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Frequently asked questions about redheads

Frequently asked questions about redheads

It seems that people have a lot of questions about redheads, both about our ginger hair and our mysterious ways; all of which they feel can be answered by Google. I’ve hopped over to review the most frequently asked questions about gingers, so I can provide some quick-fire answers. Here is what people are burning to know (pun intended)…


Do redheads feel pain differently?

Somewhat, we feel thermal pain more acutely, especially cold temperatures. There is also some research around redheads requiring more anaesthesia.

Do redheads go grey?

We can do, but many go from red to white. This process is actually called achromotrichia.

Do redheads age?

What? Yes, but using more sunscreen helps keep the wrinkles at bay.

Do redheads bleed more?

Basically, no. But we might bruise more.


How can redheads tan?

Some redheads’ skin can tan while others just can’t, but the majority of us choose to be pale and interesting or use fake tan.

How can redheads wear red?

I don’t agree with wardrobe rules for redheads – wear whatever looks good and embrace the RED!

How can redheads dye their hair?

Red is the most resilient pigment in hair, so it’s a tough one to dye, but with determination it can be done (though it’d be a shame).


Why are redheads so weird?

Wow. Hmmmm, no.

Why are redheads called ‘ginger’?

There a few reasons/theories!

Why are redheads more attractive?

Oh, you little charmer! It might have something to do with genetic rarity.

Why are redheads different?

Redheads have a few subtle physiological differences, along with the obvious ones (flaming locks), but essentially we’re the same.


Why are gingers ginger?


Why are gingers hated/bullied?

Because we’re a minority, only 2% of the world!

Why are gingers so hot?

I’m seeing a pattern here.


How do gingers work?

If both partners carry a mutation of the MC1R gene then a little ginger may be born.

How do gingers steal souls?

At random.

How do gingers get freckles?

Our skin makes them to protect itself from UV rays, so they’re our version of a tan.

How do gingers happen?

When two redheads love each other very much (even if they’re Secret Gingers)…

How do gingers tan?

Why is the world so obsessed with gingers tanning? To be fair, this might have been asked by many a teenage redhead hoping to bronze. There’s no secret formula, either your skin gets brown in the sun or it doesn’t. If it doesn’t, no biggie, be proud and porcelain.


How do you say ‘redhead’ in French?

Roux (as in La Roux, remember her?).

How do you say ‘redhead’ Italian?

Testa Rossa.

How do you say ‘redhead’ in German?


How do you say ‘redhead’ in Irish?


How do you say ‘redhead’ in Gaelic?

Bean Rua (woman) or Fear Rua (man).


What are redheads known for?


What are redheads like?

Oh, I know this one! People.

What are redheads called?

This would be opening a can of worms.

What are redheads good at?

Adapting, standing out, and other skills across the standard human spectrum.

What are redheads attracted to?



When are redheads going extinct?

If (and that’s a bit ‘if’) the recessive ginger gene is affected by climate change, then it would take many hundreds of years to see a decline. At the moment it’s just a theory that we don’t believe.

When are ginger emojis coming out?

It should be summer 2018 – one question, why only wavy red hair?

When are gingerbread lattes back at Starbucks?

We can’t actually control that.


By Lucie


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Lucie is an art, music and ginger-hair-loving freelancer who will happily discuss the science behind your hair with people's retreating backs anytime. She spends her days writing, making things, scouring Etsy for accessories and anxiously awaiting the new series of Broad City. This nearly 30-something tries to schedule in at least one walk a day, in case her hips seize up. Her hair is somewhere between brown and ginger, so she optimistically thinks of herself as a redhead, and (rather thankfully) has the skin and eyebrows to back it up.


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