know any cool redheads?
February 8, 2011 § 12 Comments
I am a redhead, and I think I still am, somewhere buried deep beneath the layers of bleach. So is my mother, my sister, and pretty much every relative on the Welsh side of the family. My partner on the other hand has brown hair and to my knowledge there’s no red hair in his family. My first son has blonde hair and dark brown eyes. So imagine my surprise when my second son’s hair remained red even after his first hairwash.
Apparently the redheaded gene can be carried for generations. In Scotland it is estimated that some 40% of the population carry this recessive gene! This Wikipedia page gives lots of information about red hair. Supposedly ‘redheads constitute approximately 4 per cent of the European population. In the United States, it is estimated that 2-6% of the population has red hair’ meaning that the US has the largest population of redheads in the world – between 6 to 18 million lucky beings.
You may gather from the fact that I have been dying my hair for years that I am not actually a fan of my natural coloring. This has been true in the past, particularly as I used to be unkindly compared to the British soap character Bianca Jackson in Eastenders throughout my latter teenage years. The lot of the British ‘ginger’ in the classroom is a tough one, yet I do see signs of hope on the horizon, with strong red-haired personalities and characters appearing with increasing frequency throughout popular culture.
For my son’s sake I’m starting to compile a mental list of ‘cool redheads’ to introduce him to, in case he ever lacks confidence in his utter gorgeousness. I’ve even booked myself in to the hairdresser to dye my hair red again, for the first time since an ill-advised dalliance with a henna sachet ten years or so ago. I am hoping this won’t lead to complete strangers hollering ‘Bianca!’ at me in the supermarket. If you have any more suggestions for my list, do let me know.
Article first published as RedHeads Are the Future on Technorati.