What personalities do redheads have?
12 Redhead Personality Traits
There are some very interesting facts about natural red heads that have actually been scientifically proven. One of the most surprising facts about red heads is that they are more common than natural blondes. One out of every thirty three people born is actually natural red heads. 13% of all Scots are born with red hair and 10% of all Irish are born with red hair.
In the US the incidence of natural red heads is a bit lower with a rousing 2%-5% of the population being able to claim their locks as naturally acquired.
There is of course plenty of fiction that is associated with a redhead’s personality. Some of the things that people think make up a red heads personality traits are all relevant to their fiery mane. Bad temper, hot headed, quick to act, bold, brash are all qualities that are blamed on being red headed when the reality is none of those traits are proven to be exclusively a redhead thing.
While the fiery personality theory is not necessarily proven it has been proven that red headed females have more sex than their blonde and brunette counterparts! Fiery personality? Maybe! According to research conducted by the Hamburg Research Institute in Germany that looked at the sexual activity of hundreds of women the conclusion was clear that redheads were having more sex than any other hair color group.
Of course there are several reasons why it is that red heads seemingly have more fun than the blondes or brunettes in Germany. Red hair is associated with youth, passion and it is seen as a rarity which makes partners more attracted to red heads.
Red heads are often accused of having quick tempers. That fiery temper may actually be intolerance to pain. Science has shown that people with red hair need about 20% more anesthesia than people with other hair colors. The tolerance to pain is lower in people with red hair.
No one knows why the tolerance is lower but it has been proven in many different studies that if you are red headed you are more sensitive to pain. This could be where the rumor about the temper surfaced. Perhaps that copper colored hair is a sure sign to beware if there is a headache roaming around.
It is not only a lower pain threshold that may shape the red heads personality but it is also a higher resistance to pain quelling medication that can also be the culprit for that temper. Being in pain and not being able to find relief would surely put anyone in a bad mood.
Another factor that many people overlook that can contribute to the myth of the redheaded temper is that there is an unusual amount of teasing that is bestowed upon those that have red hair. Can you imagine walking up to a brunette and saying something like poop head? Every redhead has at least once in their lifetime been called carrot top.
There are endless questions about freckles, or “where did you get that hair from?” and a litany of inappropriate comments that can easily raise anyone’s temper.
Redheads depending on where in the world you live can either be considered “rare beauties” which bolsters the “mysterious” personality trait that is often associated with them or “pale and odd looking” which bolsters the “bad temper don’t fool with them” personality trait belief. For example in the US redheads are looked upon as rarities which heighten interest in them.
In England the term “ginger” is used to single out redheads and to mock them. In both places a redheaded woman or man is like a blonde or a brunette some are of bad temper some are not. Some are open books some are not.
Redheads are more likely to be left handed than any other hair color. Red hair is a recessive gene as is being left handed (so the scientist claim). Apparently recessive genes travel in pairs because there are more left handed red heads than there are any other left handed brunettes or blondes.
There is nothing that can predict one’s personality by their hair color. There is stereotyping, there is misconceptions, there is old wives tales but there is no hard science that can prove that a red headed person will have any particular personality trait.
Personality traits are relative to genetics and how one is raised not the color of one’s hair.
On The Upside
There are certainly a few bonuses to being a redhead. The rarest color combinations in the world are red hair and blue eyes! Redheads utilize vitamin D from the sun far more efficiently than any other color hair group.
There is nothing wrong with being unique and being viewed as having a fiery temper it helps to keep people in line.
Red Hair: Everything you Need to Know About Ginger and Redheads
Q: Where does red hair come from?
A: Contrary to popular opinion, red hair did not originate in Scotland, Ireland or Scandinavia, but in central Asia.
According to the Washington Post, as our ancestors migrated from this region to the colder, darker climate of northern Europe, redheads had a survival related advantage over their darker skinned, darker haired counterparts.
People with red hair colour produce vitamin D more efficiently in less sunlight, making their bones stronger and leaving women more likely to survive pregnancy and childbirth in primitive times. Nowadays, the recessive gene thrives mainly in Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavia, leading to the
confusion surrounding its origin.
Q. What is the percentage of redheads in the world?
A: Roughly one to two percent of the world’s population are born with natural red hair — that’s still a sizable number of about 140 million!
There are more redheads in northern and western Europe than in any other region on earth, where an average of up to six percent of people have red or ginger hair.
Ireland boasts the highest national average of redheads with 10 percent, while Scotland comes a close
second with six percent.
Red hair colour is also relatively common in Wales, England, Iceland and Norway. The Telegraph report that red hair is also common among certain communities in Russia, as well as among Ashkenazi Jews.
Ginger hair can be found south of Europe, particularly in the Berber population of Morocco. In Asia, genetic red hair is rare but reddish brown colouring is sometimes found across the Middle Eastern nations of Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Palestine and Syria.
Asian redheads are occasionally found in Northern Kazakhstan, particularly among the Uyghur ethnic people. Red hair is rarely seen with brown or black skin, but a small percentage of Polynesian people including Papua New Guineans display reddish brown tinges in their hair colour.
Q: Is red hair a mutation?
A: Yes, red hair is a genetic mutation (albeit a stunning one!) which relates to an imbalance of melanin in the body’s skin and hair cells.
The melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R gene) causes the body to produce more pheomelanin, which is responsible for red and ginger hair tones.
Q: Is red hair recessive?
