I recently finished an almost two-year stint with orthodontic braces (for the second time in my life. Let that be a lesson to you, kids – always wear your retainers!). Since it wasn’t my first rodeo – and, frankly, I’m a lot older now than I was then – I wanted them to be as unobtrusive as possible, so I ended up getting the white ceramic kind instead of traditional metal ones. It didn’t take long for me to realize though that lipstick and white braces do not mix. Try as I might, it was impossible to keep it from smudging all over them. So much for unobtrusive. I can’t say I was very happy about this new development – how on earth was I going to go two years without lipstick? I vowed then that once I had my braces removed, I was going to live in bright, bold shades to make up for lost time (and show off my newly straightened teeth, of course!).
While my rather ambitious plan for all-out daily glamour didn’t quite pan out (a girl’s allowed to be lazy every so often, am I right?), my newfound adventurousness led me to discover a whole slew of colors I never would have considered before, ones that are surprisingly flattering and wearable with my red hair.
Here are my faves:
Rock it like a Redhead!
Redheads: 15 Things To Expect At The H2BAR Nashville Event
Next stop: Nashville! 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.
It is all happening at The Johnny Cash Museum (appropriate, right?) on June 18, 2015 from 7-10PM.
So, pretend like you’re dressed up and ready to walk into the venue. Ready, set, go…
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.
2. You will then be directed to the sponsored ‘redhead friendly’ beauty and fashion bars.
Which to choose first?!
3. In the meantime, there will be complimentary catering.
Enjoy delicious passed hors d’oeuvres.
4. Enjoy makeup touch ups and advice from the experts.
We’re overjoyed to have Elea Blake, a local Tennessee makeup company as the sponsor.
5. Skin consultations will be available from Tennessee’s best.
Redheads have so many questions about their skin and the best skin routine for a particular skin type. Experts from Moon Child Skincare, a local Tennessee skin brand, will be demonstating proper skin techniques and more.
6. The Dry House, a staple in downtown Nashville, will be giving complimentary blow outs, hair touchups and consultations.
Want a fancy braid? Or have questions about your hair type? Ask away.
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!
8. The How to be a Redhead Beauty Bar will feature new apparel and brand new never-before-seen products.
9. Turn to AILA Cosmetics, the Official Nail Sponsor for the Nashville event, to get mini-manicures, polish touchups.. and more.
AILA Cosmetics will have experts in a row to pamper you and give you the best nail advice.
10. Have fashion questions? Music City’s top stylist, Katie Rushton from Effortless Style, will be giving redheads her top fashion tips.
Wondering what color is best for your skin and hair tone? Katie is there to help!
To prep for my wedding day, I did a makeup trial. My before look is above!
I documented the day to make you all feel like you were with me. I am aspiring to achieve a 1930s-inspired look to complement the architecture of my wedding venue, a French Art Deco style historic hotel.
We explored products that highlighted the coloring and natural beauty of redheads, whilst adding a healthy dose of glamour.
Whether you’re kissing your groom (as I will be on June, 6th 2015 — any day now!) or puckering up for a selfie with the girls, your best accessory is your fiery locks.
Rock it like a Redhead!
A special thanks goes out to the dream team at Black Cat Salon, including Owner & Hair Challenge Expert, Heather Gibson and Begetter of Beauty, Missi Hibbs.
“Being a redhead is something to be proud of,” says Baylee. “I began embracing the pale skin and red hair about a year ago when I realized being a redhead is AWESOME!” She loves looking different and is so proud to have red hair.
Confession: I sweat like a teenage boy. I dread all these summer weddings and events because 30 minutes in and I’m going to look like I fell in a pool. Photos are the worst: You think you look cute and then a photo turns up on Facebook and you have armpit, boob–or even worse–butt sweat. In order to still be social, I have a small arsenal of products and tricks (including one Urban Decay that you can only get on the black market that is eBay):
1. Layer your clothes:
I know it sounds counter productive, but if I wear some light Spanx or Spanx-like shorts under my dresses, it absorbs some of the sweat on the small of your back and other unladylike places. My favorite is a pair I got from Walmart. They’re basically bike shorts that offer very little sucking in but keep my dresses and skirts from sticking to my legs.
2. Certain Dri:
Certain Dri is a maximum strength antiperspirant deodorant. You put it on at night and then use your regular deodorant the next morning. You can also put this under your boobs
Note: If you use this immediately after you shave, you will regret it. It burns incredibly bad.
3. Dry Shampoo:
I probably keep a portion of my favorite ‘redhead friendly’ dry shampoo industry alive. The best thing about this is that you can get the travel size bottles (I tend to hoard them) and keep one in your purse during events.
