4 Gifts To Give Your Redhead Mom This Mother’s Day

Updated on 5/9/2018

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Show your mom how much you appreciate her with special ‘Redhead Friendly’ approved beauty products to make her feel her best. The most perfect gift someone can give is the gift of amazing skin. A mother’s love is one of the most precious gifts anyone can ever receive, so be sure to show her some appreciation!

There are many different products out there that are perfect for moms, especially redhead moms. Redheads are known not just for beautiful hair, but fair and beautiful skin. As we age, it’s important to help preserve our skin.

Here are some great redhead-approved beauty product choices for mom:

1. Zo Skin Health Line

Zo Skin Health products are wonderful and very ‘Redhead Friendly.‘ These products contain powerful ingredients to go the extra measures to protect your skin. I have used their sunscreen and it works very well on fair skin, and the products work well on young and mature skin.

You can opt to buy a single product or a set, and you get enough to last you a pretty long while before needing to order more. Another great product is the Zo Overnight Hand Recovery. It keeps hands soft and smooth year round. The products are a splurge, but if you have the extra money to spare, definitely look into the products.

2. philosophy Vanilla Birthday Cake Birthday Bundle

I absolutely love philosophy’s shower products. The bottles are huge and will last you months. I bought three bottles a little after the holidays were over, and am still on my first bottle. They smell great and leave your skim smelling great after you come out of the shower. The cool thing about these products is that they are a three in one. You can use the product as a shower gel, bubble bath, or a shampoo. All of the scents are great, and are gentle on the skin, so if your mom is a scent lover these are a great gift.

READ: 10 Things To Know About Having A Redhead Baby

3. LUSH Cosmetics Yummy Mummy Body Conditioner

LUSH Cosmetics has a vast selection of organic bath products and lip scrubs. This is their first limited edition body conditioner specifically for Mother’s Day. The fruity strawberry scent will leave your mummy smelling great and give her soft, after shower skin. All of LUSH Cosmetics’ products are vegan and natural.

4. The H2BAR Box: Subscribe Now

Who doesn’t want ‘Redhead Friendly’ beauty products sent directly to their doorstep each month? Each H2BAR Box retails for $85-100 each month and the cost of the box is $18.98. This is definitely a way to spoil your mom this Mother’s Day.

Rock it like a Redhead! 

Nicole Kidman and daughter Faith Margaret photographed by Will Davidson for Harper’s Bazaar Australia June/July 2012
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7 Things A Mom Has Said To Her Redhead Daughter

Here are 7 things a mom has said to her redhead daughter over the years:

1. “Look! I bought you a Little Mermaid shirt.”

Because every mom knows their redhead daughter is constantly being compared to Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” or Merida from “Brave”. Moms are good like that.

Photo from the 2015 Rock it like a Redhead Event in Austin, TX. Look sponsored by KOHLS. Model: Jennifer Lynn Larsen
Photo from the 2015 Rock it like a Redhead Event in Austin, TX. Look sponsored by KOHLS. Model: Jennifer Lynn Larsen

2. “You can go as far as you want. I can see you from miles away.”

She would never lose you in the biggest of crowds because your hair is always standing out amongst the rest.

Photography Credit: R.S. Reitz, Primal Rhythms
Photography Credit: R.S. Reitz, Primal Rhythms

3. “I always wanted a redheaded daughter.”

Imagine the look on your mom’s face when you were born! Pure delight.

4. “If someone makes a bad comment about your hair, just say ‘thank you’.”

Moms give the best advice. If someone is evil to you about your hair, why not thank them for noticing? Always hold your head high and exude confidence.

5. “I bought you a moisturizer and some argan oil.”

Your mom has shared her beauty tips with you and you are so grateful because a redhead can always know more about ‘Redhead Friendly’ beauty products. Read Why Every Redhead Should Invest In Argan Oil for Their Skin here

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6. “My friends always ask about you.”

Raising a redhead is like raising a princess.

7. “I hope I have redheaded grandchildren someday.”

Daughter’s response, “Oh, mom…”

What has your mom said to you? Tell us below.

Rock it like a Redhead! 

Photo Credit: All Abroad Baby

Cailley

“I feel that my daughter Cailley should be the Redhead of the Week because as she has gone through high school completely embracing her red hair,” says Cailley’s mom upon submitting her daughter’s photo for How to be a Redhead’s weekly feature. “When she was little she was teased and occasionally came home crying. I am a redhead and was teased as a child as well.”

