Facts and myths about red hair

1. Red hair is a beautiful genetic mutation

Both parents must be carriers of the mutated MC1R gen lớn be able to lớn produce redhead offspring, of which there is a 25% chance if they don"t have red hair themselves.

2. Less than 2% of the world"s population have sầu red hair

That"s approximately 140 million people. Scotlvà boasts the highest percentage of natural redheads, with 13% (40% might carry the gen there) while Irel& comes in second with 10%.

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3. Red hair can occur in any ethnicity

It occurs more frequently (2-6%) in people of northern or western European ancestry, & less frequently in other populations.

4. Lucky redhead women have sầu more sex

That"s according to a study by a German sex researcher who found that women with red hair had sex more often. A similar English study found that redhead gals had sex an average of three times a week, while our blonde và brunette counterparts have sầu it twice a week. Shame the fellas weren"t questioned, too.

5. It"s a ballache to lớn dye red hair

Because it holds its pigment tighter than any other hair colour, red strands need to lớn have sầu their pigment stripped before being dyed by bleaching which, of course, damages the hair. Stay red!


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6. Red hair is thicker than other colours

Each str& of red hair is generally thicker than other shades which compensates for the fact that redheads have sầu less hair. Apparently they have sầu – on average – 90,000 strands while blondes have 110,000, & brunettes have sầu 140,000.

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7. Redheads are more likely khổng lồ develop skin cancer

Because of their commonly fair skin & sensitivity lớn ultraviolet light, redheads are more likely to lớn develop skin cancer. The International Journal of Cancer reported in 2010 that natural redheads are approximately two and a half times as likely khổng lồ develop the dangerous cancer as people with other hair hues.

8. Blue eyed redheads are super rare

Blue eyes và red hair forms the rarest full bộ on earth. Most (natural) redheads will have brown eyes, followed by hazel or green shades.

9. Redheads can change temperature quicker

This is because – according to retìm kiếm – redheads are more sensitive sầu to hot & cold pain. Nothing lớn vị with their mythical fiery temperament!

10. Redheads don"t go grey

Red hair will never turn grey; it simply fades to white via rose gold when the time comes.


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11. Redheads can produce their own Vitamin D

As they can"t sufficiently absorb Vitamin D (it"s down khổng lồ their lower melanin-concentration), redheads internally produce their own Vitamin D when they"re exposed khổng lồ low light conditions. Woah!

12. People with red hair are more likely to be left-handed

Recessive sầu traits often happen in pairs so commonly people with the gen for red hair also possess the trait for left-handedness.

13. Climate change is threatening the gene

Given that red hair doesn"t adapt khổng lồ warm climes, the ren could - at some point - become extinct. A scientist told ScotlandNow: "I think the regressive gen is slowly dying out… Climate change could see a decline in the number of people with red hair in Scotl&." Noooooo!


Bridget MarchBridget March is Bazaar"s Digital Beauty Director overseeing all beauty content for harpersbazaar.co.uk, including fitness và wellbeing.
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