Why I’m Here

I’m 38 years old and an avid makeup, skin care, and fashion junkie. I’ve always been into those things, but also, I’m the only redhead in my family. Both parents have brown hair and brown eyes, the only other redhead relative is an Uncle on my mother’s side. (so maybe I’m not the milkman’s kid??)

I’ve navigated through life also being a left-handed person. Do you think that’s not difficult as well? EVERYTHING is made for right-handed people. I have smudges of ink and pencil everyday all over my left hand, fingers, paper, and anything my hand touches including clothes. You have to try hard to not look a hot mess as a left-handed person. Every day items all you right-handed people take for granted are backwards for lefties or just don’t work; like scissors. Because of this, I’m ambidextrous, I can play sports, write (kind of), and use items as if I were a right-handed person (again, kind of). But there are left-handed notebooks, desks, and scissors you say! Oh yes, please let me be that ONE red-headed left-handed girl using those things in a classroom full of vultures waiting to pick the meat off the bones of the weak. No, my friend, I will not sit in that left-handed desk.

I am well aware these are first world problems and that by no means was my childhood horrendous because I was teased for being different, carrot top was a favorite word to yell at me by the little darling children. However, I only took offense to that for two reasons: I did not and still do not have orange/red hair (not that there is anything wrong with that gorgeous color), and carrot tops were green as my mother told me to tell those kids as a retort. Maybe it is because I have brown hair/brown-eyed parents, although my Uncle has the orange/red hair. Most likely, it was the hand that I was dealt. I was very lucky, I had and continue to have, in my opinion of course, the perfect shade of red/auburn hair that you can never recreate from a bottle no matter how amazing your colorist is. As all hair, it changes over the years, as does skin texture, body shape, and all the wonderful things that come with aging.

I became a cosmetologist in my twenties as I’ve always been adventurous with makeup, hair color, and fashion. I had a lot of successes and flops with looks (The Spicegirls lead me to a million butterfly clips with glitter head to toe and platform shoes – hey wait, isn’t that what the kids today are doing?), but I’m here to try to save some of you gorgeous redheads out there some of the trouble, especially if you are a little timid and not like me where I just try it and see if it lands!

Of course we all have different color reds, skin color, etc. Most people just put us in one box, but each ginger couldn’t be more different from the next, so I will make recommendations accordingly. One specific product or item does not work on all of us! We are as rare as unicorns, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look good while prancing through life while everyone is staring at us excited to have finally spotted their first gorgeous creature!

Come with me on this adventure and I’ll try not to disappoint!

– Erin


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