They may represent only 2% of the population, but it turns out that those with red hair have considerable power.
While Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran are partly determined by their ginger mane, it’s more than a red head that it looks at first sight.
As author Erin La Rosa notes, there are many conflicting messages about redheads and people just do not know what cruel fictions are.
“It’s hard to know what to believe anymore,” writes La Rosa in her book, The Big Redhead Book: Inside the Secret Society of Red Hair.
“Our eyes aren’t naturally drawn to the fiery embrace of red hair, and yet society gives us mixed messages about what it means to be ginger (some good, some less so).”
Here are some of the most interesting facts about redheads according to La Rosa’s findings:
1. They Have To Endure Many Negative Stigmas
Redheads were often persecuted for their locks. Many cultures have considered natural ginger to be unhappy or evil. Some redheads were even called witches in the Middle Ages. Redheads have also developed a reputation for being fiery and moody.
However, there is no evidence of these allegations. A recent myth suggests that redheads are in danger of extinction, but there is no scientific evidence to support this claim. In fact, the recessive genes responsible for ginger hair can skip several generations, making the disappearance of the trait unlikely.
2. They feel temperature more severely
The genetic differences that give redheads their unique hair color make them much more sensitive to temperature changes. Scientists believe that the MC1R gene can also affect the gene responsible for detecting temperature, making natural ginger much colder at colder temperatures.
For the same reason, they are more likely to burn when it is hot outside.
3. They’re perceived as having a better sense of humour
According to Professor Andrew Stott, who teaches the history of comedy at the University of Buffalo, we saw the circus clown as we know it for the first time in the early nineteenth century – with its complexion and colorful wigs . The wigs had to be light so that they could be seen from behind big theaters, so the obvious choice was red. Stott also assumes that the notion of the red-haired clown at the beginning of the 20th century has solidified in our culture as an allusion to the influx of Irish immigrants to America. “It’s no coincidence.,, That Ronald McDonald spelled his last name in Irish instead of Scottish,” says Stott La Rosa in the book.
4. They create their own vitamin D
Due to the cold and cloudy environment in Europe, most of us do not get the sunlight needed for vitamin D synthesis. For redheads, however, vitamin D deficiency is not a problem. Due to the mutation of the MC1R gene in their body, they can produce more vitamin D when they come out than any other ordinary human being. Vitamin D is vital and deficiency in it can lead to arthritis or rickets – but redheads do not have to worry about it anymore. It is also a great evolutionary advantage for them in the European climate.
5. They have a higher pain threshold
A 2003 study by McGill University showed that red-haired women can endure up to 25% more pain than people with different hair colors. Another study from the University of Oslo found that red-haired women felt less pain when stitched with a needle. Yet they are more difficult to calm down. The University of Louisville discovered that during surgery, 20% more anesthetics were needed to place a redhead under it. And while a brunette at the dentist needs only a setting Novocaine, a redhead needs two or three.
6. They are more commercially popular
If you watch TV and review all the long ads, it’s likely you’ve seen a redhead. In fact, you have probably already seen a lot of redheads. In 2014, an upstream analysis revealed that about 30% of ads were red. It was found that CBS had shown roux every 106 seconds on its chain. This is an extraordinary figure when one considers how redheads represent only 2% of the population.
7. Not all redheads are fair skinned
One of the most surprising things about redheads is that they do not all have fair skin. While it is true that all redheads with a European heritage have fair skin, redheads from other continents are not.
For example, redheads with darker skin can be found in many remote areas of the planet. In Africa, the Berber population has mainly focused on Morocco and Algeria in North Africa. Or in Asian countries, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Turkey or China.