It turns out the genes that produce redheads also lead them to experience pain differently than the rest of us. Redheads are harder to sedate, but they have a different tolerance for pain, says UCI Health pain management specialist Dr. Shalini Shah.
And you thought that ginger hair was a burden to be endured? According to Jacky Colliss Harvey, the flame-haired author of a new history of redheads, it is a biological blessing and a passport to happiness. The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, is, as any redhead will tell you, the beginning of the glorious few weeks when the whole northern hemisphere coordinates with us.
And when you meet a red head with blue eyes, you are looking at the rarest colour combination of all for human beings. Around 17 per cent of people have blue eyes, and when combined with per cent having red hair, the odds of having both traits are around 0. The reason these looks are so unusual is because they are the result of two different sets of DNA instructions, or mutations, happening in the same person, explains Professor Mark Elgar, an evolutionary biologist from the University of Melbourne.
Red hair or ginger hair occurs naturally in one to two percent of the human populationappearing 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 copperor auburnto burnt orange or red-orange to strawberry blond.
Presently, thanks in large part to Ed Sheeran unfortunatelyall signs seem to further suggest that redheaded men will continue to procreate and fulfill their genetic duty to keep the fire burning. Obviously, for ginger men in particular, this newfound confidence is in many ways still kindling after centuries of ginger hate. The Tudor chronicler Richard Stanyhurst would have seen it as proof-positive that somewhere in my past I had bastardly Scythian blood; while 19th-century anthropologists would have seen it as a sign that my ancestors had been Vikings.
T he Irish Redhead Convention was set up five years ago to do exactly that — and to quash the bullying and name calling. Festival goers can expect to parade through Crosshaven proudly displaying their red hair and also take part in individual photoshoots hosted by photographers Jorg Koster and Jason Clarke. Red hair the rarest of hair colours and accounts for only 0.
Are people with red hair — gingers, redheads, individuals of unusual rufosity, whatever you want to call them — less attractive than people with other hair colors? That is certainly what received wisdom tells us. Alongside the impression that they have fiery tempers, unquenchable libidos, and cold, clammy hands OK, I made that last one upone of the most common bits of folk wisdom about redheads is that they are just not that cute. Inthe journal Psychological Studies published a study that created quite a stir on this topic, and was widely reported as "bad news for redheads.
The other night my husband and I were having a conversation about one of our favorite topics: the future possibilities of our first son, 6 months old. It went something like this:. Look at Prince Harry!
They may only make up a mere two per cent of the population, but it turns out those with red hair possess some serious power. While the likes of Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran are in part defined by their ginger manes, there's more to being a red head than meets the eye. As author Erin La Rosa notes, there are plenty of mixed messages about redheads out there and people simply don't know fact from sometimes cruel fiction.