How Are Redheads Unique and Different?

I was born a redhead, and of course to be a real and true redhead, you must be born that way. Bottled red hair just does not count here. Sorry.

For a long time I have said red (when applied to natural hair color) is not just a color, but also a chemistry. We redheads usually have pale skin to go with our hair color and that paleness can be either creamy white, or more ruddy, accompanied with a gazillion freckles. Thankfully, my freckles were limited to a charming dusting across my upper cheeks and nose when I was a child, and I got the coveted creamy white complexion for life.

Yes, I know I do not look like a redhead in my photo, but for some reason when I got into adulthood, my skin started tanning more easily. It still burned initially, and pretty badly, but then it turned a nice golden tan. Having grown up in the north where tans are appreciated, I was ecstatic when I found I could get a lovely tan at last, instead of being pale as a ghost.

So now you know why I chose to research the unique biology and chemistry of redheads. I knew I would have to dig deeply through the folklore to find the facts, and I was quite surprised at what I found!

Famous Redheads

Ann-Margaret:  Singer, dancer, star of movies and television.
Ann-Margaret: Singer, dancer, star of movies and television. | Source

Unique Biology of Redheads

Low Threshold for Pain? It seems that redheads are more sensitive to pain and require more anesthesia for surgeries. Many studies support this idea, and I have listed one website where you can find their names in the reference section below.

While I personally have a high threshold for pain, I realize that one person who is different does not disprove a finding. A handful of people who do not conform to research findings is quite normal. The percentage of redheads in the study that had a lower threshold for pain was in the 90 percentile range, but that is not 100 percent. Apparently, I place in the 10 percent who did not have a lower pain threshold. Even so, I do wake up from anesthesia more easily and quicker than most people.

Predisposed to Skin Cancer? Something that is a negative is that redheads are more predisposed to develop skin cancer than people with other hair colors, but that is not really news, is it? Pale skin has been known for a long time to be more susceptible to damage from the sun.

Prone to Allergies? It is thought, but not proven, that redheads are more prone to allergies because of their proven extremely sensitive nature. Well, I am allergic to everything in the world, except maybe myself, so maybe there is some proof in that, but I have relatives with allergies, even though they are not as bad as my own, who do not have red hair or even a tint of red in their hair. So maybe it is simply genetic without the requirement of red hair. Or maybe my allergies are far worse because of my sensitive nature?

Eye Color? Some authentic redheads are born with turquoise eyes, and this is said to be scientifically proven, though no proof was offered at the site where I found this information. My own eyes are hazel and usually present as green. Light or medium blue eyes would seem to be the most common among redheads.

Recessive Genes? The redhead gene is recessive, so lots of people may carry that gene, but not exhibit the red hair or accompanying traits, yet they may pass that gene on to offspring and it may be a dominant gene in that individual.

A Royal Redhead

Prince Harry of England taken on April 13, 2013.
Prince Harry of England taken on April 13, 2013. | Source

Fewer than 2% of people worldwide have naturally red hair. That same percentage -- fewer than 2%, is true in the United States also. Redheads are primarily concentrated in the countries of Ireland where about 10% of the population is redheads, and Scotland where the number of redheads in their population is about 13%.

Redheads Are Over Represented In Math, Science, Philosophy, and Comedy

Next I came across a guy, Dr. Barry Kort, a redhead himself, who had gathered all kinds of interesting statistics. According to Kort, a renowned scientist, redheads are “way overrepresented” in” the areas of math, logic, science, philosophy, and comedy.” Who knew?

Dr. Kort lists a few famous redheads:

  • Socrates
  • Galileo
  • Darwin
  • King David
  • Vincent van Gogh
  • Mark Twain
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Queen Elizabeth I
  • Sir Winston Churchill
  • King Arthur
  • JK Rowling
  • Jane Goodall

David Caruso:  Star of CSI Miami
David Caruso: Star of CSI Miami | Source

Redheads Are Underrepresented In Sports and the Military

Kort’s research results show that redheads have lower levels of adrenalin, meaning (in his interpretation) that they tend to be less physical, not making good soldiers or athletes. Kort believes the low levels of adrenalin account for them being more cerebral (logical, mathematically inclined, philosophical) and less physical.

In fact Dr. Kort says the only “notable redheaded general in American history . . . was one of the worst generals the U.S. Cavalry ever had. His name was George Custer.” I guess Dr. Kort is not aware that former general and President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower was a redhead also. Yes, and do not forget the father of our country, George Washington, a great general if ever there was one. Also, John Glenn – former marine fighter pilot and astronaut, never a general, but a great American hero just the same.

Dr. Kort seems to be of the opinion that adrenalin is necessary to be good at soldiering and sports, and perhaps that is where his interpretation of the findings of his study goes awry. Why could a ‘cool head’ not be an advantage in sports or soldiering? I think it could be, because it means a person is less likely to shoot from the hip, more likely to think things through, and as a result, be more effective, not less.

An Abbreviated List of Famous Redheaded Sports Stars

  • John Mayock: middle-distance runner from Great Britain
  • Chuck Norris: 6-time World Black Belt Karate Champion, and yes, the famous actor also
  • Shaun White: Olympic gold medalist in snowboarding
  • Bill Walton: American professional basketball player
  • Boris Becker: Olympic gold medalist in tennis, from Germany
  • Cameron Ling: footballer from Australia
  • Clara Hughes: Olympic speed skater and cyclist from Canada
  • Johnny O’Connell: American race car driver who has broken many records

The list goes on and on. To be sure, sports are not an area where redheads rule, but they are represented and many seem to do quite well in spite of their low adrenalin.

Redheads Smell Better

Erin La Rosa says redheads exude more pleasant pheromones and so they attract more mates because they are simply more sexually desirable. La Rosa says, “Our pheromone effect and our delicious scent has been scientifically proven!”

Stephen Douglas (author of The Redhead Encyclopedia) writes that the skin of redheads has a naturally sweet and musk-like scent. Douglas claims that the redheads' scent changes with their emotions.

In the Erotic Review, Rowan Pelling says that redheads have a “strong natural scent,” and also, “redheads famously have a distinctive civet scent that drives admirers wild.” The scent of a civet (wild cat) is said to have aphrodisiacal qualities that are, and have been highly prized, for centuries.

Some other men have described the redhead scent as smelling like “amber and violets,” saying redheads have the strongest scent of any women.

Needless to say, redheads are known for their fiery tempers and great passion in intimate matters. There is nothing like a redhead when it comes to certain things!

It is observed that the redhaired of both sexes are more libidinous and mischievous than the rest.

— Jonathon Swift, "Gulliver’s Travels"

Will Redheads Be Extinct In 100 Years?

