Having red hair is something I'm very proud of, despite the negative comments I get from close-minded people.
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, then 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.
Why Do People Dislike Redheads?
It seems like the world has a fascination with redheaded people, something about the rarity of the hair color elicits reactions from everyone else. Redheaded people are constantly depicted as having fiery tempers and being less attractive than people with different colored hair.
Much of this has to do with an ingrained cultural bias towards redheads, who due to their rarity, have been shunned by society at large for a long time.
At times throughout history, redheads have been persecuted, and the trope of red hair has been used to give characters firey tempers and attitude problems. Red hair has also been associated with magic and witchcraft.
- Fairies are often associated with redheads due to their strong association with mischievous natures and supernatural talents.
- Depictions of redheads in St. Paul's Cathedral, as well as the Sistine Chapel both show Adam and Eve before Eve grasped the forbidden fruit. At St. Paul's Cathedral Eve sports a fine long blond mane of hair, while in the Sistine Chapel, she displays brown locks. However, in both scenarios, once the fruit has been taken, the next in the series shows both Eves with long red locks.
- Later, Eve's son Cain had a head full of red hair, and also a swift fall from grace.
- Earlier Egyptians considered the color red so unfortunate, that they had ceremonies where they burned red-haired women alive to get rid of the tint. When they weren't burning them alive, they were burying them alive as a sacrifice to the god Osiris.
- Redheads are often depicted as untrustworthy; this dates back to the story in the bible where Judas, the betrayer of Jesus, was nearly always shown with red hair.
- It is widely reported that Hitler banned the sanctified union of two redheads fearing that their children would become "deviant offspring."
- During 16th and 17th-century witch hunts in England, many redheads were stripped to look for marks of a witch. Marks of a witch included moles, scares, or freckles. This made the lifespan for a redhead in England during this time very, very short.
Redheads in Popular Culture
We've touched on a good amount of superstitions and cultural associations that people have when it comes to redheads, but in recent times there have been some startling depictions of red-haired people in the media. We see plenty of red-haired actresses like Emma Stone, Lindsay Lohan, and Amy Adams dyeing their hair to make it a totally different color and plenty of recent studies have shown that women prefer red-haired men the least.
So, we know that having red hair is typically seen as a negative, but it wasn't until South Park got a hold of the redhead hate that the movement really exploded.
South Park and Redheads
The television show South Park makes fun of a variety of people, pretty much no one is safe from the wrath of the show's creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. However, one of the more infamous episodes is about redheads. In the episode "Ginger Kids," Eric Cartman goes on a crusade against redheaded people, or gingers, claiming that they are sub-humans without souls who suffer from a made-up disease called "gingervitus." To teach Cartman a lesson, the other main characters bleach his skin, dye his hair, and tattoo freckles onto his body to make him believe he has contracted "gingervitus," which then leads Cartman to establish a "ginger separatist campaign," which leads to more violence between redheads and non-redheads.
While the episode was clearly satirical in nature, many people were not smart enough to understand this and took much of the episode of face value, mocking those with red hair. Some of the more extreme individuals even established a "Kick a Ginger Day" in which redheads are mocked and kicked every October 20th.
Red Head Facts and FAQs
- 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.
- In 2001 an Irish judge charged a man with disorderly conduct stating openly that "I am a firm believer that hair coloring has an effect on temper and your coloring suggests you have a temper."
- Having a redheaded child in Denmark is considered an honor.
- When passing a redhead in the streets of Corsica, you are supposed to spit and turn around.
- If you had red hair during the Spanish Inquisition, you were accused of having stolen the fires of hell, then quickly burned as a witch.
- Aristotle proudly shared his belief that redheads were emotionally unhousebroken.
- Natural red hair holds on to its pigment better, making it difficult to dye.
- Although red hair is actually thicker than hair of other colors, redheads commonly have fewer strands of hair on their heads. Blondes have an average of 140k hairs, while redheads have closer to 90k.
- In ancient Rome and even the Ottoman/Byzantine Empires, redheaded slaves were much more expensive than those of other hair colors.
- A full 24 points ahead of blondes, Redheads surveyed would use the word 'bold' to describe themselves.
- Gingerphobia is a fear of redheads.
- A French study done in 1980 compared three women: one blonde, one brunette, and one redhead. The results of the study showed that the redheaded woman was viewed as more treacherous, more mean, and more likely to be unfaithful than the other two. Suffice to say; the French do not think highly of redheads.
- In the United States redheads are called redheads, often even strangers will address them as "Red" and often they will respond to it naturally, (force of habit) in England, redheads are called Gingers.
It looks like I'll be changing my retirement destination to Denmark, and I'll be staying away from France or Corsica as well!
Growing Up With Red Hair
I guess being any kid is hard, but being a redheaded kid can be increasingly more difficult as time goes by. I really believe this to be a bit worse for redheaded males than females. As I had my own experiences growing up, I was also still a girl, so while the taunts and leers I received were usually of a sexual nature, those that the boys had to deal with were honestly far worse. Far more personal, far more emotionally scarring.
Maybe it was because I was inherently strong-willed but the taunts never really 'hurt' me. They pissed me off alright, but I can't think of one thing that happened to me because I was a redhead that I still feel emotionally scarred from.
I was also fairly lucky. I grew up in a neighborhood full of good ole boys, for the most part, and the teasing and jibes I received from them were never truly vicious in nature. It is odd to remember myself as a small child who was insanely sensitive to the moods and emotions of everyone around here, often crying just because someone else was getting taunted, while I was pre-teen girl who could hear taunts that would make a hardened criminal blush, and not show any emotion.
I guess it helped too that although my mother was very Christian, with Christians being where I have received some of the worst redheaded racism, she also loved my hair. She talked about it to anyone who commented, joked about where it came from, and just, in general, made sure that I never knew anything but pride in my copper mane.
