Shocking Facts About Redheads

Shocking Facts About Redheads

“Redheads” is a term used for the people who are born with natural red hair. In British English, the term “Ginger” is used to describe red-headed people. It is the rarest hair color in the world.Here Is The List Of 30 Shocking Facts About Redheads You Never Knew of !

Facts About Redheads:


Combination of Red Hair and Brown Eyes

Combination of Red Hair and Brown Eyes
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All redheads do not have blue eyes. Blue and red combination is rather rare, a common combination with red hair are brown eyes.


Redheads Are Mutants

Redheads Are Mutants
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Redheads are more often mutants. The recessive MC1R gene that is in charge of the red hair, MC1R, is a genetic mutation. Genetic variations in MC1R gene are common in people with red hair.


Rare One

Rare One
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Redheads are incredibly rare. Just 2% of the world’s population has red hair which comes to around 140 million. There are more redheads in Western Europe than anywhere else in the world which is 13%. So we can say that they are majestic unicorns.


Redheads Are Royals

Redheads are Royals
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Elizabeth I of England & Queen Victoria were redheaded. Nowadays, Prince Harry is also a natural redhead.


Rate of Graying Hair is Slow

Rate of Graying Hair is Slow
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Red hair does not turn to gray as fast as other hair colors; so, you don’t have to get worry about going gray. Because this is the reason they are lucky to.


Redheads Are Left-handed

Redheads Are Left-handed
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According to research, it is proved that Redheads are mostly left-handed than any other hair color.

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  1. gemma louise Reply

    I am a natural redhead too, I love this article and I am always open to learn new things about redheads.
    My name is Gemma Louise Roberts.

    1. wordsiseek Reply

      Hi Gemma, nice to meet you. thanks for stopping by and giving the introduction.

  2. Courtney Mings Reply

    I am a redhead with bright sky blue eyes and I am very proud of it. My name is Courtney mings ????

    1. wordsiseek Reply

      Hey courtney,

      thanks, would you like to share your social profile ?

  3. Lorelle Reply

    Hello, as far as redheads being more hot-headed, I definitely agree that it’s because we are teased so much as kids and eventually we just bite whoever pokes fingers at us. Kids can be very mean to kids who stand out. Both my son and daughter were born with red hair, Keegan has blue eyes and Tanya has got dark brown. Mine is also blue and although I’m almost 51, I have practically no grey hair yet. Lucky for us!

    1. wordsiseek Reply

      Thanks Lorelle, I appreciate your input.

    2. Cade Reply

      Heck yeah red hair don’t care , and yeah I do have red hair and dark blue with a little bit of green in my eyes and my hair is really dark red I love seeing other “Gingers” it makes my day.

  4. Aris Reply

    I am a redhead with grey eyes! Only 1% have my genetic make-up!

    1. Alison Reply

      Same with me!!

    2. wordsiseek Reply

      Thank you. Do you mind sharing your social profile ?

      1. Madison Reply

        why do u want to know people’s social profiles?

    3. Jake Reply

      I am a redhead with deep blue eyes and a apparently deathly stare.

      1. Macy Reply

        I wanna see. My son matches that description too.

    4. Claudia Reply

      I am also a natural redhead with grey eyes. Maybe I should say was as I am 70 years old now and quite grey.

  5. Cody douglas McMahon Reply

    This is great. I was wondering about the pain thing and anesthetics i knew it!! Thanks guys red head and always been proud of it!!

    1. wordsiseek Reply

      Yes they do!

  6. Erin Reply

    I have a son with red hair and brown eyes. I could not ask for a more thoughtful, caring young man. He is very unique in that he likes what he likes and doesn’t care what anyone says about it. He’d give the shirt off his back to anyone. Once Cory is your friend he’s your friend for life! I wouldn’t trade him for anything!

    1. wordsiseek Reply

      Nice to know about Cory 🙂

    2. Anne Reply

      His greatness for being a great friend and giving his shirt off his back for everyone isn’t because he’s a redhead, it’s because he was raised right by caring parents! 🙂

      Yes, I’m a redhead too ^_^

  7. Jake Reply

    Redhead nation!!! Natural redhead here! I have a older brother and sister and both of them have red hair also. Trio!!!

