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How To Be A Redhead Subscription Box Review – March 2018

H2BAR Box March 2018 box

How to be a Redhead (H2BAR) is a monthly subscription box that was started by two redheaded sisters, Adrienne and Stephanie Vendetti. Their goal was to empower all redheads to feel confident in their looks by providing products at are “Redhead Friendly.” This means all items are free of heavy chemicals and complement red hair.

H2BAR Box March 2018 box open

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H2BAR Box March 2018 box inside

About How To Be A Redhead

The Subscription Box: How To Be A Redhead

The Cost: $18.98 a month + shipping. Save with 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions.

The Products: Sample and full-size beauty and makeup samples.

Ships to: the US, Canada, Australia, UK, and Europe between the 1st and 3rd of each month

How To Be A Redhead March 2018 Review

H2BAR Box March 2018 info card

A note from Adrienne, Stephanie, and the H2BAR team regarding H2BAR’s mission statement regarding empowering redheads to feel like the babes they are!

H2BAR Box March 2018 info card back

On the back of the card is a handy listing with information about the products and their values.

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Also, there is a two-sided flyer advertising the new H2BAR book along with a coupon. The other side is a notice to check out the new H2BAR site.

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Roux Revlon Shampoo + Conditioner Packet Plus Roux Revlon Hair Tween Root Coverup – Listed Value $12, Buy Touch Up Stick here for $7.79, Buy 10.1 fl oz Roux Rejuvenating Shampoo or Conditioner for $9.99 each)

I tried all three of these products in this mini set, and honestly, I wasn’t impressed. The shampoo and conditioner seemed to leave a bit of a build-up in my hair. It felt a bit greasy after drying my hair. The touch-up stick felt like a waxy crayon on my hair. The coverage didn’t match my hair color, but worse was the texture. I know it is brutal going with roots in need of a touch-up, but this product will probably make your roots even more obvious. In the words of Mr. Horse from Ren and Stimpy, “Hmmmmmm. No, Sir, I don’t like it!”

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Just for Redheads Cream Shadow in Delicate – Retail Value $20

Just for Redheads is a brand that has hair and beauty products designed for…well, redheads! The colors are designed to complement the hair and skin tones of redheads, which can be a difficult task. Cream shadows can be a hit or a miss due to creasing, but the good news is that isn’t the case for this shadow. It definitely is the epitome of Delicate though; you really have to build up this shadow to make it noticeable. It is very subtle but can be layered with other shades for a dramatic look. The packaging on this looks out of date, especially upon going to the Just For Redheads site and seeing the product. If you liked this shade, the site has a BOGO deal: buy one cream shadow, get a second free! You can specify if you want your second shade to be different.

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Pretty Woman Nail Polish in Mermaid Kisses,  .33floz – Retail Value $8.99

This is the second Pretty Woman nail polish that has been included in one of the H2BAR boxes I have reviewed. The first polish from them I received was a beautiful red in the December box. This March selection includes an iridescent blue hue called Mermaid Kisses. In the light, it almost looks pink or purple and definitely resembles a glimmering mermaid tail. It takes about three coats of this polish for a more opaque look. This polish reminds me of a Revlon Street Wear brand polish I had in high school, so if you miss that brand this color is right up your alley for sure!

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H2BAR “Red Hair is More Than a Color, It’s a Lifestyle” Magnet – Listed Value $10

Guys, all t, no shade… but I myself do not know why this magnet is $10. I absolutely love the phrase on it, but this is a very thin, low-quality magnet. This magnet could easily be replicated for a significantly lower cost. Maybe it is just my DIY/crafting ethos, but I just couldn’t justify paying $10 for this, possibly $3 max.

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Cremo Shaving Crème, 1 fl oz. – Listed Value $6, Buy 6 fl oz for $5.97

Typically, I use hair conditioner to shave myself with, so I was excited to try this product. I used the Cremo shaving crème on my under arms and legs. The texture is like a fluffy paste. The shaving crème left my legs and under arms silky smooth, so I would certainly consider buying the full sized tube when out shopping. Plus, somehow the larger tube is the same retail as the sample I got in this month’s box… so, no brainer there!

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Elizabeth Mott Queen of the Fill Eyebrow Gel in Auburn – Retail Value $20

Allow me to be blunt: I am loving this eyebrow gel! Thanks, H2BAR, this is one of my favorite items in this month’s box! I usually use a brow filler from Sally’s, but I loved the mascara wand style brush on this product. The brush allowed me to comb my brows a bit, shape/ keep them in place with the gel, and the best part is once this dries your brows will be in place for hours. No fear of rubbing off a brow and needing to reapply, my queens!

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Crack Styling Crème .75fl oz. – Buy 1.25 fl oz tube for $15

WARNING: Crack styling gel is HIGHLY addictive! Upon using this, it softened my frizzy, dry ends perfectly. This leave in cream has Acai extract and Wheat protein in it. It also protects against chlorine, humidity, and sun. This is a winning product for natural or bottle ginger alike!

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Tressa Watercolors Liquid Copper Shampoo, 2 fl oz. – Listed Value $5, Buy 8 fl oz for $28

Maintaining dyed red hair can be brutal! If your hair is lighter it will fade to almost blonde and if it is darker it will look more brunette at instances. I rely on products like Overtone in between salon visits to keep my hair vivid and vibrant. I am always open to trying other color depositing products. This shampoo is fantastic and deposits a rich orangey, copper tone to red hair. It also left my hair feeling silky. My only complaint is I may have preferred to try the conditioner. I feel that color depositing conditioners are generally more effective than shampoos.

