biotin*

These little vitamins sure do wonders. I have been taking them for a couple of months and noticed my hair is stronger, longer and shinier. Not only are they good for your hair, but they are also good for your nails and skin. I only take one biotin a day and have seen a big difference. Make sure you get all-natural capsules and buy them from a trusted source.



5. Exercise

Did you know that exercising can promote hair growth? We all know that exercising is good for your overall health, but it’s also good for your hair as well. Supposedly it helps get your blood flowing and promotes hair growth. So go get your sweat on, redhead ladies.

6. Get fewer trims

I’m probably going to get a lot of criticism about this, but I don’t get a trim every 6-8 weeks as the hairstylist recommend. I only go for trims when I notice my hair is super damaged, which equals out to 2 to 3 times a year. First of all, it saves money and who doesn’t like that? Second of all, you should only get trims when you actually need them. So, give your hair time to grow and only trim it when it’s necessary. You’ll see your hair get longer and not stay at the same length forever. And, find a hairstylist that isn’t ‘scissor happy’. Seek out a stylist that knows you want to grow your hair long and isn’t eager to cut it all off. 

7. Deep condition

This is one thing I love to do and find it very relaxing. I am very consistent with using a deep conditioner and/or coconut oil on my hair once or twice a week. After shampooing, I put a deep conditioner in my hair for about 5 minutes, then rinse it out with cool water. The cool water will help seal the cuticle and keep all the good stuff inside.

READ: How To Tame Thick Fiery Locks

8. Eat healthy foods

I have never been a picky eater so this has never been an issue. I love healthy foods and crave them more than the unhealthy stuff. If you aren’t like me and need some ideas, this is what I like to include in my diet to ensure my hair is getting what it needs to stay healthy:  

Healthy fats like salmon, avocados, pumpkin seeds, walnuts

Sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe: these have beta carotene in them which our body turns into Vitamin A which helps protect and produce the oil in your scalp.

Eggs, chicken, pork, beef: sources of protein and iron. Iron helps cells carry oxygen to your hair follicles and lack of iron can lead to hair loss.

Spinach, broccoli, any leafy green: contains beta-carotene, iron, vitamin C and folate

Soybeans, kidney beans: sources of protein, zinc, biotin and iron

Greek yogurt: vitamin B5 and vitamin D

Blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, tomatoes: lots of vitamin C which are important for blood circulation to the scalp.



9. Wash your hair less frequently

No, it’s not gross. The more you shampoo your hair, the more you are removing the natural healthy oils that are there to protect it and keep it healthy. Also, the less frequently you wash your hair, the less you have to blow-dry and straighten/curl, and as I’ve said before the less heat the better! I wash my hair 2-3 times a week. You will have to train yourself to do this so start off by washing your hair every other day and work your way up. Dry shampoo also works really well. It allows your hair to feel clean, give it texture and give you another day without washing. I promise that your hair will thrive from this. 

READ: 10 Ways to Nurture and Care for Your Red Hair

10. Use a wide-tooth comb

When you get out of the shower, opt for a wide-tooth comb to brush out your gorgeous locks. It is easier on your hair and causes less breakage. I’ve been doing this for about 10 years and not only noticed a difference in my hair’s length, but also the frizziness seems to be tamed better than ever.

READ: 4 Ways To Add Shine To Your Red Hair 

11. UV and wind protection

Use a sun hat while at the beach and braid your hair if it’s windy outside so your hair doesn’t become tangled or messy. And, invest in a sunscreen spray for your red hair — you won’t regret it. 

Rock it like a Redhead! 

*Please consult with your doctor before starting any diet, exercise, supplementation, vitamin or medication program. 

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It took years and years for Cheramielee to embrace her red hair. When the day finally came, she wholeheartedly accepted her hair, pale skin and freckles; how she viewed herself began to change. “I finally have a genuine love for SPF 75 and my fiery personality,” she said.

Five Ways to Rock Your Pale Skin During the Summer

By: Rosemary O. Fernandez

By now all the beach-goers have virtually perfected that golden-brown hue. But, you oh fair maiden whose pale skin was only on trend in days of yore, you’re stuck with sunburn blotches, a zillion more freckles than you started out with in June, and no tan in sight.

