Are you being bullied at school because you have ginger hair? Remember you are not alone.
When I was younger the fact I had red hair meant I was an easy target for bullies. They called me names and once I even had a can of soft drink poured over me!
The bullies told me the colour of my hair was horrible so often, that I began to believe them. I was ashamed of my hair. I desperately wanted to have blonde or brown hair so I could blend into the background at school and be left alone. By my parents wouldn’t allow me to dye my hair at such a young age.
As I grew older, I began to like my ginger hair colour. I found it funny that the same kids who used to call me names said that they wished they had red hair too!
Now that I’m older, I can appreciate being a redhead and I regret every second I spent wishing I had a different hair colour. I look back at childhood photographs and think how lovely my red hair looked. I still receive lots of compliments.
Gingers are in good company too, thanks to Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Christina Hendricks, Amy Adams, Isla Fisher, Jessica Chastain, Princess Beatrice, Prince Harry, and Ed Sheeran to name but a few, who are all famous redheads who truly rock their gingerness. People dye their hair red these days too!
The advice I would like to give you is this: I know it’s hard but try not to listen to the bullies. They are jealous of your beautiful ginger hair.
It’s a tough time to stand out in the crowd when you’re younger, but one day you’ll be pleased to have such a rare hair colour. I know I am.
To those bullies I encountered I say this: I’m a redhead and proud to be so.
If you’re dealing with bullying, or are a parent of a child who is being bullied, please take a look at our Anti-Bullying Advice containing information sourced from UK charity, the Anti-Bullying Alliance, organisers of national Anti-Bullying Week, held every November.
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