The best style advice? Own your look. Self-acceptance and self-love often comes later in life. Our model Gwilym didn't always have the best experience with his appearance:
”Red hair is always special and unique. In the 80s and 90s, my hair colour was definitely not cool. Today I'm glad of my unusual look, because without it I wouldn't be who I am.“
When you're young, you don't want to be different from everyone else, later you start experimenting more and more and learn to love yourself in the process. After all, you can always be proud of yourself and grateful for the unique features nature gave you – as the following examples show.
Model Gwilym tells us in this video why loving his unique look is worth it:
A unique look conquers the fashion world
Albino twins Lara and Mara Bawar have done just that and taken the fashion world by storm. The Brazilian twin sisters don't just have the perfect model measurements, but also an unmistakeable look. Lara und Mara's parents come from West Africa and are dark-skinned. Due to a genetic mutation that causes Albinism, their daughters have pale white skin. Swiss photographer Vinicius Terranova portrayed the girls for his photo project “Flores Raras“ (rare flowers). In the pictures, the Albino twins are pictured with their black sister Sheila (13). All three Bawar sisters are wonderful role models, due to the way they handle their unique differences at such a young age. They don't just earn money through advertising, they themselves advertise tolerance and diversity. Being unique is something to be proud of.
Red hair: a unique look
Not all unusual looks have to be extreme or extraordinary. Sometimes it's enough to have a rare natural feature. Redheads for example are unique simply due to the rarity of their hair colour, often paired with pale skin and freckles. Only one percent of the global population has naturally red hair. Women with red hair are considered exotic beauties, and their unique appearance fascinates on film and on the catwalk. Many redheaded role models and style icons are in creative industries, like actress Julianne Moore, supermodel Lily Cole, and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. Male representatives of this fascinating look include Prince Harry, musician Ed Sheeran or model Gwilym Pugh.
Natural vs. dyed redheads
Many women dye their natural red hair to achieve a deeper, more vivid colour. It's also a great way to change to a different shade. A colour or rinse can even improve radiance and shine. Blondes like actress Christina Hendricks or brunettes like singer Florence Welch consistently turn themselves into striking ginger beauties with the aid of a colourist. Dark hair gets an attractive copper sheen with an intense rinse or colour. There's no special shampoo for red hair, but colour protection shampoo prevents it from fading. Whether natural or dyed, the red pigment is highly light sensitive.