A: Yes, red hair is recessive. For a child to be born a redhead, both parents must be genetic carriers of
the MC1R gene. If the parent is a carrier but does not have ginger hair themselves, there is roughly a 25 percent chance their baby will have red hair.
The MC1R gene is also responsible for freckles in many redheads.
Q: Do all redheads have freckles?
A: Although red hair colour is associated with freckles, not all people with ginger hair have them. However, redheads always have pale skin and are more susceptible to sunburn and associated melanomas than brunette or blonde haired individuals.
Q: Can redheads get a tan?
A: To make a complex issue simple, the answer is not really.
Thanks to their lack of melanin, redheads burn more quickly and severely than other hair colours. The melanin that ginger haired people possess almost always takes the form of freckles, which are actually just concentrated patches of melanin.
According to Ginger Parrot, if you have freckles, technically you do tan – just in tiny, specific areas!
Q: Red hair is beautiful, but are there any disadvantages to being a redhead?
A: Statistically, redheads are twice as likely to develop skin cancer than any other hair colour. This is due to their light, fair skin which is extremely sensitive to ultraviolet rays of sunlight.
Q: What are the odds of having red hair and blue eyes?
A: The combination of having both red hair colour and blue eyes is extremely rare.
Blue eye colour is a recessive trait, which means both parents must carry the gene for the child to be born with it. As previously mentioned, ginger hair occurs naturally in an average of just two percent of the world’s population, while only 17 percent of humans have blue eyes.
This makes the odds of having both unusual features highly unlikely — in fact, it is the rarest physical combination in the world! Most natural redheads have brown eyes, followed by green or hazel coloured irises.
Q: Who are the most famous redhead celebrities?
A: Debra Messing, best known for her turn in Will and Grace, is naturally blonde but is one of the world’s best loved redheads.
Riverdale actress Madelaine Petsch is a proud natural ginger, as is House of Cards alum Kate Mara.
What Does Your Hair Color Say About You?
Many stereotypes are associated with our natural hair color: blondes are attractive but dumb, redheads have fiery tempers, and brunettes are smart. While we believe these to be assumptions, it is no secret that people often create a first impression about others based on their hair color. Research has now proven that many of these stereotypes can sometimes have very real effects.
Scientifically, hair color is formed by a substance called melanin produced at the root of the hair bulb by groups of specialized cells called melanocytes. There are different types of melanin, and the ratio of these together creates the hair color in each individual.
Whether you were born redhead, blonde, or brunette, your hair color influences everyone around you and may reveal something about your personality. Let us find out what.
Hair Color Meanings
Here are the most common hair color types and associated personality traits:
Contrary to the belief that red hair color was given to us by Neanderthals, science has shown that it results from the mutation of a gene on chromosome 16.
Red hair has always had significant standing in society and has been represented in the artworks of Michelangelo. It has not escaped present-day media scrutiny.
In Europe, the red hair color is valued and respected, and nearly 10% of people in Scotland and England have red hair. It has been spotted in Pakistan and some regions of Asia, though very rarely. In the UK, redheads are bullied or teased with words like “ginger,” which some consider racist remarks.
In Germany, red hair color has even represented the devil. According to German folklore, women with red hair and green eyes have been associated with witchcraft and considered demonic or evil.
Mysterious, romantic, passionate, alluring, and fiery, people with red hair color tend to have different personalities. Explosive, bad-tempered, opinionated, seductive, or sexually promiscuous are other traits seen in people with this hair color. Such individuals have increased levels of excitement on account of lower anti-stress hormone levels.
Blonde hair is a rare color globally, occurring naturally only in northern Europe and America. However, it has also been seen in nearly 5-10% of the indigenous population of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, where the inhabitants predominantly have very dark skin.
It was until recently assumed that this hair color was a result of gene flow – a trait passed on by ancient traders and travelers who visited different countries centuries ago. Today, it has been established that a single gene is responsible for this, though the natives of the Solomon Islands also attribute their blond hair color to a diet rich in fish and sun exposure.
Blonde hair color is perceived as feminine, youthful, naive, and obedient, so gentlemen tend to prefer blondes. However, females with this hair color are also considered high maintenance. Some surveys have shown that this category’s divorce rate is higher than the average, but that could be coincidental.
Predominantly seen in Asia, South America, and Africa, brunette hair color is considered exotic in Europe, just like blondes and redheads are in the remaining part of the world.
There was a study conducted on hair color attraction. A girl visited a nightclub three times with her hair color changed from red, blonde, and brunette. Most men that approached her said that they found her most appealing, attractive, approachable, dependable, and seemingly better suited for relationships as a brunette.
The majority of Nobel Prize winners are brunettes. They are intelligent and very hard-working but are also likely to give up sometimes. Brunettes are more serious and tend to form long-term relationships. The likelihood of going bald is higher with this hair color, and so is the possibility of being addicted to substances such as nicotine.
Black is by far the most common hair color in the world, with about 85% of the global population having a black hair color.
Just as men prefer blondes, women are known to prefer men with black hair, who are considered deep, reflective, meditative, serious, and sometimes melancholic.
Black-haired people are often interested in religion, poetry, and spirituality. They are serious and self-centered but also tend to have self-doubt. Professionally, they make great psychiatrists or therapists.
Studies have shown that complexion and hair color can influence age, health, and attractiveness perceptions. So, if you color your hair with a shade other than your natural hair color, you will likely affect your own behavior and others around you. After a while, you may even adopt the stereotypes associated with that hair color.