  8. Robyn Reply

    I’m a red head with green eyes. My hair is red with a natural blonde highlight. My eyes are in between emerald green and solid dark green. I also have freckles under my eyes.

  9. Kristy36 Reply

    I am a natural redhead with bluegreen eyes I am left handed a twin and waa born to a beautiful blond with blue eyes and a jandsome brunette guy with very dark blue eyes Im proud that they created me and my mom passed away two years ago and I miss her dearly she was an ash blond but she was gorgeous I get my beautful eyes from her!!

  10. Austin Reply

    I’m a natural redhead and both of my parents have brown hair, I guess they both carried the gene for red hair. I get bullied at school for my hair color. Idc it doesn’t bother me

  11. Isabella Reply

    I’m a redhead <3

  12. Kaylee sohn Reply

    I have red hair and blue eyes

  13. Wesley Reply

    My name is Wes Long and I have red hair and central heterochromia this my eyes are blue,gray and yellow/gold so I am a pretty rare mutant altogether.

  14. Isaac Beam Reply

    I’m a natural ginger with blue eyes. Reading this made me feel special. I loved it!

  15. Carr Reply

    This isn’t true,here a scientist gives a very detailed genetic explanation on a science page for young people,to the question a young woman asked,Why Is Red Hair And Brown Eyes so Uncommon.

    1. wordsiseek Reply

      Yes, red hair with brown eyes combination is uncommon but when we compare it with red hair & blue eyes combination, it is more common.

  16. Terry Kraft Reply

    Ginger with blue eyes. Hated it growing up. I think male gingers get a bad rap for being odd looking, but I’ve grown into a unique looking ginger that turns heads wherever I go. Proud now.

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  18. Tayla Reply

    I am a redhead. I have blue eyes that change to green sometimes. Im.. Uhm well lets just say I’m weird xD

  19. Liam Reply

    I’m a red head and I can say we are spawns of Satan. One day we shall all come and devour your soul.

    1. Daisy Reply

      We redheads will rise and eat as many souls as we can >:D


    2. K Reply

      Wow. Love that for you…

  20. Paisley Reply

    Wow, I heard redheads were rarer, being one myself, but I had no idea that my blue eyes were also thrown in the category of rare.

    1. Sandra Freed Reply

      You actually have the same chance as any other person, but since red hair and blue eyes are both rare, chances to be born with both are low, I’m red hair and hazel BTW.

  21. Ella Pazare Reply

    Ohh I have red hair and green eyes❤????

  22. Sandra Freed Reply

    I have red hair, and this article has both right and wrong information (at least the wrong things are not true for me). The real reason Blue is rare with redheads is because it is a rare color in general, and when combined with the rarity of red hair, it is one of the least common combinations. Even if the second “fact” is true, don’t just call us mutants, we get offended. The one about redheads being left handed is FALSE, your strong hand is the hand you learned to use most, I’m right handed, and in fact lost my left hand.

    I am more sensitive to the cold than my sister, who is blonde. This might not be true for all reds, but I do consider myself to be a hot-head. About being easy to find, it all depends on the size of the crowd and ratio of redheads to others.


    1. Jamie Reply

      The left handed part MAY be wrong but with my child once she started to reach for stuff and started to use her hands for holding stuff or even when she began to color, she done it ALL with her left hand. It came natural to her.

    2. Rayna Dudley Reply

      I like you. You seem like you’d fit in with all my friends lmao you were just out here dropping that knowledge!

  23. The Ginger Philes Reply

    These are all true. Especially the last one.

  24. Presley Reply

    I am a redhead with frosty blue eyes and i could never not be happy

  25. Kj Reply

    I’m right handed is that rare

  26. April Reply

    Redheads have more allergies than any other hair color.

    1. Ginger Reply

      No, they don’t. Someone lied to you because we do NOT have more allergies. We are less prone to most sickness though. It takes a lot for us to get sick.

