How to be a Redhead

How to be a Redhead

S5, Ep 30: "I've been blonde, brunette and a redhead" with Laura Jackel

October 27, 2023

We're one week away from National #LoveYourRedHairDay weekend and we have one more episode dropping on November 3rd! We're having some of our favorite conversations to wrap up the season and we'd like everyone to welcome Laura Jackel to the How to be a Redhead podcast!

She's the Senior Lifestyle Writer at Mamamia, Australia’s super channel for women. She is also a mum of two boys and a former natural redhead. She recently wrote an article titled: 'I've been blonde, brunette and a redhead. There's one colour I would not go back to.' She details how she was born with natural red hair and journeyed through different hair colors. We are so excited for you to enjoy this interesting conversation. Some of the questions we asked her:

  1. Why did you write this article? And how was it to reflect on your hair journey?
  2. You write about now turning gray, saying, “The graying remains of my natural ginger hair are for now, still under my cool blonde highlights and I feel nostalgic and sad about the fact I didn't embrace its natural shade for longer than I did." We read your son is a natural redhead -- do you share tips with him on self-acceptance?
  3. “As a ginger-haired, pale, and freckle-faced kid, I would have done anything to change my hair color and complexion. I faced plenty of teasing for being a redhead..” Now for the question we ask our redhead guests: what was it like for you growing up as a redhead? From reading your article, it seems like it was not pleasant.
  4. You say you went back to red for your wedding and for the birth of your child. It made us wonder how your husband feels (or felt then) about your natural red hair and if he influenced you to go back to your natural red hair?
  5. We found it interesting you went from red to blonde to brunette, saying, “But in my late 20s when I decided I wanted to be taken more seriously at work, I completed the hair trifecta and became a brunette.” Tell us more.
  6. As we mentioned before, you went back to red for the birth of your child in 2010. Why?
  7. Now for the present day, you’re blonde. We wanted to read the last sentence of the article to listeners. You say, “Perhaps in years to come, I will branch out and embrace my greys or even try a candy pink, but right now I'm comfortable as a blonde."
  8. What advice do you have for redheads, no matter their age, struggling with their identity? Do you recommend trying a new hair color or embracing you?

Links Mentioned in Article:

Redheads Can Say Goodbye to Frizz with These 7 Products

How Redheads Can Combat Frizz in the Humid Months

These 4 Habits Could Be Causing Frizzy Red Hair

Daily, we get an array of questions from social media comments, emails, and direct messages. We thought it would be fun to bring these to the How to be a Redhead podcast! We answer 2-4 questions per podcast. Do you want to send in your questions? Email, or DM us on Instagram @HowtobeaRedhead or TikTok @HowtobeaRedhead.

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Produced by: Adrienne + Stephanie Vendetti. Pam Cameron

Edited By: Robert Cummins Film Co.