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Awesome Facts About Redheads That Prove How Cool They Really Are

Red hair is kind of unusual, and it can mean that the bearer finds themselves on the end of a bit of friendly teasing. Of course, you shouldn't pick on people for how they look, and we've got some great reasons to convince you that redheads are in fact, really interesting people.

You see, there's a lot about redheads that you don't know and when you take a closer look, you'll find that red hair is something of a blessing and it makes the owner unique and truly special. So come and join us for a quick peek into the truth behind the hair. 

1. Most Redheads Have Brown Eyes Not Blue

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People tend to associate blue eyes and red hair, but in fact, blue is the least-common eye color for redheads. Brown and hazel are far more common.

2. Red Hair Is The Result Of A Genetic Mutation

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The gene that causes red hair requires a mutated version of the MC1R protein on the 16th chromosome. It also needs two copies of that mutation. 

3. Redheads Have Less Hair Than Blondes And Brunettes

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Red hair is coarser than other types of hair and can give the illusion that redheads have a lot of hair but in fact, they only have 90,000 hairs compared to 110,000 for blondes and 140,000 for brunettes.

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4. Having Red Hair Is A Real Rarity

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Fewer than 2% of people have red hair, and because of the way the redhead gene works, red hair is likely to become even rarer in the coming centuries.

5. The British Royal Family Has Plenty Of Redheads

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Redheads are in royal company with Queen Elizabeth I as their most famous compatriot, but also the current Prince Harry who is 3rd in line to the throne. 

6. There's A Relationship Between Red Hair And Being Left Handed

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Nearly a quarter of red headed people are left-handed, which is a much higher rate of left-handedness than in the population at large. 

7. The Nazis Thought Redheads Were Demon Spawn

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Hitler's cronies weren't famous for their sanity, and they genuinely believed that ginger folks were demon spawn. Redheads were forbidden from marrying other redheads in Nazi Germany to cut down on demon births. 

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8. There Are A Lot Of Shades Of Red

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"Red head" covers an awful lot of different colors. Redheads may have golden hair, orange hair, strawberry blonde, ginger, etc. In fact, some blonde hair is really red hair but the light plays tricks with it. 

9. The Netherlands Has A Festival Of Redheads

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Each September, the Dutch go mad and celebrate the world's redheads in a two-day festival, though no hair colors are excluded from attending. 

10. Redheads Have A High Tolerance For Pain

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That mutation on the MC1R gene is also responsible for high levels of pheomelanin in the blood, which increases the natural pain threshold. This does not give you permission to hurt a redhead. 

Who would have thought that red hair would make people so unique? It's truly fascinating. 

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