Cort Cass (Redhead Handbook) said, “the continued presence of redheads was one of the issues that 'haunted' Charles Darwin because he could not fit redheads into his Survival of the Fittest theory.”

Cass compares redheads to peacocks, which he calls “predator magnets” because of their heavy tails that would, in turn, seem to mark peacocks for extinction. Instead, it is the peacock with the biggest, brightest tail that draws the most peahens.

Likewise, Cass believes prospective mates instinctively know that redheaded women are tough and intelligent, which is desirable in the continuation of the species. Indeed, I have had a few guys tell me my allure is my intelligence. Since they were correct in their assessment of my intelligence, I did not believe them! ;)

Man, you ain’t lived till you’ve had your tires rotated by a redheaded woman.

— Bruce Springsteen

Other Interesting Tidbits About Redheads

For some reason, redheads seem to have contributed disproportionately to history, stories, and folklore. Maybe because they are unusual (natural redheads that is), and so we stand out? Grab your attention? Well, before bottled redheads were invented we did that anyway.

Do They Have Hot Tempers? We have all heard how redheads have short tempers. Pagans used to believe that they had an “aura of magnetism and mystic power.” Ancient Egyptians used to bury redheaded men alive as a sacrifice to their God Osiris.

What About Sex? Here is something that is proven by Dr. Werner Habermehl, a leading sex researcher in Hamburg, Germany. Habermehl did a study about sex habits involving hundreds of German women in which he compared the women by hair color. Habermehl determined that redheads were clearly more sexually active, having more sex and having it with more partners than other women. So the moral of the story (or research project) according to Habermehl is that while blondes have more fun, redheads have more sex!

In History? The Spanish Inquisition singled redheads out for persecution, believing their hair to be a sure sign that they had stolen the fires of hell. In medieval times, redheads were regarded as witches, werewolves, and vampires, and thousands of redheads were burned at the stake because of the general pervasive ignorance that existed at that time.

Discrimination Today? Even today, redheads are discriminated against. Sympatico News is reporting that Cyros International, the world’s leading sperm bank, is turning away redheaded donors because the demand for redheaded children is so low. Since my research suggests that redheads are the smartest and most attractive of our species, the most charismatic, and the sexiest, why would redheaded children not be desirable?

So now you have a better idea of why redheads are special. Natural redheads are very uncommon, and we have a certain body chemistry that sets us apart from everyone else. While seemingly the weakest of our species in some respects, we make up for that in some interesting ways. ;)

In the best of all possible worlds, all children would be a blessing, and it would not matter what color their hair might be (or how they were conceived).

— Christopher Peterson

Why Don’t Sperm Banks Want Red Headed Donors?

Let me remind you that natural redheads are less than 2% of the world’s population, and so they are extremely rare. They are not rare in Ireland or Scotland, and that could lead people in those countries to believe they are common, but in other parts of the world, they are not at all common.

Another thing that might give the impression that redheads are not so rare is that lots of women dye their hair some shade of red. In this article I am only referring to people born as redheads because the characteristics that are unique to redheads cannot be bought or obtained from a container or kit.

Christopher Peterson, Ph.D. in Psychology and recognized around the world for his many accomplishments, particularly in the field of positive psychology, decided to investigate why sperm banks do not encourage redheads to be sperm donors.

What Peterson discovered was that Cyros International, located in Scandinavia, is the only sperm bank that does not seek more sperm from redheads. The reason is that redheads are plentiful in the Cyros International location and that ‘bank’ already has some 140,000 “doses” available, which more than meets the demand.

Writing for Psychology Today, Peterson says, “Apparently, sperm from red-headed donors is in demand in Ireland and to some degree in the United States. Why? People want their children to look like them . . .”

Peterson thinks there are many reasons why parents prefer that their children resemble themselves, among them a desire to avoid unsolicited questions and comments, some of which may be insensitive or downright rude.

Resembling other family members physically can help children to feel more like they belong. That is also true when it comes to physically resembling the majority of people in the community where one lives -- looking similar can prevent prejudice and teasing.

Research indicates that there are certain advantages to being a redhead, so maybe when the word gets out about those advantages more people will appreciate them.

Tall donors are always in demand, regardless of their hair color or eye color.

— Christopher Peterson in "Psychology Today"

Why I Wrote This Article

I made the decision to write this article on redheads just for the fun of it, and mainly for entertainment purposes – my reader’s entertainment. I started out by researching “the chemistry of redheads,” having no idea what I would find, and really, expecting to find nothing.

My hair went from obvious red (not carrot top or copper) when I was born, to blonde as a toddler and preschooler, to a dark red that was barely noticeable except in certain light as a teenager and adult. No matter. Redhead chemistry doesn’t change even if hair color does modify to some extent.

Red hair can be a recessive trait and may only show up in every second, third, or fourth generation, coming as a surprise to new parents who may have been expecting a blonde or a brunette.

— C. E. Clark


Facts, folklore, statistics and musings about redheads:

© 2012 C E Clark

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Au fait 8 weeks ago from North Texas Author

gconeyhiden, thank you for sharing your experience. I found nothing in my research to suggest redheads bleed more, or more easily than people with other natural hair colors. There was only the research that pointed to a lower threshold for pain than the average person.

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gconeyhiden 2 months ago from Brooklyn, N.Y.C. U.S.A

I remember when I was young and going to have my tonsils out the doctor told my parents about such differences with red heads. I recall he mentioned that red heads often bleed more then other patients.

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Au fait 10 months ago from North Texas Author

Ed Mccarr, thank you for reading and sharing your experience on this subject!

Ed Mccarr 10 months ago

I always thought that my threshold for pain was low. Always tell the dentist I need more

Novocaine. Thanks enjoyed this article

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Au fait 10 months ago from North Texas Author

WhimsicalNerd, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. Thank you for sharing your experience. Glad you enjoyed the read!

WhimsicalNerd 10 months ago from Tulsa, OK

This was so fun, but I would like to correct your statement about "people BORN as redheads." I wasn't born a redhead, but my hair is naturally red. It turned on it's own when I hit puberty. I have several of the traits given to redheads, even though I was not BORN that way. So thank you :)

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Au fait 16 months ago from North Texas Author

Shyron, thank you for bringing attention to this article and for all your kind words. I'm glad you enjoy this article. I wanted it to be fun to read, and hopefully it is. I think I will flaunt my silver when the time comes. I worked hard for it after all. ;) Thank you, most of all, for your friendship. Blessings to you and John.

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Au fait 17 months ago from North Texas Author

River and Mtn, thank you or coming by. I didn't know that about Hitler. The red hair in my family comes down through my mother's side of the family. There are a lot of redheads on that side of the family. My mother's father had a red beard, but not red hair. My late husband had coppery reddish hair and a red beard. I think the red beard should count.