Cailley’s mom learned to embrace her red hair and was determined that her two children (both redheads) would grow up feeling comfortable and loving their unique appearance. In her younger years, Cailley looked up to redhead heroes like Disney‘s Merida and strong actors like, Julianne Moore and Jessica Chastain. Cailley’s mother ended by saying, “My daughter is strong and ready to rock the world.”

READ: Turning The Tide on Redhead Bullying – Every Ugly Word At A Time

5 Mindfulness Habits Every Redhead Should Practice Daily. Starting Now.

By: Miranda Howard

Empty calories, empty words, vacant thoughts. We’ve all been there. In times of extreme emotion or exhaustion or anxiety, it’s far too easy to camp out on the couch with a bag of Oreo’s, to answer questions with an absent-minded “uh huh,” to zone out in front of the television and allow ourselves to completely check out of reality. And, that’s okay. We all need a mental health break sometimes. That should be the exception for dealing with overwhelm, though, not the rule.

I find that we redheads tend to be a passionate and sensitive lot, so it’s easy for us to become bogged down by the responsibilities, stressors, and uncertainties of life. We feel deeply and even, in some cases, take on the feelings of others. I don’t know about y’all, but I want to feel everything, bad and good. Emotional depth, sincerity, and openness are beautiful traits common among redheads, but those qualities can become a heavy load to carry when life gets crazy. Luckily, there are some simple things we can all do every day that will allow us to be more present in the moment and less worried about what’s waiting down the road.

1. Be in your body.

Even if you only have the time and energy for five minutes, get yourself moving. Take a walk around your office building during your lunch break; sneak in a few squats while brushing your teeth; do some shoulder stretches and gentle spinal twists in your desk chair to give yourself a boost when you realize that you’ve been hunched over that spreadsheet all day. Movement is one of the most fundamental and vital components to a happy, emotionally satisfied life and is a great coping mechanism. That gorgeous red hair of yours is just begging to blow in the wind, to catch that glimmer of sunlight, to swish gracefully in a bouncy ponytail. Not to mention that exercise is great for your hair (as well as skin and nails and a whole host of other things), so if your shimmery locks are looking less than luscious, try some endorphins on for size!

READ: 5 Ways Redheads Can Live Their Best Live. Ever. 

2. Say something nice to yourself.

I grew up hating my freckles, my pale skin, the almost transparent redhead eyebrows that disappeared against my equally translucent skin. It was just too easy to look in the mirror and criticize, especially when it seems to be a common experience among us to have been picked on to some degree for at least one of those attributes. I hope you’ve realized it already, but you were born to stand out. Those qualities give you an edge in that department and I hope you’ve come to love them. If you still find it too easy to criticize, if you do it absent-mindedly, I challenge you to look your lovely self in the eye at least once a day and commend yourself for being honest and smart, for not flashing a rude gesture at the guy who cut you off on your early morning sprint to the quick mart for the milk and cereal you forgot yesterday, for finishing that big project at work. I promise you, you’ve done many things already today to be proud of and, even if you haven’t made it out of bed or brushed your teeth, you are astounding and there is something to praise yourself for.

3. Take a breath.

I’m not telling you that you need to full on meditate (meditation is great and if you have any interest at all, you should look into it), but a few minutes of deep, conscious breathing, grounding, and focused awareness is great for finding perspective and coming down from high emotion. Give yourself the opportunity to be still with your thoughts and feelings, to process whatever is going on in your life, and to regain a sense of peace and calm. As I said above, we gingers are passionate and tend to deep emotion. We can get carried away by those passions from time to time. Some silence and stillness can help carry us back to ourselves, to the present moment, and to the realization that passion doesn’t have to become reaction.

4. Read. Do a Sudoku.

Learn to count to five in a foreign language. Every day is an opportunity for learning, for expanding awareness, for attempting to become an inhabitant of this big world full of adventure and the unknown instead of simply hibernating in the small corner of space that we inhabit. Redheads are known for being full of fire and thirst for life. Own that. Step outside of your comfort zone, even if it’s stepping into the pages of a book. Grow. Expand. Challenge yourself.

5. Reach out. Volunteer. Smile.

Buy someone’s lunch. Make dinner for a friend who’s struggling. Some of the moments when we are most present in our own lives is when we are doing good for others. Our lives are small and empty without connections. Strive to do one small thing every day that fosters an existing connection or forges a new one, that extends a hand to someone who needs one, that forces you to step outside of yourself. The secret redhead appreciation society that prompts all of us to exchange a smile or some small greeting of kinship and acceptance with every other redhead we encounter? Extend that to everyone. Let your circle grow large. Astound yourself and others with your muchness. Mean it.

