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We all know the deal when we get a dodgy hair cut or colour… it feels like wherever we go, people are looking at the travesty on the top of our heads.

A Dublin man, who is set to appear on tonight's Body Fixers has been described as a "nightmare" contestant all because of his new hairstyle.

The aim of the E4 show is to give people a makeover on certain parts of their body that they're not happy with.


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However, when Alan McGarry-Love went on, he didn't love his final look. In fact, he hated it.

The Ballyfermot native has been dying his ginger hair black every week for years now, so he went on the show in order to fall in love with his natural do'.

But, he told Breakfast Republic that he wouldn't even leave the studio with his updated gruaige.

"I'm probably the most controversial person they've ever had on the show. I wasn't very happy with my look – I probably shouldn't say that.


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"Everyone who's been on the show – the main cast – have been tweeting saying 'the nightmare comes on the show tonight', which is obviously me," he said.

"When I saw the look, it was my instant reaction… I was traumatised when I saw it… all I saw was Worzel Gummidge.

"I wouldn't leave the studio. They were demanding that I leave because my flight was in three hours time. I wasn't leaving. I made sure I went back to black… I didn't leave on good terms."

We think we're in for some drama tonight, ladies!


This weekend the 7th Irish Redhead Convention takes place in Crosshaven Co. Cork, and with events such as the Carrot Tossing Championships and the Most Freckles Per Square Inch Competition taking place, it looks to be a great weekend.

However, if you can't get down to Crosshaven, not to worry because we're celebrating all things red on Netflix.

So sit back, cuddle up and get your ginger on:

1. Orange is the New Black

Come on, there's no better ginger out there than Red. She's fierce and a #BossLady, not to mention she's probably the best character in the series.


2. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Gorgeous red head Ellie Kemper stars in Netflix's comedy from 30 Rock's Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, about a woman who's freed from a doomsday cult.


3. Homeland

Damien Lewis. Need we say any more? The series follows CIA analyst Carrie Mathison as she struggles with mental health and family issues while leading the war against terrorism.


4. Brooklyn

The life of a young Irish Immigrant forever changes when she visits 1950s New York. But when summoned home, she finds herself torn between two worlds.


5. Bachelorette

When a single overachiever learns a girl she teased in high school is getting married before her, she swallows her pride to serve as maid of honour.


6. Still Alice

When a happily married linguistics professor (Julianne Moore) with three children is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it challengers her career and family life.


7. Haywire

A last minute mission in Dublin turns deadly for stunning secret operative Mallory Kane when she realises she has been betrayed. 



There are plenty of red-haired folk in this part of the world.

And while the old cliché claims sporting a mop of ginger tresses results in playground taunts, in our experience those red-headed lads and lassies among us are rarely anything but massive rides.

Emma Stone, Lily Cole, Prince Harry, Ed Sheeran, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Kidman and Damian Lewis are all au naturale but just about everyone from Cheryl Fernandez Versini to Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande have dyed their hair red at some stage.

Who can blame them? Here, SHEmazing rounds up the nine reasons why having red hair is pretty incredible:


1) You stand out from the crowd: Even in Ireland, your chances of being ginger are fairly slim. In fact, just 10 percent of us have ruby-hued hair. And globally that figure stands at 2 percent. #exclusive

2) It’s difficult to fake it: Red hair dye is notoriously difficult to get right for blondes and brunettes – and a fresh application fades rapidly. Meaning there’s nothing like the real thing.

3) Keep the compliments coming: Everyone wants red hair at some stage – cue a steady stream of “I’d LOVE to have your hair colour.”

4) What greys? While some other folk are already going grey in their 20s, red hair has a reputation for holding its own, gently lightening as you age, rather than turning grey.

5) You’re practically famous: There was a Ginger Spice – but no Blonde or Brunette Spice. Nuff said.

6) You’re quite possibly healthier: University Of Edinburgh researchers found that red heads boast a secret genetic weapon allowing them to to fight off certain illnesses more efficiently than blondes or brunettes.

7) Fight or flight: Red-heads make adrenalin faster than those with other hair colours.

8) You're a work of art: Botticelli's the Birth Of Venus depicts a gorgeous flame-haired lady upon a clam. And she's just one of a disproportionate number of red-headed lasses used by history's most famous artists. 

9) Overall, it’s just a really great colour: Blood, fire, passion, power – all red. In contrast, what’s brown associated with? Exactly.



We might have overdone it a bit over Christmas, drinking all the prosecco and all the mulled wine, but this little beauty of a smoothie will get you right back on track.

Filled with everything you need to cure a hangover, it's perfect for getting you back on track before work starts again.

Delish has an easy video to follow so you can whip this up in no time!


We were promised an Indian summer (umm?) – but sadly there's no denying that September is feeling decidedly autumnal.

There's a chill in the air, the evenings are getting a smidgen darker that bit earlier, and we're slowing transferring our diets to more hearty stables. 

But hearty certainly doesn't have to mean stodgy: in fact, soup is just about the healthiest – not to mention the most satisfying – autumnal warmer going.

We stumbled across this AMAZING and oh-so delicious recipe for carrot and ginger coconut soup… and suffice to say we're already hooked.

Coming in at less than 100 calories a bowl, it takes just ten minutes to prepare (and about 30minutes to cook).

