And sometimes, it can be hard to distinguish fact from myth, so this page is for you, fellow redheads.
Western Europe houses more redheads than anywhere else in the world. This is the melanocortin 1 receptor, also known as MC1R for short. Many thanks go Red heads first time Professor Jonathan Rees who is responsible for discovering what makes redheads special after conducting a study at the University of Edinburgh in This ginger gene is a slight mutation of the MC1R gene on chromosome Which basically means that redheads are like superheroes, but naturally so, not due to some weird chemical reaction.
Everything we love about being redheads comes from this mutation: MC1R is a recessive gene and must be passed on from both mother and father. This explains how a mother and father who both have brown or blonde hair can have a redheaded child.
Having pale skin may mean that redheads burn more easily when exposed to UV rays, but their paleness can serve as an advantage. This may sound like bad news, but this lower melanin-concentration means that gingers can cleverly produce their own Vitamin D within their body when exposed to low light conditions.
Um, good to know! Redheads may be more sensitive to cold, too.
Bring on the warm weather! Wait, warmth brings sun. Sun is responsible for sunburn and massive amounts of sunblock, particularly for redheads who are at a much higher risk of getting skin cancer.
But you knew that one already. Natural red hair is harder to dye than other shades.
It holds its pigment much firmer than any other hair colour. If redheads desired to dye their hair to any other colour why would you?
In terms of total number of strands, gingers have far fewer atop their red heads than any other colour. On average, Red heads first time beauties have 90, strands, compared to blondes with , and brunettes withRed hair simply fades with age through a glorious spectrum of faded copper to rosy-blonde colours, then to silvery-white. Thanks to our natural awesomeness, and the greatness of famous redheads, people like to copy us.
History has shown that redheads were targeted for the colour of their hair. And of course, interesting nicknames were created to remind us of this myth i.
Many redheads were thought to be witches and hair colour alone was enough cause to be put to death. And who can forget the stereotype that every redhead has heard at least once in their life: Supporting this untrue pop culture reference, Satan is often portrayed as having red hair because it supposedly shows sexual desire and moral degradation.
A tradition in Poland states that if you pass three redheads in a row, you will win the state lottery. If you want to have a little fun, get a couple of your redhead friends to accompany you to Poland on an adventure trip and have fun walking along.
Redhead luck to everyone! In Corsica, France, one must spit and turn around to avoid bad luck if passing a redhead on the street.