Tara

Being a redhead is so engrained in Tara’s personality. She loves being known as a sassy, fashionable, and fun ginger! When she was little, she hated being different with bright red hair and glasses. “I used to cry when people called me carrot top,” says Tara. “Growing up as a redhead can be tough, but I learned to embrace it.”

Now she wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s a proud redhead!

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Kallie

In high school, Kallie was in a clique with four blondes. “It was pretty rough being a redhead in school,” she says. “The redhead jokes were limitless, like ‘carrot top’. But, after hundreds of old ladies commented on my hair saying they pay hundreds of dollars to get my color, I finally decided to accept it.” Kallie has learned to love her red hair and would not think twice about coloring it. She loves being a redhead!

Warning: Coconut Oil is Not a Safe Alternative to Sunscreen

We’ve heard it time and time again: redheads are more susceptible to melanoma. A mutation in a gene called MC1R gives redheads their hair color and fair skin. A US study suggests this same mutation triggers a cancer-causing signalling pathway when redheads are exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

It is absolutely appropriate for redheads to be concerned about sun exposure and its potential damaging side effects of the ultraviolet light. But, there are also concerns about sunscreens containing harmful chemicals. Many women, especially redheads, are turning to coconut oil as as a sunscreen.

We turned to Board Certified Dermatologist, Fayne L. Frey, MD, to ask: Is coconut oil a safe alternative to sunscreen?

“Most redheads are predisposed to sun damage due to their genetic makeup and fair skin,” says Dr. Frey. “Here’s the scoop on coconut oil. There is a study in the medical literature about coconut oil and its effectiveness as a sunscreen. The purpose of this study, however, was to measure the sun protection factor (SPF) of herbal oils that are commonly found in sunscreen formulations.”

In the 2004 study, the oils that blocked the most UV radiation (40 percent or more) were neem seed, sunflower, sesame, and cod liver oils. Cod liver oil was the most effective, blocking up to 90 percent. In contrast, the other four oils blocked less than 40 percent. Next to castor oil, coconut oil allowed the greatest penetration, blocking only about 20 percent of the UV light.

Judging from this study, the SPF of coconut oil would probably be rated very low.

Coconut oil has been used by millions of people in the tropics as their sole source of protection from sunburns and skin cancer.

READ: 5 Reasons Every Redhead Should Use Coconut Oil 

But, how does it compare to commercial lotions?

Dr. Frey says the study was not meant to show evidence of these oils as a sunscreen themselves and that the study did not use human skin to measure its SPF quality. “The result did indicate that a 0.1% coconut oil solution (prepared from a 1% v/v of oil in ethanol and water solution, 40:60), at least by in vitro analysis did show coconut oil to have an SPF protection of 8, well below the SPF 30 recommendation by the American Academy of Dermatology.”

To date, Dr. Frey has never seen a DIY option in the medical literature for sunscreen that meets the recommendations of skin experts or that has shown to provide SPF of 30 or higher, and protects 97% of UVB rays. “Coconut oil probably has some sun protection factor ability but not nearly enough to protect a fair redhead from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays,” she concludes.

There we have it, redheads. If you love coconut oil (like most of us do), apply it after your wash your skin to moisturize your skin. Then, apply your sunscreen before makeup.

READ: 10 Best Sunscreen Picks for Redheads in 2016

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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Summer Finds: The Best Blushes and Bronzers for Redheads

Updated: February 20, 2020

As a redhead, finding products that accentuate my fair skin but still look fabulous is HARD! It’s always a tough balance to find the perfect blush or bronzer.

READ: How To Find The Best Bronzer for Your Fair Skin




I’m pleased to say after looking for years, we have quite a few great ‘Redhead Friendly’ options!

BLUSH:

1. NARS ‘Orgasm’ Blush, $30

This blush is always raved about by beauty insiders and I must agree with them. NARS always does such an amazing job, and the color is perfect for fair skin and red hair.

2. Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Blush in ‘Sparkling Bellini’, $30

This trio of blushes from Too Faced is a favorite if you want a little glow with your blush. It’s perfect for a redhead’s skin complexion and gives a lovely luminous glow.

3. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in ‘Blushing Bride’ or ‘Dollface’, $29

When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with a Tarte blush. These two shades are fantastic and have 12-hour staying power, so no need to reapply during the day. Plus, did you know Tarte’s founder, Maureen Kelly, is a gorgeous redhead?!




READ: BLUSH FOR REDHEADS, THE BEST PRODUCT FOR YOUR HAIR SHADE

This stuff has some SERIOUS staying power. It’s the perfect peachy glow that won’t budge during your summer activities. Water, sweat, wind, sun- none of that can move this powder blush. It is highly pigmented, so it doesn’t take much.

BRONZER:

1. Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer in ‘Park Avenue Princess’‘, $40

It is my go-to daily bronzer in the summer. It gives lovely color without being too orange, dark or ruddy on my skin. I look naturally sun-kissed and that makes every day better. It’s also waterproof. BONUS! 

2. Physicians Formula ‘Light Bronze Pearl‘, $8

For the ultimate glow, I love this product. Not only is the price point affordable, but the glow is enviable.




3. The Body Shop ‘Light Matte’ Honey Bronzer, $20

The glow is beautiful with redheaded skin. It goes on flawlessly, provides perfect buildable coverage and looks fantastic.

Do you have any summer staples you rely on? Rock it like a Redhead! 

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The 7 Best Redhead-Friendly Approved Baby Products

Updated: June 3, 2020

By: Mary Anderson

Babies are delicate creatures, and redheaded babies doubly so. As a new parent of a little ginger tot, I’ve spent tons of time and money trying to find products not only for his sensitive baby skin but relatively free of toxins and nasty chemicals. Admittedly, I am a classic neurotic first-time mom, worrying endlessly about the products I use on my precious angel. But given my easily-angered skin, I had a hunch my son would likely be burdened with the same, and lo and behold, he was!



A huge help in my research was the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, the Environmental Working Group’s searchable database of toxic ingredients in cosmetic and personal care products. This handy site ranks every baby care item you could dream of, so you can be sure your little one is only getting slathered with the safest of stuff that won’t irritate their skin.

Below, find a list of my favorite baby redhead-approved items:

1. Waxelene The Petroleum Jelly Alternative:

This product can be used on anything you would use petroleum jelly for and more. It is a great all-natural alternative moisturizer to soothe and protect your baby’s skin and hair.

2. California Baby Calming Diaper Rash Cream:

This natural diaper rash cream includes ingredients such as ultra-purified lanolin, vitamin-grade zinc (12%) and vitamin E, in addition to tea tree and aloe vera. It contains a calming aromatherapy blend that includes French lavender, which will be very soothing on your redhead baby.

 



3. Jackson Reece All-Natural Unscented Baby Wipes

I tried MANY kinds of all-natural wipes before settling on this brand as my favorite. They’re fragrance-free, chlorine-free, and made from 99% plants-based ingredients, which is nice for something you use so very often in a delicate area. But unlike some other brands I tried, they are thick and effective, even with the most explosive of diapers.

4. Motherlove Birth & Baby Oil:

An apricot oil with lavender flower (so it smells amazing), this all-natural oil helped cure some seriously bad Cradle Cap on my little guy. I also used it as a general moisturizer after bath time and it helped keep his skin soft and happy! Lavender is also known to be a calming scent, which makes this oil a great part of the bedtime routine.

READ: 10 Things To Know About Having A Redhead Baby

5. ThinkBaby Safe SPF 50+ Sunscreen:

This is a mineral rather than chemical sunscreen, which makes it perfect for beach-bound babes. It rubs in easily, smells good, and didn’t irritate my baby’s sensitive skin. The high SPF gave me peace of mind on baby’s first beach trip!

