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everything about Red Hair

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Historically those people with red hair have always been treated with prejudice and suspicion. On top of that they had to put up with the belief that redheads were fiery and hot-tempered.

This image is probably based on the fact that Scotland has the highest percentage of redheads in the world (13%) and the Scots descended from the Celts, who were known to be violent warriors.

It is estimated that 2 to 5 percent of the population of the United States has red hair and just one per cent of the global population are redheads. So, the US has by far the highest number of redheads.

Nowadays there is a huge demand for (natural) red head models (men and women). Also Pop Star and trendsetter Madonna coloured her hair red for the cover of her new CD (cover left).

It is more difficult for redheads to dye their hair than other hair colours, as the cuticle of the hair strand is very tight and holds its pigment. That is the reason why many redheads end up with green hair if they try to dye their hair black without using the proper products.

Photo right: Frida of the Swedish Pop group Abba.

Are redheads more sensible?

When it comes to experience pain in relation to redheads there are several researches that proove that redheads experience more or less pain.

Researchers at the University of Louisville discovered that, on average, people born with red hair require about 20 percent more anesthesia to obtain satisfactory sedation.  Redheads are likely to experience more pain from most stimuli — surgery is just one example — and therefore require more anesthesia to alleviate that pain.

Researchers at the University of Louisville discovered that, on average, people born with red hair require about 20 percent more anesthesia to obtain satisfactory sedation.

On the other hand a study conducted by Jeffrey Mogil showed that women with naturally red hair require less of the painkiller pentazocine than do either women of other hair colors or men of any hair color.

Other researches has shown that redheads tend to have skin that is more sensitive to the sun and may have as much as five times the risk of melanoma, a skin cancer.

Photo right: Popstar Madonna with red hair

Red witches

During the period 1483-1784 the amount of women with red hair killed due to suspected witchcraft was estimated around 45,000. They were tortured to death, being burned at the stake or drowned. The occult gives red heads a demonic image.




Redheaded Stars

Many woman want to change their natural hair colour and colour their hair red. Recently lots of (movie)stars create a red haired image, even if it is only for their specific role or image.

Photo below left: L´Oreal Model Milla Jovovich with red hair in "The Fifth Element" with Bruce Willis.

Photo above right: Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City)

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.

Milla Jovovich


Redheaded Neandertaler

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.

Natural red men

Also red head men believe to have above-mentioned charasterictics.

For example the "natural red" Tennis Star (photo left) and book author Boris Becker .

Also Simply-Red's lead singer Mick Hucknall (foto right) is not only red but also named his band after his own natural hair colour. Also tennis Queen Steffi Graf fell in love with his red hair and had a "platonic" relationship with him.

Or the Star of the crime serie "CSI-Miami", David Caruso (photo left). The self-willed detective is solving difficult crime cases in the role of Horatio Caine with the crime lab.

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back to nature

The red colouring paste is obtained from the Henna shrub (Lawsonia inermis) that grows in India, the Middle East, South Asia and North Africa.... more about colouring with plants extracts and Henna

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