Red Hair and Redheads
Why Red Hair Rocks
Redheads, natural or not, are seemingly underrated. Brunettes have great hair, but unless it's some overrated sex symbol like Megan Fox or Kim Kardashian (who are mostly famous for their looks, not much else), brunettes don't get much attention for their hair. And blondes, eh, I find them overrated. Really, what is so much more special about blonde hair than any other color? I'll admit that it looks good on some people, but not everyone. Yet it seems that more and more people-- especially women-- are dying their hair blonde. Therefore, blonde is becoming an anonymous hair color.
But red hair? Not only is it vibrant and eye-catching, but it can turn heads all by itself. You can have red hair and be dressed rather casually, and still receive stares. Good stares if you have the right shade of red and right hairstyle for you, bad stares if the red is too bright or has too many highlights. Or maybe it's the right shade of red hair, but it's styled badly.
Yep, if you want red hair, finding the right shade of red along with the right hairstyle can be tricky. But hopefully this lens can help out with that. This lens, if not now then later on, will touch on every kind of red hair imaginable. Plenty of pictures will be included as well, so you can see what shades of red and what hairstyles you like best. This lens will also include sources/links to other web sites where you can find and buy red hair color, wigs, extensions, and special shampoos and conditoners to help red hair last longer. Scroll down and read on to begin!
Red Hair Wigs
If you want to find out what shade of red works best before you dye your hair, or if you simply want red hair without any commitment, wigs are a good way to go. You can get them in different shades of red as well as different styles and lengths. You can do a Google search or search Amazon and/or eBay for a few red wigs you might want to try out.
Red Hair Extensions
Perhaps you are ready to dye your hair red, but you have short or thin hair, and you want long, voluminous red hair. Buying hair extensions can help with this, because you won't have to wait to grow your hair out. If you have your hair dyed professionally, you have 2 options.
First, you can bring a package of hair extensions with you to show them exactly what color to dye your hair. They can put the extensions in some time after that (probably not the same day, since your dyed hair and scalp might need a break before putting the hair extensions in).
Or, you can tell them what color you want your hair, and they might used hair extensions that are NOT red and dye them to match your hair.
Hair extensions can be done several different ways. Here are a few of them:
- Clip-on hair extensions can be clipped and pinned in with your hair, and then brushed or combed to blend in with your own hair. This is probably the easiest way to get extensions done.
- Weaving/Sewn-in hair extensions, where your hair is braided a certain way, and then the hair extensions are sewn in along the braids.
- Braided-in hair extensions, where the extensions are just braided in with your own hair. This is usually only done when you're going to have all your hair braided up or have dreadlocks.
- Bonding/Glued-in extensions. To my knowledge, there are different types of glues that can be used. But the best kind of glue to use for this process is protein glue. I had extensions done this past summer with protein glue, which my hairdresser told me is best for the hair since hair is made up of protein as well, which makes the glue more gentle on your hair than other glues.
Here is a very good link/website with more information about hair extensions:
- HairResources.net (first of 6 steps/pages on the research and process to be aware of when getting hair extensions; also describes 7 ways to get hair extensions done [which include the four ways I described above])
Red Hair Dye
In this case I would say just get your first dye job done professionally. However, you can do it yourself (and it will be less expensive), but you need to have some idea of what you're doing.
I have never tried to dye my hair, so I can't give any tips from my own experience. But I can give a few tips based on other people's experiences. If you're going to dye your hair, it's best to talk to someone else who has dyed their own hair before. They can tell you what they did right, as well as what they did wrong. Also, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS on the box or container. You are less likely to mess it up if you do what the instructions tell you to do.
Here are some links to websites and web pages with more tips about how to dye your hair and how to touch it up:
- GlamBlush (link takes you directly to page about touching up a red hair dye job)
- SoYouWanna.com (first of five pages giving extensive tips about whether you should dye your hair or not, as well as how to dye it)
Here is another place you can find red hair dye (aside from Amazon & eBay):
Check out even more red hair dyes at HotTopic.com.