Just because your crisp compadres might rub it in, doesn’t mean you have to slink off to the tanning booth to banish your paleness. Why not embrace your be-freckled skin for the beautiful creation it is? But be careful of those UV rays – August still comes packed with them.

Here are five ways to keep the sunburns at bay and look fabulous while doing so.

1. Use sunscreen.

Obviously. Being born very fair, you know how important it is.

READ: 10 of the Best ‘Redhead Friendly’ Sunscreens for 2015 

2. Wear hats like a diva.

Or a baseball player if that’s more your style. But a big-brimmed, full-on racetrack hat not only makes you look confident, it also shields the hard-to-sunscreen places like the ever-pesky bridge of your nose, top of your ears, and scalp.

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3. Wear long sleeves or throw a wrap over your shoulder.

Autumn collections are already on the floors of major retailers, so people will think you’re a step ahead in sartorial game.

4. If you’re headed to the beach for one last hurrah, wear a one-piece bathing suit.

Gals, you not only look much more glamorous than all the bikini bums, you also don’t have to worry about missing a problem spot on your tummy or back while applying your sun block.

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5. Drink Tea.

Yeah, not kidding. Tea is just always a good idea in general, and it’s been reported that the polyphenols found in green tea could impede the development of skin tumors. So, while it’s not exact science, it certainly can’t hurt, and sipping from a nice cuppa is a surefire way to look classy.

READ: Green Tea, Jessica Chastain Shares Her Energy & Skin Secret 

..What are you favorite tips for keeping your fair skin safe during the warmer months? Comment below.

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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GIVEAWAY: Hosted by Max Green Alchemy. Naturally Enliven Your Red Hair

For those of you who think there has to be a trade-off between an environmentally clean & a commercially popular hair product have not used Max Green Alchemy. Using a 100% natural hair product does not mean it will be less effective and/or sensual. In fact, it is the complete opposite.

Max Green Alchemy has created over 20 personal care products solutions, both for the hair & body, that contain all-natural ingredients, correctly researched and blended, that really work. Each product is pure plant origin and its packaging even incorporates the highest recyclable content from safe and renewable sources.

Max Green Alchemy is about honest natural products, combining value with great performance. It’s the best that your red hair deserves.

We’re excited to team up with Max Green Alchemy and give 5 winners each a shampoo, conditioner and styling gel. Discover the ‘Redhead Friendly’ approved products more in depth below:

 

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1. Scalp Renew Shampoo & Conditioner:

Your red locks will love this wonderful shampoo & conditioner set. It is created with a superior blend of botanical extracts, vitamins and essential oils to give you beautiful strong, lustrous red hair and healthy scalp while avoiding harsh detergents found in mainstream and even so called ‘natural’ shampoos. Our proprietary herbal infusion assists with the treatment of, and helps protect against, dry and itchy scalps.

Some of the benefits are:

• 100% natural origin
• pH balanced for scalp health and strong, manageable hair
• Petrochemical-free, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate-free, paraben-free, lanolin-free, cruelty-free
• Approved by vegan.org
• Contains many certified organic ingredients

If you have scalp issues, may it be dandruff or a sunburnt scalp, the tea tree, lemon tea tree, neem oil, herbal blend,  geranium and lavender ingredients will give you great relief. It is also great for every type of hair type, may you be dry, itchy or oily.

2. Styling Gel:

This plant-derived styling product gives you the natural hold and styling power you need plus protection from the effects of humidity. Active botanicals, pro-vitamin B5 and nutrients keep your red hair looking beautiful, shiny and manageable all day long.

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10 Redheads Changing the World Right Now

By: Annajo Terrill

“I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race–that rarely do I even simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant…I am haunted by humans.”  

This is a quotation from one of my favorite books, The Book Thief, and in it I think the narrator accurately summarizes the world we live in today–a world full of injustice but also activism, oppression but also freedom-fighters, poverty but also generosity, darkness but also light.  The human race has made its mistakes, but I love that there are humans striving to correct those mistakes.  I’m just returning home from a few weeks of working alongside a group of women fighting to end human trafficking in Europe.  The work these women do on a daily basis is exhausting, but also amazingly refreshing, and they inspired me not only to continue fighting for this cause, but to begin researching redheaded women everywhere who are fighting other injustices and working to make the world a better place.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but I wanted to draw attention to ten redheads who have been recognized recently in the media for their work to change the world we live in.