We owe it ourselves to live a legitimate life, driven by meaningful and present connections. Sometimes we all need to be more aware. And, if you aren’t as present as you’d like to be today, strive to live more mindfully tomorrow. Every day presents an opportunity (or several) and opening up our awareness allows us to better reach out and grab for every one that comes our way. Live that fiery, glorious redhead passion and behold all that you are capable of.

Namaste, kindred spirits. Rock it like a Redhead! 

Model: Nicole Fox

Redheads: From Being Feared To A Beautiful Miracle

By: Alexandra Bricker

Have you ever heard someone say that gingers have no soul?  It’s a joke now, but it wasn’t always.  Did you know that Ancient Greeks thought that redheads would turn into vampires after we died?  Yeah!  They allegedly staked us in the heart right after we died to prevent us from coming back.

In Ancient Egypt, redheads were buried alive as sacrifice to the god Osiris.

Ironically, since I was a child, I’ve been in love with Ancient Egyptian culture and I wouldn’t have lasted a day!  We’ve been called everything from witches, vampires, werewolves, and even have been accused of being “of the devil.”  Of all these absurdities, one thing rings too true; history has not been nice to the gingers.

In fact, things got a little bit weird for us in the Middle Ages.  Redheaded babies were said to be conceived during menstruation and therefore were seen as “unclean.”  Not nice, and also pretty ignorant.  I feel terrible when I think about all the beautiful redheaded babies that should have gotten all the “ooohs and awwws” my daughter received.

In the 15th and 16th century witch hunts, women were burned at the stake simply for having red hair.

Jealous much?!

Christian Europe even has written history stereotyping redheads.  Dating back to Ancient Times, society has warned each other about redheads.  Some historians believe that Christian Europe was so hard on redheads because Judas, the betrayer of Christ, happened to be a ginger.  Redheads were seen to have hair of the fires of hell.  Satan was often depicted as a redhead as red was seen as the color of sexual desire and all things unholy.  In Michelangelo’s Temptation paintings, Eve is seen as blonde before eating the apple and a redhead after eating it.

Tsk. Tsk.

Things only got worse has for redheads as time went on.  Hitler even banned redhead marriage in order to avoid “deviated offspring.”  If you ask me, he was the most deviated offspring I’ve ever heard of.  How awful that we were once so repressed.

READ: Redhead Confidence: Self-Esteem Is Not The Answer

READ: Facts About Redheads That May Surprise You 

I don’t know about you, but I sure am happy that the worldview of redheads has changed!  Even if we do have to deal with the ‘gingerphobia’ (yes, it is a real thing) and dumb jokes at least none of us will be persecuted simply for our genes.

Today, we can celebrate our red hair for what it really is…a beautiful miracle.

Rock it like a Redhead! 

Photo via Pinterest

Bride Didn’t Wear White: Color Options for Wedding & Special Occasion Dresses

By: Jessie Harbin

I always dreamed of getting married. I can’t help it. I love having a job and a career, but I’ve also always wanted to be a wife. So naturally, when that handsome 6-foot-4 boy got down on one knee last summer, I was thrilled. The wedding planning began and the search for the perfect dress was on.

I wanted traditional. I want everything to be traditional. I wanted a church wedding with bells and lace. As the dress hunt got started, I tried on a stark white gown. Standing before that dressing room mirror, I looked like an angel. Not one of those ethereal images you see in paintings of heaven.

No, I looked like one of the angels the Almighty sends when he needs to blind someone in a flash of light.

My skin blurred into one ghostly form with the dress.

Clearly there are few fair skin wedding designers out there who understand we need a bit of color. Even with other special occasion gowns, there are (albeit harder to find) options instead of ream-of-paper white:

1. Champagne: These dresses are growing in popularity, according to Pinterest and several bridal salon saleswomen. Then again, they probably would have told me neon green dresses were in style if I had expressed an interest.

2. Pale pink: Some wedding dresses have a pale pink overlay on top of the white, adding some color to a traditional dress.

3. Purple: Julianne Moore wore a lilac Prada wedding dress when she married husband Bart Freundlich in August 2003. The non-traditional dress was an understated and stylish choice for their backyard wedding in New York City.