I hate to even admit it to myself, but being the mother of two sons, I was ever so glad neither of them were redheads. I just didn't want to think of my own children experiencing the painful growth through their teen years as I had seen other young boys in my school and community go through. What scares me the most is very often I notice that when young boys commit suicide due to bullying, a high rate of them are redheads. With this hair color being the rarest on earth, what does that say? Appalling.
A Learning Experience
As much pride and honor in my hair as my mother instilled in me, there was bound to come a time when something beyond the weirdo comments the boys in the hood made about my hair would occur.
I was 9 when I was playing on a church playground; a Lutheran church thou shalt not name. As myself and my best friends, twins, noticed a lady entering the outbuilding near the playground, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get to use the bathroom, snatch some water, and refresh instead of having to walk the entire two blocks home. So we approached her and me being me spoke up, "Can we use the bathroom please?"
She turned to us, glanced at me, glanced at the twins, glared back at me and said, "No you cannot Daughter of Judas, I'd rather you leave entirely before you betray someone I love."
And I was speechless, even if for only a moment. Before I spewed something at her that likely concreted for her that she had a mini-demon hell spawn on her sacred church ground. The thing is, even though my mother took me to church regularly, I still wasn't quite sure what she meant. I only knew Judas was a bad guy, and this old lady wouldn't let me and my friends pee in her church.
Later that night, I asked my mother. "What does it mean if someone says Daughter of Judas?" She shared with me that it was a deep insult given to someone who would betray anyone and everyone in their lives. The scowl on my face probably told her all she needed to know, but when she asked me how I had come by that phrase, I neatly lied and said I had heard it on TV. I don't know what she would have done had I told her, and I don't doubt she would have hunted that woman down and forced an apology, but I had already been burnt by this insult, and I just wanted to seethe alone.
The Angry Redhead
The combination of my views on religions, Christianity in particular, and having blazing copper colored hair has gotten me called angry quite often. And even without the standpoint on religion, redheads are often accused of being angry simply because they can be fairly quick to jump up and get real loud to defend themselves in any battle, verbal or physical.
The thing is, I am not an angry person. I am utterly as laid back as someone can be without sleeping. Nothing really riles me. I don't sit behind my screen and grit my teeth, worry about the woes of the world, or pound my keyboard over random idiots on the internet, and we all know there are a lot of them.
Maybe the bigger problem is that because I believe in live and let live when someone brings an unwanted issue to me I get really pissed off about it. How dare you invade my life with your nonsense? So how does defending oneself against the injustices of life make me angry? Well, if you truly believe that, then you also need to show due respect and honor to those who are 'angry' because in the past, and in the future, these were the warriors of your world.
It's funny; I was a very scrawny kid. I never got in fights until junior high school, and then only 2. But I was also always the first girl picked in school sports, the first one chosen in contests of strength, intelligence, and academics.
In general, women have always treated me far worse than men. There is definitely some truth in the fact that there is a lingering unspoken vibe that the Bible brought into the picture, the one that assumes redheads are sexually promiscuous. However, it is also true that the men perpetuate this nonsense by always thinking they have to pay special attention to a redhead in the room, likely annoying their girlfriends for many reasons. Quite bluntly, men, these days seem to feel like they have to have at least one redhead under their belt, and women of all hair colors know this. It doesn't make things easy for the redheads that really don't want your boyfriend, husband, or partner.
© 2011 Joy Lynskey
Have Your Own Redhead Experience? - Share it Here
Colton on July 30, 2020:
A narwal eats mekenzie and jake while going to the zoo? WHY?
BECAUSE THEY'RE BOTH gingers..
Johnny on July 24, 2020:
I read most of the article and it seems like not all redheads have the same treatment. Mine has been MUCH different than what the author is talking about. I am a redhead male, 6'4" tall with the bluest eyes ever. Haha
I was teased when I was a kid but really that is about it.
As an adult, I have never found any difficulties. In fact, being a tall redhead Viking has paid nothing but dividends. When I walk into a room, everyone notices. I was once a private investigator and had to quit that line of work because I was just too noticeable!
Being one of the very few people who look like me has been an asset and I have made it work for me like crazy.
I have also noticed that there are a disproportionate number of redheads on TV. It's because we are so damn good looking! Pretty cool.
I now live in Hawaii where I stand out even more. Being taller than everyone also helps with creating my own orbit.
I think being a redhead has varying results. Women are much more mean to each other than men are.
To all my redhead sisters: they are jealous! Trust me, you're gorgeous and being unique is better than blending in. Let all the brunettes and cookie cutter blondes worry about that.
Did you ever notice how, somewhere in their late 20's, women start dying their hair red trying to catch some of that magic????? It looks awful. So fake and sad. They just can't have what we were born with.
Viva la REDNESS!
Britt on July 04, 2020:
I love this article. I'm a natural redheaded girl who got bullied A LOT in school which gave me lasting anxiety /social anxiety problems and really bad self hatred. I had such an issue with it that in 6th grade, i dyed my hair brown and kept dying it different colors until i was 18 years old because none of the colors ended up looking *natural* on me. I also used spray tan to darken my incredibly pale skin. Eventually when i turned 19 i learned to embrace my red hair! I grew it back, stopped spray tanning and tinted my hair even REDDER with henna just to say F off to anyone who discriminated against me in the past and made me hate myself. I'm red and always will be, and now i know there's no point in trying to change it.
I 100% feel that the bullying and taunting and discrimination of redheads feels very similar to racism, yet sadly no one seems to care. :(
Lydia on July 01, 2020:
I'm from Spain and here and in Latin America, redheads are loved and admired, just like in Denmark. We think they are beautiful and brave. Disliking redheads is something akin to anglosaxon countries.
Amazionia on June 17, 2020:
I so appreciate natural red haired people ! I posted a comment earlier about them under my real name Edith! I find them to be beautiful beyond belief ! There freckles , moles , beauty marks , blue, hazel, green or brown eyes !