1. Connie Britton, Worldwide Orphans

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Connie Britton was actually my initial inspiration for this article.  I came in from an overwhelming night of visiting trafficking victims in the “red-light district” of a certain city, and decided to scan through Instagram to lighten the mood.  That’s when I saw this Connie Britton Instagram photoConnie with her adorable son, “Yoby,” promoting Night of 1,000 Dinners to raise awareness and funds for Worldwide Orphans.  My first thought was probably the same as yours–this woman has the hair of an angel!  But what an inspiration to see that she definitely has the heart to go along with it.  Britton was also recently appointed as a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, and as such, will raise awareness of UNDP’s work to eradicate poverty and empower women locally and globally.

2. Shannon May, Bridge International Academies

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While conducting educational research in rural China, Shannon May saw first-hand how the primary education system was failing families living in poverty. This prompted more research on how to teach these children the skills they needed to survive, and the results were Bridge International Academies, the world’s most prominent provider of primary education for families living in poverty ($2.00 or less a day).  Bridge International launched its first school in Nairobi in 2009. Now it educates over 100,000 pupils and plans to continue expanding, ensuring that all children have access to a great education, regardless of their economic status.

3. Reba McEntire, Outnumber Hunger

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Over the years, Reba has been a part of more charitable causes than can be listed here, but recently she has become of the face of a joint initiative from Feeding America, General Mills, and Big Label Machine Group called Outnumber Hunger.  In addition to being a spokesperson for the campaign, Reba also agreed to host a charity concert in April with a few of her friends–Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, and more–in order to help with this cause of feeding the hungry all over America.

READ: Growing Up Red (With Help From Reba, Lucy and Debra) 

4. Elizabeth Cutler, SoulCycle

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Not only is Elizabeth the co-founder and CEO of SoulCyle, a posh gym that has redefined fitness in NYC, but her organization also raises about $2 million a year for philanthropic causes.  She has begun work with Action for Healthy Kids, Edible Schoolyard NYC, and Children of the City to provide scholarships for at-risk kids to attend SoulCycle classes as a part of a mentorship program that will promote healthy life choices.

5. Emma Stone, Youth Mentoring and Autism Speaks

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Emma Stone and her boyfriend Andrew Garfield win the award for creativity when it comes to promoting the charities close to their hearts.  In September of 2012, the couple noticed paparazzi outside the restaurant where they were eating and came up with a clever way of protecting their privacy.  They covered their faces with pieces of paper that read, “We just found out that there are paparazzi outside the restaurant we were eating in. Why not take this opportunity to bring attention to organizations that need and deserve it? www.wwo.org, www.gildasclubnyc.org. Have a good day!”  The couple repeated this trick in June of 2014, this time bringing attention to www.youthmentoring.org, www.autismspeaks.org as well.

6. Hannah Brancato, FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture

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Hannah Brancato is an artist and activist working to challenge the world to think about our personal connections to social injustices.  Hannah Brancato and Rebecca Nagle formed FORCE in 2010 to create a venue for a more honest conversation about sexual violence in America. To promote this needed conversation, FORCE creates art to generate media attention, forcing people to talk about it.  Monument Quilt, is a specific campaign that stitches the stories of women who have survived rape or abuse onto squares of a quilt.  She says her goal through this piece of art is to break down the narrow-minded idea of rape, because everyone has such varied experiences.  Her hope is that by 2017 she will have enough squares to stitch the words “Not Alone” across a mile-long space on the National Mall.

7. Geena Davis, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

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Geena Davis has long been an advocate for the equality of the sexes.  As a child, I always admired her not only for her beautiful red hair, but also for the fact that she usually played strong female roles in the movies I loved like Thelma in Thelma & Louise and Dottie in A League of Their Own.  The Institute is the only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry to educate, influence, and improve gender balance by informing children on the importance of reducing stereotyping and creating diverse female characters in the entertainment industry.  The institute works with children 11 and under.