4. Drink hot coffee:
..Or something hot, like tea or hot water and lemon. I lived in Panama for a while in college doing mission work. The locals told us that they kept cool by drinking hot coffee. If you raise your body temperature enough that there isn’t as much of a difference between you and the air, then you’ll sweat less. Weird, I know, but it works.
5. Mattifying gels, sprays and creams:
It’s important to invest in oil control makeup products.
Of all the anti-oil products I’ve tried–and there have been a lot of them–Urban Decay by far has the best. Their entire line of De-Slick makeup products work wonders. Each item helps to decrease the amount of oil on the face, while making the skin look beautiful.
If you’re really desperate, there is the discontinued gel version of De-Slick that you can find on eBay. I have a travel sized tube of their setting spray earmarked for my wedding. If you don’t feel like shelling out the $50 for Urban Decay, there is a Hard Candy Oil Control Makeup Setting Powder at Walmart for about $6. I use that during the week and save my expensive stuff for events.
Hello Confidence: Treat Rosacea and Say Goodbye to Heavy Makeup
If you often struggle with redness, bumps and pimples on your face, you know it isn’t a random thing.
It usually worsens with cold and hot weather, and layering thick makeup never makes the issue go away – it only covers it up. You may have even thought you had acne when your skin was actually indicating you had the commonly misunderstood skin condition called rosacea. Rosacea is an inflammatory disorder affecting the face and symptoms manifest differently from patient to patient, so tailored treatment to fit individual needs is key.
We want each and every one of you to feel confident about your skin (and red hair), so that’s why we wanted to tell you about the Break Up with Your Makeup Program.
It’s empowering anyone who struggles with rosacea, or thinks they might have it, to kick their makeup to the curb by sharing a no makeup selfie showing how you stay confident even on “tough skin days.”
ENTER YOUR EMAIL BELOW or ENTER HERE for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip for two to the Fall 2015 New York Film Festival.
And, make sure to use the hashtag #BreakUpWMakeup, and you may just be featured on How to be a Redhead’s social outlets, too.
Did you know there are actually treatments for rosacea? It’s true!
So drop the concealer and visit a dermatologist today to ask if any of these treatments may be right for you:
SOOLANTRA® (ivermectin) Cream, 1% is a once-daily, prescription topical treatment for the inflammatory lesions of rosacea. Soolantra Cream may start working as quickly as week two, with continuous improvement with long-term use.
MIRVASO® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33% is the first and only prescription treatment specifically developed and indicated to treat the persistent facial redness of rosacea. Apply Mirvaso Gel to your face once daily and it may start working in as little as 30 minutes. Mirvaso Gel won’t just cover up redness, it may reduce redness for up to 12 hrs.
ORACEA® (doxycycline, USP) 40 mg is the one and only pill approved by the FDA for the treatment of the bumps and pimples of rosacea. Oracea Capsule works from within to target and treat the inflammatory lesions of rosacea in adults.
[Sponsored Post: This post is part of the Break Up with Your Makeup program sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, L.P. You should discuss any medications with your doctor.
Important Safety Information – Soolantra® Cream
Indication: SOOLANTRA® (ivermectin) Cream, 1%, is indicated for the treatment of inflammatory lesions of rosacea. Adverse Events: In clinical trials with SOOLANTRA Cream, the most common adverse reactions (incidence ≥ 1 %) included skin burning sensation and skin irritation. Warnings / Precautions: Not for oral, ophthalmic or intravaginal use.Important Safety Information – Mirvaso® Gel*
Indication: Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33% is an alpha-2 adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older. Adverse Events: In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (≥1%) included erythema, flushing, skin-burning sensation and contact dermatitis. Warnings/Precautions: Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, Raynaud’s phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, scleroderma, or Sjögren’s syndrome. Alpha-2 adrenergic agents can lower blood pressure. Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with severe or unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease. Serious adverse reactions following accidental ingestion of Mirvaso Gel by children have been reported. Keep Mirvaso Gel out of reach of children. Not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use.
*Each gram of gel contains 5mg of brimonidine tartrate, equivalent to 3.3 mg of brimonidine free base
Important Safety Information (Oracea® Capsules)
Indication: ORACEA® (doxycycline, USP) 40 mg** Capsules are indicated for the treatment of only inflammatory lesions (papules and pustules) of rosacea in adult patients. ORACEA Capsules do not lessen the facial redness caused by rosacea. Adverse Events: In controlled clinical studies, the most commonly reported adverse events (>2%) in patients treated with ORACEA Capsules were nasopharyngitis, sinusitis, diarrhea, hypertension and aspartate aminotransferase increase. Warnings/Precautions: ORACEA Capsules should not be used to treat or prevent infections. ORACEA Capsules should not be taken by patients who have a known hypersensitivity to doxycycline or other tetracyclines. ORACEA Capsules should not be taken during pregnancy, by nursing mothers, or during tooth development (up to the age of 8 years). Although photosensitivity was not observed in clinical trials, ORACEA Capsules patients should minimize or avoid exposure to natural or artificial sunlight. The efficacy of ORACEA Capsules treatment beyond 16 weeks and safety beyond 9 months have not been established.