4. Embroidered: I’ve noticed a lot of white dresses that offer embellishments around the neckline, arms and hem. That will give you a bit of color without sacrificing your traditional white.

5. Vintage: I tried on several vintage dresses that were aged–but not yellowed. There is a big difference. If you get a vintage dress, expect some of the color to come out with a professional laundering. This depends on how the garment was stored and how old it was. Keep in mind that sizes have changed a lot, so don’t get discouraged if you wear a bigger size than your normal clothes.

6. Heirloom: I’m going this route. I am wearing my mother’s dress, it’s candlelight white with a Queen Anne neckline and long lace sleeves. The top portion didn’t fit–partially because she became an aerobics instructor before her wedding and lost 40 pounds–but we found a local seamstress who agreed to re-work the top into something more my style and size for about $200.

READ: Makeup Tips for Redhead Brides 

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Hint of Tint for Redheads: Sold Out Product Comes To Life on Beauty Tour

How to be a Redhead has collaborated with Billion Dollar Brows for a custom ‘Red’ shade of their signature brow gel, the Hint of Tint.

Based in Beverly Hills, Billion Dollar Brows is the only cosmetics company solely dedicated to eyebrows. “Redheads need extra attention in the brow area because their eyebrow hair is extremely fair,” says Natalie Plain, co-founder of Billion Dollar Brows. “This is where we come in! Many traditional brow products for redheads have beige or grey undertones, which doesn’t look natural.”

Featured in The New York Times by How to be a Redhead, the redhead-beauty obsessed sisters have always been a fan of Billion Dollar Brows’ Hint of Tint in ‘Blonde’. “We’ve always loved it because it is an eyebrow gel, but with a subtle tint to it,” says Stephanie Vendetti, co-founder of How to be a Redhead. “We always wished it was more red; and after the Times article was published, both teams decided the Hint of Tint needed to be re-created for redheads.”

Together, How to be a Redhead and Billion Dollar Brows created a redhead-specific shade.

Apart from the color, the ingredients were also well thought out; the product contains aloe leaf extract to condition eyebrow hairs. Redheads usually have coarse hair, and the product works to soften hairs while adding shape and color. See more ingredient information here.

“Redheads have been ignored in the eyebrow department for years, and just like us, have probably bought too many products hoping one would work,” says Adrienne Vendetti, co-founder of How to be a Redhead. “This is everything in one easy product.” The gel-like product has a rich auburn shade, adds instant fullness to brows, provides superior color and control, lasts all day and is water resistant.

The formula will not run, flake or transfer, but is easily removed with cleanser. This color is a perfect reddish brown that complements all redhead eyebrow tones. And, the packaging features How to be a Redhead’s ‘Redhead Friendly’-Approved logo.

Billion Dollar Brows is proudly the Official Eyebrow Sponsor for the 5 city Rock it like a Redhead Beauty Tour. Beginning in Austin, Texas on April 30th, 2015, the Vendetti sisters will apply the product to attendees — showing the easy, 1 step process and how beneficial it is for redheads.

After the tour premieres in The Lone Star State, it heads to Nashville, Seattle, Chicago and New York City. The Hint of Tint is currently sold out on HowtobeaRedhead.com, but attendees will be able to purchase the Hint of Tint at the live, red carpet events!

HOW TO USE THE PRODUCT:

Using the mascara wand applicator, gently sweep the wand across your brow line to add color and hold. The more you apply, the deeper the color. Tip: If you see excess product, do not rub it off! It will blend into hair.

For more information, or to purchase the product on backorder, head right here.

And, don’t forget to watch the video below.

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3 Beauty-Inspired Gift Baskets for Redhead Moms

Updated on 5/8/2018

Green Thumb Basket:

My mom’s favorite thing to do is work in her garden, but redhead moms with fair skin always have to be more cautious about the time they spend in the sun. Here are some great gift ideas for making sure your mom can get her hands dirty, while staying beautiful at the same time:

1. Floppy garden hat: Target has some very cute and inexpensive floppy-brimmed hats in a variety of colors that are sure to keep your mom looking stylish while protecting her from the summer sun.  I’ll be buying my mom the traditional straw-colored “A New Day”. Hope you’re not reading this, mom.

2. Sunscreen/moisturizer duo: If your mom is a redhead or has fair skin like you do, I suggest Aveeno Broad Spectrum SPF 30.  It’s lightweight, so she can wear it all day.

READ: 10 Reasons Every Redhead Should Love Julianne Moore 

3. Lip balm: Gardeners love Burt’s Bees products and so do I. I prefer the classic beeswax balm, but Burt makes a variety formulas for your mother’s specific lip-nourishing needs.