  27. Alec Hengstman Reply

    Hi, i have red hair and brown eyes. For people who cant stand it if someone calls you ginger, i have a tip: make a contest about who had the most original joke about redheads. It is just very funny what you here sometimes. There is this bully who is on the top of the list without knowing it. Its just funny, try it out. Also, am i the only one who sweats and gets a red face although i am not embarresed at all? Btw, good facts

    1. Ginger Reply

      Dude, I’m a natural Ginger… MY NAME IS ACTUALLY GINGER!

  28. Robert Rudd Reply

    Hey there,
    I am a redhead with green eyes and I feel shut out of the world due to my gingerness and always have. It’s nice to see that people like me care and respect being unique. I mean really why is it that when I date a red haired girl everyone assumes she is my sister, it’s wrong and I want to stop this bias behavior the world has toward us. Thank you.

  29. Abi McCartney Reply

    Wow, what a great article. I have long ginger hair, freckles, blue eyes and I’m left handed. I have very sensitive skin and teeth! My sense of humour and the amount that I laugh is often commented on. I love being around people and embrace the light hearted ridicule that I receive on a daily basis for being so different. I’m not hot headed, more laid back if anything. However I’m very passionate, loving and caring. I was very fourtunate not to be picked on at school, I guess I was a cool kid and got on with everyone (I’m 30 by the way). I wouldn’t suggest I am proud to be a red head, just grateful to be loved for being me.

  30. Malachai Smith Reply

    I’m a redheaded teen guy and I am not just a red-head ginger. I am on the full-on-fire-headed level and I have often been made fun of for it. To find that I am not the only one and that we can actually be appreciated is a huge blessing. Too often, I have been mocked and insulted in my hallways at school. So, to know that they are being stupid is awesome. My heart and my soul are so happy to find this community of red-heads.

    1. Little_wolf Reply

      Hey. I’m a redheaded teen girl. You wanna write sometime? I would like to get to know you… Never forget: you are special, don’t let anyone tell you something else.

    2. Rayna Dudley Reply

      Hello! I am also a redheaded teen and I totally agree with you! I always seem to get bullied and it sucks. Scrolling through these comments, it makes me happy to see all the other redheads!

  31. Rachel Reply

    I am also a natural redhead. My eyes are difficult to define. They have an outer ring of brown with an inner circle of green. They change slightly to more green or more brown depending on what I am wearing. Many people also have said that they see blue in my eyes. I have four children and I am sad that not one of them is a redhead. I enjoyed reading the facts in this article.

  32. Alec Hengstman Reply

    I am being teased a lot in high school and sometimes I’m like: please go and find a life. But what I often do to make it less bad, I am always saying to myself: “they are just jealous because I have some colour and they don’t have”. What also helps is keeping track of the most original phrase or word someone has ever said to me. When people just say “ginger spot!”, I always say back: “Wow, you spotted a ginger, tell the news! Write it in the newspaper, shout from the top of your house! Oh, wait you don’t have a house, I’m sorry. “

    By the way, good article and really relatable. I also have red hair with brown eyes.

  33. Kerryeann Davis Reply

    I am a black girl that’s not mixed and I have naturally red hair and freckles. I don’t really see too many black people with naturally red hair. I have 3 siblings, none of them or my mom has red hair. I don’t know my dad so I can’t tell about him. I have 4 kids, my hair is reddish brownish and it brightens in the summer and goes a darker red in the winter. My freckles are dark brown and my skin complexion is light brown. I just wondered, are there more in this world like me?

    1. Rayna Dudley Reply

      Wow, that’s really interesting! I’ve never seen anyone that is black and also has red hair! You are a rare gem and honestly, I would love to see your hair.

  34. C. B. Reply

    Me and my identical twin sister both have red hair and blue eyes but our eyes are dark blue. We have very long hair. We wished our eyes were sky blue. We have friends at our school who are nonuplets and they have red hair and sky blue eyes.

  35. Milla Chapman Reply

    Hi! I am a natural redhead with brown eyes, and I’m actually mixed. My mom is African American, and my dad was Filipino, so imagine their surprise when they got a white kid lol. Anyways, this article is very interesting. And I’m always trying to educate myself on my unique hair color. So thank you!!