As for psychic ability, given that redheads are more sensitive it would follow that they would also have more psychic ability and that more of them would have that ability, but that's just conjecture on my part at the point. I doubt anyone has done a study on it. Why don't you do one and become famous for it?

Thank you again for coming by!

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Shyron E Shenko 17 months ago

I am back to have another look at this wonderful article. Because you know me so well, you know that my natural color is red as in my profile picture, but I don't remember if it was natural when we met. But, as you know I went blond because the silver does not stand out as much as it would in red.

Yes I love this hub and all you writings.

Hope you are well, Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

river and mtn 17 months ago

Hitler banned marriage between redheads, he did not like them. Probably with good reason because the Brits with a lot of redheads ended up defeating him. I don't know if red in the beard counts as being a ginger, which i had, but in my case the temper really fits. I was actually researching psychic ability and red hair; i think something may be there, but being stats person, i am wondering how it can be proved. Great article again.

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Au fait 17 months ago from North Texas Author

Geoff, thank you for stopping by. So glad someone finally recognizes that I am amazing! ;)

I hope you've read through all the comments on all of my articles because I think you will find some that don't necessarily agree or appreciate what I have written.

I hardly ever write opinion. I like to deal in provable facts -- is there any other kind? Sometimes people take issue with what they refer to as my 'opinion,' but that's because they don't know the difference between fact and opinion -- speaking of my articles here. Many of them don't know what a research paper is, don't understand references even when they're looking straight at them, and have highly questionable reading comprehension skills.

In comments I write on other people's articles and in the forums and other places I often do write my opinions, but I try to leave it out as much as possible when writing my articles. I prefer to get information out so that people have something to help them form or modify their opinions as the case may be.

I do have my comments set on 'approval.' Most people here do. I do not publish comments that attack me or any of my commenters. Disagreeing is OK, but getting abusive and name calling is out. Attacking my work because you don't like what I found in my research could get you censored. Since at least 99% of my articles deal with facts, I expect anyone who disagrees to provide facts if they choose to have a tirade, and some do have tirades. Don't tell me my research and my work are faulty because you dislike what I found and wrote about. If you dislike what I wrote, say so without attacking me personally and without attacking my work. Give something as a reference for your disagreement besides resorting to a personal attack. People generally resort to personal attacks on those they disagree with because they don't have any facts to back up their own argument.

You might be surprised at how many people lack simple reading comprehension skills and so attack me because they decided to put some lines of their own between the lines. If a word has no purpose then why would it be included in a sentence? I don't put any words in my sentences for decoration. People need to read all of the words and apply them, not just cherry pick because they imagine that justifies their 2-year old temper tantrum.

However I rarely argue with them. I don't feel it's useful to argue with people who don't know what they're talking about, either because they're grossly uninformed due to their own choice to be ignorant, or if they lack reading comprehension skills, or sometimes they're just irrational.

I don't publish their comments because I don't want to get a pecking party started amongst people of that caliber -- someone who interprets my words to say what they want to see in order to be trollish, rather than reading what is actually written.

Like I said, if you disagree, say so and let's hear your argument. Give me facts to back up your opposition. Or just say, "I understand so and so says this or that, but I disagree," and explain why in a civil manner. Don't be surprised if I pick your unsubstantiated opinion apart. If however it is obvious that someone is uninformed and clearly challenged in correcting that situation, I let it speak for itself.

Shout something like, "The government just better keep their hands off my Medicare!" and I will let your statement stand to represent you to all educated and informed people who care to read it, and perhaps learn more about you than they knew before.

Geoff 17 months ago

You must be amazing! I never see any negative postings! Or, is it because you choose which postings get posted.

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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Marilyn (Maralexa), I found in my research that redheads tend to have pale blonde hair rather than white or grey in later years. Glad you enjoyed this article! Thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts and experience on this subject!

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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Austinstar, thank you for sharing your experience as a redhead!

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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

DzyMsLizzy, thank you for reading this article and sharing your redhead attributes with me and my readers, and for the votes too! Very likely there is a recessive gene or two in your genetic makeup. Don't be surprised if somewhere along the line you get a real redhead in your family. So glad you enjoyed this hub!

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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Paula (fpherj48), I'm glad you found this article both informative and entertaining. It's one of my most popular. Thank you for taking time to read and comment. Yes, your DIL should be extremely careful in the sun. I wish I had been more careful . . .

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Maralexa 23 months ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

What a great, uplifting hub! As a natural redhead I have experienced most of what you found in your research. My hair color has not changed much from when I was born, a strawberry blond, except to go lighter in summer and darker in winter.

I have kept out of the sun most of my life because of the potential to burn so easily. Now, spending a few months in the Cabo San Lucas area, I don't seem to be burning. I now have freckles everywhere I get sun exposure. If only the freckles would join up I would have a wonderful tan!

One of the benefits of having red hair (for me) is that I do not seem to be going gray. My hair seems to have "blond streaks" rather than gray! ...and I'm in my late sixties.

I love having red hair!

Thanks Au fait, Cheers, Marilyn

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Austinstar 23 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

As a red head, I can vouch for being more sensitive to pain and to waking up from anesthesia too soon! I'm glad that info is getting out there to the anesthesiologists.

I used to hate my red hair and hazel eyes. But they were birthday presents, so I got used to them.

And yes, people have commented on my "smell", but mostly after a sweaty workout! Yikes!

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DzyMsLizzy 23 months ago from Oakley, CA

Most interesting, indeed! I am not a redhead--but--it is said that a great-grandfather on my mother's side had red hair. My own natural color, while kind of a mousy light brown, did show reddish highlights out in the sun. I've gone bottle-red a few times, and it manages to look fairly natural on me, as I do have that very fair, easily-sunburned complexion and freckles.

I also have an extremely low pain tolerance threshold; in other words, I'm a wuss. LOL So, there may be some of those throwback redhead characteristics from that great-grandpa, from whom I also apparently inherited my tendency to hay fever. ;-)

Voted up, interesting, funny and useful.

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fpherj48 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Now this is what I call GREAT information. Excellent research of facts, C.E. I thoroughly enjoyed, as well as absorbed this info.....I meant to mention to you that my DIL I spoke of and her brother, Danny whom I sent the link on, are REDHEADS, as their Dad is. In fact, their Dad has an Irish Setter! LOL. Her other siblings are a brunette sister and a blonde brother.

Yes, my DIL has very fair & delicate skin. My son is like her annoying watch dog.....he hates for her to be in direct sunlight for lengthy periods of time. Isn't that special since they live in California? Poor girl. She's too sweet to tell my son to back off. LOL However, I do know that too much sun is not her friend. She has a few pale freckles and green eyes.

