How Redheads Can Get Big, Nashville Country Star Hair

“The Bigger the Hair, the Closer to God”

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

You can buy a variety of this stuff, but two ‘Redhead Friendly’ brands are Not Your Mother’s Volumizing Hair Powder & göt2b Powder’ful Styling 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!

4. Teasing

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!
I do love Big Sexy Hair What A Tease Backcomb In A Bottle. You spray it on before you blow dry and pull up at your roots.

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! 

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The Top Beach Bag Essentials for Redheads

Updated: June 20, 2017

By: Colleen Martin

After a winter that seemed like it would never end, summer is finally here! I’ve already started enjoying a cozy beach chair on a stretch of white sand, the blazing sun overhead and crashing waves serving as my soundtrack. One of my favorite parts of planning a beach trip is packing my beach bag.

Here are some of my ‘redhead friendly‘ approved essentials:

1. Sunscreen:

This is a no-brainer! No one should go without sunscreen during a day on the beach, least of all us fair-skinned beauties. I’m always sure to bring along several formulas; I start the day using a lotion to ensure full coverage, then a sunscreen spray for touchups (which is much more pleasant to apply when you’re covered in sand and sweat), one specifically used for the face to avoid breakouts, and a powder for its day-to-night oil-absorbing properties.

Redhead Friendly Product: Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Sensitive SPF 30+

READ: Top Sunscreen Picks for Redheads in 2017

2. Hair Oil / Hair Sunscreen:

You put sunscreen on your body, now don’t forget your gorgeous red locks. Spray into your red hair for ultimate protection while at the beach.

Redhead Friendly Product: Aveda ‘Sun Care’ Protective Hair Veil

3. Lip Balm with SPF: 

Your lips are so much more delicate and susceptible to sunburn than the rest of your face, so be sure to protect them too. And reapply liberally.

Redhead Friendly Product: Bare Republic Mineral Lip Balm Sunscreen – Mojito – SPF 30

4. Wide-Brimmed Hat:

Your scalp can burn and your red hair can fade. Always carry a wide-brimmed hat with you wherever you go, especially at the beach.

Redhead Friendly Product: Pia Rossini Women’s Solana Wide Brim Hat

5. Redhead Hair Ties:

As chic as windblown beach hair can be, it’s also pretty darned hot! Make sure to have some redhead hair ties on hand to secure a quick and easy topknot, and let it down at the end of the day for sexy waves.

6. UPF Clothing:

The Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating system measures the UV protection provided by fabric. So, yes, this is clothing made with sunscreen. Opt to bring at least one piece with sleeves to cover your upper half after some time in the sun.

Redhead Friendly Product: Mott 50 Colorblock Swim Dress

READ: 8 Stylish Sun Safe UPF Pieces Every Redhead Should Own 

7. Sunglasses:

Light eyes are much more sensitive to the sun’s harmful rays than brown or black eyes. Rock your favorite shades all day long.

Redhead Friendly Product: Women’s A.J. Morgan Get It 48mm Sunglasses

READ: The Importance of Wearing Sunglasses

8. Water Bottle:

The sun, the wind and the salt are all incredibly drying, so be sure to stay hydrated. Fill up your favorite reusable bottle, toss it in your bag and sip throughout the day.

Redhead Friendly Product: S’well ‘Sweet Mint’ Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

9. Skin Soother:

Even if you avoided getting sunburned (hooray!), a skin soother is great for refreshing your skin at the end of the day, keeping it soft and smooth. And if you did get sunburned, they’ll help with any pain and peeling, and will speed up the healing process.

Redhead Friendly Product: Banana Boat: Banana Boat Aloe Vera After Sun Lotion

10. Mineral Water Spray:

Instantly refresh your redhead skin after hours (or minute) spent in the sun.

Redhead Friendly Product: evian Facial Spray Mineral Water Facial Spray

READ: 10 Things Every Redhead Has When Going To The Beach

11. Captivating Novel:

And, the last thing to bring is a good book. Your bag is never fully packed without good reading material.

Enjoy soaking in that sunshine, redheads. Rock it like a Redhead!


As a young girl, Maddie always felt different because she was not “the standard” blonde or brunette. She was constantly bullied because of her red hair. “Now that I look back and I can’t express how lucky I am to be different and unique,” she says. “All I want to do to is embrace being a redhead!”

