Redheaded models and actresses have seen a big increase in popularity in recent years. Ginger people only make up around 2% of the world’s population, and red hair with blue eyes are even rarer. This makes them a valuable commodity in an industry that loves exclusivity.
Models that meet the strict requirements needed for high fashion are even more uncommon. In a sea of blondes and brunettes, ginger models are always guaranteed to stand out.
Famous Redheaded Models & Celebs
– Christina Hendricks (dyed)
– Karen Elson
– Cintia Dicker
– Steven Meisel
– Julianne Moore
– Isla Fisher
– Karen Gillan
– Cintia Dicker
– Julia Hafstrom
– Alexina Graham
– Rianne Van Rompaey
– Lily Cole
– Kiki Willems
– Georgie Hobday
– Maggie Rizer
Dyed or Natural?
While many celebrities in the public eye have red hair, not many of them are natural redheads.
Natural redheads have fewer hair strands than other hair shades, though each stand is thicker. They tend to fade to a lighter red or white when older and don’t typically go grey.
Dying your hair red is one of the most difficult colours; it requires huge maintenance and upkeep, it fades easily and it becomes washed out easily.
It’s also very difficult to get red out – so be sure it’s something you want before going for it.
Ginger Models & Skincare
Natural redheads have some of the palest skin and usually freckle easily. This means they must ensure their skin is well-protected, especially when the sun is out or they are in a sunnier climate.
A redheaded model should wear SPF 50 on exposed skin every day, regardless of the season or weather. Ginger people are more prone to sun damage (and even skin cancers), so too much sun exposure and sunbeds should be avoided.
Vitamin C is a great skincare ingredient for redheads as it helps to keep the skin tone even and helps to fade dark spots, which can be very visible on lighter skin tones.
Redheads should also consider lip balms and hair sprays with SPF to protect their scalp and lips from sun damage.
How to Protect Pale Skin
While SPF is a redhead’s best friend, there are other things pale ginger people can do to protect their delicate skin.
Sunglasses are a great accessory as they help to protect the eye area and will also prevent squinting, which can lead to wrinkles. Keep some in your car and handbag, just in case.
Linen is also a great material for clothing as it provides coverage to the skin while still remaining airy and light – ideal for sunnier climates or holidays abroad.
Hats are another great option as they provide shade for the high points of the face and body including the forehead, nose bridge, shoulders and scalp.
We should all be aiming to drink up to 2 litres of fluids a day. This will help keep the hair, nails and skin healthy and hydrated, as well as flush out toxins and keep the body happy and healthy.
Brows & Lashes
Redheads typically have very light lashes and brow hairs, and many choose to tint theirs to make them more visible. Tinting can be done at home, or at a professional salon. You should always get an allergy patch test done first.
Redheads also tend to hair straighter lashes, so some like to use a lash curler or get their lashes permed for a semi-permanent effect. Like with tinting, a patch test should be carried out beforehand.
Redheads can’t get laser hair removal as their hair is too fine. Instead, they must stick to shaving and waxing to remove unwanted hair.
Protecting Red Hair
Redheaded models should try to use heat protection before heat styling their hair. This will help protect the hair follicles and stop split ends and dryness.
A good shampoo and conditioner are also vital. You shouldn’t aim to be washing every day; instead, aim for once every other day, or even less if you can manage it (dry shampoo is a big help on days you don’t wash).
You can get specially formulated hair products that care specifically for red hair. These can be colour depositing, which can make red hair brighter and help you to go longer between hair salon appointments.
Ensure you receive regular trims to keep hair looking thick and healthy. Hair masks are also great for strengthening the hair, particularly if you dye it or heat style it regularly.
Making the Most of Your Red Hair
When looked after properly, your hair will be a stand-out feature with minimum effort. But frizz, dead ends and overall dullness will make your hair appear lifeless. That’s why it’s so important you take care of and make the most of your hair.
Highlights and lowlights are a great way to change up your hair without changing the overall shade too much. Similarly, sun hair sprays can help to “bleach” the hair and give it some natural highlights.
Make-up for Redheads
Redheads have a very specific colouring. Their hair and skin undertones can clash easily with the wrong colours, and their foundation can be tricky to match.
It’s a good idea to get colour matched at a beauty counter if you don’t know your foundation or concealer shade.
If you have freckles that you don’t want to cover, a BB or CC cream also works wonders.
You’ll also want to think about mascara and brow shades, too. Black mascara can sometimes look harsh, so some redheads like to use browns or taupe shades instead.