Carrot top, ginger nut … those lucky enough to be graced with red hair will know these bonus namesakes all too well.
Sadly, there’s still a bit of a stigma that comes with being a ‘strawberry blonde’ (as I prefer to call it) – but times they are a changing. Thanks to the likes of Prince Harry, Ed Sheeran, Emma Stone, Rupert Grint and Nicole Kidman rocking the red look, standing out from the crowd is now very cool. And here’s Craig’s top tips on how to work it…
As beautiful as natural red hair is, it can be incredibly coarse (c’mon, you can’t have everything) as gingers actually have fewer (albeit, thicker) follicles on their red heads.
Over-washing your hair is one of the main culprits for drying out your locks and encouraging the coarseness. Of course, it may be tempting to wash your hair every day, but excess shampooing dries out your red hair quicker, particularly if they contain harsh chemicals.
If you can help it, space out your shampoo sessions to every three days. This may feel like too long for some of you, and if so, invest in some dry shampoo on your non-washing days, or just rinse and condition on your off days.
When it comes to making up, be proud of your freckles (if you are lucky enough to have them) and show them off.
Just some light powder or even mineral foundation is a great way to keep your freckles beautiful. Of course, it all depends on your skin tone as well as the color red you have, but just because you are a redhead doesn’t mean you can’t wear blush – deeper brick and crimson blushes are fantastic on red heads. And a little coral on your lips is a great way to brighten up your face. If you are looking for some eyeshadow that really works for redheads, peaches and browns is the way to go!
But getting serious for a minute – protecting any redhead’s pale skin from the sun is a year-round job, as they have much less melanin in their skin than the rest of us so burn far more easily. So when looking for a suitable sunscreen, make sure it protects against UVA and UVB light and is at least a minimum of SPF 30.