Why Jurassic Park Movies Cast Redheads As Its Main Characters

By: Brenna Gray

PLUS: Bryce Dallas Howard Cries on Command While Conan O’Brien Talks About Home Depot: Watch the Hilarious Clip!

Is it just me or do I see a trend here? It seems like the producers of the Jurassic Park love to choose a redhead as one of the leading actresses.

Who remembers Julianne Moore as Dr. Sarah Harding in The Lost World: Jurassic Park? She played an animal behaviorist who worked in the African savanna. She showed great heroism and intelligence throughout the movie and what redhead doesn’t love to see that?

And, let’s not forget about ginger-haired Laura Dern who was in Steven Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park film in 1993.

The new Jurassic Park movie, Jurassic World, was just released today, June 12, 2015 in North America. Bryce Dallas Howard (daughter of famous redhead Ron Howard) stars as the beautiful redheaded actress. Bryce’s character plays Claire Dearing who is the park operations manager for the dinosaur park. According to Bryce Dallas Howard, Claire’s actress, she is a “workaholic” and has a Type A personality.

It’s nice to see her play an ambitious character and perhaps a character some of us redheads can easily relate to!

I am guessing (just like the rest of you) that Jurassic Park cast redheads because they’re typically viewed as “strong” by movie audiences. Psychologist Andrew J. Elliot did a study to test if color, despite cross-cultural differences, affected the emotional state of people. He found the color ‘red’ was perceived as strong and active.

And, besides being viewed in certain light, let’s not forget redhead celebrities have many hidden talents besides the color of their hair.

Just this week, while making the promotional rounds for the upcoming Jurassic World film, the Bryce Dallas Howard stopped by Conan O’Brien on Wednesday night, where she revealed one of her talents–she can cry on command.

“You can cry on command?” Conan asked Bryce. “Really? How long do you need to prepare for that?”

“I mean, I think if we just keep talking–at some point–I should probably drink some water,” she said, making sure to hydrate herself before letting the waterworks loose.

Watch the funny clip below:

And, don’t miss Bryce showing off her Jurassic World scream!

Nevertheless, it’s great to see redhead women playing empowering roles in films. It shows the world that redheads are are strong, smart and courageous.

READ: Bryce Dallas Howard’s Hairstylist Gives Us Step By Step Tutorials 

Who do you think is next to play a character in Jurassic Park movie? Jessica Chastain? Christina Hendricks? Emma Stone? Tell us below.

Rock it like a Redhead!  

3 Classic Redhead Styles We Should Embrace

By: Rosemary O. Fernandez

When many people think of redheads, a few styles automatically come to mind. Dare we even say they’ve become a bit stereotypical? Wild red curls: seen them a hundred times in movies set in the British Isles and on the covers of trashy 1980s romance novels. Red braids: practically every little cartoon redhead has them. The I Love Lucy updo: can we even count how many times we’ve seen them on Halloween? 

Perhaps you once groaned when hearing people suggesting you try of these styles. Well, I say, groan no more! There’s a reason these looks got attached to redheads: Because they’re classic, iconic even. Ladies, we should embrace them.

Here are some easy tutorials to get started.

1. Braids:

Thanks to The Hunger Games phenomenon, braids are totally trendy right now, and there are a zillion different things you can do with them. You don’t have to limit yourself to the stereotypical pigtail braids of Pipi Longstocking or Anne of Green Gables (although with the right outfit these can be beyond cute). Here are a few fun options produced by How to be a Redhead:


Rope Braid: 

Crown Braid (my personal favorite):

2. Wild Curls.

The pin-straight craze seems to be over, and curls are back in. Now you don’t need to go with tight cap curls Little Orphan Annie (but rock it if you want to) or the not-even-brushed Merida from Brave look. Yet, curls that look wild but are actually under your control are an easy way to add volume and give the tousled “I just woke up and my hair is perfect” appearance. Plus, you open yourself up to myriad stunning updos once you get the curls in place.

Really easy long hair curls. Plus this guy is fabulously French:

How to pin curl:

Short hair option:

3. I Love Lucy.

Lucille Ball was just as famous for her poodle do as she was for her comedic genius and situations about which she had “some splainin’ to do.” Fortunately, vintage is vogue, so you don’t need to feel at all self-conscious walking around looking like you stepped out of the ’50s. You’ll probably get some compliments.

Lucille Ball look for short hair: 

And one for longer locks. This one isn’t difficult, but make sure you have a lot of time before you begin:

Happy styling & Rock it like a Redhead! 

