10+ Unique Traits That Make Redheads So Special
Redheads used to be somewhat mysterious and attracted people’s attention. In the Middle Ages, they were considered to be witches or vampires, and sometimes society treated them cruelly. But fortunately, these times are long gone, and now we can enjoy people with this beautiful hair color. But hair color isn’t the only distinguishing feature that redheads have.
We at Bright Side grew curious and found it interesting to learn what else distinguishes ginger people from others. And some of the facts we found were really surprising! That being said, we invite you to learn about these things and never forget to tell your redhead friends how special they are.
1. They’re “mutants”.
The MC1R gene is responsible for one’s skin and hair color. When it’s inactivated or blocked, the body begins to produce more melanin that is responsible for more reddish tones. This “ginger gene” also affects freckles on redheads.
2. They can produce vitamin D.
Because of their pale skin, they can get sunburned and absorb more sun. Therefore, redheads can produce more vitamin D.
3. Redhead men have health benefits.
Redhead men are less likely to get prostate cancer. During a study, it was discovered that only 5% of men with red hair fell ill with this disease.
4. They’re more likely to be attacked by bees.
Bees sting people with red hair more than others. They tend to attack redheads because this color may be perceived as predatory.
5. They have low pain tolerance.
These genes also make redheads more susceptible to pain. It doesn’t allow the anesthetic to be absorbed, therefore, they need more anesthesia.
6. They have less hair.
Despite the fact that red hair can be quite thick, there are only 90,000 strands. It doesn’t seem small, but in comparison, brunettes have approximately 110,000, and blondes have even more: 150,000!
7. They’re more likely to be “lefties”.
According to a study, redheads are more likely to be left-handed. It’s a recessive trait as well as the red hair.
8. Britain is home to the most redheads.
Most redheads live in Ireland and Scotland. Up to 20%-30% percent of the population respectively has this beautiful hair color. Although, there’s still an assumption that redheads get their genes somewhere from southwestern Norway.
9. They’re sensitive to cold.
The same MC1R gene may over-activate a temperature-detecting gene. So redheads may feel colder than people with different hair colors.
10. They’re more afraid of visiting the dentist.
Since redheads are more sensitive to pain and anesthetics, they’re more afraid of dentistry than others. They experience more anxiety relating to visiting the dentist and often fear toothaches.
11. They have special celebration days.
Many countries celebrate redhead days. In Germany, it’s in September, in the Netherlands, it’s in August; and in Italy, it’s in May. The date and duration of each celebration may vary but it’s still a holiday and an opportunity to congratulate all our redheaded friends.
12. Some people are afraid of them.
Gingerphobia is a fear of redheads. Maybe this happens because of a prejudice that leads them to believe they lack a soul or for some other reason. In any case, some people are afraid of individuals with red hair.
13. They’re rare.
Most importantly, the number of people with such unique features is very small. Redheads are rare and make up just 1% to 2% of the total population, which translates to 70-140 million people.
Do you agree that redheads are great? Do you wish you had red hair? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.