It’s that time of year again when sunburns tend to happen. No matter how careful you are slathering on the sunscreen, sometimes you just tend to miss some spots (ahem… like I did this past weekend at the beach). If that happens and you find yourself in pain for the next couple of days, here are some tips to ease the discomfort.
If showering, use a gentle stream of water (not on full blast) to avoid irritating the skin. Air-dry or pat gently with a towel to dry off in order to avoid damaging the sensitive skin in that area.
2. Drink water
Since any burn draws fluids to the skin surface and away from the rest of the body, it’s important to keep hydrated. Drinking extra water, coconut water, juice or sports drinks will help prevent dehydration and give your body the moisture to help heal.
3. Use lots of lotion
Leave any spots with blisters alone because the skin is extra thin and sensitive there. When choosing a lotion, reach for something that’s hydrating and will moisturize well to trap in any moisture that might still remain in your skin. Look for ingredients like glycerin, soy or ceramides.
Anything that contains oatmeal is also great because oatmeal has soothing properties. Some types of creams contain vitamins E & C, which can help calm inflammation in the skin. Never use a lotion or cream that contains petroleum because that will trap heat in your body and that’s the last thing you’d want to happen.
4. Take a dose of ibuprofen (example, Advil) as soon as you see signs of a sunburn and keep it up for the next 48 hours*
This will cut back on the swelling and redness that normally occurs.
5. Avoid using soaps, bath oils or other detergents when you bathe or shower
These can be irritating and make your sunburn hurt even more.
6. Apply a cold wet compress to the affected area
This can be a wet washcloth. Lay it on the area for about 20-30 minutes and re-wet when needed.
7. Wear loose cotton clothing over the sunburned area
Cotton is very breathable and the loose fabric won’t tug on your skin as much.
Redhead celebrities inspire us to embrace our red hair and uniqueness. Here are 10 uplifting quotes by our favorite titian-haired celebs about their gorgeous red hair. Happy Pinning!
1. Jessica Chastain:
2. Amy Adams:
3. Kate Walsh:
4. Isla Fisher:
5. Laura Prepon:
6. Lily Cole:
7. Bryce Dallas Howard:
8. Christina Hendricks:
9. Julianne Moore:
10. Lucille Ball:
Rock it like a Redhead!
Summer Hair Help for Curly Redheads
One fantastic thing about the region in which I live is that my red hair and I get to experience all four seasons. I love ’em all, from those sweltering 90 degree summers to the sub-Arctic winters. But this time of year – the middle of spring – is my absolute favorite. The budding trees, the long days and cool nights; the world seems brighter, happier, scrubbed fresh.
The one thing I don’t love, however, is what starts to happen to my hair when the weather gets warm, sunny and, inevitably, more humid. In the morning, before I’ve even stepped outside, I can literally feel my hair swell until it’s taken on Grace Coddington-like proportions. An icon that she is, Grace rocks this look but a mere mortal like me just looks like I’ve had a mishap involving my finger and an electrical socket. But thankfully wavy-haired girls needn’t suffer summer bad-hair days any longer. With the help of some awesome products on the market, taming our manes has become (dare I say) easy!
Below are tips and my favorite ‘redhead friendly’ product recommendations for curly redheads:
1. Keep it simple.
Don’t try to fight what nature’s given you. Put that flat iron away and embrace those curls. You and your red hair will be much happier for it, and you’ll save loads of time in the morning.
2. Shampoo and conditioner can make or break your style.
This is a good time of year to conveniently forget to use one. Brushing only enhances unwanted fluff and flyaways. Try switching to a wide-toothed comb and only using it when absolutely necessary. After all, the tousled bedhead look never goes out of style.
They will all become your new best friends. These miracle products instantly reduce frizz but are light enough to let your red hair flow and bounce (as long as you concentrate on the ends. Avoid the scalp to keep your locks from getting limp). Use them on dry hair as a lightweight finisher or straight out of the shower for a deeper effect.
Wrap your hair in a quick, loose bun while you get ready in the morning and shake it out right before you walk out the door. The result will be casual waves that are good for either a day at the office or lounging on the beach. Using a sea salt spray will help enhance and hold your style without making it too crunchy or formal.
And the most important step: always Rock it like a Redhead!