20 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Redheads WTF with #5!

Having a family member, friend or acquaintance who is a redhead is uncommon and usually occurs in quite unusual cases since most of the population is surrounded by dark, blonde or brown people.

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Despite the fact that redheads are often characterized by being seen as something abnormal, they have also been a fundamental piece in the history of humanity and here are some interesting facts that few know about redheads.


1. It’s Not Very Common for Redheads to Have Blue Eyes

Face of a red-haired girl with blue eyes

We all say that people, because they are redheads, should have blue eyes; But that’s not always the case, as the most common eye color of red-haired people is brown. And seeing someone with red hair and blue eyes is something too strange.

2. It’s harder to dye your hair

Lindsay Lohan with red hair and a photo with her hair in pink

Redheads have a much more resistant pigment than other people with other hair colors. For example, if a redhead wanted to dye his hair, it would only be possible if he bleached it first, otherwise the dye would have no effect.

3. They Have Less Hair

Face of a red-haired girl with freckles on her face

In terms of the amount of hair, redheads have less hair than other people. If we talk about numbers, redheads have 90,000 hairs, blondes 110,000 and brunettes 140,000 hairs. But this does not mean that they will go bald, since red hair is thicker, so it gives the impression that they have more hair, in addition to being thicker it is much easier to shape.

4. They Have Less Gray Hair

Red-haired old man wearing a tramp hat

It is easier for red hair to maintain its natural pigment much longer than any other hair color, so you don’t have to worry so much about gray hair, since your red hair only loses tone over time, goes through light copper, pinkish blonde and ends up silvery white.

5. They’re More Sensitive to Thermal Pain

GIF where a red-haired witch is burned

There are endless studies that reveal that redheads are more sensitive to pain induced by cold or heat, so their body has the ability to change temperature much faster. Also, when a redhead is in surgery they need 20% more anesthesia than anyone else.

6. Russia Means “Land of Reds”

Crowd of red-haired people gathered

There is a high percentage of redheads in Russia, especially in the Kazan region, as the figure of more than 10% of the population is similar to that of countries such as Scotland and Ireland.

7. They Generate Their Own Vitamin D

Brave movie characters eating in mind

People with fair skin are more prone to sunburn, however this feature can also use it to its advantage; as redheads cannot absorb enough vitamin D due to the low concentration of eumelanin in their body. It might seem like a bad thing at first, but it also causes redheads to produce their own vitamin D in low-light conditions.

8. They Have Royal Status

Painting of Queen Elizabeth l

Queen Elizabeth I was a famous redhead, even most of the Tudor family were redheads.

9. The redhead population is very low

Redhead people waving

There are very few redheads today, as only 2% of the world’s population have natural red hair. Despite the fact that in Scotland 13% of its inhabitants are.

10. They’re mutants

Mystic character from the X-Men movies

While this may sound negative to many, the recessive MC1R gene that causes red hair is actually a genetic mutation.

11. They Have Different Shades of Redheads

People with different shades in their red hair

There are different shades of redheads. There are those who have it more coppery, others more blonde and some close to red.

12. They Have Their Official Day

Redhead people gathered on World Redhead Day in Holland

A two-day festival is held in the Netherlands in order to celebrate natural redheads from all over the world. It is celebrated at the beginning of September every year.

13. Hitler Banned Marriages Between Redheads

Couple of red-haired people kissing each other on the mouth

In Nazi Germany, redheads were considered a satanic evil. Even Adolf Hitler forbade marriage between redheads for fear of producing abnormal or demonic offspring.

14. They’re usually left-handed

Left hand of a person writing with a pen on a paper

There is a large percentage of redheads who write with their left hand.

15. They’re important in horror stories

Red-haired woman with vampire teeth and cape

It is common to hear in Greek mythology that there were many stories of redheads who become vampires after their death.

16. Bees Love Redheads

Photo of a bee on a colorful flower

According to some studies, bees sting people with reddish hair more often.

17. They Have a Very Strong Temper

Face of an angry red-haired boy

The stereotype of redheads is that they are a bit more prone to anger than other people.

18. They’re inspiring

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli.

They are important to art history, as for many famous painters their inspirational muses were red-haired women. An example is The Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli.

19. Was Mary Magdalene a redhead?

Mary Magdalene

In early Christian art Mary Magdalene is depicted with red hair, but there is no mention of this in scripture.

20. Red-Haired Men Have Health Benefits

Photograph of a red-haired boy without a shirt

According to studies published in the British Journal of Cancer, red-haired men are 54% less likely to develop prostate cancer.



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