8. Susan Sarandon, Heifer International

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While Susan Sarandon has been a well-known activist for causes all around the world, she has been supporting Heifer International for more than twenty years.  Heifer International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to putting an end to world hunger and poverty, and in 2011 Sarandon traveled to Cambodia with her daughter, Eva Amurri Martino, to work personally with the organization. There she discovered that “women, particularly in poor rural communities, really are the ‘glue’ and the key to ending global hunger and poverty.”  They grow and prepare the food, so in a sense, they are on the front lines of the war against hunger.  Sarandon has dedicated decades to feeding the hungry and empowering women around the globe.

9. Amie Stepanovich, Access

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When I think about the many battles against injustice around the world, cybersecurity does not usually come to my mind, but thankfully, for Amie Stepanovich, it does.  Amie is an expert in domestic cybersecurity, surveillance, and privacy law.  She regularly responds to threats involving human rights and cyber surveillance.  Amie was recognized in 2014 as one of Forbes “30 under 30 Leaders in Law and Policy.”  She recently testified before Congress about domestic drone use, and continues to defend the digital rights of users everywhere.

10. Julianne Moore, Women of Worth

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This program started by L’Oreal honors “women of worth” who are giving back to their communities by selecting ten women to receive $10,000 toward their cause and one to receive an additional $25,000.  Julianne Moore was inspired to become involved in this program because of a “woman of worth” in her own life–her mother.  She says her mother was married by 20, had three children by 25, and was still able to go on and earn two Master’s degrees.  Moore says this program struck a personal chord in her, and she has been blown away by the nominees.  The winners of the 2015 honors will be announced in November.

READ: The 10 Fieriest Redheads Throughout History 

Freedom fighters can be found anywhere–on the front lines of our military, in impoverished schools in Africa, behind cyber surveillance screens, or in the red-light districts of Europe–the important part is not where they are, but that they are there.  It is an honor to be living in the same era as the phenomenal women on this list, and the many others not mentioned who are actively fighting for justice around the world.  Let’s shine light into the darkness, and Rock it like a Redhead! 

A Tribute To The Redheads Of Downton Abbey

By: Adina Bernstein  

The final season of Downton Abbey currently in production (sad face). On January 3, 2016, Downton Abbey returns on PBS with its 6th and final season. Until then, let’s celebrate Downton Abbey’s many redhead actors as we prepare to say farewell to the characters and we’ve all come to love:  

1. Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore, Series 1-Present)

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Downton’s resident cook, Mrs. Patmore’s has zingers and one liners are second only to the Dowager’s. While Mrs. Patmore may seem like she is a tough boss to work for, she is actually a softie, especially when it come to her assistant cook/surrogate daughter Daisy. A fun fact that has been discussed in many interviews with Ms. Nicol is that her talents in the kitchen, unlike her fictional counterpart, are limited.

2. Amy Nuttall (Ethel Parks, Series 2-3)

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Ethel is the “poor Edith” of the downstairs characters. Naïve, and sometimes foolish, Ethel is mocked and taken advantage of by her colleagues. After sleeping with a soldier who is later killed in battle, she finds herself pregnant and forced to work as a prostitute to pay the bills. She finally has a semi happy ending when she works out an arrangement with her son’s paternal grandparents.

3. Samantha Bond (Lady Rosamund Painswick, Series 1-Present)

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A wealthy widow with no children of her own, Rosamund dotes on her nieces and frequently visits her family. She can be described as the Lady Russell of Downton Abbey. She is well meaning, especially towards Edith and her unexpected pregnancy, but in the end, her advice is more of a detriment than a help.

4. Rose Leslie (Gwen Dawson, Series 1)

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Gwen represents many young women of the late Edwardian/early 20th century era. The world was changing; opportunities for young women were starting to expand beyond the traditional roles in service. Taking a typing course, Gwen becomes a secretary and leaves Downton Abbey for what is hoped to be a better life. Fans of Game of Thrones are likely to know her as Ygritte.

5. Zoe Boyle (Lavinia Swire, Series 2)

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Introduced as Matthew’s fiancé at the beginning of the second series, her presence upped the ante on the will they or wont they Mary/Matthew relationship.  The daughter of a middle class barrister, Lavinia seemed to be more of a match for Matthew than the aristocratic and something bitchy Mary. But in the end, she sadly succumbed, like millions at that time to the Spanish Flu, paving the way for Mary and Matthew.  