  36. David Reply

    red hair with blue eyes, going grey at 46 and high tolerance of pain

  37. Michael E Stevens Reply

    Regarding resistance to pain killers – on two occasions, I have been admitted to hospital with traumatic injuries – both times I was injected with morphine – it did not work at all and made things worse because it made my perception of time stretch and the pain longer lasting. The doctors said it was because there was something wrong with my central nervous system – no it was because of my red hair.
    I think that red/green color blindness is common with red-haired men. When I was a kid in school, it was interpreted as stupidity. It is a very big advantage if you go hunting, very big, natural camouflage is no defense for the beast being hunted.
    And those Vikings were good old boys.

  38. Elizabeth Reply

    I’m a redhead too, but as I got older the red faded to honey color and now it’s getting white. I still miss my red hair though. I have a red headed daughter, but none of her 6 kids have red hair. I also had three red headed aunts, different shades of red. So, who knows who will get the red gene next? I was teased a bit, but when I became an adult, I had women ask me what color I used on my hair. I was always proud to tell them, “it’s natural”. I have blue eyes and my daughter has green eyes.

  39. Ashley Reply

    I always see other redheads with a black or a Muslim… I want to see more redheads. I’m a redhead. I have blue eyes.

  40. Jamie Reply

    One of my daughters has red hair and lighter blue eyes. The other has dark brown and hazel eyes.

    My husband and I have brown hair but his has a little red in it and he has dark brown eyes. My eyes are blue. Both sides of our family has redheads.

    It is just so amazing how we made two beautiful and so very different children.

    Also I do believe redheads ARE hot headed. My child is a prime example of it and so was my grandmother and my brother (which only has a red beard, lol).

  41. Grace Thoune Reply

    Hi, both my daughter and I are redheads. I have brown eyes and she has the most amazing blue eyes. We both have tempers and butt heads often. But the world would not be the same without us, all redheads.

  42. Samuel Reply

    From this article I have found out that I am really rare, I have blue eyes and a redhead and I am left-handed. Thanks for the info.

  43. Zizi Reply

    I have blond hair.

  44. Rain Wilber Reply

    I find most of these facts about redheads to be accurate.
    Although I am very sensitive to pain (something I’ve always known by observation), I was able to overcome this when I concentrated and could stand in the 16-degree snow without shoes on for a minute or two.
    People who dislike redheads are most jealous and will do mean things like calling them “ginger” in a derogatory way, but remember that it is only because of jealousy that they do such things. There is no need to be jealous though because redheads are often treated horribly because they look different and are kind.

  45. Logan London Reply

    I am a red-head too and so is my fellow brother. We have red hair and blue eyes.

  46. Shannon Stewart Reply

    I love reading this article, I’m a natural redhead with brown eyes. The fact that cracks me up the most is that we are vampires. I never heard the one about Hitler, wow that’s crazy! I love being a redhead! Thanks for this article.

  47. Teresa Reply

    Marilyn Monroe was never a redhead. She was born a brunette.

  48. Katie Owen Reply

    This article is nice but it didn’t convince me that my red hair is special. I’m still weird and it’s not just my red hair that makes me weird. I have two different colored eyes which are blue and brown so that’s pretty creepy. Also, I have Autism which means I do things I don’t mean to do. And you are right, Kids are horrible to me. One kid wrote “Satans Child” on my bag! I really don’t like having red hair and if what you say is correct, then I’m a mutant? I mean if that’s not weird then I don’t know what is!

  49. Phyllis Reply

    I am a 74-year-old green eyed natural redhead with freckles. I have a little gray at my temples. I was ambidextrous until my second-grade teacher made me write with my right hand. I am still ambidextrous in everything else I do, preferring to use my left hand. I am still able to print with my left hand. As a first grader, a girl in my class would hit me at every recess, to the point I did not want to go to school. I had never done anything to her and did not know her, really. As an adult, I now feel that she bullied me because I was a redhead. I am proud to be one of the 2% with red hair. I used to wear makeup to hide my freckles, but now I let them show, along with my light colored eyelashes. I have finally begun to like my red hair.

  50. liv Reply

    I am a natural redhead, this article makes me feel so special I am the rare kind, red hair blue eyes.

