8 facts that prove redheads are amazing

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8 amazing facts about redheads

Fiery personalities and red hair are often associated with one another.

But these are the facts you need to know about red hair that proves it's the best shade out there.

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They're (technically) mutants:

Red hair is caused by a genetic mutation -- the MC1R gene is recessive and even if both parents have red hair, a child only has a 25 percent chance of inheriting it.

They're rare:

Only about 140 million people on earth have red hair -- that's only about 2 percent of the population.

They have sex more often:

Two different studies found that on average red-haired women had sex more often than their blonde and brunette counterparts.

Their hair is magical:

Not really -- but it does seem that way. Red hair retains its pigment longer than others shades so it's less likely to grey. They also have less hair strands, but each strand is thicker than other shades.

They're mysterious:

People used to think that redheads were vampires during in Ancient Greece, and they were witches during the 13th-16th centuries.

They react differently to pain:

The gene that causes their red hair also affects how their body processes pain. Because they feel pain more than others, they need 20 percent more anesthesia

They create their own vitamin D:

Redheads can't absorb enough vitamin D because of low concentrations of eumelanin. Instead, their bodies have to generate their own vitamin d to compensate.

They are more likely to be left-handed:

Because recessive genes sometimes come in pairs, redheads are more likely to be left-handed, another recessive trait.

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There are four widely recognized hair colors: red, blonde, brown, and black, but many people don’t realize that hair that appears to be pure black is actually the darkest shade of brunette.

These three hair tones have been supplemented for years by hair dyes that help turn the hair into colors that don’t develop naturally, like the deep purple-red of henna, or the current craze for pastel purples and blues.

As hair ages, the color fades, and the hair naturally becomes either gray or white.

They say that “blondes have more fun,” but there’s a lot more to this hair color than that stereotype.

For example, did you know that people with naturally blonde hair have more strands of hair on their heads? Blonde hair strands are thinner than other hair colors, so the scalp can accommodate more hair.

Also, we all know that there’s currently a trend for hair that’s bleached very light, but the vogue for blonde hair has been cycling through for centuries —even the ancient Romans and Celts seem to have embraced the fad at different points.

Brunette hair is the most common hair shade in the world, with more than 90 percent of the population identifying as brunette.

Still, it’s hardly a catch-all term; brown hair comes in so many different shades and variations that we could be here all day debating the difference between auburn brown and chestnut brown.

Interestingly, brunettes have historically been considered less flighty than redheads and blondes. Charles Darwin even once conducted a study to see whether brown hair was more common because brunette women were more likely to settle down and marry.

Red hair is, by far, the world’s rarest hair color, and there is even a persistent rumor that red hair is going extinct — but don’t worry, this myth has no basis in science.

What is true is that redheads make up just 1 percent of the world’s population, and are found overwhelmingly in Northern Europe, with the highest concentrations in Scotland and Ireland.

Despite the popular assumption that red hair comes solely Northern Europe, naturally occurring red hair also historically shows up in Southern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia.

Redheads are often stereotyped as stubborn, which may be linked to a particular quality of their hair. Red hair doesn’t go gray easily, and the strands of hair hang onto the color for a long time, even if it becomes slightly faded.

Meanwhile, blonde hair has a tendency to going slightly yellow or brassy as it grays.

Brunettes go gray at all different rates, but brunettes with especially dark hair might be more likely to go “salt-and-pepper” early, possibly for the simple reason that the silver strands are more visible in darker hair.

In addition to all of the fascinating tidbits about hair color, hair as a substance is truly incredible!

For example, on average, every person grows just under 600 miles of hair in a lifetime. In other words, you could theoretically have a ponytail stretching from Philadelphia to Detroit.

Even more impressive, hair is incredibly strong stuff. With just the hair on your head right now, you have the potential tensile strength to lift two elephants!

Pretty incredible, right? For more fascinating hair facts, make sure to check out the video below, and don’t forget to SHARE this cool hair trivia with friends and family!

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