Serve with freshly toasted bread, or have on its own as a snack, starter, or light-lunch, the SHEmazing! seal-of-approval has now very much been granted…


  • Low-sodium vegetable broth cube
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • small chopped onion
  • garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • medium chopped red potato
  • chopped carrots
  • 250ml coconut milk
  • small chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 cup cubed apple or pear (optional)


1) Taking a saucepan, bring around 1.5ltr of water to the boil before popping in the stock cube and stirring.

2) Turn off the heat and leave aside.

3) Next, heat the oil in a frying pan or wok (preferably one with a lid) and then add your onion and garlic; sauté for around three to five minutes.

4) Add ginger, potato and carrot; cover and cook five minutes, stirring occasionally.

5) Add the coconut milk and red pepper; cover with a lid and cook five more minutes.

6) Take your broth from earlier and gradually add it with ladle into the vegetable mixture. Season with white pepper.

7) Cover and cook until all the vegetables are tender.

8) In a food processor or using a hand blender, puree soup in small batches until smooth. 

9) Serve in warm soup bowls. Garnish with apple or pear cubes, if desired.


As we are constantly bombarded with the latest 'super food' or 'detox diet' on our various newsfeeds, it's easy to forget about some of the basic ingredients that can make a huge difference in our diet. 

Ginger may not look like the most appealing or be the most tasty food in the world, but it's worth adding it to your diet if you want flawless skin. 

This root has benefits for your body both inside and out and our favourite one of all is the fact that it is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that give you glowing skin. 

Ginger is also a great remedy for hair that is prone to breaking as it heals damaged hair and help if you want to grow your hair long. 

The best way to treat your hair with it is to massage a mixture of oil and grated ginger to the roots of the hair and leave it in for as long as possible. 

But besides the beauty benefits, it's also good for a multitude of other reasons:

It helps speed up your metabolism

It can help ease nausea and vomiting

It you are suffering from trouble with your sinuses, ginger can help ease the symptoms




It’s what redheads around the world have been waiting for… the ginger emoji is finally here!

The Google Play Store for Android has just revealed their selection of ginger emojis.

Following an international outcry over the absence of redheads from the popular feature, Google have finally decided to include our carrot-topped friends.

This move comes after a petition was signed by over 15,000 people demanding that ginger people be represented in the ever-popular collection. However, Apple has yet to give in to the demands.

There are 16 different types of ginger emojis that can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, including a Ron Weasley emoji as well as a Conan O’Brien one.

Although Apple hasn’t budged on introducing redheads just yet (even after its ethnically inclusive emoji update earlier this year), a range of stickers representing ginger people will later be included in the iPhone.

Ginger people weren’t the only ethnicity to be angered by Apple’s latest updates. Asian people took particular offence to the new yellow emoji, despite Apple’s insistence that this person was supposed to be genetically neutral. 


Certain foods have great healing properties, so if you have a mild ailment why not try some of these? Of course you should see your doctor if you’re not feeling well too.

Here are some of nature's finest healing foods:

The pungent base of most meals has been used for its healing properties for centuries.

Studies are still ongoing into the potential health benefits of turmeric but research has already found the popular spice to have antibacterial and antifungal properties.

This flavourful root is used to treat nausea so next time you’re feeling a bit queasy, a cup of hot ginger tea should set you on the road again.

These powerful nuts  are said to be anti-inflammatory as well as helpful in regulating blood pressure.

These seeds, sold whole and ground, have been used for their medicinal properties throughout history. Grind into your smoothie, porridge or granola to keep your digestive system working smoothly.

Another historical healing food, honey was often used a topical solution for burns and cuts. Today, it is consumed to help heal colds and ease sore throats. It is also helpful to allergy sufferers during pollen season. Interestingly, honey is the only food on earth that does not go off.

This hot spice can add a wealth of benefits to your diet. If you’re trying to lose weight, cayenne speeds up your metabolism. It is also been proven to aid healthy digestion and liver function. 


We may be halfway through the summer months already, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cool down with some ice tea. Here are five delicious ice-teas that you need to try.

Mint Lemonade Ice Tea
It’s easy to prepare, and the best part is you don’t have to be that strict on the amounts of mint and lemon for each glass.

Black Tea Lemonade
Perfect for the caffeine addicts out there. This ice tea is strong in flavour, but also gives you the kick you need to get through the day.

Lime Mint Ice Tea
Not that different from mint lemonade, and it’s perfect for those gorgeous summer evenings.

Smooth Ice Tea
Your basic cup of tea but it’s probably best to swap the milk for some ice with this one.

Ginger Ice Tea
A drink that’s perfect for summer and winter. You can transform this cool beverage into a hot drink by swapping the ice for some milk. Mmmm delicious.



Don’t drown out your stunning red hair by over doing it on the make-up. Stick to these five tips and you will have everyone pining after your ginger locks.

Stay clear of harsh colours like black and instead opt for a lighter and more subtle brown eyeliner.

When it comes to eyeshadow, peaches and of course browns are your best friends. Use a plum shade for night-time antics. It is also perfect if you have green eyes as it will really make them pop. Think Emma Stone.

Embrace your freckles
If you have freckles it’s time to embrace them. Stick to a light foundation that will even out skin tone without covering up your sun kisses.

Avoid the Barbie pink colours and instead go for crimsons and deep tones; however, make sure you use it sparingly.

Avoid using several coats – stick to a max two and go for a brown if you feel brave.

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