If you have a readhead as a friend, spouse, or co-worker, you know very well what I’m talking about. These people are way more different than the rest of us blondies and brunettes! They sport fair skin, often dotted with beautiful-looking freckles, and seem to be more sensitive to outside temperature and pretty much everything else going on around. Well, there’s a reason why redheads always stand out so much! From peculiar genetic build and attracting bees to the rarest hair and colour combo in the whole world, I present you 10 amazing reasons why redheads are so special.
They’ll never go grey
This is how cool redheads are – they just never go grey! The pigment in their hair responsible for the gorgeous red colour simply doesn’t do that. Instead, it will fade away, turning into blonde or white colour.
The rarest hair/eyes colour combo
Redheads with blue eyes not only look beautiful, but they are also the rarest colour combo. According to statistics, only 2% of the human population have red hair, while blue eyes occur in no more that 17%. This means only 13 million people in the world sport this beautiful hair an eye colour combination, but there are much more factors at play, so it actually happens even less often.
They attract bees
Scientists are actually puzzled as to why this happens, but bees seem to be more attracted to redheads than to any other hair colour. It is usually connected with the fact that red hair is brighter than any other, resembling that of a flower. No bee can resist a flower like that!
They feel more pain
And I mean – quite literally! Readheads require 20% more anaesthesia to get rid of pain than people with any other hair colour. Scientists aren’t exactly sure why it happens, but the usual explanation is that we have to thank the special gene mutation that is responsible for both red hair and fair skin. They simply feel more pain than others!
They are ‘mutants’
The MC1R gene is responsible for our hair and skin pigmentation by controlling the amount of melanin our body produces. When this gene is not activated or blocked, people tend to have more reddish tones in their complexion – this includes both hair and those wonderful freckles!
They have less hair
Compared to other hair colours, redheads don’t really have that much hair. While blondes and brunettes have 110, 000 and 140,000 strands of hair respectively, redheads sport ‘only’ 90,000 stands. But you’d never be able to tell the difference as red hair is thicker than blonde and brunette.
Most redheads are in Ireland and Scotland
Ireland and Scotland seem to be real redhead magnets – so many of them are born there! Up to 30% of the population spot this beautiful hair colour. Still, scientists believe that the redhead gene itself originated in Norway!
They are sensitive to the temperature
If you’ve noticed that your redheaded friend always overdresses when going outside or seems to be always cold for no apparent reason – worry no more because this is perfectly normal for ginger-heads. The same gene that created the gorgeous fiery-red hair is also responsible for temperature control. So pack an extra blanket if you go outside with a red-headed friend!
Many consider them evil
Sadly, gingerphobia is an actual thing. It’s hard to tell what makes people afraid of redheads, but this goes back a long time. Even in Ancient Greece people generally didn’t like redheads, believing that they turn into vampires after death.
Many of them are lefties
As if nature didn’t create them special enough, it appears that most ginger-heads are lefties. Being left-handed is a recessive trait, just like red hair and a crazy amount of freckles. They often come in two, that’s why redheads and lefties are such a nice combo.