4. Garden gloves and “mani-pedi” gift card: Don’t let your mother’s green thumbs take a beating.  Protect them with her favorite style of garden gloves, then take her out for a nice mani-pedi.

5. Add fresh flowers and a few vintage seed packets to this basket to finish up the look.

R&R Basket:

A mother’s job is never done, and with all the hard work our moms do on a daily basis, they deserve a chance to unwind.  Here are some gift ideas that will help your mom get that much needed R&R.

1. Face mask: The First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask is great for sensitive skin.  It contains soothing oatmeal, shea butter, and is fragrance and dye-free.

2. Foot cream: It’s sandal season, which for my mom means dry feet and cracked heels.  Your mom will love the ‘Heel of Approval’ cracked heel treatment from Bath & Body Works.  Her feet will feel smoother with every use.

3. Argan oil: If you haven’t heard yet, argan oil is a must-have skin and hair product for redheads!  The results will speak for themselves.

4. New pillow, sheets, and massage gift card: Take your mom out for a relaxing massage, and then send her home to curl up with a comfy pillow and a fresh set of sheets.  It’s your mom, so go ahead a splurge for that higher thread-count.

5. Top this basket off with her favorite bottle of wine to help her unwind at the end of a long day.

Fit and Fabulous Basket:

If you’re the daughter of a health-conscious mom, here are some Mother’s Day gift ideas that are sure to keep her looking fit and fabulous all year long.

1. Dark chocolate: Chocolate is always a popular Mother’s Day gift, but let’s ditch the milk chocolate this year and opt for a smooth dark chocolate with less sugar and fewer calories instead.  The antioxidants in dark chocolate are not only good for redheads’ sensitive skin, but are also known to help with heart disease and other illnesses.  One of my mom’s favorites is the Ghirardelli Intense Dark Raspberry Radiance.

2. Fit Bit: Get one for your mom and one for you! You will be able to track each others steps and stay healthy together.

3. Water bottle with fruit-infuser: The AdNArt FlavourIt glass water bottle is an inexpensive and stylish way to add a splash of flavor to your mom’s water.  Supposedly watermelon is the best infused fruit to fight skin-aging, while kiwi contains zinc, necessary for keeping hair, skin, teeth, and nails healthy.

4. Yoga mat and gift card to a local studio: Give your mom the opportunity to experience the many physical and mental health benefits that come with practicing yoga.

5. Personalize this gift basket with a new playlist created just for your mom and a pair of Yurbuds sport earphones to keep her rocking like a redhead during her work-outs.

Our moms are the most beautiful women in our lives, so let’s treat them to something special this Mother’s Day. And, don’t forget to thank your mom for giving you life and great head of red hair.

Rock it like a Redhead! 

Shannah

This is a photo of Shannah and her two sisters. Each of them has different curl patterns and shades of red. Keirah, the youngest (center), has strawberry blonde hair; Sarah, the middle child (right), has auburn hair, and Shannah, the eldest (left), has bright red curly hair. “We always embrace our hair as a unit, and it’s really cool to each be different and unique at the same time,” she says.

READ: The 6 Different Shades of Red Hair: Which Shade Are You? 

Wedding Guest Dress Inspiration for Redheads

Tis the season, redheads! Wedding bells are ringing and you may be pondering what to wear to complement your red hair this wedding season. Keep scrolling to explore five ‘redhead friendly’ looks for all budgets, venues and personalities.

1. Black Tie Wedding

You’ll be the redhead belle of the ball in this sophisticated floor-length gown. 

Get the look: Jenny Yoo Ryder Convertible Dress

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2. Shabby Chic Barn Bash

Do-si-do the night away wearing a fun ruffled blue dress.

Get the look: Dolan Left Coast Adelaide Mini Dress

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3. Garden Party Gathering

Your red hair will pair lovely with a fun floral summer dress.

Get the look: Modcloth Truly You Short Sleeve Dress

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4. Metropolitan Merrymaking

Break tradition by pairing your fiery locks with an edgy jumpsuit.

Get the Look: Alexis Eckhart jumpsuit

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5. Yacht Club Soiree

Fashion your red locks into a fishtail braid and rock a nautical theme. Stripes are a splendid option for a seaside or yacht wedding.

Get the look: Kate Spade Deck Stripe Midi Dress

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Photo Credit: Aspect Photography

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