Red Hair Wigs, Hair Extensions & Dyes on Amazon
I can't link directly to this Amazon list since HubPages only allows 2 links per domain. and I have two other Amazon lists I'll be linking to later on. However, I am going to list the HTML for the list's URL so that you can copy & paste it into your web browser bar and view the wigs, extensions and dyes that I've placed on the list.
Red Hair Dye YouTube Tutorials: Dying Dark Brown Hair Red & How To Touch It Up & Maintain It - These are NOT professionals, but they DO know what they're doing.
For anyone trying to go from dark brown to red- these videos are for you. This doesn't mean you don't still need to do more research about how to do it (especially if you want a different shade of red than she has), but these videos should help immensely.
The first 2 videos are from a girl named Nicole. The first video focuses on dyeing your hair red without pre-bleaching it. (This does not mean you don't have to bleach your hair AT ALL to get it red, it just means that you can bleach it at the same time as you dye it, basically. One less step, saving you a bit of time.) Her second video focuses on touch ups & maintenance, since red hair is notoriously difficult to keep up.
The other 5 videos-- made over a stretch of 2 years-- are from a lovely Australian girl named Louna. (Something to keep in mind when she's discussing certain products, as some are only available in Australia, so you'll have to find something similar in your own country).
The first Louna video features her bleaching her roots and re-dyeing her whole head. She explains each step as she goes through the process.
The second Louna video (which is shorter but still as detailed) is basically the same process, but with one major difference--she does not pre-bleach her hair. She uses a new product called MajiContrast, allowing her to bleach and dye at the same time.
The third Louna video is similar to the second, but she again uses a different product-- Hi-Lift Affinage B Red (now caled Affinage Infinity).
The fourth Louna video is not a tutorial, but a short review of how well the color holds in her hair (on the hair she didn't pre-bleach), even after a few days on vacation at the beach.
The fifth and final video features Louna discussing how to maintain red hair and what products she uses to do that. (She also mentions the Affinage product name change for anyone who wants to use that exact product-- so you know what it is and where to find it.)
I would suggest saving these videos (favorite them or add them to your own YouTube playlist, etc) as well as checking out some of the YouTube commentary on them, as some of the comments feature more tips as well.
Shampoos & Conditioners Made Especially For Red Hair - Amazon List
I failed to mention this earlier on this webpage, so I'll mention it here. In order to keep your color from fading, or to enhance your red hair, you should use shampoos AND conditioners made especially for dyed red hair. The products listed in this link do just that. (I've posted some of those same products below as well.)
Hair Bleaching Kits, Products & Hair Color Remover; Hair Toning Products; Protein Shampoos, Conditioners, Serums, Protein Filler
I've opted to simply list a few of the best hair care products below, but I wanted to give a brief explanation of what certain products will do for your hair (for those of you that aren't as familiar with these hair care products).
And now for a brief description of the hair products on this list...
Hair Bleaching Kits, Products & Hair Color Remover on Amazon:
There are some hair bleaching products you can use, along with a hair color remover kit if you don't like the way the dye job comes out...
Hair Toner Products on Amazon:
If you bleach your hair but it comes out with brassy tones (yellows & oranges) in it, these products are supposed to help get rid of the brassiness. But read the directions for how to correctly use your chosen product in order to get your desired results. And definitely read the reviews for these products.
Protein Shampoos, Conditioners, Serums and Protein Fillers on Amazon:
The protein fillers are to be used a good 30-60 minutes before you apply your color. It restores protein in damaged hair & allows the color to stick better. Also, using protein shampoos and conditioners will keep your hair healthy. But READ THE DIRECTIONS.
Red Hair CAN Work on ALL Ethnicities/Nationalities
Let me begin by saying that I am actually black, and I have owned several red wigs over the past three years, all of which looked great on me. But when I got my first red wig, I had help picking it out because I really didn't know what shade of red would look best on me, especially with my dark skin. And so, with my red hair experience, and after paying much attention to redheads of many different ethnic groups & nationalities, I can impart this wisdom to you.