 



6. Nurture My Body Fragrance-Free Organic Baby Shampoo & Body Wash:

After reading about the less than lovely ingredients found in mainstream baby shampoos, I made it my mission to find one that would clean my grubby kid without the chemicals (babies get surprisingly filthy!). This product doubles as body wash and shampoo, it’s fragrance-free, and it even creates a nice lather, something you often miss with all-natural shampoo/wash. My guy has never been bothered by it getting into his eyes, either, which makes bath time a much happier experience for everyone. I’ve also been using natural sea sponges after those dinky baby wash clothes weren’t doing the trick. It really helps get into those chubby baby crevasses!

7. Mommys Bliss Gripe Water:

When your baby is screaming in your face for no apparent reason, you’ll reach for anything that might help. Enter Gripe Water, a natural remedy for painful gas bubbles. When I wasn’t sure gas was the culprit of the tears, I felt better giving this to my baby rather than anti-gas drops–in case the medicine was unnecessary. Dare I say it quieted him down and seemed to make him more comfortable more often than not?

Do you have any favorite all-natural baby products? Let us know in the comments!

Redheads, Are You Covered? Support the Skin Cancer Foundation

For everyone who enters or votes, PCA SKIN will donate $1 to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Skin cancer is prevalent amongst redheads because our skin is (in most cases) very fair and susceptible to sunburns. Excessive burning can lead to skin cancer. It was recently found that redheads are more susceptabile to Melanoma. A mutation in a gene called MC1R gives redheads their hair color and fair skin. Now a new US study suggests this same mutation triggers a cancer-causing signalling pathway when redheads are exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Most people, especially redheads, know they should use sunscreen. But, a few people know that 90% of your wrinkles are caused by the sun. These UV rays are present with equal strength year round AND go through glass. So it is just as important to wear sunscreen in December when you are riding in a car or sitting in your office near a window as it is to sit on the beach in the summer.

We’re excited to team up with PCA SKIN, a global organization serves over 8,000 medical and aesthetic practices, with products sold in over 50 countries around the globe. The line is dedicated to the science of healthy skin. Plus, they have a line of sensitive skin products for us redheads! Now that is cool.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and PCA SKIN wants to encourage the use of wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen every day. To promote their passion for cancer-free skin, they are hosting a social media contest. For everyone who enters or votes, PCA SKIN will donate $1 to the Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF).

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Simply snap of photo of your PCA SKIN sunscreen in action and get creative!

Your hair is red, so use it to your advantage. Take a selfie while you’re applying your morning SPF, shoot your SPF on your towel at the beach, or show off your photo-styling skills and stage an Instagram-worthy pic.*

2. Enter via Instagram with #ImCovered and #PCASkinContest, or upload directly to PCA SKIN’s  landing page by clicking here

Ends May 25, 2015. 

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3. Once entries are locked in on May 25th, voting will begin on May 26th and end on May 31st. Winners will be announced on June 3rd.

4. The Prizes! Two grand prize winner’s could win a year’s supply of PCA SKIN broad spectrum sunscreen and an outdoor swag package: beach cruiser, designer tote, aviator sunglasses and a summer fedora.

Total value: over $800.

Redheads, let’s make it our goal to wear sunscreen no matter what. A great tip is to apply sunscreen after the shower and before you get dressed. This way, you are sure to cover all parts and don’t have to worry about getting sunscreen on your clothes. And, keep a light weight scarf in your glove compartment – cover your neck and chest when driving. Make sure to always keep an SPF 30 or higher beach umbrella in your car and use it for whenever you are sitting out in the sun.

What are you waiting for? Enter Now! 

Rock it like a Redhead! 

*Remember, all entries must include a PCA SKIN sunscreen to be eligible.  PCA SKIN panel will choose an entry based on creativity, and photo quality. Post sponsored by PCA SKIN.

10 Things Redheads Think When Passing Other Redheads

By: Rosemary O. Fernandez

It’s almost like we belong to an elite club — but we have to pass each other’s (silent) test first. 

1. Ooo yay! Another redhead. I’m not the only one in this crowd.

2. But I sort of like being the only one…

3. Is that even red hair? Maybe it’s a really light brown and the light is making it look red.

Photo via Harpers Bazaar via Fall 2014 Fashion Week
Photo via Harpers Bazaar via Fall 2014 Fashion Week

4. Nope. Red.

5. Bet it’s dyed though. Yeah, it’s totally a bottle shade.

6. Well maybe not. It looks pretty natural, actually. If it is dyed it’s really good and I should find out who her colorist is for when I start to go grey.

