Happy National Love Your Red Hair Day my redheaded friends! Thanks to the beautiful girls over at Howtobearedhead.com we now have a day all to ourselves!
All through my teenage years and early twenties I had a love hate relationship with my reddish locks, pale skin and freckles, but I’ve come to embrace this unique phenomenon and admire anyone that chooses to flaunt it instead of opting for a box of hair dye and a spray tan.
There are also a lot of things you may not know about redheads that are downright envious in my opinion. So I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 things you didn’t know about us fair-skinned beauties.
- Redheads are the result of both parents carrying the mutated gene MC1R which is one of the key proteins that determines skin and hair color.
- We produce our own vitamin D! Redheads can’t absorb sufficient Vitamin D due to low concentrations of eumelanin in their body so as a result we produce our own Vitamin D when exposed to low light conditions.
- We only have 90,000 strands of hair on our head in comparison to the average 140,000 strands. This is because our hair is thicker so it appears as though we have more hair.
- Redheads don’t go grey!
- If you’re a redhead you’re more than likely left-handed. I was so excited to learn this because both my parents are right-handed and I’ve always wondered where I got this. It’s believed that recessive genes come in pairs, so if you have the recessive gene that causes red hair, you’re more than likely going to be a lefty!
- According to several studies, bees are more attracted to redheads….I’m not a fan of this fact.
- Redheads are harder to sedate a recent study from the University of Louisville determined that redheads require more anesthesia during surgery.
- Redheads were held in high esteem in Roman culture thus were more expensive than other slaves because of their fiery locks.
- Many painters throughout art history chose to depict women of inspiration with red hair.
- Lastly, studies published in the British Journal of Cancer suggest that men with red hair are 54% less likely to develop prostate cancer.
So, if you’re a ginger like me, take some time today to treat yourself (and your red hair) to something nice cause you deserve it!