I used to hate being ginger. I hated my strawberry blonde locks, I hated my whiter than white skin, I hated my matching freckles that would appear everywhere every summer and I hated feeling like I didn’t suit anything because of my red hair.
Once I was so frustrated I even came close to dying my hair dark brown, now looking back I’m so glad I didn’t, seriously what was I thinking? Over the years I’ve come to love my gingerness, it’s who I am and I wouldn’t suit anything else.
I came across some amazing facts about redheads that really surprised me, so I thought I’d put together a post and share them with fellow gingers I know…
1, Out of the world’s population only 2 per cent have red hair! That’s approximately 140,000,000 people out of 7,324,782,000 people on the planet.
2, Red hair is harder to dye than other hair colours. Natural red hair holds its pigment tighter than any other hair colour, so if you wanted to dye it you’d need to strip your hair before bleaching it which can seriously damage your locks, so just stay red!
3, We have less hair than other hair colours. On average gingers have 90,000 strands while blondes have 110,000, and brunettes have 140,000. But that doesn’t mean we’re going bald as we have thicker strands of hair so on appearance it looks like we have more hair than we do.
4, Red heads don’t go grey, apparently our hair fades to white instead – I’m thinking snow Queen!
5, Do you have red head and blue eyes? Then you’re super rare. Normally red heads have brown, hazel or green eyes, but if you’re lucky enough to be born with blue eyes and red hair you form the rarest combination on earth.
6, Red heads can change temperature quicker because we are more sensitive to hot and cold pain. Also, in surgery, gingers might require approximately 20 per cent more anaesthesia than other hair colours, this has something to do with the ‘red head’ gene.
7, We produce our own Vitamin D! Due to our lily-white skin we can’t sufficiently absorb Vitamin D, so instead we internally produce our own when exposed to low light conditions. Amazing or what?
8, We have a whole day dedicated to our gingerness! That’s right, there’s a UK Redhead day, as well as a two day festival in the Netherlands celebrating our glorious hair colour.
I’m not saying that other hair colours aren’t as lovely, they are, but I just wanted to do a little post for red heads. If you know anymore amazing ginger facts, please let me know.
Sarah Jayne x