This is all so very interesting to me. I recently did some amateur research on "recessive genes."

Thanks for this wonderful hub. I've got to get to your hub on eye color next!....Up+++ shared & tweeted.

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Alexis and Kelsey, thank you both for stopping by and commenting on this article. Agree that all redheads are not alike in every way just as no other 'group' is exactly alike and there are always some variations.

Kelsey 2 years ago

Just a comment on the pain sensitivity part - more recent research is pointing to the fact that red heads are more sensitive to some kinds of pain and less sensitive to others. For example,

For me, I got my first tattoo on a particularly sensitive spot (the ribcage) and my artist sat like a stone; I have a high threshold for that kind of pain. But if I get a burn, it's the WORST. My teeth are sensitive to hot/cold. So for me, this revised theory seems to fit me better. But I assume as with most human conditions, it could very from person to person.

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Mike, thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. You make some interesting points.

Mike 2 years ago

They don't have a higher tolerance for pain. That's subjective. But redheads have a higher tolerance for anesthesia, which is why they require more. It is also why redheads are better drinkers than other complexions.

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

FlourishAnyway, glad you enjoyed this article!

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Dolores Monet, thank you for sharing about your sons, and for voting on and sharing this article! So glad you enjoyed this article. It turned out to be a lot of fun putting it together, too.

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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

You're very welcome!

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by Word55!

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I loved this, and that quote by Bruce Springsteen -- whoa!

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Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

As the mother of 2 red headed sons, I enjoyed this article. I remember the older son smelling like cookies when he was a baby. I also remember that when I was a kid, red headed boys had the reputation of being brats.

The youngest had bright red curls and one hazel eye and one light blue eye. Boy was he a sight to see and got lots of attention wherever we went. Somehow, after he was 7 or so, the light eye darkened up. (voted up and shared)

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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Hi Au fait, I always thought Ann was very attractive and sexy. It's the heart and personality that counts no matter what color the hair is. No matter the race either. However, the differences have advantages and disadvantages. May the red head that finds love be most fortunate -:).

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Just updated this article to expand on why sperm banks do not seek redheaded donors, and a couple of other points that may be of interest to anyone following this article.

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Redhead71, thank you for commenting and raising the fact that indeed, a recessive gene for red hair may not show up in a couple of generations. So someone could end up with a redheaded child as a surprise.

Given all the good stuff I found about redheads, and that most redheads are above average in looks, along with so many other attributes, I'm surprised people don't want their children to be redheads. Enough women certainly want to dye their hair red, so if it's so terrible, what's that about?

Redhead71 2 years ago

As to the Peacock theory on predators, my own theory is that redheads are less likely to be prey because people know we are crazy, and we would just be too much trouble to take down. Also I find it funny that redheads are shunned at sperm banks. It is a recessive gene. Unless you rule out that the donor doesn't have redheads further back in his ancestry, you aren't going to rule out a ginger kid.

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Barbar Ann Spence, thank you for commenting on this article. So glad you enjoyed!

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Barbar Ann Spence 2 years ago from NY

I really enjoyed this article! I'm a brown eyed redhead & have 3 redheaded sons~~~one has brown eyes & the other 2 have blue!

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for all the votes and share dear friend. Hope things are improving for you and that you will soon be bright eyed and bushy tailed -- able to enjoy the beautiful weather we are to have tomorrow through Sunday.

I married a redhead and I, too, am a redhead myself. I think red hair can look good on anyone and I fail to understand the discrimination so many redheads experience. I never wanted to be a carbon copy of anyone, and I guess some people feel insecure and vulnerable when they stand out because there is something different about them. I like being an original. I think you look great in your red hair too!

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

JustSomeGuy, appreciate your long comment about red hair and freckles. It was both interesting, and I think from my PSYC background perspective, telling.

I’m really sorry you’ve had some bad experiences that you attribute to your red hair and freckles. I think it is deplorable that your parents allowed anyone to demean you because of your coloring, which you were born with, so you didn’t choose it.

My hair was a dark red, not a carrot top, nor did I sport freckles beyond the charming sprinkling of them across my cheeks that are so often appreciated by adults on little girls.

As an adult, men ran their cars into things and walked into posts, etc., when they saw me. Their pupils got as large as dinner plates when they approached me. They gave every indication that they found me attractive, and since so many of them seemed to display that sentiment, I think they were sincere, at least in their lust. Frankly, I couldn’t go anywhere without getting attention, and I dressed conservatively.

I’ve always been proud of my red hair and creamy white complexion and never tried to hide it. I tend to be feisty and in your face if you pick on one of my hot button issues. So don’t pick on any of them and live another day, OK? ;)

I have seen lots of attractive male redheads and my last husband, now deceased, was a very successful redhead, his entire body covered with freckles. He was extremely intelligent and was accepted at Harvard Law School, tuition and books and more paid for by that school because they wanted him to attend. Other schools competed for him, but his heart was with Harvard from when he was a young boy.

No, his HLS degree didn’t sway me. I became enamored of him when he was working at our local fire department and he hadn’t even started at any university at that time. He was basically a peon, not even a firefighter, when I met him. I liked his coppery red hair. The freckles had no effect on me. I was looking at the person inside.

While I think your parents did you a great disservice by allowing other adults to pick on you regarding your coloring, and by not teaching you to be proud of yourself and to value yourself as a special person as every person is, at the same time I think the attitude you have developed makes things much worse in your mind than they need to be.

Most redheads I have known have not had the volume of negative experiences you report. In high school, I dated a redheaded boy, and he was a sweetheart. No one picked on him that I ever knew about, and our entire high school had only 200 students. I would have known if anyone had given him a hard time. We had other redheads too, but they were not close to being a majority of the student body.

No one is perfect. Even people who may appear or look perfect, are not. I promise you, I could find blemishes on any person if I thought it was worthwhile to do that. Instead, I prefer to look for the good and to value intelligence, compassion, and a good sense of humor in the people around me. Those are lasting characteristics while coloring may not be. In any case, everyone who lives long enough gets old and loses their youthful bloom, so choosing a friend or a spouse because of their looks is usually a mistake. ;)

As a PSYC major, I’ve learned that we can bring negative vibes to ourselves with negative thoughts that originate within ourselves. I recommend counseling for you to learn to appreciate the good things about yourself and to build your confidence and self-esteem. I refuse to believe that you are a horrible person, or if you are that it’s due to your red hair and freckles.