5 Ways Redheads Can Fake Thicker Hair

Everyone wants to have thick, luxurious red locks. Thick hair looks and feels healthy, and has a certain flair to it that thin hair does not have. However, every redhead’s hair is different and not everyone can have the thick hair they may desire. Luckily, there are a few tricks you can pull to make your red hair look thicker & more voluptuous:

1. Hair extensions:

Hair extensions are a great way to fake thick hair. Whether you want to splurge or keep the spending on them to a minimum, any type of extensions you chose will make your hair appear more full, longer, and more beautiful than going natural.

Redhead Friendly Tips: Opt for clip-in extensions. They won’t pull out the hair and you can place them in areas throughout the head to provide volume. And, when you’re sick of them, you simply take them out.

READ: The Best Clip-In Extensions for Redheads

Having trouble finding good quality redhead hair extensions? Opt for auburn or light brown shade that is closest to your hair color, and apply at the bottom of your hair. You won’t be able to tell the difference.

2. Curling:

Curly hair naturally appears a bit thicker than straight hair, so why not try curling your hair for a more thick appearance? Achieve tight or loose curls with a wand, rather than a regular curling iron.

3. Teasing your hair:

Hair teasing is another way to perfectly fake your hair thickness. Volume is key to having thick hair, and that’s exactly what teasing hair creates.

How To Tease The Hair: Section off hair and use a fine-tooth hair comb to tease near the root. Use a flexible hold hairspray because it will keep your teased hair in place without it looking too stiff.

Photo via Pinterest
Photo via Pinterest

4. Volume:

If you really want thick hair, use volumizing products like Davines This Is A Volume Boosting Mousse or Kenra Professional Dry Volume Burst 3. For added hair volume, try bending your head down when blow-drying your hair.

READ: Part I: How to Boost & Volumize Your Hair 

5. Vitamins*:

Another great option to achieve thicker hair is taking vitamins daily – like SugarBearHair Vitamins. Not only will they help your hair, but they’ll help your whole body to stay healthy and at its best. Folic acid is a great option to make hair longer and thicker, and vitamin D is known to help hair, too.

Rock it like a Redhead! 

*Please consult with your doctor to see which vitamins are best for you.

11 Secrets A Redhead Won’t Tell You

We might not want to admit it but redheads do have secrets. While most of the world is sure women with red hair are magical (we’ll take the compliments, right?), we do have some inner feelings & actions most do not know! Some are funny, some are downright honest. Don’t forget to comment below on the secrets you can relate to.

1. We talk to our red hair like it’s a person.

“Why do you look like a lion’s mane today?” 

“What a great hair day! Thank you, thank you!” 

2. We admirably look at our red locks in the mirror with adoration.

How can we not? 


3. We love seeing another redhead or multiple redheads together.

It’s definitely a secret club. 

4. We NEVER want to hide our red hair.

Hats, scarves.. craziness! 


5. We know we are mermaids.

Yes, we are 99% sure we’re living Ariel’s. 

6. We get extremely excited to rock our redhead apparel in public.

Have. To. Get. One. Right. Now. Shop here.


7.  We secretly hope for redhead children.

Praying every single night.

READ: 10 Things To Know About Having a Redhead Baby


8. We cringe if someone asks if our hair is natural.

…or if someone questions whether you look “good as a redhead.”


9. We have nightmares of going white.

We don’t want to think about the days of waking up without vibrant red hair. 

10. We dread being called names like “Carrot Top” & “Big Red/Little Red”.

As strong and unbothered as we may seem, it does get a bit old after a while. But hey, why try to blend in when we were born to stick out? 

11. If you were to grab our phone, 90% of the photos would be selfies.

We have to document this hair! 


Rock it like a Redhead! 

Photos via Pinterest. Main photo via Kvikken 


Sierra is the only natural redhead in her family and one of three at her school. “Feeling like a minority can feel isolating,” she says. “But, I have learned to embrace my hair and freckles because they are my favorite parts about myself. They are what make me unique.” She’s also proud that redheads are unforgettable because red hair, freckles and light eyes are the rarest combination in the world!

The 10 Fieriest Redheads Throughout History

Some scientists say that red hair is simply a genetic mutation and redheads will soon be extinct. I am not typically one to argue with science, but I’m going to show you 10 (or 11) redheads throughout history that prove we’re not going anywhere.