  51. Carol M Bagby Reply

    Copper red-hair, very green eyes but born with blue. Pain is more like an ache to me. Tried to dye my hair ONCE and it washed out in a week even though it was permanent? Was an ugly duckling as a child, have since become a swan and proud of my hair now. 😊

  52. Red Dunkel Reply

    I am a bright red head with green eyes and so like 1% of the population has this, I’m sort of interested in me being an Aries zodiac. How rare this might be? I’ve always been unique and pretty much never have fit in but I guess that’s just part of it.

  53. Macy Reply

    I fit that Unicorn description. Red hair, blue eyes, right handed, fair skinned (more pinkish than white) with minimal facial freckles. Also according to 23andme, I am a hybrid human species as my DNA contains 282 Neanderthal traits. The right ear is pointed like an elf or leprechaun, and a fairy shaped face. What I wouldn’t give to look like Jane Everybody, just another face in a crowd.

  54. MicheleElys Reply

    I’m a redhead and do agree with most of what you say. I have black-brown eyes that are piercing, most likely due to my career as a Neurobehaviorist. Outspoken, that is why they call us Hot heads or it’s the color. We are strongly independent and enjoy living with no box. Why we bruise even when sleeping alone, is due to our skin is thinner than other people. And the red gene MC1R was found to come from the middle eastern countries prior to the northern European countries, such as Scotland, as most believe.
    You did a good job! And yes, our hair can stay red for a lifetime if we choose, as long as it was red, to begin with!!! Thank you

  55. Jayde Weston Reply

    I am a natural redhead too! But sometimes I feel like people don’t like my red hair because they either call me an orange head instead of a redhead or they think I just dyed my hair red when I didn’t. I just came on this site to see some things I didn’t know about “my kind”, and I really learned a lot from here and whoever made this site. Thank you a lot! I really like it.
    From the mistreated redhead.

  56. Richard Reply

    I’m a natural left-handed redhead that was the only one in my large extended family. No one had any clue where it came from. A buddy of my dad had a redhead son and he speculated there was a redheaded milkman back in the early 60s. lol Anyway, I can testify that much of what they say about redheads is absolutely true. We are a true minority and I want federal benefits like everyone else!

  57. Jana hicks Reply

    My granddaughter is red hair blue eyes and her name is Rage-in Storm Dean. Her name fits her looks as well.

  58. Fred Waiss Reply

    I’m not a redhead, but I do have a great attraction to women with red hair. To be a male chauvinist for a moment, I’ll put it this way. To use the stereotypical scale of 1-10, any woman that is a 7 if a blonde or a brunette, she’s at least an eight if she’s a ginger.

  59. Rayna Dudley Reply

    I am a redhead with blue eyes. I would describe my hair as medium auburn, so if you look up ‘medium auburn hair’ that is what my hair looks like. I was always bullied when I was young. I was once even called “rayna the red-haired reindeer” which is quite a stupid insult considering reindeers are quite adorable, and I told them exactly that, so I guess you could call me a little hotheaded. Anyways that was just some random information about me and if anyone has questions for whatever reason feel free to ask!

  60. Lily Reply

    I’m a redhead with blue eyes and I’m right-handed. My hair has a few small streaks of blond and dark brown in which you can only see when the sun shines on it then it goes to a copper color.


Sensitivity to Hot and Cold

Sensitivity to Hot and Cold

According to some studies, a side effect for redheads is that they are more sensitive to hot and cold pain than any other hair color.


Ginger King and Queen in Netherlands

Ginger King and Queen

Each September, the Netherlands holds a two-day celebration out of appreciation for redheads around the world which is called Roodharigendag in Dutch. The party includes crowning the ginger King and Queen.


Types of Redheads

Types of Redheads

There is a variety of red hair than you think. Red hair comes in so many different colors (Burnt Orange, Copper, Blonde, Ginger), sizes (Short and long) and shapes as other hair colors.


Behavior with Redheads in Past

Behavior with Redheads in Past

They have been treated awfully in the past. Hitler was against the intermarriage of redheads believing that they produce more devil children.


Bee's attraction Towards Redheads

Bee’s attraction Towards Redheads

According to some studies bees are more attracted to redheads than any other hair color, probably it’s because they seem like sweet red flowers because of their red crown of hair.


