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How To Be A Redhead Subscription Box Review – April 2018

Nicole Rieder
ByNicole RiederMay 29, 2018 | 9 comments
How to be a Redhead (H2BAR Box)
3.8 overall rating
12 Ratings | 9 Reviews

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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 that are “Redhead Friendly.” This means all items are free of heavy chemicals and complement red hair.

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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

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A note from Adrienne, Stephanie, and the H2BAR team with some powerful words regarding empowering redheads to feel like the babes they are this Spring and always!

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

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Details on how to use the John Frieda shampoo and conditioner to maintain and keep your red hair vibrant!

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Also included is a free shipping code coupon for Dr. REMEDY’s enriched TOTAL Two-in-One base and top coat.

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John Frieda Radiant Red Full Size Shampoo & Conditioner - Retail Value $24

I dye my hair to get this copper shade I love so much, but anyone that dyes their hair red knows that it fades. And it fades rather QUICKLY! To maintain my vibrant color in between salon visits, I typically use Overtones products. However, I am always game to learn about new color depositing products. I absolutely LOVED the Watercolors Shampoo in the March box I reviewed, so I am all ears on anything H2BAR suggests. This product definitely deposits color and I appreciate that they offer both a shampoo and a conditioner in their line. I was concerned that it would be an overtly red shade since I prefer my orangey shade. The conditioner seems to have more pigment in it than the conditioner. It seems to amplify the color and doesn’t oversaturate. I do hope they offer a larger range of color depositing reds in addition to this one!

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Dr. Remedy’s Nail Polish in Hopeful Hot Pink - Retail Value $19.95 (found on sale here for $17)

I rarely keep polish stocked in my house since I get my nails professionally done, but I do keep a few shades to paint my toes with. This color looks far more vivid in the bottle but is a bit more of an orchid shade upon application. This polish is free of a lot of awful chemicals like Formaldehyde, Toluene, Camphor, and Dibutyl Phthalate. The polish is enriched with organic ingredients like Tea tree oil, Wheat Protein, and Biotin--- which happens to be a vitamin that is great for nail and hair growth!

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Abba Shampoo & Conditioner Packettes - Listed Value $7 (Get 8oz Shampoo for $18.95 and 8oz Conditioner for $19.95)

I LOVE THIS SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER! My hair felt incredibly silky and smooth after using this duo. One of the ingredients is cherry bark, so I was hook line and sinker on that since I love anything cherry scented or flavored! My hair looked and smelled amazing, plus this is the gentle formula which is fantastic for kids as well as someone with color-treated hair like myself! I think I might have to buy these when I run out of the TIGI Bedhead shampoo and conditioner from my January H2BAR review.

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Tan Towel Sample - Listed Value $2 (Buy 15 Piece Face Self- Tanning Towelettes for $17.59)

I prefer to keep my pale skin as pasty as I can during the summer months. I coat myself in spf50+ anytime I go outside for long lengths. This product holds no appeal to me, but I did give it to my mom that loves to tan. She had a skin cancer scare years ago, so she doesn’t tan like she used to. She used this towelette and was impressed with the golden glow it gave her skin. She also was excited to find something to use that will give her that sun-kissed glow without the high risk. This product is mom approved!

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Jivi Moisturizer Full Size with Sun Protectant - Retail Value $12

Oh my goodness! I absolutely LOVE this moisturizer. Since I received it, I have been using it regularly. The green pigments in this lotion are in part due to the cucumber skins, algae, and aloe vera juice. The green pigment really helps with my pinky undertones. The lavender scent is so calming to all my senses. My skin instantly feels relieved when I apply this moisturizer. I also love that these products are cruelty-free. The ingredients are so natural that Jivi states they are safe enough to eat! I fell so hard for this product that I ordered samples from their site to try their other products. You can too here!

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Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Purifying Antioxidant Serum - Retail Value $26.99 (found on sale here for $24.29)

I am thirty-six and am constantly looking for new serums and treatments to keep my skin in good condition. I use a mix of the Ordinary, Sunday Riley, and different samples I run into. I was rather impressed with this serum! Vitamin C is no joke and anything with Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid is worth using in skin routines. Using this and the Jivi moisturizer for weeks made my skin incredibly clear and supple.  I definitely would use this again!

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Crown Gel Liner in Blue Steel & Dark Chocolate - Retail Value $9 (found on sale here for $1)

I rarely use gel liners because in my experience they aren’t as opaque as I prefer. They tend to rub off of my lids too due to my big, deep-set eyes.

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The Blue Steel liner was rather streaky when I went to apply it. I would prefer it to be bolder and have better stay on power. This rubbed off rather easily.

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The Chocolate Brown is a bit more pigmented and opaque, but it is rather greasy and I was not impressed with this liner. I will stick to my liquid liners, thanks!

Verdict: H2BAR continues to offer a broad selection of products that are new to me and mainstay brands. There were some hits and misses this month, but the hits were big ones! My favorite items in this April box definitely were the Jivi Moisturizer, Reviva Labs Serum, and the John Frieda Shampoo and Conditioner sets. Those products alone for me made this box worthwhile!  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 Reviva Serum alone was $26.99 (List Value $35), so this box was an amazing value! Per the card of price listings, the value of this box is $105. That is roughly a $86 in 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:

  • John Frieda Radiant Red Full Size Shampoo & Conditioner $4.34
  • Dr. Remedy’s Nail Polish: $3.07

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The H2BAR Box delivers Redhead Friendly approved beauty items to doorsteps monthly and quarterly. Its goal is to empower redheads to feel confident, look amazing, and rock their beauty. The monthly H2BAR Box includes 2-3 full-size items and valued at $85+. The Deluxe quarterly H2BAR Box includes 10+... read more.
Nicole Rieder
Nicole Rieder
Nicole has been a subscription box enthusiast since she began reviewing for MSA in 2017. She loves writing plus size clothing box reviews because she is all about body positivity/neutrality and feels fun and exciting clothing should be accessible for everyone! Nicole not only has a passion for fashion, but all things vintage from the 60s and 70s and her idol, John Waters.

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I color my hair blonde but I am curious what would happen if I used that John Freida color deposit shampoo and conditioner. Anyone know if it looks awful how long it would last??

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I love this subscription box and it is the only one I’ve gone yearly on. I love it for the makeup. I’m so fair I just look to harsh in black liner/mascara.
I am actually blonde with red lowlights added but most of the products work. My hubby is a true red head so hair products still get used -the shampoo/cond in this box is already used up actually.

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Too harsh I meant.

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Thanks for link to order the Jivi samples! I was intrigued by the moisturizer when I saw it in Ipsy this month, but did not receive it. Excited to try the 4 samples for $4! Hopefully they are a decent size.

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Nicole Rieder

Hello Meowkitty! They are all sample tubes, but definitely will give you a feel for each product! I did two sample kits so I could try out items and take them on trips too!

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I’m blondish/grayish and have gotten a few of these boxes – and given the very specific red hair products to my friend. I have found lots of useful products. Is it free shipping? Up above says + shipping. I try to look ahead to see spoilers and determine if the box is usable for this fair skinned girl…and will purchase accordingly. I think they sell out some months, which is the downside.

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Nicole Rieder

Noelle, I apologize that I didn’t correct that in the review. It is $18.98 with free shipping. And this box is definitely worth it for the cost!

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No worries…I didn’t remember shipping costs. Thank you for clarifying. It is a fantastic value. Wish I had gotten this one. Your description of the moisturizer and serum make me want it!!

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Hi! Love this box and great price.. do you know if there is a similar box for blondes/brunettes?


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