You can control your mind. Lots of people who don’t want to exert themselves to make use of the control over their own feelings and thoughts that are within each of us will tell you that it can’t be done, but I will tell you it can. You only have to want to do it and work at it until you can do it. Like anything worthwhile, it takes effort, determination, and practice.

You can control how you think about yourself. I believe when you decide to think good things and talk and behave in a positive way, over time you will turn the negativity around. If however, you choose to continue to carry the burden of the negativity about red hair and freckles around with you, that is indeed your choice. Nothing will change.

Start by removing those people from your life who are giving you negative feedback in regard to your red hair and freckles. Then realize that neither red hair nor freckles together or separately have any control over your behavior or your words and thoughts. YOU have control over those things. Make up your mind to work hard to turn it around. Make yourself kind, compassionate, responsible, dependable, competent, and knowledgeable, and I feel certain people worth knowing will respond positively to you.

I’ve only heard a couple of people say negative things about red hair all of my life and I challenged both of them. Neither of them was prettier than the guy on the cover of Mad magazine and neither of them had red hair or freckles. So, ugly can come in any color. The thing is, ugly is as ugly does. True ugliness comes from within.

There are a lot of redheads on my mother’s side of the family, both male and female. They are well liked and respected in their communities, which tend to be smaller communities where everyone knows everyone.

You apparently are not aware that genes are either recessive or dominant. A recessive gene can be passed on to offspring for several generations before it has the opportunity to be dominant. Even if there was only one Irish person, or one Scottish person in your ancestry many generations back, you could have received a gene for red hair and freckles that became the dominant gene in you as a result of interaction with other genes in your physical makeup. You don’t need a lot of Irish or Scottish in your lineage, you only need one ancestor of that lineage to receive and pass the gene on to offspring, etc., etc., etc.

Given some of your remarks, I’m thinking you didn’t read this article very well as I covered those subjects. Scientists have determined the information I printed here regarding lineage and sensitivity, and if you think you know more than they do, I’m thinking it’s not your red hair and freckles that are causing your problems. Indeed, I have to say it I believe it is your bad attitude that is causing your problems just like that same thing causes problems for lots of other people who were not born with the advantage of red hair and freckles.

Thank you for calling me pathetic, but I prefer my own pathetic but positive attitude about things I can’t change over your whiny more pathetic crutch for (by your own confession here) being a failure and living a miserable life.

Growing up on a farm, I got a lot of sunburns too. I learned to stay out of the sun and to wear a straw hat and cover myself when I couldn’t stay out of the sun.

I repeat, I have known many redheaded people, including men, and they were for the most part very good people, intelligent, hard working, compassionate, and their humor was unsurpassable.

Take my advice. Become the best person you can be. Don’t forget the compassion and caring for others because intelligence and sense of humor are important but do not make up for the absence of compassion and sincere caring about other people.

Then learn to be positive about the great person you are. Learn to love yourself. Who you are as a person is far more important than the color of your hair and skin. If anybody doesn’t agree, that is their shortcoming.

I don’t have 2 seconds in my day to tolerate people who are shallow and superficial – unless of course I’m being paid to put up with them. ;) Being paid to put up with them is the only way I will suffer their presence.

Make up your mind to turn it around and start now. Time is fleeting. You have my best wishes for your success, and my confidence that you have what it takes to succeed.

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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Back to give this another read as you can see my natural color is red.

I use to love red hair on girls but not so much on boys.

Anyway voted up UABI and shared

JustSomeGuy 2 years ago

I can safely say that being of the female persuasion, your experience and perception is significantly different from those of us on the other side of the chromosomal equation. There are worse things than being a red headed man but you have to delve into genetic and infectious disease, disfigurements, and horrendous accidents.

People always seem to have an opinion about my hair and overall disposition. If they don't say something right away, it's usually just a matter of time until they do. There are those who are complimentary from an aesthetic perspective. I fail to understand what is wrong with them but whatever. The study about pain threshold and allergies sounds like bullshit to me. There are chemical differences and when you say that they are a mutation, you're right. Darwin is the only one who makes sense here. Red heads have almost nothing going for them in terms of their physical attributes but women can hide it better than men can.

Given all the bullshit that people spew out about being a red head, I had always assumed that I had a fair amount of Irish or Scottish in my lineage.

As it turns out, I found one little thread of Irish lineage but it was inconsequential. The vast majority of it traces back through English royalty and ultimately to the Viking kings that preceded them. Naturally, those kings were descendents of Norse gods including Odin. And yes, one of the few pictorial representations that I found of one of them depicts him with long red hair and a helmet with horns coming out of the sides of it. With the exception of the helmet, I'm a spitting image of the man.

Why is that relevant? Because the Vikings seem to have been an exception to many things. Among those, they didn't seem to realize that populating the earth with their mutated genes was a bad idea but at least tells me who I can blame.

Generally speaking, red heads who take pride in their hair color are pathetic. They go out of their way to validate their mutation as something that makes them special. The rarity makes it special and the nay sayers are just jealous. They talk about famous people with red hair and our, "unique" physical attributes. That's all just bullshit.

I spent most of my childhood suffering from a sunburn even if I was covered in sunscreen. Being a red head has never improved my life in any way. If anything, it just limits my options and it ALWAYS precedes me. I'm not just another person; I'm that red headed guy.

On the day I was born, the doctor told my father that he had a red headed, freckle faced boy and then he asked him if he wanted me. I have no doubt that the doctor was joking but there is something bluntly honest about that question. I think I can safely say that it is a valid question. Who would actually want a red head for a son unless they have NO IDEA about what it's like to live as one. At that point, the damage was already done so he didn't have much of a choice. With some luck, we will go extinct.

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for reading and commenting Indian Chef. Also for the votes, and share. Only about 2% of people in the world have red hair (naturally), so to find a natural redhead could be a bit of a challenge . . . glad you enjoyed!

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Indian Chef 2 years ago from New Delhi India

Very nice blog Aufait. We do not have people with any other colour than black or slight brown hair and of course white when they age. It was interesting reading and never in my dreams did I think colour of your hair would determine the pain thresh hold level.

Voting it up, interesting, amazing and sharing with followers.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Shyron, for coming by and voting on/pinning, and sharing this article!

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Zakmoonbeam, for your very astute remarks! ;)

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Learn Things Web, thanks for stopping by. I'm glad I got the dark red hair with creamy complexion. Freckles are cute on kids, but we all have to grow up. Thanks again . . .

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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Au fait, I just saw Kathy Gifford on TV and instantly thought of this hub, so here I am to share it again.

Also voted up ABI and pinned.

