Photo below left: L´Oreal Model Milla Jovovich with red hair in "The Fifth Element" with Bruce Willis.
Even Julia Roberts once had red hair. Her stylist is the New York star hairstylist Serge Normant,who revamped her look for a photoshoot while she slept. Julia's most famous Normant look graces the cover of the stylist's new photo book Metamorphosis.
Photo below right: Actress Drew Barrymore with coloured long red hair.
Red hair may be the legacy of Neanderthal man. Oxford University scientists think the ginger gene, which is responsible for red hair, fair skin and freckles, could be up to 100,000 years old. They say their discovery points to the gene having originated in Neanderthal man, who lived in Europe for 260,000 years before Homo sapiens settlers, the ancestors of modern man, arrived from Africa about 40,000 years ago.
The Research Team Leader said: "The gene is certainly older than 50,000 years. An explanation is that it comes from Neanderthals." Neanderthals became extinct about 28,000 years ago, the last dying out in southern Spain and southwest France (Source: Time UK).
It is speculated that nowadays 40% of all Scottish people are in possession of the ginger gene. This could be an explanation for the fact that Neanderthal men were cannibals and hunters, who most of the time eat their meat raw.
By the way: Dr. John Gray of the Oxford hair foundation said that in 2060 natural red hair will be gone. Only 4% of the population carries the red hair gene. Because the gene is recessive, it is diluted whenever carriers have children with people who have the stronger brown hair gene.
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