Also one of the love of my life was a red headed blue eye man and died in my youth he was 8 years older than me. He was from Ireland! My other love was red with green eyes but I was 16 at the time and he went back to the the UK after studies in Canada ! Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder as the saying goes out there !
Appreciate yourself if you are red your so rare unique and special and Beautiful! All of you are!
Edith on June 17, 2020:
Always fancied red haired men since I was I child I am absolutely enamored with there beauty they are so beautiful as well as natural red women are beautiful as well!
Colorado on June 04, 2020:
My wife and I are avid viewers of "Survivor." If there's a ginger competing, I secretly rood for them. However, what was so embarrassing was some ginger college age kid who thought he could endear himself to the tribe by acting like a clown and thus survive longer. One of the competitors on the show said she "never trusted redheads." She came right out and said it to his face. People like that as well as the comedian, Carrot Top, are such jerks. We are who we are. For the sake of the rest of us, I wish they would stop acting like we are all a bunch of Ronald McDonalds.
Ryan on June 02, 2020:
I’m a redhead man. And I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. I love my life and who I am, but growing up with red hair sucked.
Not a redhead on May 19, 2020:
I don’t know if this is all redheads but all of the redheads I have met have been SO FRICKING ANNOYING THAT I CANT STAND IT! (I’m sorry if you are a non annoying redhead) I grew up with a mother and older sister with red hair, my mom was constantly on me to be better because at least it was something to brag to her friends about because she couldn’t brag that all of her children had red hair. My sister, another redhead had constant mood swings even before she had her first kid and period. I also had 2 red headed classmates that would NEVER leave me or my stuff alone. One would take my pencil and paper and the other would like not shut up no matter what. So, that’s my experience with redheads. Sorry if this is mean it’s just my experience.
Peter Wood on May 13, 2020:
Any guys who been beat up for having red hair
Sara on May 12, 2020:
I've always wanted red hair. (I'm a blonde by the way) I had no idea about this redhead racism tho. Im so sry!
Peter Wood on May 07, 2020:
As any guys got beat up for having long reddish brown hair
Peter Wood on May 01, 2020:
I got my stomach punched out in fights for having strawberry blonde hair
Peter on April 18, 2020:
Why is reddish hair bullying color please answer
Peter on April 18, 2020:
Lulu I got punch in stomach for having long greasy reddish brown hair all time did I look good which is more bullying color reddish brown or strawberry. Blonde
Peter on April 17, 2020:
Any guys been bullied having reddish brown hair ?
Peter on April 17, 2020:
Is Reddish Brown hair a bullying color
peter on April 16, 2020:
I been beat up having long greasy reddish brown hair
Peter on April 16, 2020:
Can I fight if have reddish brown hair
Kathlyn on April 15, 2020:
me being a Strawberry blonde i sit between the fence. at my old school NO ONE had red hair and so i was always stared at, i never really understood why and tbh one of my 'friends' came up to me and said the EVERY girl was so jealous of my hair colour, i was so confused. Whats so amazing about my hair that has every girl wanting to kill me!?
Peter Wood on April 14, 2020:
I been punch in stomach for having long strawberry blonde hair that means other people hate my hair
Chris on April 14, 2020:
I love red heads. In fact My girlfriend is one.
Lulu on April 14, 2020:
I'm sick of being a red head I would so anything to have a different hair colour I don't go through a day without being teased , I am a young teenager and at ,y school I am considered ugly and sometimes I agree it gives me no self confidence AT ALL! Is wrong whoever came up with the name ranga I will find u and hunt u down and kill you !!!!!
Lulu on April 14, 2020:
I am 12 years old and have read hair i think it is very wrong to tease people with red hair and if I were not red hair I wouldn't tease people , i used to like my hair but now being in grade 8 u are shamed of having red hair and u are lucky to got through a day of school without 800 people calling you ranga it has affected me a lot and some times I just wish I had a different hard colour
Peter on April 12, 2020:
Is reddish brown hair bullying color please answer
Peter on April 10, 2020:
I used to get my stomach beat up for having long greasy reddish brown hair why kids didn’t like color ?
Peter Wood on April 10, 2020:
When I was a boy other boys used ty fight me calling me redhead they didn’t like red hair ?
Peter Wood on April 10, 2020:
When I was growing up I have long straight redfish brown hair. The others boys used to punch me in the stomach for having long reddish brown hair why?
these religions! on April 03, 2020:
how that is even possible that someone listens to the religious craps and hates another person or say this kind of stuff to him/her!
Nicole on April 02, 2020:
I can't believe people thank of red heads that way thats rude.
Anyone up for trading hairs? on March 25, 2020:
Seriously. Red hair clashes with everything. And the insults and people assume stuff. Ugh. Being ginger is torture I tell you! And you may love it on someone else and laugh at the jokes made about them
But notice they aren’t laughing...notice a little bit of joy leaves their eyes. Lay a bit more attention and you might notice...
Not happy to be a red head on March 25, 2020:
Y’all out here acting like being red head is a luxury. I’ve been through hell and back with this hair. All my friends tell me they love my hair. But I would trade it for anything. In childhood the only teases I would get was from my sister, but high school hit and especially the boys got ruthless. Turned down 4 times by boys...cause of my hair colour. Makeup is hell. Concealer to dark...black mascara with ginger hair. Ew. I have shed tears over my hair. I have wanted to dye it. But my mom won’t let me. I have a friend, bullied so much they now have brown hair. Used to have stunning Dark ginger hair.
My last words that I hope you guys can learn from. We have feelings. We are laughing on the outside but it hurts on the inside. We act all tough when really, most of us never wanted our hair color to be like this. Think before you do because insults have meaning that could scar someone. Please just think.
Honestly I would do anything to get rid of my hair. Anything. People are real rude and I have grown to think I am ugly because of it. Us red heads have lower self esteem then a lot of you guys. Please just hold back on the insults. We could be laughing when we are with you but as soon as we get home it all changes to us looking into the mirror, staring at the insecurity for ages. It seems to get worse every insult they make...