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Zakmoonbeam 3 years ago from Parts Unknown

Fantastically interesting Hub! I agree with everything you have written here about red heads being interesting, sexy and intelligent, and not at all because my wife and kids, who incidentally are all reds, are sat with me on the couch :)

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Learn Things Web 3 years ago from California

I meet so few redheads but I do like the red haired, freckled look. It's especially cute in children.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you, GoForTheJuggler, for reading and voting on this article. Appreciate your candor and agree, we redheads are amazing! ;)

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GoForTheJuggler 3 years ago from Texas

As an Irishman, redheads are the only women that can actually make me weak in the knees. Thanks for all of that delicious info - voted up and across!

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

WhiteMuse, thank you for reading and commenting on this article!

Red is not just a color, it's a chemistry. If you were born a redhead, no doubt you also were born with the redhead chemistry -- pale skin, freckles in some cases, and a greater sensitivity to pain, temperature, and everything around you.

There is no such thing as too much red in one's hair -- ;)

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Moonlake, thank you for reading, voting on, and sharing this article! Glad you enjoyed. Yes, I was born a redhead and my daughter got a double dose as her father was a redhead too!

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WhiteMuse 3 years ago from San Francisco

I wonder if I would be included in the redheads. I have freckles and supposed to have red at first. It turned light blonde and then a reddish blonde and then dk. blonde. I think some think I am. I never dye it red, I go for ash but it has too much red in it.

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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Never knew you were a red head. Cool. Interesting hub voted up and shared with folloers.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you MysticMoonlight for reading and sharing your thoughts and experiences on this issue. People are jealous of redheads because we rock! Their problem. This article points out all the good things about being a redhead and there are a bunch, so be proud you're one of us. I'm glad you came across this hub, too! :)

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Diogenes, Bobby, I have no idea what you're on about . . . but thanks for stopping by. x

MysticMoonlight 3 years ago

Being a redhead myself, I can testify to being treated differently because of it. People seem to either like red hair or hate it, from my experience anyway. I was picked on a lot by my peers growing up for being different but I always noticed how adults seemed to appreciate it. It's still that way for me to this day. Younger people (teenagers and younger) seem to dislike it while the older generations are dying their hair red by the droves! LOL Great information here and so glad I ran across such interesting information.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Giles, thank you for stopping in and leaving a comment. My late husband was a redhead, as am I, but I don't think it helped a lot in our understanding of each other. It might be true in some cases though . . .

Giles 3 years ago

It's my belief that a red-headed man should marry a red-headed woman. They would understand one another so well.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for thinking of my article Shyron, for your tireless efforts on my behalf, and most of all for your friendship!

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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

I just saw a picture of Lucy Ball, a beautiful red-head and instantly thought of this hub, and thought I would share it again.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Justme, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. I'm so glad you found it enjoyable and maybe a bit informative as well.

All the redhead genes in my family came from my mother's side. I was the only one of 5 children actually born with red hair though my 2 sisters always had a red tint to their hair. My brothers had no suggestion whatever, of red.

Dominant genes determine everything about a person, and they do not always come from the father's side. 50% of a person's genes come from their father, the other 50% from their mother. I'm sure you knew that. What you may not know is that siblings who share the same parents have 50% of their genes exactly identical to each other, and 50% that are randomly acquired. The random genes may or may not be the same as their other siblings. Most of the time there are some that are completely different. The 50% that are exactly alike must duke it out with the 50% that are not exactly like the ones all siblings received. The odd 50% may be stronger in combinations than the combinations that make red hair anywhere on your body. Therefore your siblings could pass on the redhead gene to their offspring even though it was a recessive gene in themselves.

Freckles are common among redheads. My husband was also a redhead, but a coppery redhead covered with freckles, while I got dark auburn red hair and a creamy white complexion with all but no freckles at all. My daughter got my hair and my skin and my eyes. Dad's don't always rule.

You were so lucky with the childbirth!

Thank you again for sharing your thoughts and experience on this subject!!

justme 3 years ago

Thanks. I love this article. I guess that is because I am a natural redhead therefore highly intelligent.

I have auburn hair, it was never bright red and it goes towards a strawberry blond on just the top layer when I am in the sun a lot or something else dries it out stripping the color even though it's natural.

When I visited Scotland, I wondered if I should call myself a redhead because compared to the redheads there, my hair was almost brown.

But I am a math person never predisposed to athletics and I have the grades and broken bones to prove that. I never heard of the scent thing but I like musky smells and use light smelling perfumes on occasion. The times I received the most likes on the scent was when I used a scent with a light underlying musky smell. Wonder if that is because I hit the mark on my scent and ac-scent-uated it. That was my attempt at funny. So I hit the mark on most but not all the areas. Hazel eyes, look green but are blue around pupil and light brown around the blue, Fairly, fair skin but with an abundance of freckles, sensitive to pain usually, anesthesia wears off quickly as do pain meds however I only felt pain during the last half hour of childbirth. The contractions before only felt like pressure and movement. This was without painkillers, unintentionally.

I have 2 brothers, 1 with brighter red hair and the other blonde then black when he hit adolescence. He does grow an auburn beard. I heard that if the father, as in our case, has redhair then redhair shows up somehow in the kids, beard, highlights. My daughter is dark brunette, almost looks black, but in the sun she gets the red highlights.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Lacey Taplin, thank you for reading and commenting on this article! Beautiful red hair (and redheads) comes in many shades, and ginger is cool!

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Lacey Taplin 3 years ago from Highlands Ranch, CO

As a proud ginger, I always enjoy reading about redheads! I actually had not heard about redheads having a unique scent or even more powerful natural scent but my husband has always mentioned how good I smelled (without perfume). I guess that's why!

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you, for reading and commenting on this hub. I was surprised at what I learned when I researched this article too. 3 years ago

I never thought some (original) hair color can affect one's health. This is actually the first time that I read about redheads. Redheads only comprise a minute population that means, you are unique! You will definitely standout in a crowd of brunettes and blonds.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Alex, thank you for sharing your experience with a redhead!

Alex 3 years ago

This article is spot on... My love is a red head and she is the most beautiful, inteligent, passionate, loving, amazing scent... I can brag for days. I'm a lucky man. She also very sensitive to any pain, sun, food taste.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping in Firebird. Glad you enjoyed this article. Hope you'll check out some more one day soon!

firebird 3 years ago

Thank you for all of this information, I am a redheaded man and women have always said I smell like a leather store and musk, always thought they were on something. But this explains it

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

ishwaryaa22, thank you for reading, commenting, voting on, and sharing this hub! Since I'm a redhead myself, I naturally agree with much of what you say here. ;) Glad you enjoyed!