If you're black or asian, or anything other than white, and you think that you can't pull off red hair because of that... well, you're wrong. That's not to say that you can definitely go red, because some people just can't pull it off. But that is more about skin tone than skin color. If your skin has a red or pink undertone, you can probably pull off red hair, regardless of whether you're black, white, asian, hispanic, etc. The shade of red you can pull off, however, is reliant on how dark or light your skin is, as you'll see here. Likewise, if your skin with a yellow undertone, then you're most likely better off brunette or blonde.
And so, I'm linking to two great examples of red hair on black women. The first is a photo of a model with dark skin, and long, dark, brownish-red hair (here). The second is a photo of a rapper (whom you may or may not be familiar with) named Charli Baltimore (here). She is black as well, but with lighter skin. And therefore, she can get away with the bright red hair. She could also go darker if she wanted to. But the darker a person's skin is, the darker red they'll need to go, otherwise they won't look good. (Really, imagine the model above with hair as bright as Charli's. Not so good, is it?) My skin is even a little darker than that model's, so I have to go even darker than that when I do it (which is the reason I favor darker colors on myself, like the style & dye job I pointed out in the "My Favorite Red Hairstyle & Dye Job" module below).
For more info about shades of red hair, visit Red Hair- Best Shades.
Famous Faker Redheads
Note: Pictures are subject to change or be removed entirely...
There are plenty of famous celebs who have dyed their otherwise blonde or brunette hair red for a TV, movie or theatre role, or simply because they wanted to. Some of these celebs the general public is so used to seeing with red hair, it's simply assumed that they're natural redheads when they actually aren't. So I have actually looked up some of these celebs using SEVERAL sources, confirming that the following are "faker redheads" (& note that for now, there is only one guy on the list because men don't normally dye their hair red unless they've dyed it red by accident, or they're part of the punk scene, or they're Dennis Rodman):
Gerard Way, lead singer of the rock band My Chemical Romance. He's previously had jet black hair and white blonde hair. (Click on the photo for the source.)
Hayley Williams of Paramore (who once stated that even she doesn't remember what her natural hair color is, lol). Sources on the internet said that she's a natural brunette. And they're right! The proof-- a picture of Hayley when she was a toddler.
Actress & comedianne Lucille Ball (I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, etc.).
Actress Emma Stone (Easy A, Zombieland, Superbad; was asked to dye her hair red for a role and got more attention & roles with it, so she kept it that way; dyed her hair blonde to play Gwen Stacy in the upcoming Spiderman prequel, but dyed it back to red shortly after).
Actress Debra Messing (Will & Grace, The Starter Wife, The Mysteries of Laura; has said her career took off when she dyed her hair red; natural brunette)
Actress Amy Adams (Doubt, Enchanted, Leap Year, The Fighter, American Hustler, Big Eyes; when she was on Conan O'Brian's new late night show Conan, she discussed how she is actually a natural blonde but got more positive attention & roles once she dyed her hair red).
Other Famous Faker Redheads:
Actress Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, Erin Brockovich, Ocean's Eleven & Ocean's Twelve; natural dirty blonde); Actress Kirsten Dunst (a natural blonde who dyed her hair red to play Mary Jane Watson in the Spiderman movies; ironically, natural redhead Bryce Dallas Howard [see "Famous Natural Redheads" module] dyed her hair blonde to play Gwen Stacy in Spiderman 3); Actress Christina Hendricks (Mad Men; natural blonde who has dyed her hair red off & on since the age of 10); Actress Cynthia Nixon (Sex & The City TV series & movie; supposedly a natural blonde; dyed her hair red to play Miranda, as there were already 2 blondes on the show); Actress Gillian Anderson (The X-Files; natural blonde); Actress Rose McGowan (Charmed, Jawbreaker, also dated Marilyn Manson); Actress Rachel Nichols (a regular in Alias's fifth & final season, & went red to play Shana "Scarlett" O'Hara in G.I.J.O.E.); Actress, singer & dancer Ann-Margret (born & raised in Sweden & officially became a U.S Citizen in 1949; starred in the movies Bye Bye Birdie, Viva Las Vegas with Elvis Presley, The Swinger, Grumpy Old Men & the sequel Grumpier Old Men with Walter Matthau & Jack Lemmon, Any Given Sunday with Cameron Diaz, The Break Up with Jennifer Aniston & Vince Vaughn, & The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause; natural blonde or brunette who had her hair dyed by the same person who did Lucille Ball's hair).