Ava on March 18, 2020:
I have red hair and blue eyes and i often get compliments on my hair. but i also get hate comments sometimes i get called carrot top? carrot tops are green btw. it’s annoying, i use to always want to dye my hair because i thought if i was a blonde or a brunette boys would like me. but i gave realized that i love my hair color and i would never change it. my hair looks amazing in white, black, green, blue, etc i love my hair color and now that i think about i would hate to have been born with brown or blonde hair.
Spurannie on March 18, 2020:
Some additional redhead facts for those who, sadly, are not.
—may wear red lipstick they want
—have thicker hair
—may go to the beach and not turn into a lobster. We just need to be intentional.
—go grey, if at all, much later in life, and in a subtle way
—with blue eyes make up 1% of the population and compose the rarest eye/hair color combination
—look better with pale skin in the winter
—pull off hats with aplomb
—have a gene, MC1R, that makes us look younger
—have a Redhead holiday, November 5th
—have freckles, little gold drops make us even more fascinating to look at.
—stand out in a crowd
—notice and appreciate each other
—could play The Little Mermaid on the spot if needed
—supposedly have our own fresh scent
—are beautiful babies
—tend to develop confidence and a sense of humor at a young age
So, if someone comments on your red hair (in confusing manner), just smile sweetly and say, “If you are complimenting me on my red hair, thank you. I like being a redhead.”
Diane on February 21, 2020:
Isn’t it interesting that anything anti redhead is not considered hate speech? As an older redhead I have heard this forever. I see it on tv shows and it just goes by. On survivor a woman made anti redhead remarks unchecked. But oh my if you say anything about anyone it becomes federal case on that show. I sight this as it’s recent case. I’m 63 so I’ve felt this for a long time. I love my now partially dyed redhair, but only a redhead who grew up being a redhead truly understands what we go through.
Johan on February 15, 2020:
I am a 50 year old man who grew up as skinny child with red hair and lots of freckles. Kids use to tease, make fun of me and use to make very cruel hurtful comments about my red hair. One thing i do agree with the writer is that society tends look for people with red hair and they like to put focus on them, taking focus of their own flaws. I hated growing up as a red head due to the stigma that was attached to red haired kids. It however became easier as i grew older as the insults and comments stopped. I now have three beautiful grown up kids and thank God none of them have red hair, as i would not have been able to deal with their hurt.
I pray everyday for Gods grace upon me and my family. Comments about my red hair or insulting nick names still hurt, but at least now i have learned how to deal with it and how to let it go. I thank my beautiful wife for this as she showed me how to forgive and how to let go of my childhood hurt.
I have learned to give it all to Jesus, who does not judge us by appearances but by our words and actions. His Grace is more than enough to sustain me through every trail and tribulation. I lay all my hurt and tears before His thrown and He faithfully wipes it all away.
You do not know what it is like to grow up as red head unless you are one.
My prayer is that God may bless all those beautifully, awesome red haired boys and girls, men and woman that He created, may you find peace in your creator and may you learn love yourself for being unique, beautiful and awesome.
Anonymous on February 07, 2020:
I blame Shield Hero.
Ben on February 06, 2020:
I was rarely ridiculed for my hair colour in school. It was moreover about how many freckles I had in elementary school or in junior high and high school, it was because of how white I was. It's just different people seeing the world in different lenses and were that 1 unique colour. (was a redhead if you did not notice.)
Fellow shrimp on February 04, 2020:
I hate that people hate anyone not just red heads (like me) but any colour. I especially hate the dumb blond jokes, your hair colour does not define who you are.
That’s my opinion
Thomas on February 01, 2020:
All you redheads are gorgeous and hot. Your for sure hot. I would say most hot for sure. When guys however settle down with a girl they don't want it to be just based on that. The more hot you are the more risk men have to lose you as well and men when they're looking to settle with someone they don't want someone so hot that they could lose you.
Redheads consider yourself in the so hot category that men don't want to take the risk of either getting their heart broken by you or that your so hot how could you care about an average person that's like 90 percent of the rest of the population and not unique ans special in that way. So please that's what we need from you is to show that you do care about us plain Joe's and Jane's. Outside of that of course you deserve your moments of fame. You also deserve common respect from people and admiration for for your uniqueness and gentle souls. Just be you don't let anyone change you. For example, Be Jessica the redhead and be proud its a part of you. Whatever your name is if your a natural redhead
it will always be a part of you whether you like it or not just like natural brunettes will always be soft exotic and gorgeous also and blondes hot
you have a little of both. It's like having the best of both worlds however that comes with competition for men and women both so its that lets get those redheads before we get hurt attitude without people realizing there doing it half the time. If people can't have the experience of being with you on a personal level please maybe share a little of yourself in other ways so everyone can benafit from you and actually call you hot but appreciate you and have the honor of knowing why they would want to cherish you. There's very few of you to do this job the few of you there is though every chance you get to be around a stranger or anyone they already know your hot so show your other qualities if your shy that might be taken as stuck up or ignorant why most wont be even thought of this way i can see why for the redhead it's an extra challenge and people probably assume the opposite of the truth like if your just shy that you are stuck up cause your gorgeous or unique. Prove people wrong if you don't want people trying to compete with you so hard or bringing you down to make them feel better. Prove that you may be shy but you are not stuck up. Prove that you may be gorgeous on the outside but its your gorgeous on the inside that's even more gorgeous. That will be a double whammy and what people don't get to see from you all as much as other hair colors cause their's so few of you so get out there you have to work a little harder then 90 percent of the rest of the population to show that your more gorgeous on inside and more people to prove it to. In that sense if anything you should be given more chances to prove this. It's the law now not to bully or hurass so you still have a right to press charges if anyone is. People also need to learn that jeolousy and competition doesn't mean hurting someone. That's just totally immature and illegal. Maybe help those that are jealous of you in other ways so although they are jealous of you your more of a benafit for them and it's def not helping them to have you not around.
