“You’d find it easier to be bad than good if you had red hair. People who haven’t red hair don’t know what trouble is.” — “Anne of Green Gables” (1908)
Redheads are often treated like the odd man (or woman) out, as they are the rarest of hair colors. However, this is true no more. November 5 is National Redhead Day, and is every redhead’s chance to shine with every gorgeous strand of their hair.
National Redhead Day - History
Emma Stone gave redheads the spotlight
Actress Emma Stone brought redheads into a whole new light during her performance in the movie "La La Land." Red hair became a highly requested thing at salons after this movie came out.
National Redhead day began
Co-founders of "How to Be a Redhead," Adrienne and Stephanie Vendetti started National Redhead Day.
70,000 Years Ago
First redhead ever
Two of today's three variants of redheads originated in West Asia 70,000 years ago.
National Redhead Day Activities
1. Rock your favorite hairstyle
Let your hair be the true star of the show. Head to a salon and get your hair done to show it some extra love.
2. Throw a party with fellow redheads.
It may be a small party, but we bet it will be a good one. Get together with your other redhead friends and celebrate your rare and beautiful locks.
3. Pay homage to famous redheads in Hollywood.
Put on your favorite movies and shows starring redheads. Think "I Love Lucy," "La La Land," "The Wizard of Oz," and countless others.
5 Colorful Facts About Redheads
1. The rarest of the rare? Red hair and blue eyes
Though you may think redheads typically have blue eyes, you are wrong. Very few redheads have blue eyes — in fact most of them have brown.
2. Redheads grey slower
Another plus of being a redhead is that their hair turns to grey slower than other hair colors. So enjoy and embrace that color even more!
3. Redheads tend to be left-handed
Beating out both blondes and brunettes, more redheads are left-handed than any other hair color. Yet another thing that makes them stand out.
4. Redheads have fewer hair strands
According to research, redheads have on average 90,000 strands of hair. This is fewer than brunettes who clock in at 140,000 strands and blondes at 110,000.
5. Redheads are better at making Vitamin D
Redheads are great at making their own Vitamin D. This is likely because they have less eumelanin in their bodies than other hair colors, so they've got to make up for it somehow.
Why We Love National Redhead Day
A. Redheads are rare
Only two percent of the world's population has red hair. Now you see why it's worth all this celebration.
B. Redheads are considered mutants
No, not the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle type. Red hair is caused by the mutation of a gene that creates a new recessive gene, MC1R.
C. Many royals rocked red hair.
Another reason to celebrate redheads today (and everyday) is the fact that much of the royal bloodline were redheads. Queen Elizabeth I herself was a proud redhead — and passed that gene down.