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ishwaryaa22 3 years ago from Chennai, India

An extremely well-researched hub filled with engaging tidbits. There are many famous red-haired people that fascinate me including Elizabeth 1, Prince Harry and Archie Andrews (fictional character of famous comics). I find red hair beautiful & unique. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Awesome & Interesting. Voted up

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

sigar, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! I don't know what blood type most redheads have, but we do have a lot of unique characteristics and qualities. My blood type is A+, for real. ;) Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

sigar 3 years ago

Came from a family of red heads.I have four redhead children,very sensitive children.Isn't a majority of redheads rh-? That would explain why we are so different.I am a o negative.

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rtburroughs2, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub and for sharing your experience and thoughts. Also, appreciate your kind compliment. Yes, you should write a hub about the things you love about redheads. Name it Why I Love Redheads. A good title to get attention.

Glad you enjoyed this hub. Y'all come back -- there are more! ;)

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Neurotic nelly, thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience in your comments.

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rtburroughs2 3 years ago

I should write a hub about all the things I love about redheads. I do prefer naturals, but my last two girlfriends were bottle reds. Great hub you are always an interesting read.

Neurotic nelly 3 years ago

Awesome article! I too have a very high pain tolerance. I have read that our pain tolerance is high except in dental work. Ask a redhead about the dentist and we cringe. Also the need for more anasthesia is due to how our bodies absorb pain the meds that knock you out. We tend to need less as our bodies rapidly a absorb them but then need more to stay asleep as we tend to process them so quickly. I personally have woken up during surgery.

Red heads rule!

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Jmillis2006 for reading and commenting on this hub!

There is nothing wrong with dark hair, or any natural hair color. I have bleached my hair and dyed it over the years, too, and I agree it's a lot of work. Too much trouble -- I don't do it anymore.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for reading and commenting on this hub tonymead60. Yes, I put those details in this hub, that most redheads originate in Scotland and Ireland and that many people of European ancestry carry the redhead gene even if they don't have red hair -- they may pass it on to offspring and it may be dominant in a later generation.

I am myself mostly English with a bit of Scottish and Irish thrown in, some German, French, and Dutch. The redhead gene was dominant in me and my daughter is a redhead too.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W for reading, commenting, voting on, and especially for sharing this hub. This is one of my most popular hubs. Yes, I was born with bright red hair and a milky complexion. The red disappeared for a few years when I was little, but it was back by the time I was about 10 or so and except when I messed with it (bleached it blonde for a while, etc.) it remained a dark red. My sisters had a tint of red in their hair even though they weren't born with red hair, and we all got it from my mother's side of the family. Lots of redheads there. Oddly, my brothers didn't get any hint of red in theirs.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you torrilynn for reading, commenting, and voting on this hub! Glad you enjoyed. It was a fun hub to write.

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Jmillis2006 3 years ago from North Carolina

Interesting hub, I always wished I had red hair * sigh* even dyed it that way a few times, but found it to much work to keep up with so keep to my natural brunette hair color. Voted up.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you rajan jolly for reading, commenting, voting on, and especially for sharing this hub. It's one of my most popular successful hubs. Thank you also for your compliments.

Lucille Ball reportedly had brown hair, but who knows what color it was when she was born, which is the determining factor because the redhead chemistry comes along with the red hair. In her early career LB had blonde hair and finally settled on red.

I was born a redhead, bright red as my mother was fond of saying. Red hair runs in my mother's side of the family and there are a lot of redheads. Even my grandfather's beard was red until he got older. My hair became a dark red auburn as I grew up. I did a lot of experimenting with it and was even a pale blonde for several years. I finally settled on my natural color because people just sort of expect a nice docile person when they see blonde hair. I'm a bit more on the feisty side. ;)

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tonymead60 3 years ago from Yorkshire

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interesting hub, here in Britain red heads are mostly associated with the Celtish nations, the Scots and Irish inparticular, but it goes right across Europe into Asia. Gengis Khan was a redhead and as so many Europeans may or may not know they are distantly related to the Mongols wo swept across Europe. So anyone where ever they are who has European ancestors could have a red hair gene in their mix.



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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Deborah-Diane for reading and commenting on this hub! As I said, red is not just a color, it's a chemistry, and we redheads keep that chemistry even when our hair turns other colors for various reasons. If you have children, even if they're not redheads, don't be surprised if you have some redheaded grandchildren! ;)

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very interesting, Au fait. I couldn't have guessed from your pic that you were a red head though you always struck me as one of more intelligent ones I've read. Just wonder if my favorite actress Lucille Ball was a natural redhead?

This is an deeply researched and well written hub. I thoroughly enjoyed reading and learnt a lot about redheads.

Voted up, interesting and sharing.

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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

Very interesting article! Thanks for sharing this information about redheads with us. My husband was a natural redhead, although today his hair is now gray!

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torrilynn 3 years ago

I love your background and take on redheads. I can see how they can be unique

and have a personality all of their own. thanks for the information.

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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Au fait,

The few true redheaded people I know are definitely intelligent and that certainly includes you. I would never have guessed from your avatar that you were a redhead. Very interesting reading about the general characteristics of red headed people. Voted up, interesting and will share.

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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for your insights Krista. Keep in mind that there are a lot of negative connotations to being a redhead too. That could be the reason people don't want redheaded babies. I still here the expression "red headed step-child" from time to time and it's intended in a negative way.

Also, realize that very few things are 100%. In addition to the redhead gene package, a person receives other genes from their parents that may modify or block those genes related to be a redhead. I and a friend who were born redheads actually have a high threshold for pain unlike the majority of redheads. So while most redheads seem to have certain qualities not all redheads have them because there are other factors involved in everyone's makeup besides hair and skin color.

Thanks again for stopping by!

Krista 4 years ago

I was born a strawberry-blonde with Shirley Temple ringlet curls. Over time, my hair darkened to brown, and then became a dark auburn by my late teen years. For a time I used to use hair dye to accentuate the red in my hair, but it has been about 15 years since I last chemically treated my hair. The natural red in my hair shows most prominently when the summer sun has a chance to shine through it, but spending winters indoors or bundled up tends to darken my hair again. My dad has recently described my hair color as "chestnut," a red-brown. I know there is Scots-Irish blood running thick through my family. My grandmother from whom I have inherited the Celtic blood was a blonde in her youth, and my own daughter is a blonde, but my immediate family members (parents, siblings) have brown hair. My grandmother's side of the family, however, has a lot of red in it, and at least one of my own cousins is a redhead.

As for the smell factor, I have been told often that I smell "intoxicating," even when not wearing any perfume or deodorant. I never had any idea that it could be related to the red in my hair!

I do tend to require a double dose of Novocaine when visiting the dentist, and required additional pain relief (Demerol) on top of the morphine when I had my first kidney stone. The last dentist I saw, though, told me that the reason I require a double dose is due to denser bones. (He had previously asked me if I had ever broken a bone, to which the answer was no.) Maybe it's a combination of both?