Kristy on January 26, 2020:
I'm a 43 year old redhead and I think i'm beautiful and very pretty.
I have blue eyes with touch of green in certain lights they look grey. I have very platinum blonde hair mostly and eyebrows but the top of my hair is medium to dark red. I am of german, swedish, checklosavakian, bohemian, french, English, cherokee, irish and norwegian descent. My great grandpa my dads moms dad who was Irish was platinum blonde and his wife who had black hair was cherokee. His Dads mom was French and dad Full blooded English with strong German ancestory. My other maternal great grandparents moms dads mom was half german and half swedish. Hid dad was dad was mostly norwegian. My moms moms parent mom was bohemian and cherokee and her dad was German and she was the one who ended up with red hair the german and bohemian mix. I look mostly English cause of the mixtures. I have my grandmas hair coloring on top which is more of a german bohemian mix and my skin tone is closer to the scandicanvian side. My grandma also had darker eyebrows with her red hair and a more flawless complexion where mine is more fair and blotchy with platinum blonde eyebrows and skin like the scandinavian side vs english bohemian. So although I got the red hair like the German bohemian not all the traits are gonna be the same. I also have only one aunt on dads side with red hair and guess what her mom was the half cherokee and have platinum blonde irish and dad was the half french and half english guy. What this means is red hair is just a gene in a big mixture of mostly light gened mixed with some dark traits like cherokee or bohemian or french. Were like people just like anyone else. I know some of us our very shy and introverted but i think it would benafit us to have more of a voice. I think the problem is is that cause were so rare if one of us does something wrong theres not enough of us to show there are so many good redheads to and when we do get attention sometimes we can let it go to our heads although temporarily it does feel good to be noticed for our true beauty. The thing is though if this goes to our heads eventually the only one it helps is ourselves and that's not really helping others either. So we need to be strong yes but we also need to not always make it about us although we are entitles to our moments in time where we do deserve the spotlight . Were not the kind of people that steel it forever and that's what we need to let people know but in the moment. Every hair color deserves to be recognized for it's beauty and no color deserves to be left out or feel not special cause god made them all.
really redhead on January 20, 2020:
i am a redheaded teen with grey eyes. sometimes people will make rude jokes about all redheads and not just talking about me but it still is rude. like we dont have orange hair!! but i do like all the attention it gives me like people will stop and stare cause im the only redhead in my family and i have grey eyes so people act like im some kind of rare creature when they see me.
A "ginger kid" on January 17, 2020:
I am made fun of for my hair even tho i try to be kind to people even if they make fun of my hair
Emily on January 15, 2020:
Thanks you for this I'm am red headed tee and I think that what you have just told us will help red heads in the future
Clara on January 13, 2020:
All of you suffering in high school: I'm a readhead with green eyes, and I've been bullied a lot in high school because of it. I didn't really understood why at the moment and hated my hair so much. I'm 30 now, I embrace it and love it, I feel lucky that I was born this way. High-school sucks, kids are mean and my advice is let it slide, like water on a duck's back. Who cares what they think? What matters is you, and what you want in life. Don't let it get to you, I know it's hard but you'll look back one day and think "wow, those kids had nothing better to do than make fun of someone's hair color". I wish someone had said that to me when I was younger. My mom always made it look like it was my fault, and that I should put more effort in "blending in". Screw that. You're rare, and you are so much more than a hair color, you're a whole person. Don't let stupid kids take a part of your person and emotions, they don't deserve it. If they say or sing something mean, well smile and think of something that makes you happy, because they're not worth your suffering. Don't let them take your happiness away from you. I wish I'd done that and not feel worthless and sad for no reason. We're strong! You can get through it :)
Matt on January 11, 2020:
God this article is filled with inaccuracies. There is no record of Hitler ever banning redheads from being married or whatever that was. You obviously just did some google searching to write this instead of doing actual research.
Carl on January 09, 2020:
Screw those jerks they're stupid and extremely jelous of you if they have to gonout of they're way to bring you down and if you ask me jut plain evil of you period for hein rudeover something God gave you theyre the ones should be punished so i say sew them for hurassment if it keeps up.
The Ginger Kid That every one hates for no reason on January 08, 2020:
Im am A "Ginger Kid" and going to school is so painfully awkward now thatevry body who looks at you and sees ginger and they sing the stupid song this guy made ages ago its to the point where i strugge to get friends due to the colour of my hair. Its so ridiclous and if some thing doesnt change i will probalby end up sending the rest of my life alone.
Heather on January 07, 2020:
Mark i have a redheaded brother and im a brunette. Why you would even waste your time with someone like that is beyond me. There are so many other women out there that would find you hot and very attractive actuallynif you ask me if she's gonna make fun of something you were born with she never loved you to begin with and doesn't deserve you period. My brother is a red head and he had girlfriends his while life and married one. She has never said one word about his hair and if she did think anythong of it she shouldve never said i do. Point is she and him had 3 blondes together and shes a brunette so not sure where the blonde came from but i know its dominant over red. Red is the mst recessive one of all but one in 4 could have it or one in five.
Krissi on January 04, 2020:
I think redheaded guys and girls are very neat, quite and reserved. I think redheads have hot bodies. Redheads can also be mothers , fathers sisters or brothers. Redheads can be a mix of cherokee, french, german, bohemian, english, german, swedish, norwegian and irish. so if that's what makes up a redhead i say bring it on.
Kristy on January 04, 2020:
Connor don't let people bring you down there are so many natural redheads out there Harry from England who's hot as hell and i can name many more the point is is that Kids are very jealous of redheads its true cause of your . Redheads are very unique and most likely to be chosen to be on tv cause of it. So brunettes might be soft, down to earth and pretty or good looking but redheads are hot as hell. Blondes are usually pretty and hot . There is no reason for anyone to hate redheads redheads have the best bodies but hopefully redheads flaunt other atrributes and dont have that be the only think that defines them mayeb the reason for the hate.