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Albertini Body Lotion – Listed Value $2, Buy 9 fl oz for $12

This is an in-shower body moisturizer that works rather well, especially for the cost. They weren’t lying either, this is definitely unscented and mild for sensitive skin. I came out of the shower with extra soft skin, so I would certainly consider buying a full-size tube!

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Starlooks Lipgloss in Ideal .09fl oz – Retail Value $12

This month’s free gift may be my favorite next to the eyebrow gel! I rarely wear lip gloss these days, but this color is so perfect that I couldn’t resist it— I mean, there is a reason why they named it Ideal! The gloss is incredibly opaque, and not slimey or ridiculously sticky like most lip glosses. The color is fantastic because it isn’t too pink, coral, or tan… it is a perfect shade for most skin colors, but especially flattering on a redhead.  It paired perfectly with my go-to Morphe Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brunch! I am definitely going to purchase a tube when this sample runs out— that is a testament to how much I love this product!

Verdict: I love H2BAR! Granted, this month had a few bumps in the road, but the products I received that I loved I REALLY loved! The price point for this box and what you get makes it such an incredible value! My favorite items this month would have to be the Starlook lip gloss, Elizabeth Mott Queen of the Fill Eyebrow Gel, and Tress Watercolors Copper Shampoo. This box has made me privy to so many brands I hadn’t even heard of before, which is also exciting! This is definitely a box I am eager to get each month! This box cost me $18.98 including free shipping. Keep in mind the eyebrow gel was $20 alone, so this box was an amazing value! Per the card of price listings, the value of this box is $99. That is roughly an $80 savings for an $18.98 box chock full of products!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? This box is currently sold out, but order by 18th of each month and your box will ship on the 1st of the following month.

Value Breakdown: At $18.98 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Roux Revlon Shampoo + Conditioner Packet & Roux Revlon Hair Tween Root Coverup  $2.30
  • Just For Redheads Cream Eye Shadow $3.83
  • Pretty Woman Nail Polish $1.73
  • H2BAR Custom Magnet $1.92
  • Cremo Shaving Crème $1.15
  • Elizabeth Mott Queen Eyebrow Gel $3.83
  • Crack Styling Crème $2.88
  • Tressa Shampoo $0.96
  • Albertini Body Lotion $0.38

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Written by Nicole Rieder

Nicole Rieder

Nicole Rieder is a self-proclaimed clothing fiend and is new to the subscription box world. She loves boxes like Gwynnie Bee because she can play around with styles she may not have before!

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: how to be a redhead | 14 comments

Comments (14)

  1. OMG. I do remember Street Wear, Nicole. I DO.

    • Marion, wasn’t it the coolest?!

  2. I’m a fan of H2BAR. They’re reasonably priced, shipped for free and send new/different things along with practical things. The value is definitely there, the boxes are always packed. I find myself actually using the products, and not donating/giving away or storing away for “later”.

    L’oreal Root Cover Up spray is amazing, for grey roots. I hate when my roots come in, my hair grows very fast. I’ve been going grey since I was 19, I’m now 45 and I’m not having it. My budget doesn’t like salon visits every 6 weeks. I stretch it to 9-10 weeks with that spray.

    • Aarjullor, yes! I love this box. The products are typically fantastic!

      And thanks for that info on the spray!

  3. That Water Colors shampoo really works! I have been dying my hair red for years, and use one of the shampoos and conditoner from that line to maintain it. Once I did a red to blonde ombré situation & used the shampoo and conditioner ONE TIME hinking it would make my top vibrant, but no I ended up with the blonde on the bottom being faintly fire eingine red, lol

    • Yeah, I was surprised by how well it worked! I generally use Overtones brand inbetween visit to the salon, but that Water Colors was no joke!

  4. I have always wanted to go Red. I have dark brown almost black hair. A few years ago I pulled the trigger. I went to a high end salon set in the chair told the stylist what I wanted. I went through the entire process. I couldn’t wait to see my fabulous hair! As she was blowing it out I quickly discovered I had spent all that time coloring my hair dark brown…
    My question- can hair that is as dark as mine be colored?

    • Yes, Margie. My hair is naturally dark brown and as you can see mine is definitelt an orange red. They will have to lighten your hair a bit first I assume.

      • I love the color of your hair! And it looks very healthy. That was one of the things I was worried about. – damaging my hair. I need to look into this some more. Maybe I can go red!

      • Awwwe you are so sweet, Margie! I say go for it! Best thing is to do it professionally for sure. Maybe check around about stylists in the area to see about reputable ones too! I hope you get the red hair of your dreams!

    • But yeah, also take a picture of your desired color. That helps a lot!

    • This is similar to what happened to me many years ago at a high-end salon. I also have very dark brown hair that can easily be mistaken for black, and back then I really, really wanted to bring out the brown more (to almost a medium/dark brown) with some red showing through. After explaining to the girl what I wanted, she said that it’s impossible to do that with dark hair. (what!?!?) After telling her people go from black hair to whatever color they choose all of the time so it is possible, and the fact that I’ve used store bought boxed brown hair coloring to bring the brown out temporarily has worked fine, she called over another colorist, that they both continued to give me that vacant “I have no idea what you’re talking about” look and types of comments in regards to both things I mentioned. Yes, they both even said that they weren’t aware that drugstores sold hair coloring…. and this was only about 15 years ago. ha! Since they kept insisting they could try to make it work with the color I selected, like a dummy I went through with it (and got charged extra because I had super long hair at the time), and my results were just like yours… for me, I think I paid over $100 for my hair to look exactly the same. I guess at least it looked like I came from a salon afterward (it was super soft & bouncy).

  5. I thought the price was PLUS shipping (that’s what is written at the beginning). It looks like a great box, though!

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