Is anyone else sick of hearing that redheads are a dying breed? I certainly am.
I’m fed up because every time I hear things like, “Gingers will be extinct by 2100”, I feel compelled to give the offending person a lesson in genetics.
[Image: Richard Haslett]
Let’s get scientific. Natural red hair is caused by a mutated MC1R gene. It’s a recessive trait in our genetic code, which means that red hair only occurs when both parents carry this ‘ginger gene’.
Either parent does not need to have red hair to procreate a cute ginger baby, so that’s enough of those comments, “Ooh you better get together with another ginger to save Gingerkind.”
And, according to tests conducted by BritainsDNA in 2013, Scotland has an overall rate of 36.5% redheaded DNA, Ireland with 34.7%, and Wales with a whopping 38% of inhabitants carrying the ginger gene. England has a hefty potential for red-haired babies with 34.4%.
The history of red hair in Great Britain centres around the isolation of Celtic clans in the Scottish Highlands, when breeding with ‘outsiders’ of other hair shades was rare, allowing the ginger gene to thrive and create a glorious density of red-haired humans.
This is my point. Yes, red hair is rare – only 2-4% of the world has an authentic auburn blaze atop their heads – but unless every being on planet earth carrying this gene fails to reproduce, red hair will always exist.
It can lay dormant for generations, until two gene carriers reproduce and their 25% luck creates a baby with gorgeous ginger locks.
I mean, just look at all the number of redhead events going on around the world: Redhead Day UK in London, Irish Red Head Convention, Redhead Days in The Netherlands, Rossitalia, as well as plenty of other events around the world..
At each gathering, thousands of flame-haired beauties meet to share their pride for their rare gene and what it means to them.
Apart from anything, redheads are the feistiest people I know, so we’ll outlive everyone.
We’re not going anywhere.