Rebecka33 on January 04, 2020:
I am a natural redhead with blue eyes with a touch of green. I also have very fair skin and blonde eyebrows and body hair but my hair on me head is dark strawberry with a touch of blonde. I am also 43 years old. I am thin. Most people think i'm only 25 especially guys. So my red hair makes me look 20 years younger then my actual age. Also i am thin not super skinny but curvy very thin. I remember a 25 year old blonde last year asking me where I went to high school and and when i graduated. She was expecting me to say 2006 to 2012 instead i told her i graduated in 1995 and she couldn't believe it then she posted a photo of me so all her girlfriends could see. She was explaining to me that she around late spring foils her hair all over platinum blonde and has blackish roots and how when she was younger her hair was light blonde my mom was actually the same way a blonde that went darker and my dad a brunette. The point is I remember how hard my mom had to work every year and so did this girl just to get there hair platinum blonde in summer and I only need to add a touch of blonde and it turns white with no ash i literally only have to add a drop. This girl was the one that told me that she was suddenly jealous of me that i don't have to work hard either way and wished she looked as good at me at 43 or young as me and she told me she never saw redhead as pretty as me. Maybe she was just trying to be nice. Her boyfriend came and couldn't believe i was 43 and told me i should be on tv. I prefer men with blonde hair and blue eyes or black hair with brown eyes. Perhaps it's because my dad is a brunette with blue eyes and my mom an ash blonde with blue eyes.
I would gladly date and marry a redhead with either color but they always go for blondes most of them or black haired girls. The problem with red hair is its so recessive it can skip 4 generations. I know a guy who hated redheads his whole life and guess what his blonde son had a redheaded daughter so his first grandchild was a cute little redhead girl and he never talked bad about a redhead again. So there you have it . Here is the key though to being a redhead while it defines us in so may ways we can't let it be the only thing that defines us. As far as the hickman dude down below your probably just an ugly troll anyways. I wont dam dang in hell let no one bring me down over something i was born with anyways. If anyone has a problem with it they can go to hell cause god gave it to me. Also i found people look down on me more when i hide it and think somethings wrong with me when i don't want to flaunt it so why in hell would i hide it then.
Connor on January 03, 2020:
I’m in high school w red hair and I get nonstop harassment from everyone about it. The other day, some kids in grade 12 called me a soulless b*stard and kept pushing me into the street whenever cars were near, what is wrong with people?? I never chose to have red hair so why does one different physical feature matter so much? No one irl wants to listen to my problems so I’ve resorted to this, isn’t that sad lol? I’ve never had many friends and even the ones I have constantly make fun of me, and not in a loving manner either, I just wish everyone in the world was treated equally so no one has to experience the hate people who are ‘different’ get
Titian goddess on January 03, 2020:
People always react in a negative way to a minority group.
Mike on December 31, 2019:
Wow hickman trash? That's disgusting words coming out of your mouth inthink your the trash just by the words you just spoke.
Ben on December 31, 2019:
Wow hickman sounds like you have bern seriously dumbed by a gorgeous redhead sorry redheads dont waste your time on men like that shw your personality more i know it's hard when your abused by people like him and it is abuse due to jelousy he's jelous cause one of you at one time turned him down.
Stefan from the North on December 08, 2019:
Proud Ginger here. I have noticed hardship finding dates even though I have good athletic build, and never in my life have I had more than 3 or 4 close friends, often just 1 or 2. Such is life, I guess, but I have no regrets. I just find it as an extra challenge, and my accoplishements only bigger because of that.
Anna on December 07, 2019:
As a red head my self, I remember thinking in middle school I would never have a boyfriend because of my re hair. I was never bullied in school but no one liked me, so I always relied on the new kids to hang out with (which there wasn't a lot because I lived in Montana)
Anonymous on December 04, 2019:
I wasn’t bullied when I was in school and I had lots of friends. As an elementary schooler and before then, people complimented me often and told me to never dye my hair and that many people spend lots of money to get my hair color. No redheads in my grade were bullied, teased lovingly, but not bullied. Even my classmates would occasionally compliment and talk me about my red hair. I had it better than others, I know, so I am thankful for being in a great school with great people! Even though nothing bad has happened to me yet, I never miss a chance to tell people how great redheads are and what we have had to go through. Red hair is a beautiful thing to have (though I am really annoyed there are only two redheads in the emojis) and you should be proud of it no matter what!
Ember on December 02, 2019:
You people make me sick. Really, its just as bad as racism and sexism. you think that you make judgments on other people and put them into groups just because of ONE physical feature of theirs? You have no right to be going around saying these things. Its repulsive. you have no idea how hard it is to be born with something that will immediately place you in the category of "repulsive". Redheads didn't choose to be born with red hair, nor did they choose to be hated because of it.
Hikmat on December 02, 2019:
I'm a 30 year old male, arab-american born & raised in norcal, currently in the dating scene again, & have been in many relationships. Since i first started dating around late highschool/early college i've only ever found some natural redheads to be attractive. But every time i have ever tried to talk to one (even the uggos), get to know them. i quickly pickup on their personality; it's repulsive. & they're so full of insecurities it's disgusting. oh & don't get me started on the mental illness. yikes! i've come to the conclusion that they ALL really are sub-human trash. i no longer waste my time on redheads. i stick w/ only natural blondes & brunettes
Raven on November 30, 2019:
This is actually really interesting and I'm a thirteen year old girl who has ginger hair. I've always loved it but now ive grown to hate it because of constant comments of people who don't know anything about my life. They just instantly hate me for my hair colour. The comments don't affect me as much as they used to but they really hurt me still don't help with my depression. I know I'm the ugly ginger kid in the class but anyone's reading this who hasn't had this happen to them or they aren't a redhead ca you just please consider the fact that we are also humans and have feelings. It would make life a whole lot easier if you just stopped making fun of us for a hair colour. I find it pathetic really because of cource someone would get angry if you just make fun of someone it's not cause they are ginger its cause they have feelings. I personally don't judge people for how they look so judge them for their personality. Making fun of me because of my hair colour says some things about you as well and also if your aim is to make us like you that doesn't work get a better way and if your aim is to make us hate you or think you have issues you have succeeded well for me anyways. if you knew my life's story you probably wouldn't bully me because of a thing as small as my hair colour. I can't help it I was born with me and it doesn't affect my personality apart from a part of a reason for being depressed because of the bullying side of it.
