Beauty Tips

Henna: A Confessional Part 2

It's been two years since my first henna tutorial post- or confessional rather. I finally admitted to you (and myself) that my hair was no longer the vibrant orange from my youth. I can remember the very moment that I became aware of the change my hair had ever so slowly made. So slowly in fact that I wasn't sure if it was my eyes playing tricks on me. They weren't. It had changed. I was having coffee with a new acquaintance and I mentioned something about being a redhead. "You're not a redhead!" he said. That was it. That was the moment. I had spent my whole life identifying as one of the 2%. I had the freckles, the skin, and up until then the hair. I had suffered through the nicknames and the jokes, and now this person had the audacity to say that I didn't have red hair! I wont relive the horror of my first dye attempt after this revelation. You can refer to the original confessional for that. However, shortly after was my foray into the all-natural world of henna. Now, two years later, I stand by my choice. 

So why henna?  Henna (Lawsomia Inermis) is a flowering plant whose leaves contain a natural orange/red pigment. Because it is such an effective dye, people have been using it to stain their skin and hair for thousands of years. While salon and drug-store hair dyes are full of nasty chemicals that damage your hair over time, henna is all-natural. In addition to depositing color, henna actually nourishes and revives your hair. After using henna, people notice more bounce and silkiness. Also, unlike other hair dyes, I find that henna fades slower and lasts up to 8 weeks before I feel the need to touch-up the roots. 

How to use henna? I use Henna King in natural red, because it's good quality for a good price (about $12). It comes with gloves and a shower cap, but I recommend getting better gloves for more freedom of movement. 

Step 1: Combine the henna powder with water and mix it into something of a paste (not too thick or too watery- think pancake batter!). Everybody has their own set of recipe tricks when it comes to henna. Some add olive oil, sugar, etc. I just use as-is. 

Note: It retains it's green color until you wash it out. So don't freak out if you find yourself resembling the Swamp Thing. 

Step 2: Apply to dry hair and make sure you get the roots. I recommend putting some oil around your scalp and ears so as to not stain them in the process. If you didn't make your paste too watery, the whole process will be easier.

Step 3: Now it's time to wait. You can keep henna in for up to 3 hours but no less than 1 hour. I find that any longer than 2 hours and it comes out a little too bright for my liking. So I aim for 1.5- 2 hours.

Step 4: Wash it out and Voila! Henna has been described as smelling like hay in a barn so you will be tempted to wash with shampoo- don't! Wait at least 24 hours before your first real wash in order to allow the color to set. You will smell like a dirty hippie for a day or two. 

This is a photo of me a couple days after I touched up my hair. If you decide to give henna a try, let us know how it goes!


Redhead Revolution Skin Care

Every redhead knows that finding a foundation that offers both sufficient coverage and flatters our unique skin tone can be difficult. When Redhead Revolution was first dreamt up, this was was one of the main issues we wanted to address. As redheads we need a foundation that is light enough to let our freckles shine through, a foundation that works with our often sensitive skin, and one that contains SPF (cause that is simply a deal breaker ladies). Thus Redhead Revolution features 3 unique options for a redhead’s daily skin care routine:

The ‘Love your freckles’ 3-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer is a moisturizer with a hint of pigment. It’s significantly lighter than foundation, which makes it perfect for our lovely freckles. In addition to containing SPF 15, it also features aloe which nourishes your skin.The tint evens out your skin tone and acts as a light concealer for blemishes.

The Color Correcting Cream hydrates, moisturizes and comes with more pigment to cover redness and blemishes. It’s the perfect medium between a tinted moisturizer and foundation. While it is lighter than foundations (which, are generally too heavy for our freckly skin), it offers more coverage than tinted moisturizers. Bonus: it has SPF 20! CC Creams are particularly good for redheads because we tend to have more redness in our skin.