Famous Natural Redheads
The ONLY (for sure) natural redheads you'll see on this ENTIRE lens (again, pictures are subject to change or be removed)...
Here are some famous celebs who were born with naturally red hair, have kept their natural color and/or enhanced it. Check them out below...
Shirley Manson (lead singer of Garbage, also was an actress on the now defunct Fox series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles).
Actress Isla Fisher (her hair may not be that red in this photo, but she is a bonafide redhead; She can be seen in Confessions of a Shopaholic, Wedding Crashers, Now You See Me; also is married to Sacha Baron Cohen of Borat, Bruno, and Da Ali G Show).
Model & actress Angie Everhart (was also on an ABC celeb reality contest series called The Mole).
Actress Julianne Moore (her movies include Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Hannibal, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Far from Heaven, The Hours, & A Single Man).
Bryce Dallas Howard (daughter of director & former actor Ron Howard; her movies include The Village, Manderlay, Lady in the Water, Spider-Man 3 [went blonde for this movie to play Gwen Stacy], Terminator Salvation, and replaced Rachelle Lefevre in the 3rd film of the Twilight saga, Eclipse.
Both pictures are of Ron Howard (father of Bryce Dallas Howard; famous for playing Andy Griffith's TV son, Opie Taylor, on The Andy Griffith Show, and portrayed Richie Cunningham on Happy Days; Now an accomplished director, he's directed the following films [and more]: Splash, Cocoon, Backdraft, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Frost/Nixon, The Da Vinci Code, and its 2009 sequel, Angels & Demons).
Former Late Night Host of The Tonight Show & current Late Night Host of Conan on TBS, Conan O'Brien.
Rachelle Lefevre (portrayed vampire Victoria in Twilight and New Moon; currently stars on the TV show Under the Dome).
Reba McEntire (Country singer, and star of Reba).
The now infamous celeb & natural ginger Lindsay Lohan (yes, she's forever changing her hair color, but she can't deny her roots).
Other famous natural redheads: Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York; Actress Nicole Kidman (Far and Away, Moulin Rouge, The Hours, Australia, and the movie musical Nine); Actress Lauren Ambrose (of the hit HBO show Six Feet Under), Actress & singer Alicia Witt (was on the TV shows Cybil, The Sopranos, and Law and Order: Criminal Intent), model Lily Cole (who is also in the film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), comedianne Kathy Griffin (from My Life On The D-List and Fashion Police), David Caruso (who originally started on NYPD Blue, a show with some great writing and great acting; he then delivered cheesy one-liners for 10 years on CSI: Miami); Scott Grimes (played Dr. Archie Morris on ER & was in the movie Robin Hood with Russell Crowe); Seth Green (actor and creator of Robot Chicken); Olympic Gold Medalist snowboarder Shaun White (he also skateboards professionally); and Malcolm X (yes, that Malcolm X [there's only one, so why are you even ASKING that question]-- believe it or not, black people CAN have naturally red hair, too).
Famous Redheads Whose Natural Hair Color Is Debatable
These people... well, there's just no solid evidence that they are or aren't natural redheads, and I couldn't find any quotes from any of them about it, either. But again, because the general public is so used to seeing these with red hair, it's assumed that they're redheads. So who knows...but if you happen upon a website that can confirm what the following celebs natural hair color is, or better yet, a direct quote from the celeb themselves, then I can move them to one of the two categories above. For now, they stay here.