john on November 29, 2019:
Men actually find redheads most attractive. It has nothing to do with looks its jelousy. Guys like to win a girl over. With a redhead girl theres always gonna be competition and harder to win her over longer term. Thats why they gonwith the ash blonde instead or light brunette whatever. As the redhead ages though men feel this competition goes down a little while many younger men actually are spitten over gorgeous older redhead women and would marry them in a heartbeat. So in the end the redheaded women actually gets the last laugh mostly. So why younger people mock you comes down to jelousy and competion if they feel they cant win you over as the competition is to great.
Lindsay on November 26, 2019:
I’m brunette and have never understood the disdain for redheads. They are soooo unique and some of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen in my life were redheads.
xavier on November 22, 2019:
while i don't get bullied for my red hair now as a 24 year old i was bullied rather badly in high school mostly the early years.
It pains me to see that people still mock others for having hair that they can't control they are born with, like picture a time if it was more common and brown hair was rare, i don't think they would be mocked for having hair the same color as the stuff that comes out of our ass.
It's stupid pathetic views like red hair being a reason to bully someone that drive many kids/teens/adults to kill themselves and that just disgusts me to the point where i have little hope in humans on a day to day basis why should i be kind to a stranger when they were the ones that made my life harder, i don't like having this view but it's now ingrained into me like my hair from birth
JUDY ANN JOHNSON on November 22, 2019:
I have had trouble with predjudice for over 62 years.
It started in first grade.
I have been bewildered and crying for 62 years about my teacher pulling my hair while my classmates giggled.
AND the things that have happened since.
Redhead on November 20, 2019:
Just kill the redhead gene with taking MT2 it really helps getting your skin and hair darker! i almost look like a brunette right now.
Me on November 18, 2019:
Emma Stone and Amy Adams are both natural blonde
Tristyn on November 15, 2019:
Thank you so much for understanding Im 14 and honestly At my highschool its honestly a punishment and a excuse to get bullied and it doesnt help that I wear glasses and am short
lol no on November 14, 2019:
It's because redheads don't have souls bruh
Zaria J on November 14, 2019:
I am only 11 and I get told SO MUCH in my school like three times a day that my hair is a funny colour.
It's not really red it's more like goldish. Type up 'hex code B29700' and it's exactly that colour. Im known at school for being really smart (not boasting though it sounds like it is :) and my best freind is a male redhead, we were both put down for an accelerate class (a class for kids who already know the normal stuff and need to be taught more newer stuff) and we both had two scholorships for a college.
I see what you mean and I'm really glad that we arent in 16 century England :) just normal london like we are now
Alexandra on November 07, 2019:
This is so bizarre to me. I had no idea this prejudice existed. I'm Latina and the vast majority of us have black hair or varying shades of brown. Red hair is considered rare and gorgeous here.
DIE CRITISIM on October 30, 2019:
I HATE that people that bully us reds
Aiden stone on October 30, 2019:
im a red kid and i hate bloned
Responding to Ginger? on October 27, 2019:
Ur so lucky that redheads is counted as lucky and pretty in your school in my school im not badly bullied its just a little bit of making fun of and jokes but its ok ig.
Ginger? on October 24, 2019:
My hair is not red! But it looks sort of ginger, or at least that’s what my friend says. At my school, being a redhead is counted as lucky and pretty. But once i told someone that i was told i had ginger hair, and they said: “no, it looks green!”
Apart from that, I still don’t know my true hair color, but one teacher said to me: “You look like and irish pixie? Are you irish?” And I said: “Not that much, im mostly croatian.” And she said: “Oh, thats cool! I thought that you were Irish because of your hair!”
Two very different responses right? See, so now I literally don’t know... but it’s all chill... ;)
WEIRD? on October 22, 2019:
I have dark brown eyebrows, brown eyes, im mexican, I have brownish reddish hair with blonde tints and Im not pale? is that weird ? lol
RED HEAD ? IDK on October 22, 2019:
Is it weird that I have like brownish reddish hair with gold and blonde tints and I have dark brown eyebrows and I have a soul, and I have don't super light but not super dark skin, and I don't get sunburn easily. Is that weird ?And i'm Mexican? Weird right i'm a messed up child lmao but I still get called a ginger
Anthony DeBello on October 21, 2019:
I'm a red head and i have a red mixed with brown but the red is taking over and it's getting lighter everybody loves my hair but some people make fun of me
Tin Roof on October 20, 2019:
I’m 55 year-old female redhead and this post says it all! Thanks for sharing!
Fabricio on October 17, 2019:
I knew in old times redhead were persecuted for stupid thoughts that were witch, but I didn’t know has so much racism about it.
Living in USA for 2 years I really noticed that has some kind of jokes about redhead and being called ginger. Why ginger?? Ginger is not red, is a kind of beige color.
I LOVEEEEE!!! Redhead women, it’s always a surprise when I see one prettier than another. Yet I would want date all of them. Well when I was single of course, lol.
Nowadays iam married to my redhead wife. I always dreamed one day marry a redhead. I am fascinated by them.
Of course we need also more redhead men for spread the amazing redhead genes.
Make me so sad know how much bad things you heard during your life, and what redhead people suffered during the ages. And that has so little redhead in the world, I wish would have more redhead, like at least half of the population, lol. Yah I love redheads. And with all those pretty cute freckles. Blue greenish and green eyes. Drive me nuts. The most pretty between the human diversity. And please iam not being racist to another ethnic groups. There isn’t anything wrong think some people and things are prettier than anothers.
