A couple of weeks ago, I came to the strange realisation that a large percentage of my friends are redheads, whether that be through natural means; or acquired through not-so-natural means (a bottle of dye!).
Quite why this is, I have no idea. I don’t know if it’s because ‘like attracts like’, or that red-haired people are just, well, cooler *giggles* but either way, the fact remains that around 80% of my friends are of fiery tresses.
So I thought, why don’t I ask them their hints/tips for dyed redheads?
First up, the lovely Hannah from A Brighton Belle…
“I am A Brighton Belle, or Hannah, or quite possibly a fiery redhead. A vintage blogger, model and bank worker, my hair colour allows me to embrace my vintage lifestyle in every moment of my daily life, and get suitably vintaged up when the opportunity arises.
“For me, the key to fabulous gingerness stems from looking after your hair! To keep hair in vibrant, glossy and in great condition I recommend a fabulous shampoo and conditioner, Bumble and Bumble Colour Minded. The range may be on the pricier end of the spectrum but certainly does exactly what it says on the tin in terms of maintaining colour and condition.
“Once the hair quality is taken care of, the fun can begin. Is it a pompadour or poodle, set or slick quiff?! Let loose and experiment with a range of styles. I personally love playing around with accessories, a classic hair slide or head scarf can set off a fabulous ‘do, and I choose shades to compliment my colour such as berry hues or vibrant greens.”
“As for make-up, I am lucky enough to be a green-eyed girl; however those that aren’t can definitely still pull it off! A flick of eyeliner, dash of highlighter and orange tinted red lipstick, So Chaud or Ladydanger, all work the look. For a more seducing look, a darker red such as Ruby Woo or Russian Red does the trick so that you can smoulder away.
“Since being a redhead, I have strayed away from bronzer, instead choosing a pale skin and pink cheeked English Rose look.”
Next up, the beautiful Melanie of Incendiary Blonde blog: (Don’t be fooled by the name of the blog, read-on to see Mel’s perspective of going from blonde to red…
“Having been a bottle blonde for nearly 9 years, I went red last October, after my hair suddenly got into really bad condition, and a lot of it broke off into tiny stumps… eek!
“As you can see from the name of my blog, I really loved and identified with being a blonde, and it was a shock to the system changing my hair to a darker colour. I’ll admit that it took a while to get used to it, but now I love being a redhead!
“As a natural brunette (although I can’t even remember the last time I saw my natural hair colour) I find that having a copper shade of red is great, as when my roots start growing through, it is a lot less obvious than when I was blonde. Also, taking a break from the peroxide has meant that my hair is now soft, shiny and much fuller than it was previously.
“Since becoming a redhead, I have fallen in love with the colour green. I wear a lot more green, which goes fabulously with red hair – and I have also found that the green in my eyes stands out a lot more now, too.”
“Make-up wise, I usually wear red lipstick, but now I often wear more orangey shades of red, especially during the daytime. Orange lippie is great on redheads!
“Additionally, as my eyebrows are very sparse, I have started filling them in using a MAC eyebrow pen and/or powder in a reddish shade. It really makes a difference to your face, as I find that my eyebrows look a bit too light on their own, next to my red hair. It can be a little harder to find red eyebrow pencils in the usual high street chemists, however, if you are on a budget, then the blonde shades usually have a fair amount of red in them, so I find that they work better than the brown pencils.
“Any blondes wishing to venture to the red side should be aware that red fades quite quickly on the bleached parts of your hair, however, if you mix in a little hair dye with your conditioner every now and then, it should help to keep your colour more vibrant!”
I have to say along with the other fabulous tips; I agree with both ladies on the wearing more green. Prior to being a dyeing redhead (long ago and far away!), I never really looked upon green favourably, but since having red hair, it contrasts beautifully and brings out the copper tones in your hair.
I now also have aquamarine glasses; so I can contrast with my hair around the clock; or during waking hours when my spectacles are being worn at least!
Got any tips of your own? Comment below!