7. Her bangs look really good, should I get bangs?

8. Should I go say hi? We reds are usually pretty friendly.

Photo via Stylecaster
Photo via Stylecaster

9. Yes, she’s coming over here.

10. Hello, new friend!

READ: 5 Reasons Everyone Needs a Redhead Friend 

Watch Karen Elson below talk about why she thinks redheads are “nice people”:

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Keesler

Keesler (bottom left) wants to use her Redhead of the Week spotlight to raise awareness for melanoma. As a teenager, she always hated her pale skin and thought that she looked sickly without a tan. Because of this, she would tan all year round, indoors and outdoors, and would feel proud that she was one of the few redheads that could actually hold a tan. (She attributes this to her brown eyes.) At the age of 22, she was diagnosed with stage 2 melanoma, and despite stopping her tanning sessions, she was diagnosed with melanoma again last year at the age of 28.

“Since my diagnoses, I have embraced my paleness and have tried to spread the word to others that being pale is beautiful,” says Keesler.

READ: Melanoma Awareness Month, What to Expect When You’re Getting a Skin-Cancer Screening

The Aspiring Redhead Teen Model Who Is Redefining Beauty Standards

Redheads, meet Madeline Stuart. She’s 18 years old, from Brisbane, Australia and has down syndrome. Her mission is to not only model, but change the way society thinks about people with down syndrome, models themselves.. and having vibrant red hair. See more of her modeling photos below:

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Comment below to encourage her to continue pursuing her dreams.

Rock it like a Redhead, Madeline!

All photos via @madelinesmodelling via Facebook

6 Ways to Fake Clean Red Hair

When it comes to women getting ready in the morning, it can be a very time-consuming process. Either it’s Monday morning and we don’t want to get out of bed, or we’re a little pressed for time and can’t fit everything in before we have to head out the door.

For me, the most time-consuming part of my morning routine is my red hair –– specifically washing it. From drying to styling, it can take up to an hour for my red hair to look great. However, there are some ways to work around this:

Here are 6 ways to fake clean hair:

1. Dry shampoo

Of course, the most common one is using dry shampoo. It’s probably the quickest fix to clean hair in a pinch, and you can always bring it with you and use it in the bathroom of your school or workplace, so there’s no need to always do it at home.

Read: The Best Dry Shampoo For Your Red Hair 

2. Baby powder

My old college roommate used baby powder every single day. Putting baby powder in the hair acts like a dry shampoo by absorbing the excess oils from your hair. This allows it to not look as greasy and it lasts all day. It also gives a fresh and clean smell to the hair even though you didn’t wash it that day.

Tip: Don’t use too much or the whiteness of the product will lighten your red hair.

3. Cornstarch

Cornstarch works well because it is a corn flour which absorbs the oil from your hair. If you’re worried that the cornstarch residue will cause your hair to look faded, mix cinnamon with cornstarch equal parts. Read more here!

4. Fun hairstyles

Sometimes all you have to do is wear your hair up to fake the look of clean hair. When your hair is down, it’s more obvious that it’s not clean because the natural oils can part the hair in funky ways. It’s less noticeable when it’s up in a beautiful updo. The two simple updos that I go with are ponytails and sock buns.

5. Thick headbands:

This is sometimes the only way to successfully wear the hair down when you didn’t wash it! By wearing a thick headband, your greasy spots will go unnoticed, since the top of your head is where the grease is mostly seen.

6. Braids:

If you can braid hair quickly, this is also a great way to hide oil. The oil makes the braid stay in place better than when hair is clean.

WATCH: How To Do a Redhead Rope Braid 

These are just a few ways to fake clean your hair, but it’s all about experimentation. Find the best style for you, and make it your go-to.

Rock it like a Redhead! 

Photo Credit: Model, Luca Hollestelle. Photographer, Agata Serge.

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