Well iam Brazilian, and in Brazil most people gets fascinated by redhead too. Maybe this is why I love it. The opposite attracts,I Being tan yellowish skin, black hair and brown eyes, mixed from white, native, black, Asian Brazilian.
Susie on October 10, 2019:
Ok I’m older then you, I’m 69 so back in the 1950’s the girls in school didn’t like me I was always picked last, I was called copperhead and the boys would always sing those silly songs about redheads, I’m not so sure they liked me and the other girls in my class would hate me that much more. It did bother me to have no friends, I still have my red hair and proud of it. Hi to all you redheads out there.
Caroline on October 07, 2019:
Omg Lol. I just looked this up because today I was telling a story to my friends at school about how someone legit squirted Hans sanitizer into my EYE! And one of them said “such a ginger thing to do” I was like..okay?? I never even knew people didn’t like redheads or had superstitions about them until now! I always thought it was the dumb blondes lol. I’ve never been bullied for my hair, most people tell me it’s pretty. So that remark that my friend said caught me off guard! But it doesn’t really bother me. Even though my insecurities maybe rose up by .01%. I like my hair soo
Rebecka333 on September 28, 2019:
Im a natural strawberry blonde with blue eyes with a touch of green. I get wistled at wherever i go and people telling me how lucky i am. Unfortunately it can bring negative attention cause i always get asked if i can take of my clothe and told i look like a goddes . We have the palest of sll colors most white and most blonded eyebrows and body hair and pink skin we are very unique.
Kurt on September 19, 2019:
I am 53 and I continue to be teased about my red hair. Its strange how it is socially unacceptable to mock someone for anything but the red color of hair.
Anonymous on September 19, 2019:
Hey everyone, I'm a redhead, aha I don't know what else to say. Well, in primary school, I was the only redhead there but, susprinsingly, I never got teased about it. Back then, I didn't really care and I honestly thought that I was the same as everyone else. Until, I entered year 7 (high school). High school i s meant to be the greatest time of your life, new friends, new teachers. This should've been amazing, right?! Well no. There was a group of girls (maybe about 35) who constantly teased me using the term "ranga" or saying "where's your eyebrows & soul?". I had reported them to my parents and teacher and they said I'm absolutely sorry to hear that, Anonymous. THE TEACHERS DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT THIS WTF. Now, in year 12, I've changed schools at least 7 times because of this annoying and ongoing stupid issue. Hope you redheads out there don't experience this disgusting pain. Ciao!
Bridgit on August 30, 2019:
I was called a witch for 4 years by a teacher at my high school (he was never even MY teacher) and he would say this in front of my classmates. He made the mistake of calling my religion teacher a witch because of her red hair and she lost it on him. Smh.
- on August 26, 2019:
Lol I am a redhaired girl from Denmark, we get bullied here too, I've never heard about the honorary part
SailorAngel on August 20, 2019:
I got living red hair mix i love mines plus freakles these redhead people are my phoenixes my golden eagles or angel Seraphim origins so Enjoy for being childrens of light,in all my perfection i was hated yet loved be Courageous!
Its an eagle thing!like me Visicoth!
Tom on August 11, 2019:
Just read one of the comments says gingers have no no souls and die of cancer. However gingers are the least likely to get cancer due to their blood. And of course they have souls. Generally gingers are the nicest people just because of the bullying they endure
Jeff on August 05, 2019:
Who even came up with Gingeracism being a redhead is lit
Carla on August 04, 2019:
I'm a 29 year old redhead, when I was in High school the principal asked me to dye my hair because she hated my hair color, said it was unnatural.
Debbie on August 04, 2019:
I always hated my hair growing up, teens would rather look like everybody else. As the years went on tho so many people complimented the color now I appreciate it! It changes from light to dark with the seasons and while others my age are gray my hair is still the same!
Ben Soden on July 28, 2019:
The fight is real in the UK.
arisblaze on July 25, 2019:
I've always been in the middle ground on this subject, raised as a brunette until I started bleaching orange. & as I grew older, the brown lightened to a pretty auburn. No idea where it came from.
But I had in the meantime of watching the misfortune of a boy in my class go through the same stares & teasing you mentioned. But he was NOT a redhead; he was an ash blond & his hair at age 18 was still WHITE! His roots were slightly bluish gray..
People don't understand what they don't comprehend, but most don't even bother to try anymore...
Cameron on July 17, 2019:
I’m a Strawberry blonde boy and I have had 6 girlfriends so there’s no need to worry about relationships I’m also still in school and there are 2 other boys with ginger hair dating really hot girls. Yeah every ginger takes torture but as u grow up, More and more people start to find u attractive, Especially after school.SO DONT DOUBT YOURSELF
Ayu on July 14, 2019:
I'm asian and i used to have natural auburn hair when i'm younger and people always complimented them. maybe because it's very rare to have that kind of natural hair color in my country (indonesia), and western features are somehow deemed more attractive here. but as i grew older my hair turns darker and i can barely see the reddish tint now. i'm kind of sad by it, but i know it's going to happen since it's a trait in my family. my mom even say it'll be black by the time i hit her age. i'm not sure though where the gene come from, since my family is majorly chinese-javanese-arabic.
Dave on July 13, 2019:
I'm a 47 yr old male redhead & massively agree with the comments i have read. I got bullied all throughout school & feel that even now i get ignored or people avoid me due to my hair colour.. I hate my hair colour & in 6'6. Ive always had anxiety about it!
Mackenzie on July 08, 2019:
I am a redhead and I get called a ranga
Outlier on June 29, 2019:
I am middle aged and male ginger. My hair was always too thick and unmanageable until I hit my mid 30s. Then it was okay- I had been shaving it off since junior high school and for only about 3 years did it finally get to the point where I could style it- now, of course- I am rapidly balding. My point is that I am not sure who gets less respect- ginger men or balding men.... try being both.