Go out and show your favourite ginger pals a little love today! It's Kiss a Ginger Day!!
I much prefer Kiss A Ginger Day to Kick A Ginger Day… Apparently Kick A Ginger Day started in 2009, thankfully I had left school by then! Whoever thought that would be funny needs to take themselves to a quiet corner and give their head a little wobble.
Thankfully this was quickly offset with Kiss A Ginger Day! I’m not sure if you have ever even seen my natural hair given that the only photos I post are in wigs! But I am in fact a ginger and, a very proud one at that.
Sending lot of love out to my fellow red heads! We might get some stick from time to time but we take it in our stride, no matter how difficult that can be sometimes!
I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you some gorgeous facts Cosmopolitan shared about redheads;
- Red hair is a beautiful genetic mutation
Both parents must be carriers of the mutated MC1R gene to be able to produce redhead offspring, of which there is a 25% chance if they don't have red hair themselves.
- Less than 2% of the world's population have red hair
That's approximately 140 million people. Scotland boasts the highest percentage of natural redheads, with 13% (40% might carry the gene there) while Ireland comes in second with 10%.
- Red hair can occur in any ethnicity
It occurs more frequently (2-6%) in people of northern or western European ancestry, and less frequently in other populations.
- Lucky redhead women have more sex
That's according to a study by a German sex researcher who found that women with red hair had sex more often. A similar English study found that redhead gals had sex an average of three times a week, while our blonde and brunette counterparts have it twice a week. Shame the fellas weren't questioned, too.
- It's a ballache to dye red hair
Because it holds its pigment tighter than any other hair colour, red strands need to have their pigment stripped before being dyed by bleaching which, of course, damages the hair. Stay red!
- Red hair is thicker than other colours
Each strand of red hair is generally thicker than other shades which compensates for the fact that redheads have less hair. Apparently they have – on average – 90,000 strands while blondes have 110,000, and brunettes have 140,000.
- Redheads are more likely to develop skin cancer
Because of their commonly fair skin and sensitivity to ultraviolet light, redheads are more likely to develop skin cancer. The International Journal of Cancer reported in 2010 that natural redheads are approximately two and a half times as likely to develop the dangerous cancer as people with other hair hues.
- Blue eyed redheads are super rare
Blue eyes and red hair forms the rarest combo on earth. Most (natural) redheads will have brown eyes, followed by hazel or green shades.
- Redheads can change temperature quicker
This is because – according to research – redheads are more sensitive to hot and cold pain. Nothing to do with their mythical fiery temperament!
- Redheads don't go grey
Red hair will never turn grey; it simply fades to white via rose gold when the time comes.
- Redheads can produce their own Vitamin D
As they can't sufficiently absorb Vitamin D (it's down to their lower melanin-concentration), redheads internally produce their own Vitamin D when they're exposed to low light conditions. Woah!
- People with red hair are more likely to be left-handed
Recessive traits often happen in pairs so commonly people with the gene for red hair also possess the trait for left-handedness.
- Climate change is threatening the gene
Given that red hair doesn't adapt to warm climes, the gene could - at some point - become extinct. A scientist told ScotlandNow: "I think the regressive gene is slowly dying out… Climate change could see a decline in the number of people with red hair in Scotland." Noooooo!
I love these but, I have to say I’m not sure how “Mythical” my fiery temperament is haha…
HAPPY KISS A GINGER DAY!