May 26th, as World Redhead Day , gives all carriers of the genetically determined rutilism a reason to celebrate. At least this is the opinion of the American Jace Shoemaker-Galloway, who declared this date to be international World Redhead Day.
Who started World Readhead Day?
As mentioned in the introduction, the idea for the World Redhead Day goes back to the author, blogger and columnist Jace Shoemaker-Galloway mentioned here several times. It is not for nothing that the American is also known as the Queen of Holidays in her home country.
Even in the case of World Redheads Day, it is not entirely clear when exactly Shoemaker-Galloway launched this day of honor for red hair color. Although the earliest entry on her blog holidailys.com goes back to May 2016, I was unable to find out whether there had been earlier celebrations in the course of research for this post.
World Redhead Day: 6 Reasons We Love Redheads!
If you have red hair, you are something very special – somehow even a kind of superhero, but also a little bit Neanderthal. A riddle for research and in a category with the coolest celebrities ever.
1. Redheads are very special
Less than one percent of the world’s population has naturally red hair. Scotland and Ireland have the highest number of redheads: 10 percent here. In Germany it is only two percent.
Either way, red is the rarest hair color of all. So if you are one of the lucky ones, statistically verifiable you are something extremely special! By the way, the combination of red hair and blue eyes is the rarest.
2. Redheads are genetic superheroes
Bitten by a spider, processed in the laboratory, genetic material changed – this is how superheroes are created, for example in the Marvel universe. Basically, it’s the same with redheads: the red color comes from a rare gene mutation. More precisely: a tiny mutation on chromosome 16 changes the melanocortin receptor 1 (MC1R) . The receptor is blocked and the red pigment pheomelanin is increased.
It is not clear exactly how the mutation came about. According to the Max Planck Society, genetic studies indicate that Neanderthals already had red hair. Experts suggest that with colonization in more northerly regions, pale skin and red hair might have been more practical in an environment with little sunlight. Crazy! And all without Hollywood, spiders and labor!
3. Red hair almost never turns gray
The red pigmentation of the hair is stubborn – this is what redheads notice when they try to dye their hair. It’s often really difficult. But: It is said that most of them keep their hair color for a long time. The red would initially be paler and ultimately at most to white, but not to gray. Congratulations, that sounds good!
4. Redheads are a little bit mysterious
Scientists suspect that redheads perceive pain differently – this is due to the mutation of the gene that is responsible for the red hair color. This gene would also have an effect on how pain is felt. Some studies say redheads are less sensitive to pain overall.
In the Netherlands, on September 4th, redheads come to the city of Breda for Redhead Day.
For example, according to researchers from the International Association for the Study of Pain , redheads are said to be more sensitive to heat and cold than people with a different hair color. Doctors also deal with the effects of this particular pain sensation on the administration of medication or anesthetics.
The metabolic physiologist Thomas Burmester said to the NDR : “There are studies that deal with whether redheads feel more or less pain. In fact, these studies are rather contradicting that certain forms of pain are perceived more strongly, while others are perceived less. ”So it is not yet possible to make a uniform statement, but one thing is clear: redheads pose a mystery to research. And that somehow also makes you exciting.
5. No other hair color has so many days of its own
Jace Shoemaker-Galloway is a writer and blogger and she is redheaded. On it, the idea goes back, one on May 26, World Day of redheads , the World Redhead Day to organize. It is not clear why she wanted this exact date. Because there are definitely other festive occasions for redheads:
- Kiss a Ginger Day , it’s January 12th.
- Redhead Day in the Netherlands: It has been celebrated on the first weekend in September in the city of Breda since 2007.
No other hair color has so many days of his own – not blonde, not brown, not black. This is a red record.
6. The coolest celebrities have red hair
Yes, many celebrities occasionally dye their hair red. Scarlett Johansson, for example, for a role in the Avengers. Or Kirsten Dunst for the great love of Spiderman. It just looks great and it’s kind of interesting. Among the celebrities, there are also natural-colored redheads like Ed Sheeran, Sarah Gray Rafferty (the absolutely unrivaled Donna from Suits ) or the likeable Rupert Grint (Ron from Harry Potter ).
Perhaps the greatest, definitely most quick-witted redhead in the series landscape: Sarah Raffery is the audience favorite from Suits.
With Ed Sheeran at the latest, red hair has become really sexy for men too.
Actress Christina Hendricks was best known for her role as Joan in Mad Man.
The rebel in the royal family: Prince Harry is a new dad. Let’s see if the offspring also get red hair.
Perhaps the most recognisable of all top model winners: Barbara Meier.