Morning my dearests!
So today I’m going to write about something I know oh too well…how to be a redhead. Whether you’re a natural-born ginge or a bottled beauty, hopefully I’ll have some useful tips for you.
I’m one of those rare gingers who choose to go even redder. Weird I know. Here is proof of my natural hue…
Since then, I’ve tried pretty much every shade available.
50 shades of ginge indeed. Currently I’m a coppery red, or as I affectionately call it, Garnier Nutrisse 7.64.
Real talk: red is a bloody mission. You have been warned. The dye will stain everything you love, but fade from your hair within days. However there are a few tricks to keep it looking brighter for longer. Here are some dos and don’ts from my ginger journey…
DON’T wash your hair. I’m serious, the longer you can put it off the longer your Ariel locks will stay put. Use dry shampoo (Jess is in love with Batiste, R59 from Clicks), wear a hat, do whatever it takes! I wash my hair once or twice a week, but you guys might have a better handle on personal hygiene. Red molecules want to run away from you, so the less water the better. On that note…
DO rinse with cold water. Since washing is inevitable, try to do it in cool water. Hot water washes out the red molecules at lightning speed, while cold water helps to seal the colour into the hair cuticle.
DON’T be fooled by The Little Mermaid. There is no way Ariel has been living in salt water and has hair that colour. Swimming and sea salt sprays are going to suck up all our lovely colour and leave us sad. Disney is a lie.
DO throw 50 Shades of Ginge parties! What’s the point of being a ranga if you can’t have fun with it? Make all your friends wear orange and drink fanta and vodka. You’ll have a good time and get to eat lots of niknaks. Win!
DON’T talk about your vajayjay. People WILL ask you if the carpet matches the drapes. Keep the mystery going and decline to answer. Or get very drunk and tell everyone you know. But be warned, you will be nicknamed ‘The Fiery Forest’ for the next decade.
DO embrace nicknames tho! If you don’t, life will be a sad affair. For instance, Beth affectionately calls me ‘Fantapants’ which is both hilarious and disturbing.
DON’T forget to thank all the older ladies in Spar who compliment your hair. They will ask if it’s natural and you should lie, because they will be sad if you say it’s fake. I don’t know why, but older ladies looove the ginge. I get stopped every time I go to the shops. It’s a weird life.
DO use a Colour Depositing Shampoo and Conditioner. This is a surefire way to keep the fire burning. The Davines Alchemic Shampoo and Conditioner (R193 and R272 from salons) comes in Red and Copper options, so you can choose the right hue for you. If you’d rather use a regular shampoo and conditioner, make sure it’s colour-safe. Here are some good ones:
- TRESemmé Colour Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner (R44.75 each from Dischem)
- Pureology Antifade Complex Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner (R270 each from salons)
- L’Oreal Elvive Colour Protect Shampoo and Conditioner (R42.95 each from Dischem)
DON’T pass up the dress-up opportunities! We have the best options! Poison Ivy, Jessica Rabbit, Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas, The Little Mermaid, Jean Grey from X-men, Joan Holloway, Merida from Brave…the list goes on. Or just carry around a loaf of bread and say you’re the Gingerbread Man. Done.
Hope you’re feeling inspired my little naartjies!