Red hair or ginger hair occurs naturally in one to two percent of the human population , appearing with greater frequency two to six percent among people of Northern or Northwestern European ancestry and lesser frequency in other populations. It is most common in individuals homozygous for a recessive allele on chromosome 16 that produces an altered version of the MC1R protein. Red hair varies in hue from a deep burgundy or bright copper , or auburn , to burnt orange or red-orange to strawberry blond. Characterized by high levels of the reddish pigment pheomelanin and relatively low levels of the dark pigment eumelanin , it is associated with fair skin color , lighter eye color , freckles , and sensitivity to ultraviolet light. Cultural reactions to red hair have varied from ridicule to admiration with many common stereotypes in existence regarding redheads.
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When you have red hair, you get used to people making a Big Deal about it — for both positive and negative reasons. I like to tell people I was named after Amber St. Clare — i. Where was I? Oh yeah: when you have red hair, people mention it.
Facts and Myths About Red Hair
British author Jacky Colliss Harvey is a red-haired woman. Because of that fact, all of her life, she's had a lot of assumptions made about her. She also had experience with "the idea that if you're a red-headed woman you're somehow extra sexy, which I hope I haven't taken too much advantage of. She's now written a book, " Red: A History of the Redhead " excerpt below which not only gives history, but also myths and some surprising scientific facts about those with rosy-hued hair.
About people took part in the UK's first Ginger Pride march in August, and the world record for the largest gathering of natural redheads was broken last month when 1, attended the Redhead Day Festival in the Dutch town of Breda. But how many redheads are there in the world - and where do they live? Scotland is thought by some to have the highest concentration of redheads in the world, so maybe it was an appropriate location for the Ginger Pride march, led by Canadian comedian Shawn Hitchins. The claim was initially reported on BBC News too. But can it really be true that Scotland is home to almost a fifth of the world's redheads?