6. Shirley MacLaine (Martha Levinson, Series 2-3)

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Cora’s outspoken and modern mother is like many of her class and era. Not satisfied to see her daughter married to a local boy, Martha was later satisfied when her daughter married into the Crawley family and gained the title of Countess of Grantham. Standing in contrast to the Crawley matriarch, Violet, Martha is ready to welcome the modern world with open arms.

To continue this Downton Abbey talk, BBC America dropped the first trailer yesterday for original series The Last Kingdomfrom Downton Abbey executive producers Gareth Neame and Nigel Marchant. Check it out here:

A Look Inside the Redhead Subscription Box

When Adrienne & Stephanie Vendetti, the sisters the co-founders behind How to be a Redhead, originally launched the brand in 2011, they wanted to launch a “red beauty box”. But, they knew they had to build an audience first. Fast forward to 2015 and How to be a Redhead now has over 100,000+ social media followers, and a loyal readership of 500,000 unique views per month.

The website only features products that are ‘Redhead Friendly’ approved. This means all items are always free of heavy chemicals & complement red hair.

H2BAR, the acronym for How to be a Redhead, and is the name of the 1st ever redhead subscription box. The How to be a Redhead team now works meticulously to find products that meet the ‘Redhead Friendly’ seal of approval and is proud to deliver them to the doorstep of every redhead each month.

Take a look inside the 1st month of the H2BAR Box:

1. COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lipstick, $7 Full Size: Redheads looks great with any shade of lipstick, especially those that make the lips (and hair) pop.

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2. My Body ‘Calm After The Storm’ Soothing Treatment, $94 Full Size: This brings rest and relaxation to hypersensitive skin. It was developed with an innovative skin-calming complex and is also ideal for use after a chemical peel, laser, microdermabrasion or sunburn.

Benefits:

  • Helps to alleviate discomfort, mild redness and itchy skin.
  • Helps boost hydration and natural healing abilities.
  • Actives provide an instant tightening effect to aging skin.

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3. Pureology Reviving Red Illuminating Caring Oil, $32 Full Size: Great for use on damp hair before blow-drying to provide control and shine. The oil is keeps natural or color treated red/copper hair looking fresh. Noticeably increases vibrancy and shine.

 

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4. Sunburn Alert, $6: Sunburn Alert UV Stickers make it fun and easy to remember to reapply sunscreen and when to get out of the sun or cover up. The patented color changing technology detects harmful UVA & UVB rays. The stickers work wet or dry and are ideal for children and adults. Can be used with any sunscreen, whether it is a cream, spray or lotion.

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5. Blue Lizard Sunscreen, $12, 4 oz bottle: Immediate broad-spectrum protection for redheads with sensitive skin. The product contains no chemical absorbers.

Benefits:

  • Bottle turns blue in UV light
  • Paraben and fragrance free
  • Dermatologist recommended

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6. BioRepublic Aloe Rescue Revitalizing Sheet Mask, $5: A skin revitalizing facial mask infused with natural aloe vera extract, phytocollagen, and vitamin e.

Benefits:

  • Soothes dry skin, perfect for after sun use.
  • Provides immediate hydration.
  • For healthy, revitalized, and lush skin.
This biodegradable sheet mask snugly fits the contours of the face, ensuring optimal delivery of vital nutrients to the skin.

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7. Organix OGX Moisture + Vitamin B5 Shampoo & Conditioner Sample Set, $5: Nourish red hair with this rich blend of Vitamin B5 that speeds moisture to stressed locks, protects against environmental damage, helps to rebuild damaged lipid structures,and gets your hair back to healthy. 

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Month 1’s box has a $161 value. Subscribers get the above sent to their doorstep for $18.99! Sign up for your H2BAR Box by clicking here. We’re limiting the box to the 1st 500 subscribers only! Hurry! 

READ: Photos! Social Media Goes Crazy Over #H2BARBOX

NBC King 5 New Day – Seattle

Watch more here: http://www.king5.com/story/entertainment/television/programs/new-day-northwest/2015/08/13/rockin-redheads/31626513/

What & Why

How to be a Redhead® is empowering every redhead to feel confident, to look amazing and to rock their beauty. Red hair is more than a color, it’s a lifestyle!

meet co-founders adrienne & stephanie