Red hair, don’t care!
That might be the case now, now I have my own beautiful redheaded child and niece, but there was a time when I did care. There was a time when I hated my red hair. I even dyed it blonde from the age of 17 and continued to do so until I fell pregnant, nearly 14 years later. I hadn’t actually seen my natural colour until I started growing the blonde out at the age of 30.
When my little monkey came out with bright red hair, I knew I wouldn’t be dying it again. I didn’t want my child growing up loathing her beautiful locks as I had. And how can I encourage her to love her red hair if I’m dying mine? As much as I loved my blonde hair and miss it like mad, it’s bye-bye peroxide blonde and hello natural red.
Being the only redhead out of my immediate family and friendship group through my childhood and teens, I could see many differences between them and me, all simply because I was the redhead.
As much as I’ve learned to now embrace those differences, there are still problems I wouldn’t necessarily have if I had any other colour hair. Those problems used to have me wishing for any other colour than red.
9 Problems All Redheads Will Understand
The lobster effect
Every redhead will understand the lobster effect. And I’m not just talking about sunburn. Anytime someone with red hair & fair skin gets hot in any way, hello lobster. Exercising or exertion, embarrassment or anger, you’re likely to come out in a rather unattractive crimson flush around your face, neck and chest that glows like molten lava.
Burn baby burn
Yep, sunburn is a popular one for redheads. Your dark-haired friends in their factor 15’s or 20’s laying out and thoroughly enjoying the sun, while you’re here in your factor 50, reapplying every 2 hours and frantically trying to find some shade to cling to like a vampire forced out into the daylight. God forbid you to miss a bit with the sun cream… Ouch and hello again lobster.
Oh and to add to this, if you read my post on Interesting Facts About Redheads You Might Not Know then you will see that redheads feel pain more, so this is a double whammy for us.
Casper the not so friendly ghost
If your a redhead, or just fair-skinned you will definitely relate to this one. Around 12 years ago, the hubby and I enjoyed our first holiday together as a couple to Cyprus. We had a great time with romance high on the radar. Plenty of bikini-clad pictures were taken via one of those cameras you have to get developed. Back in the UK, we were excited to go through and relive some holiday memories. But looking through our photos one word came to mind… Casper. I looked like bloody Casper the ghost next to hubby. Who, being half Indian looked like a greek god! Him, beautifully golden brown and me, pale and blotchy due to sunburn. Do you remember Campino sweets, the red and white ones? Yeah well, that’s me.
People who put their tanned skin next to yours
I couldn’t talk about being pale next to tanned folk without ranting about those who think it’s perfectly acceptable to line their tanned arms, legs or any other body part next to your pale one to show off how bloody tanned they are. Yeah, thanks for pointing out I’m practically transparent next to you!
Fake tan doesn’t work either
I mean it does work, it just looks bloody awful. I went through a lot of my late teens and early 20’s determined to be tanned, even if it had to come from a bottle. When your pale, it’s impossible to get an even all-over fake tan. Fake Bake, St Tropez, Gradual tanners, it doesn’t matter how good they say they are, it just doesn’t look right on pale skin. Cue the tangoed look. Eventually, I had to call it a day on my tanning mission and admit defeat. My self-tanning days are gone and I’m happy protecting my skin with good old factor 50.
Dying your hair is almost mission impossible
Are you a redhead? Have you tried dying your hair with one of those shop bought dyes that everyone who isn’t a redhead can use quite easily? Yes, dying your hair is a problem for redheads. Due to the hair pigment holding much firmer then any other colour, normal shop dyes are useless. You first have to bleach your hair before you can add colour. And, I mean by a hairdresser, using peroxide. Don’t go using household bleach, you will end up bold and in A&E!
Or just don’t bleach your hair at all! Embrace the colour you were meant to have.
You’re eyebrows & eyelashes are so fair they’re hardly there
I’ve actually Tweeted about this recently. Unless you’re one of those redheads with red hair but black eyebrows and eyelashes, you will know all about this one. It’s worse in the sun but our eyebrows and eyelashes are so fair they look as though we don’t have any. My eyebrows are very light. In the winter they’re a little darker so a little more noticeable but in summer, the eyebrow pencil is an every day must. Oh and I literally never leave the house without mascara, no matter what time of year it is.
Freckles are cute in small amounts. A little scattering here and there is adorable. But, being covered in freckles is a lot less cute, if we’re being honest. I mainly have freckles on my face, which I find annoying, especially when they become a lot more prominent in summer. If you ask to play dot to dot on my face to see what pictures you can make, the answer will be no!
But like my red hair, I’m slowly learning to love my freckles.
Argh! You’re contagious
I would just like to clarify for every idiot on the planet who thinks redheadedness is contagious, you’re a nob! Yes, there are those in the world who think we might pass on our red roots to them if they get too close.
Actually, my other half-jokes about this a lot. As he’s partly Asian, he’s very dark-haired. However, he does carry the ‘ginger gene’. Not only has he helped me produce a beautifully flame-haired child, but his beard also has lovely little red bits to it, which he jokes he must have caught from me. Yes, my hubby is a nob too.
To conclude – It’s a hard life being a redhead
These are just some of the problems redheads face due to the colour of their hair. But honestly, even with all this, I’m grateful for my red hair. I’m not sure I’d be the same person without it.
And yes, it’s a hard life being a redhead at times, but someone has to be as awesome as we are, or the world would be a very boring place with only black, brown and blonde shades.
What do you think of this list? Have you experienced any problems as a redhead? Or have you been on the opposite end and added to a redheads problems? I’d love to hear it.
Don’t forget to check out my other post, all about redheads Interesting Facts About Redheads You Might Not Know