Redheads: Fun facts about the beloved Ginger

 

  • Red hair is a beautiful genetic mutation.  Both parents must be carriers of the mutated MC1R gene to be able to produce redhead offspring, of which there is a 25% chance if they don’t have red hair themselves.
  • The highest concentration of redheads is in Scotland (13%) followed by Ireland (10%). Worldwide, only 2% of people have red hair.
  • People with red hair are likely more sensitive to pain. This is because the gene mutation (MC1R) that causes red hair is on the same gene linked to pain receptors. It also means redheads usually need more anesthesia for dental and medical procedures.
  • Having red hair isn’t the only thing that makes some redheads unique. They are also more likely to be left handed. Both characteristics come from recessive genes, which like to come in pairs.
  • Redheads probably won’t go grey. That’s because the pigment just fades over time. So they will probably go blonde and even white, but not grey.
  • Rumor says Hitler banned marriage between redheads. Apparently he thought it would lead to “deviant offspring.”
  • Blue eyed redheads are super rare.  Blue eyes and red hair forms the rarest combo on earth. Most (natural) redheads will have brown eyes, followed by hazel or green shades.
  • Bees have been proven to be more attracted to redheads.
  • Being a redheaded man may have health benefits. A study published by the British Journal of Cancer suggested that men with red hair are 54% less likely to develop prostate cancer than their brown and blonde-haired counterparts.
  • Redheads actually have less hair than most other people. On average they only have 90,000 strands of hair while blonds, for example, have 140,000. However, red hair is typically thicker so it still looks just as full.
  • Even though redheads have less hair, red hair is thicker than other colors.
    Each strand of red hair is generally thicker than other shades which compensates for the fact that redheads have less hair. Apparently they have – on average – 90,000 strands while blondes have 110,000, and brunettes have 140,000.
  • Lucky redhead women have more sex.  That’s according to a study by a German sex researcher who found that women with red hair had sex more often. A similar English study found that redhead gals had sex an average of three times a week, while our blonde and brunette counterparts have it twice a week.
  • Red hair can occur in any ethnicity.  It occurs more frequently (2-6%) in people of northern or western European ancestry, and less frequently in other populations.
  • Redheads can change temperature quicker.  This is because – according to research – redheads are more sensitive to hot and cold pain. Nothing to do with their mythical fiery temperament!
  • Redheads can produce their own Vitamin D.  As they can’t sufficiently absorb Vitamin D (it’s down to their lower melanin-concentration), redheads internally produce their own Vitamin D when they’re exposed to low light conditions.
  • Famous natural redheads include:  Lucille Ball, Julianne Moore, Prince Harry, Jessica Chastain, Nicole Kidman, Shaun White, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Ann Margaret, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Molly Ringwald, Damon Lewis,  …. Yes, I could go on and on and that doesn’t even include the fictional characters:  Annie, The Little Mermaid, Jessica Rabbit and my favorite, Charlie Brown’s crust, The Little Red-Haired Girl**

 

* Information above quoted from the following sites

Redhead Day: 9 fun facts about red hair USA TODAY

13 amazing facts about redheads that everyone needs to know

** When I was a little girl and teased horribly about my hair, knowing Charlie Brown had a crush on a redhead made me believe it couldn’t really be that bad after all.  Years later and currently loving my uniqueness, I still have a special place in my ginger heart for that Little Red-Haired Girl.

 

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