The Real Truth Behind Red Hair

Jan 24, 2017 AT 08:13 AM | BY StyleBlizzard
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(Photo credit: Getty Images)
(Photo credit: Getty Images)

While as children sometimes we humor red hair calling it various names including “ginger”, who could deny that red hair on a woman is just gorgeous? But how much do you know about it?

Red hair color is caused by a specific gene mutation, that requires two copies of the gene (meaning: from both parents), making it a fairly rare occurrence to have red hair, even if most Westerners carry one copy of the gene. However, UK has the largest concentration of redheads, which is 13% (compared to around %2 in the US). Scientists are unsure why that is, but some speculate it’s a specific evolutionary adaption allowing the skin to absorb more light.

The gene that causes red hair is also responsible for some quite interesting quirks, such as being harder to… sedate. Yes, doctors have researched this and have found that redheads have a much higher resistance to anesthesia.

Historically, redheads have had a harder time: many of them have been accused of witchcraft even, going as deep as portraying some of the iconic figures in the Bible as being ginger.

However, hardly anyone could argue that being a redhead is at the very least a unique trait, and being unique is a very important thing in the modern world.

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