So which one is right for you? Both come with extensive moisturizing properties and SPF, which makes them perfect for everyday wear. It really comes down to what type of coverage you are looking for. For a light even tone, the tinted moisturizer is best. If you are looking for a bit more coverage for blemishes and redness, then I recommend the CC Cream. And, last but not least, for those extra pesky blemishes (pimples, I’m talking about you), our Wise Disguise concealer will cover those right up!

Check out our new CC Cream or ‘Love your freckles’ 3-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer and let us know what works best for you. 'Love your freckles' also comes in sample size!

A New Season, a New Line!

The Redhead Revolution crew is excited to debut a new line of Color Revolution lipsticks!

We have worked long and hard to create the perfect collection of lipsticks that are meant to compliment and enhance a redhead’s natural beauty.

The new Color Revolution line offers full coverage and long lasting wear… seriously… this lipstick has stuck with me for many a crazy night on the town. So what are the not so secret ingredients that make this lipstick awesome you might ask…

Hyaluronic Acid fills in the space between collagen and elastin fibers by attracting and holding in water. This plumps and refreshes lips.

Shea butter and Illipe Butter moisturize and condition lips.

Avocado and Jojoba Oils condition lips.

Vitamin A, C & E protect cells from free radical damage.

Add the fact that it is paraben-free and I’d say that Color Revolution lipstick is pretty darn good for you, so pucker up!

Color Revolution lipstick comes in 8 unique colors:

 Hello Red- coral red with subtle shimmer

Soulful Dame- matte rose

Freckled Goddess- coral pink

Firestarter- berry pink

Gingersnap- classic nude

Heart Breaker- deep rose with subtle shimmer

Red Hot- cool matte red

Vamp- warm classic red


Redhead of the Week!

"I absolutely adore Ginger Lash mascara!  Here's a photo of me today, wearing the auburn shade. It's exactly what I've always wanted in a mascara.  Gives my lashes definition without looking unnatural as other mascaras do. Thank you for making such beautiful, high quality products for redheads."

Thanks Jessica!


Send us photos of you wearing your favorite Gingerlash mascara for a chance to be featured as redhead of the week and get a free mascara of your choice!

#1 Beauty tip for lips: How to prep your lips for color

Having recently launched our new line of Color Revolution lipsticks, we are on a bit of a lipstick craze over here at RR. 

So how do you get your lips ready for those gorgeous colors?

We recommend a homemade sugar lip scrub. This recipe is pretty easy and customizable for whatever you happen to have around the house.

Just combine:

2 tablespoons of sugar (brown or white)

2 tablespoons of oil (olive oil or coconut works great)

1 tablespoon of honey

Generally one should exfoliate their lips at least once a week, however this recipe is gentle enough for daily use. You can even make this part of you daily lipstick routine. This is an especially good treatment for you lips during the winter months when they are more prone to getting chapped.

RR offers one-on-one support when it comes to picking your colors. So check out our selection of Color Revolution lipsticks and email us at support@redheadrevolution.us if you need suggestions!

Redhead of the Week!

Elise is in love with the 3-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer. "I love the fact that it still lets my freckles shine through, unlike many heavy foundations that seem to smother them, thanks!"
We're glad you like it Elise! 
Send us pics with your favorite Redhead Revolution products and get featured as redhead of the week! Email pics to kate@redheadrevolution.us 

How to Rock Metallics as a Redhead

Redheads in metallics will never go out of style. Our fiery locks glisten all the more when we pair them with golds, silvers or coppers- something Jessica Chastain and Julianne Moore proved at this years Golden Globes. Looking amazing in an Atelier Versace copper shimmer gown, Chastain added hints of golds and browns to accentuate her eyes. Julianne Moore went with a gorgeous silver Givenchy gown.

So how do you choose which metallics to rock? First, find your skin's undertones. If you have warm undertones then choose from golds. For the cooler undertones silver is your metal. If you are having trouble choosing which metal to go with, just experiment. Ask yourself, "Which color brings out my inner glow most?" Then go with it!

However, we at Redhead Revolution have one exception: rose golds. Regardless of undertones, redheads look amazing in rose golds! So rock them as often as you can.