It’s cool to be a redhead. Only two percent of the population has natural red hair. We have some great facts about the gingers of the world.
They aren’t going anywhere soon
Some people believe redheads are going extinct, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Though only two percent of people have the red hair, the gene that makes red hair belongs to four percent of people. This includes many people that have freckles. It could even mean two people without red hair will produce a redhead.
Bees love redheads
Bees are very attracted to people with red hair. It’s a strange fact, and no one can ask a bee why they love red hair. Most scientists think it is because the bright red hair looks like bright flowers to the bee.
It’s tough to anesthetize them
Redheaded women require almost 20 percent more anesthesia desflurane to be sedated than dark-haired women. This could be because the protein mutation that causes hair to be red makes people more sensitive to pain. it’s tougher to anesthetize people that are very sensitive to pain.
Their hair won’t turn gray
Redheads will never turn gray. This is because the red pigment will fade over time. Their hair may turn blonde or white. It just cannot turn to gray.
They’re at risk for melanoma
According to a 2010 meta-analysis in the International Journal of Cancer, a fact about redheads is that they are about two and a half times as likely to develop the dangerous skin cancer as people with other hair colors. Here’s more about why redheads are at higher risk for skin cancer.
They’re under heavy research
Scientists have attempted to understand the red pigment for decades. They have even researched red-tinted fur and feathers of animals. Boars showed scientists that redheads may get cell damage from free radicals. They’re always trying to figure out more about the rare unicorn of a redhead.
Many redheads are left-handed
No one knows exactly why, but most redheads are left-handed. It could be because having red hair and being left-handed come from recessive genes. These genes usually show up in pairs.
They have less hair
Most people have about 140,000 strands of their hair color. Redheads have about 90,000 strands of hair. Their hair is usually thicker so you probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.
The melanoma risk is very high for redheads
It makes sense the redheads with fair skin will be susceptible to melanoma cancer. They’re over two times more likely to develop this type of cancer. Most redheads don’t tan very well and often burn, so they usually wear more sunscreen than people with darker skin and darker hair color.