25 Crazy Facts About People Who Have Red Hair

Slim Chance

Slim Chance

People born with red hair pop up at around the rate of 1 in 50, on average, around the world. However, we know that very few of them are likely to be in Asia, or many other places in the world.

The Ginger Vamps

The Ginger Vamps

For whatever reason, people in Ancient Greece were convinced that those with red hair would turn in to vampires after they died.



Turning Red

Turning Red

If you have hair that isn't red (even quite dark hair) it does have a chance of turning red if you should suffer a very severe protein deficiency as a result of starvation. If you do want red hair, we'd suggest just dying it instead of starving yourself.

The Unclean

The Unclean

With the amount of madness we hear about the Middle Ages, it's a wonder the human race got through it! Anyway, another one to add to the list; people thought that babies born with red hair were conceived during the menstruation period and that they were "unclean".



A Way Not To Gray

A Way Not To Gray

Red hair isn't very likely to go gray. It will turn white, but only after going through a blondish phase (usually). Sometimes it will go gray, but not nearly as often as other hair colors.

Stubborn Red

Stubborn Red

Anybody who has red hair and has tried to dye it will know that it's a little difficult. Well, maybe they won't given it's all relative and they've never had another color to work with.... Anyway, red hair is harder to dye because it holds on to the pigment a little more stubbornly than other colors.



Hitler Sees Red

Hitler Sees Red

Adolf Hitler is said to have ordered people with red hair not to marry each other as it might run the risk of creating what he called "deviant offspring". What was he basing this on?!

Doctor, Doctor, Gimme The News

Doctor, Doctor, Gimme The News

Interestingly, a researcher from Germany named Dr. Werner Habermehl, found that women with red hair had more sex than women with other hair colors (presumably, there were already enough people working on cancer cures and all that other valuable stuff).

He also decided that women who dye their hair red could be unhappy in a relationship. We'd like to know if his ex-wife cheated on him, and/or had red hair.



Battered And Bruised

Battered And Bruised

Women who have red hair have been noted to bruise more easily than women with other hair colors.

Parkinson's

Parkinson's

In what is bad news for the gingers, they have twice more of a risk of developing Parkinson's Disease than people with any other hair color.



A Pair Of Recessives

A Pair Of Recessives

People with red hair are more likely to be left-handed than people with other hair colors that are not the result of a recessive gene. This is because recessive genes often come in pairs. Understand?

She's Definitely A Witch!

She's Definitely A Witch!

We've already heard of one culture believing that people with red hair turned to vampires, and we know about the craziness of the Middle Ages, but this is something else! During the witch hunts of 16th and 17th century Europe, lots of women were burned at the stake, believed to be witches simply because of their ginger locks!



Rare Hair

Rare Hair

Red is the rarest of all human hair colors ....but we knew that already, right?

Titian Red

Titian Red

A sixteenth century artist by the name of Titian became famous for (other than the fact he was considered to be quite good) including a lot of red-headed subjects. So much so that his name was used to name a shade of red.



Expensive Red Slaves

Expensive Red Slaves

In Ancient Rome, it was common for slaves with red hair to be bought and sold at a greater price than other slaves.

Red Satan

Red Satan

Because Satan has always been a symbol of things like sexual desire and immoral behavior (all the good stuff), and red is the color which has traditionally been associated with such deviancy, he/she is usually depicted as red or having red hair.



Red Pain

Red Pain

There are some researchers who believe that the same gene that results in red hair also affects the way the person responds to pain.

A Mark Twain Quote...

A Mark Twain Quote...

"While the rest of the human race are descended from monkeys, redheads derive from cats.”

Perhaps he is somewhat confused; we didn't descend from monkeys, we merely share a common ancestor...



A Ginger Offering

A Ginger Offering

In Ancient Egypt, it was common for people with red hair to be buried alive as a sacrifice to the God Osiris.

It's beginning to sound like people with red hair may have gotten a raw deal over the years, isn't it?

Neanderthals

Neanderthals

Scientists reckon that, while Neanderthals had a version of the same gene that causes red hair, it isn't the same variant as in humans. What this tells us is that they probably didn't interbreed with each other.



A Thing Of The Past?

A Thing Of The Past?

While some say that red heads could be bred out of the human race as early as the next 100 years, there is much debate and just as many experts reckon they'll stick around much longer.

The Red Scots

The Red Scots

While the United States is the country with the highest amount of red heads in the world, Scotland is the country with the highest per capita (13%) with Ireland a close second (10%).



Gingerphobia

Gingerphobia

...Is exactly what it sounds like; a fear of people with red hair!

Gingerisim

Gingerisim

...Is different to gingerphobia. Gingerism is a prejudice towards people with red hair.



What's In A Name?

What's In A Name?

Flanary, Reid and Flynn (among some others) are all names with origins in the British Isles with meaning that allude to the prevalence of red hair. For example; Flynn means "bright red".