Facts about Red Hair

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1.Red Hair is Difficult to Dye

Red hair, also called ginger hair is headstrong and holds much firmer to its pigment that other hair colors. If people with red hair wish to dye their hair, then it would only become noticeable if the natural hair is bleached beforehand, which is not good for hair especially red hair that is more fragile than other shades of hair.

 2.People with Red Hair often have less Amounts of Hair

When it come to the number of hair strangers, people with red hair tend to have less amounts of hair that people with other kinds of hair. On average, persons with red hair tend to have 90,000 strands as opposed to blondes who have 110,000 or brunettes who have about 140,000 strands. Red haired people do not necessarily go bald because their natural hair strands are much thicker hence they generally appear to have a lot of hair. The fewer yet thicker hair strands are easier to style.

 3.Red Hair Does not turn Grey

Red hair stays true to its stereotype of being stubborn and maintains its natural pigment for much longer compared to other hair shades. It tends to fade with age yielding a spectrum of rosy-blonde to faded copper color before adopting a silver white color.

 4.A Rare Combinations

Blue eyes and red hair are the rarest combination on Earth. Majority of people with red hair have brown eyes, others are likely to have green or hazel shades. However, just like red hair shades, blue eye color reflects a recessive trait that means both parents carry genes that produce children with red hair. This makes people with blue eyes and red hair a rare minority constitution only 1%.

 5.People with Red Hair are Sensitive to Pain

Numerous studies into red hair genetics show that people with red hair are more sensitive to pain, particularly cold and hot pain. Their bodies are capable of changing temperature much faster. In surgery, people with red hair may require an estimated 20 percent more anesthesia than people with other hair colors. The reason for this sensitivity is not known though it is thought to be linked to MC1R, a mutated gene.

 6.Slaves with Red Hair fetched Higher Prices

In the Roman Empire, slaves that had red hair were more esteemed based on the Roman culture and art. They were thought to be determined and strong and were sold at a higher price compared to slaves with other hair color. Prisoners had their hair dyed red in order to be displayed as trophies. Red haired wigs were imported for slaves to use from Northern Europe.

 7.40% of Britons have Red Hair Genes

According to a widespread research undertaken by Britains DNA, 40% of the British population carries MC1R, a mutated gene in their DNA. MC1R is responsible to the growth of red hair. However, for babies to have red hair, which lies at twenty five percent, both parents have to be carriers of this secret gene if they are red haired themselves.

 8.People with Red Hair generate Vitamin D

Red haired people have pale skin which means that when they are exposed to ultra violet rays, they burn easily. However, their paleness serves them in a positive way because as a result of low eumelanin levels in their bodies, they are unable to absorb adequate vitamin D from the sun. The low melanin levels enable their bodies to generate Vitamin D in a clever way when their bodies are in low light areas.

 9.The meaning of Russia is ‘Land of Reds’

When translated, the word Russia means ‘Land of Reds’. The country boasts of high numbers of people with red hair who live in the Kazan region. The country’s population comprises 10% redheads which is a density similar to Ireland and Scotland.

 10.Oculocutaneous Albinism

Some people with oculocutaneous albinism, a condition that affects the color pigments of eyes, skin and hair also have red hair.

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