Emotionally, though, I definitely get hurt more often and more deeply, but am always still tough enough to bear it. While I am definitely quite intelligent, I am also stubborn and sometimes willfully ignorant or naïve. I am an eternal optimist; I refuse to believe the worst of people even when indicators say they are trouble, because I have a passion for compassion.

I get a little annoyed, though, when television and fashion magazines depict only those redheads whose red is strawberry-blonde, sandy, brassy, or fiery. My red may be more subtle and subdued by the brown, but it is still there!

One thought on the very low demand for red-haired donors at sperm banks: maybe it's an effect of the high sexuality of red-heads. Perhaps we simply reproduce so much better due to our higher libidos that we don't need to use sperm banks. I know that plenty of guys have a "thing" for red-heads (especially in wanting to find out if the carpet matches the drapes), and your own research seems to indicate that it is well-known that redheads of both sexes have greater passions for intimacy, so maybe the natural way wins out over the artificial. After all, why go to a sperm bank and skip the fun of making a baby with a redhead? Just a thought. ;)

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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Jess, thank you for reading and commenting on my hub! I take it you're a redhead? My pain threshold surprises dentists too, but I am the exception and it sounds like you are too. A handful of people who don't fit the norm are merely antidotal, they don't disprove the science. Thanks again!

Jess 4 years ago

The exception often proves the rule. my high pain threshold amazes dr's and dentist.

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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you again rickylicea for taking time to read and comment on my hub!

rickylicea 4 years ago

Thanks for the detailed response.

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rickylicea: Thank you for commenting on my hub, and for the follow!

Redheads are not so disadvantaged today as in times past. While we have a few biological disadvantages, I think they aren't that major. Everyone has some, yes? Redheads are rare, and for some reason it's believed they originate in Britain, Scotland, and especially in Ireland. You can find more about it on Wikipedia. We may not seem all that rare because there are so many bottled redheads these days, so it's hard to tell who is the real thing.

We are overly represented in a lot of areas if you read that part of my hub. Still, there are some people who do not appreciate us. I think it is learned behavior passed down through the generations from days when people were less well informed about good and evil. I still often hear people talking about "red headed step children" as though they are the worst sort.

People of all different colors and ethnicities with a multitude of talents are kept alive through sexual selection. Were that not so a lot of individual differences would no longer exist. It was just more difficult at one time for redheads because they were so often viewed as evil or bad luck, etc., so they were killed.

Some people say our pheromones are more pleasing, and of course whatever is rare is usually the most desired.

There was a time when overweight women were in demand -- it meant they came from prosperous families because they could afford more food than required. Now with food more plentiful, being thin is the most difficult to be and so it is also the most desirable. Whatever seems rare and exotic is often in the most demand.

rickylicea 4 years ago

Very interesting, I wonder why redheads are most common in Ireland and Scotland. The idea that redheads are kept alive by sexual selection seems a little bit to far fetched for me, as long as they don't live by the tropics, I don't think they're that disadvantaged compared to blondes or brunettes.

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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Glad you enjoyed this hub. The information I found here during my research surprised me a lot. I had no idea that redheads were special right down to their body chemistry, unlike all other hair colors who are pretty much the same -- normal. ;) Thank you for reading and commenting, Shyron!

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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

After I read your hub, I had to change my pic to show my natural hair color.

I like being told that I am special!

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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for reading and commenting Amanda! Redheads are special, no doubt about it.

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Amanda Severn 4 years ago from UK

I was born a red-head, and have a red-haired daughter. I've always felt quite priveleged, and I'm happy to say that your hub confirms me in that view!

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Pharme147: Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

gmwilliams: Thank you for taking the time to comment! I intended to do hubs on all natural hair colors, but redheads were the only ones with any information that was different.

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gmwilliams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

This is a very informative hub. That is what I love about your hubs. They are complex, intellectual, substantiative, and not fluff! This is how all hubs should be. Continue writing high quality hubs! Now, I am going to do more research on redheads. Thank you for this information!

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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Perspycacious for your comments. Yes, impulsiveness, as I said previously is usually seen as a negative (shooting from the hip), but there are some people who are so skilled at shooting that they hit their target every time even though they hardly aim and do in fact shoot from the hip. They know their subject well and are well practiced, so what appear to be impulsive shots (without analyzing or thinking it through) hit the target every time.

As with so many things, some of the traits attributed to redheads are not evenly distributed amongst them. Some may have more than others, some may have all but none. Lots of people have the redhead gene but it's recessive so they are not judged the same way even though they may have the traits sometimes viewed as negative, but do not have the flaming hair to warn people! ;)

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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

In commenting that a "...person is less likely to shoot from the hip, more likely to think things through, and as a result, be more effectual, not less" aren't you making my point about being impulsive? This was a very interesting read, especially revealing for the points you didn't contest. My dad's take on it? "God didn't give them red hair for nothing!" An ancient false reading?

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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Randy: Thank you so much for taking time to read and comment on my hub! Best wishes to your granddaughter in the Georgia Finals and I hope she goes all the way. I'll look forward to seeing her as Miss Teenage America! Redheads ARE special!!

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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Lots of redheads in my family too. Even my daughter and her father are redheads. My grandfather had a red beard even though his hair darkened in adulthood. Thank you for reading and commenting Shyron! You are always appreciated.

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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Bob, thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my hub! Yes, redheaded women can also be hotheaded AND courageous. We are known first and foremost for our fiery tempers -- which can translate into passion in some situations. ;)

Yes, I am known for being feisty at times. You are so kind for saying I would look good even in purple hair. Purple is one of my favorite colors! Though perhaps not so much for hair . . . ;) xx

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Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

Lots of redheads in my mother's family. My granddaughter--a beautiful redhead as it happens--is in the Miss Teenage America pageant hoping to represent Georgia in the Nationals. Yep, redheads are indeed special! Erin Go Bragh!

Enjoyed and up she goes!


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

Voted you up and interesting. I never thought much about it, so many of us red heads in my family. The gray does not show as much in blond. Of course, I could have had the Raven black color of the Native American's or the white blond of the Sweed, or the flaming red of the Scot and Irish. Anyway, interesting hub.

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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

I knew there was something about you!

I didn't know redheads were noted for passion and smell, etc., in men, they are known to be hot headed and couragious.

It seems to be the day of the "gingers" in the UK, as there are quite a few making it big on TV, etc. I love dark redhead hair but nt so keen on the sandy shades.

You, dear, could have purple and green hair and still be desirable.

Bob Nearly got stuck in me barrel!

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