Redheads are Hot-headed

Redheads are Hot-headed

Redheads are also known as hot-headed. However, there is no confirmation of this being valid. It might be just because of their red hair color they are called hot headed in a sense of joke.


Disney Princesses with Redhead

Disney Princesses with Redhead

We also have redhead Disney Princesses like Merida and Ariel. It means that red hair color is too cool because, Ariel and Merida also want to be a part of the ginger world, but you cannot have them because they are too beautiful for this earth.


Easy to Found

Easy to Found

Redheads never get lost in the crowd because of their red crown of hair which makes them unique from others which are cool.


Hardest Shade to Dye

Hardest Shade to Dye

According to a study, it is proved that Red is the hardest shade to dye your hair and also difficult to maintain it. So to be a redhead is a benefit.


Sense of Humor

Sense of Humor

Redheads have an impressive sense of humor because they grow up by teased for their ginger hair color.


Lower Rate of Prostate Cancer

Lower Rate of Prostate Cancer

To be a redhead is beneficial for men because according to some studies red headed men are 54 percent less likely to create prostate cancer. It means a lot for ginger men.


Redheads are Vampires

Redheads are Vampires

According to early Greeks believes Redheads were Vampires, and they also turn into vampires after they have died.


Less Hair Strands

Less Hair Strands

Redheads have fewer hair than brunettes or blondes. According to research on an average, brunettes have 140,000 strands of hair; blondes have 110,000 strands of hair and redheads have 90,000 which is too less, but red hair is thicker than any other hair color.


Larger Dose of Anesthesia

Larger Dose of Anesthesia

In surgeries, it's been recommended that a few redheads require 20 percent larger doses of anesthesia as compared to a regular patient. Research proved this that redhead needs more anesthesia than people having other hair colors.


Absorption and Making of Vitamin D

Absorption and Making of Vitamin D

They are more efficient at making Vitamin D. Redheads have the low amount of eumelanin in their body that is why they cannot absorb the required level of Vitamin D. In any case, they compensate for this by creating their particular Vitamin D when they are present in low-light condition.

So, they do not need as much sunlight to get what they need.


Concept of Christmas Communities

Concept of Christmas Communities

Christian communities considered a mark of the devil were birthmarks, patches and the major one was red hair. Many Christian communities believed that Judas was a redheaded textual proof from the Bible.

This belief really inspired some painters to paint Judas with red hair.


Aristotle Theory

Aristotle Theory

Aristotle had some issues with redheads. Aristotle himself reported for the once saying "The reddish are of bad character" which shows that he hates redheads.


Resistant to Pain Blocker

Resistant to Pain Blocker

Redheads are more resistant to pain blocker. Redhead gene releases a chemical called pheomelanin, which is the cause of blocks the brain’s receptivity/acceptance to pain.


Redheads are Genetic

Redheads are Genetic

Families can carry redhead gene for generations without knowing it. So, it is might possible that there could be some redhead gene inside you that can surprise you for being a redhead’s parent.


Temperature Sensors

Temperature Sensors

Redheads are good at detecting changes in temperature than a person having any other hair color so, we can call them Temperature sensor.


Extinction of Redhead

Extinction of Redhead

According to research found by Britain DNA has found that more than 40 percent of the population carries the MC1R gene that is responsible for red hair. Redheads are not going to extinct because families have MC1R gene without knowing it.


Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive Teeth

According to some studies, redheads have more sensitive teeth. Redheads also bruise easily than those who have any other hair color.


Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was also a redheaded. She was American actress and model. She was famous for her natural red hair.


Fall in Love with Redhead

Fall in Love with Redhead

Finally, if you look into redhead’s eye longer than 10 seconds, you will fall in love.

Redheads are always misunderstood and mistrust in the history. Previously, the people with red hair were considered to be an evil one, even nowadays many of us are having a lot of misconceptions about them.

Being a redhead is not an abnormality. Instead, it’s a blessing. If anyone of you has a redhead, then proud of it. We anticipate that you had an enjoyable journey while going through the article, and you get a lot to know about the redhead. Please let us know about your valuable feedback.