1. Eve: 


When God saw that Adam could not survive on his own, who did He choose to be the first woman on earth?  A redhead, of course!  Or, I should say, another redhead.  That’s right, the first humans on earth were redheads!  Don’t believe me?  Let’s take a look at some etymological proof.  I did a little research, and apparently “ruddy” is the best English translation we have for the original Hebrew word in the Old Testament, pronounced ad-mow-nee, which means red or reddish.  The name “Adam,” pronounced ah-dawm, is actually derived from that same Hebrew word.  Adam was created from the dust or the red clay of the earth, which in Hebrew was called ah-dah-maw, and Eve would have been inherently comparable to Adam, since she was taken from his rib.  This is why many paintings of the “Creation of Man” depict both Adam and Eve as redheads.  So you tell me, who is really the genetic mutation?

2. Lilith:


This little tidbit is free.  In Jewish mythology, the supposed first wife of Adam, Lilith, is also said to have had red hair.  She was eventually kicked out of the Garden of Eden because she refused to submit herself to Adam.

3. Athena and Aphrodite:


No surprise here that both the Greek goddess of wisdom and goddess of beauty are believed to have been redheads.  Though modern cinema has taken it upon themselves to turn Athena into a brunette and Aphrodite into a blonde, we know from ancient art and tradition, that the women were red at their roots.  Athena was typically portrayed with auburn locks, while Aphrodite rocked more of a strawberry mane, but the bottom line is you got it wrong, Percy Jackson!  Afterall, what were the Greek goddesses if not fiery?

4. Cleopatra:


Turns out the black bob that we normally associate with this female pharaoh of Ancient Egypt may be folically inaccurate.  She is said to have used henna to bring out the redness of her hair.  No wonder Mark Antony couldn’t resist her!  Though pharaohs at the time would have only spoken Greek, Cleopatra learned to speak Egyptian and called herself the reincarnation of the goddess Isis.  Well, she may not have been a goddess, but at least she understood the supernatural power that comes with a great head of red hair.

5. Mary Magdalene:


Despite a scandalous past as a prostitute, Mary Magdalene is often described as one of the most important women in the movement of Christianity.  She is said to be the first person to have seen the Risen Christ and has been immortalized in art with flowing, red locks.  At the time, red hair would have been a sign of royalty, and this royal head of hair might just be the most famous in all of the New Testament.  In a particularly remarkable moment recorded in the Gospels, Mary Magdalene anoints Jesus’ feet with expensive ointment and dries them with her hair.  Other than maybe Samson’s golden locks in the Old Testament, I can’t think of any biblical hair with greater significance.

6. Elizabeth I:


Named as one of the most powerful redhead woman in history, Elizabeth I of England inherited the red tresses of her father Henry VIII. Her mother, Anne Boleyn, was one of the wives who was beheaded by Henry, but Elizabeth eventually succeeded to the throne.  She gave her critics a glimpse of that fiery redheaded nature by ignoring her advisors and choosing not to marry.  She famously stated, “I do not want a husband who honors me as a queen, if he does not love me as a woman.” Well said, Liz.  Who needs a man to run a country anyway?  Remember, men may fight wars, but redheads win them.

7. Lucille Ball:


Let’s fast-forward a little now to hit one of the most iconic redheads in history and a personal favorite.  Who doesn’t love Lucy?  She’s beautiful, hilarious, and she bagged a smoking-hot Cuban man.  Of course, as Lucille Ball said herself, “Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.”  I watched I Love Lucy in black and white on “Nick at Night” all through my adolescence.  I’ll never forget the first time I saw Lucy in color and learned that she was a redhead!  I didn’t think there was any way I could love her more, and then… there it was!  It was like discovering that your favorite dessert was also fat-free.  These days, Jessica Chastain and Emma Stone are the queens of rocking a red lip on the red carpet, but Lucy invented the red lip, and the comedy that left those red lips made us cry with laughter.  You just don’t get much better than Lucille Ball.  Oh, and did I mention that the woman’s eyebrows were ON FLEEK?

GET THE LOOK: Lucille Ball’s Classic Makeup Tutorial 

8. Carol Burnett: 


While we’re on the topic of Queens of Comedy, how about this redheaded pistol?  The Carol Burnett Show was, unfortunately, a little before my time, but thank God for reruns!  As a child of the 80’s, though, I know her best as Miss Hannigan in the musical Annie (another notable redhead).  I remember rewinding our VHS tape over and over to watch the scene where she performs “Little Girls.”  No offense to Kathy Bates or Jane Lynch, but no one does that number like Carol Burnett.  I was mesmerized by her talent.  I don’t know that I’ve ever felt that way about an actress since.  All I can say is, don’t ever let anyone say that women aren’t funny, particularly redheaded women.

