My first girlfriend was a redhead and I still have very fond memories of her..so no, I don’t hate redheads! – Wag ‘n Bietjie
Unnatural Hate for Natural Redheads
If this is the first time you have ever considered that there are people who hate redheads just because they are redheads, than it is already quite apparent that you are not a redhead. Being a redhead is a unique experience. I can’t lie, it is pretty cool to be a part of a global population of whom only four percent of people share my hair color. I’ve certainly gotten a lot of attention over the years because of it. However, some of that attention may surprise you. Read more on how part of the world looks at redheads, and how the other part tries not to.
Red Head Facts and FAQ’s
- The Gene for red hair is called melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R), it is found on the 16th chromosome
- Only 2% of people in the United States have red hair
- In 2002 a scientific study accurately concluded that redheads are more difficult to sedate than any other people often requiring up to 20% more anesthesia than others to prevent them from waking up during surgical procedures
- Natural redheads do not go grey. The hair turns a shady color first, and then goes white. They often keep their red color later in life than those of other hair colors.
- The name of the country Russia means “Land of Reds” it was named thus in honor of a redheaded Viking named Rurik.
- At the end of the 16th century it was a well-known fact that the fat of a redheaded male was a required ingredient for poison.
- Archaeological digs in a desert called Takla Makan in China uncovered mummified redheads that dated back over 3,000 years. This may support the theory that the ancient Chinese may have trekked to areas of the world with the highest concentration of redheads, Ireland and Scotland, to steal red haired women that they believed had supernatural powers. Often when they were shown to not have said powers, they were immediately slaughtered.