Believe it or not, actress Molly Ringwald (some have said she's not a natural redhead, and yet I can't find a reliable source that confirms this).
Other debatable redheads: Country singer Wynonna Judd (yes, I know she's known for her flaming red hair, but I couldn't confirm that it was naturally hers), actress Cate Blanchett (had red hair for a few movies, including 2008's The Case of Benjamin Button, and is rumored by some to be a natural redhead, but looks convincing as a blonde, so... you tell me), singer Geri Haliwell (formerly Ginger Spice of the Spice Girls; same hair color issue as Laura Prepon has), Actress Marcia Cross (of Desperate Housewives; was also on the original Melrose Place; I originally thought she was a natural redhead, but someone who viewed this page said otherwise, and I see the same debate when I google "Marcia Cross natural redhead" or "Marcia Cross natural hair color"); and Laura Prepon (star of That 70's Show, October Road and Orange Is The New Black. All the sources I looked up for her all say different things, claiming she's a natural redhead, or a natural blonde, or a natural brunette; no one knows for sure).
Video of (Former) Redhead Alison Sudol (A Fine Frenzy): Spring Awakening - A Fine Frenzy's Alison Sudol brings her own brand of sweet sexiness to Spring's whims
Alison Sudol is a professional singer-songwriter and pianist who goes by the stage name A Fine Frenzy. She currently has blonde hair, but the questions remains... natural redhead? That is yet to be determined...
Books on Amazon About Red Hair/Redheads
Curious to learn more about redheads? Want to know what meaning red hair has in our culture as well as others? Or perhaps you just like looking at red hair. The books below will feed your curiosity...
NOTE: The list price is the retail price (& might be grossly inaccurate at the moment). You can find these books in used condition on Amazon at less expensive prices. Simply click on the book you're interested in & then click on the "used" link...
Redhead & Red Hair Websites/Features
Here are a few more features, webpages & websites dedicated to redheads:
- Redhead / F***YeahRedHair.Tumblr.com (Tumblr blog with tons photos of redheads; NOTE- I believe most of these photos are perfectly fine, as this is a blog I used visit frequently, but there might very well be a few NSFW photos that I missed or haven't yet seen, so proceed at your own risk; this is also why I can't link directly to the blog here on HubPages, but I still wanted you to know about it; you can Google it to find it, or message me or leave & comment in the guestbook and I will send you the link)
- WeHeartGingers.Tumblr.com (another Tumblr blog with tons photos of redheads; again, most of these photos seem perfectly fine, as I've visited this blog, but there might be a few NSFW photos here too that I missed or haven't yet seen, so again, proceed at your own risk; can't link directly to the blog either here on HubPages, but I still wanted you to know about it as well; no need to Google the name, just copy and paste the name above into your browser and there you go)
- Pictures / photos of red hair & redheads on my Cherry Ambition blog
- People.com's "Year of the Redhead" feature
- Marie Claire's Redheaded Celebrities page
- The Huffington Post's Redheaded Celebs: RED HOT Or Maybe NOT?" feature
- Wikipedia's Red Hair page
- NEW! MSN Wonderwall's List of The Top 12 Hottest Redheads (well, in American entertainment, really)
- MSN Wonderwall's Hairdos & Don'ts (For APRIL 7, 2011): Redhead Edition
- "10 Of The HOTTEST Red Heads Around!" Feature/Gallery on Buzznet
Are Redheads Better? Or Do Blondes Have More Fun?
Are redheads better than blondes? Or do blondes have more fun? (Keep it clean, folks.)
The Last of the Redheads Trailer - 15 minute documentary (directed by Heather Slepchik) exploring the possibility of the future extinction of NATURAL redheads..
I don't know exactly where you can find this documentary, but I'd start with your local library, then Google (if your library doesn't have it). I'll be looking for this myself...