9. Reba McEntire:


On from the Queens of Comedy to the Queen of Country.  Regardless of how you feel about country music (or sitcoms on ABC Family), Reba is an icon.  This is the redhead I spent most of my childhood trying to look like.  Reba had big, curly hair with bangs, so I had big, curly hair with bangs.  Reba wore sequined jackets with fringe, so I wore sequined jackets with fringe.  Reba started wearing her hair straight, so I… cried because my hair was naturally curly, and I couldn’t figure out how to wear it straight.  I would sit in my room with my tape recorder and sing “Fancy” at the top of my lungs, but no matter how many times I played it back, I never sounded quite like Reba, and I guess I can live with that.  In whatever this woman decides to do, she is unstoppable.  And, we all know that Reba must be who Connie Britton (another of my favorite redheads) has based Nashville’s Rayna James on.  You’re not fooling anyone, Connie!

READ: Get Reba McEntire’s Look: Celebrity Makeup Artist Brett Freedman Shares His Secrets

10. Nicole Kidman:


This beautiful ginger makes the list simply because I may be a little too obsessed with the movie Moulin Rouge.  But, I defy you to watch this movie and not fall in love with Nicole Kidman’s hair. This movie does for red hair what the movie 300 did for abs.  Oh, and eyebrows also ON FLEEK.

Emma Stone:


The list wouldn’t feel complete without at least one 2015 redheaded phenome.  Though there are many to choose from, I’m going to give this title to Emma Stone.  First of all, have you seen the woman on the red carpet this year?  She’s killing it.

Second of all, she is so funny–movies like Zombieland, Super Bad, and Easy A prove this, but now she is showing us that she’s more than that.  She can go from a Southern feminist in The Help to a recovering drug addict in Birdman, and nail both roles.  And lastly, does everyone know that the girl can sing?  The reason she’s been rocking that cute wavy bob lately is because she cut her hair when she replaced Michelle Williams as Sally Bowles in Cabaret on Broadway this year.  I saw it in November, and she slayed!  Can we all just take a moment and bow down to this redheaded, red-lipped, new queen of old Hollywood glamour, Emma Stone?

Clearly, redheads throughout history have played anything but a subtle role, and I have to disagree with the critics who say our kind will soon be extinct.  We were there at the dawn of creation, and we’ll be there when it all comes to a fiery end.  As Robert Frost puts it, “Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice.  From what I’ve tasted of desire, I hold with those who favor fire.”

Rock it like a Redhead! 

Caring for Sensitive Skin: An Entire Facial Line for Redheads

Most redheads (not all), have very sensitive skin. Even if you do not have sensitive skin, everyone knows how uncomfortable it feels to use a facial product and out of nowhere, your skin begins to irritate and suddenly, your face is as red as your hair.

We always recommend redheads, with sensitive skin or not, use a line of products that is specifically formulated to target signs of sensitive skin conditions. That’s why we’ve recently fallen in love with PCA SKIN.

They understand that those with sensitive skin typically experience a combination of irritation, discomfort, bumps, redness and inflammation. Dermatitis — commonly referred to as eczema — rosacea and psoriasis are classified as sensitive skin conditions.

The PCA SKIN line for sensitive skin also refrains from using fragrances, lanolin, formaldehyde, latex and menthol are common irritants and the use of aggressive chemical and mechanical exfoliants which can also increase skin irritation.

It’s important to care for your sensitive skin & if you’ve experienced:

  1. An impaired barrier leads to constant moisture loss
  2. Dry, flaky skin is common
  3. Visible redness is a sign of underlying and superficial inflammation
  4. Blood vessels are larger and more visible

Knowing your skin type helps determine the best products to add to your regimen in order to help you achieve healthy, beautiful skin. The below products are some of our favorite items from the PCA SKIN Sensitive Skin line & our personal skin routine:

If you’re still unsure about what products are right for your skin, consult with a PCA SKIN® Certified Professional for a treatment plan tailored to address the underlying causes and symptoms of your unique, sensitive skin. Click right here to find one near you.

Rock it like a Redhead! 

Note: This product review contains the true beliefs of How to be a Redhead and were rightfully provided by PCA Skin. This post has been sponsored by PCA Skin. 

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