13 Astounding Facts About Redheads

Obviously, being a redhead is unique and awesome. I recently did research on natural redheads and found some facts to be astonishing. Who knew people with red hair actually have less hair or generate their own Vitamin D? More to come below, but it’s very fascinating stuff. My advice is to never look at any of these “redhead facts” as negative, we are unique, one-of-a-kind women!

Here are 13 astounding realities about red hair you probably never knew about:

1. Redheads have a higher risk of getting melanoma.

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.  The pigmentation in our skin and the MC1R mutation that makes us redheads creates a pathway to cancer when combined with UV rays.  We are at the highest risk of other forms of skin cancer as well. This is why it’s pivotal to wear sunscreen every single day of the year.

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2. Redheads may be at high risk for Parkinson’s Disease.

A Harvard study found that redheads are at a 90% higher risk for Parkinson’s disease.  Yikes.

UPDATE: Investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital recently found that mice carrying a variant of the MC1R gene may be at a risk of getting Parkinson’s. People with MC1R produce less dopamine in the part of the brain where neurons making the neurotransmitter are destroyed during Parkinson’s disease. Second, they seem to be more susceptible to toxins that damage those neurons.

The study goes on to suggest that activating the MC1R gene, thereby reversing the mutation seen in redheads, may offer protective benefits against Parkinson’s.

“Our findings suggest further investigation into the potential of MC1R-activating agents as novel neuroprotective therapies for PD, and together with epidemiological evidence, may offer information that could guide those carrying MC1R variants to seek advice from dermatologists or neurologists about their personal risk for melanoma and Parkinson’s disease,” states lead author Xiqun Chen.

3. Redheads are more sensitive to pain.

We feel pain much more severely and we need 20% more anesthesia than others.  The good thing? Most doctors know this fact and I know from experience.

4. Redheads have more dental office phobias than any other hair color.

Because of our low reaction to numbing medications like novocaine, we don’t like going to the dentist.  Take it from me.  I had several shots in the gum and yet I still felt my wisdom tooth being pulled.  I’ve always been afraid of the dentist. However, we redheads are tough and can handle it.

READ: Redheads Feel More Pain At The Dentist? Experts Weigh In 

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5. Women with red hair are at a 30% higher risk for endometriosis.

This is a uterine problem with tissue surrounding the uterus causing pain and can also make it very difficult to get pregnant.

6. Redheads have less hair.

A study proves redheads are at the lowest with an average of 90,000 strands of hair. BUT, we do have thicker strands, which is probably why I have so much hair. 

READ: Facts About Redheads That Might Surprise You 

7. Redheads generate their own Vitamin D.

I knew we were magical creatures. When exposed to UV rays, redheads normally burn to a crisp! However, we produce enough Vitamin D for our skin in low light conditions.  That’s almost like having a super power.  Who needs tanning…or osteoporosis for that matter.


8. Redheads are rare!

Our locks might as well be diamonds because redheads cover about 2% of the population.  If you’re like me, a blue-eyed redhead, then you only cover about 1%; making us the rarest in the world.  There’s nothing I love more than being unique.

9. Redheads don’t go gray as easily or, in most cases, at all.

Usually, redheads go straight from red to blondish to white.

Jessica Chastain and her grandmother, a natural redhead.
Jessica Chastain and her grandmother, a natural redhead.

10. Redheads have a higher libido.

I want to keep this very family-friendly, but you’ve heard the rumors and if you’re a redhead reading this, you already know about our other superpowers…in the bedroom.

11. Redheads are more likely to be left-handed.

Scientists have also proven that left-handed people live longer. 

12. Redheads are NOT going extinct.

This is a rumor.  Red hair may become rarer, but we will always be around.  Actually, there were redheaded neanderthals.

13. Redheads have genes to thank for their tresses. Research shows red hair usually results from a mutation in a gene called MC1R, which codes for the melanocortin-1 receptor.

And since MC1R is a mutation, I guess that makes us X-men. *Wink Wink*

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Redheads are fabulously unique and amazing.  Each and every one of us is beautiful. Rock it like a Redhead! 

Research derived from Everyday Health & Live Science. Main photo copyright of How to be a Redhead, shot at the Rock it like a Redhead Austin Event on April 30, 2015.
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The Best Redhead Looks of The 2015 Cannes Film Festival

Just when you thought it couldn’t get anymore glamorous than the Met Ball, the annual Cannes Film Festival sets the fashion stakes even higher. The festival is a 12-day event chock-full of red carpet premieres and fabulous soirees. From May 13- May 25th, we will be featuring our favorite redhead looks below:

DAY 1:

Julianne Moore attending the opening ceremony of the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival. She is wearing Armani Prive gown and Chopard jewelry.


DAY 2:

Julianne Moore attending the premiere of the Mad Max Fury Road on May 14, 2015. She is wearing custom Givenchy.




DAY 3:

Emma Stone returned to the red carpet for the first time since the Oscars for the Irrational Man press premiere on May 15, 2015 in Cannes, France. She frequently changes her hair color from strong red to light red, and we love the light, summer-y feel of her entire look.


Later that day, the actress hit the red carpet premiere of Irrational Man. She wore a Dior sleeveless muted colored gown covered in lace which included an elaborate train and open back.


Stay tuned right here for updates on the red carpet looks. Rock it like a Redhead! 

Main Photo: Jessica Chastain at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

6 Important Makeup 101 Tips for Redheads

Updated: May 24, 2020

When I first began wearing makeup, I bought deep black mascara, the blackest-of-black eyeliner, and a concealer that was too dark for my skin tone. Although my mother, who is also a redhead, advised me against these color choices, I wanted to be like everyone else. Eventually, I realized that these colors did not look natural and were not all that flattering. Although these makeup mistakes are funny now, I would have loved this list of the best ‘beginner’ redhead makeup tips:

1. Brown Mascara

It’s still dark enough that it enhances and elongates lashes, but not so harsh that it clashes with light brows. I also find that brown mascara brings out and complements my freckles too.

READ: Redhead Makeup Tips for Blonde Eyelashes and Eyebrows

‘Redhead Friendly’ Tip: If you are still clinging to your black mascara, or are too afraid to go deep on the eye, it’s fun to use brown on the top and black on the bottom, or vise versa.

2. Cat Eye

Red hair is so bold and beautiful. Pair your look with a classic cat-eye using your favorite liquid eyeliner. You can choose black, blue, brown or green – whichever suits your personality. This can be a daytime look with a small wing, or a dramatically bold statement for a fun night out.

3. Blush and Bronzer

Blush on a redhead is gorgeous! I interchange between blush and bronzer depending on the season and the look I’m going for. I typically wear more blush in the winter because I find it matches well with my wardrobe. I like to apply a little bit of bronzer to my cheekbones and temples during the summer months.

4. Eyeshadow + Lip Color

Shades of peach, copper, and plum look beautiful on a redhead. Peaches bring out the soft tones of the hair and illuminate the pink undertones of the skin. Plums and coppers are great because they really help to warm up the eyes and in turn the rest of the face.

Simply applying a lip balm is a great everyday go-to, especially if it contains an SPF. Lip colors are also a really fun way to play with color. A bright pink or a radiant red paired with fair skin and red hair makes for a stunning look.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Tip: Apply a lip balm before lipstick for lasting color and an easier application.

5. Foundation

Remember, less is more. Most redheads go through the stage of wanting their skin to be darker, so they choose a darker foundation. Don’t do it! Go the natural route. Choose a redhead-approved liquid foundation or a simple mineral powder. If you have freckles, don’t cover them up. Let your skin shine through.

READ: 10 Eyebrow Products for Redheads

6. Eyebrows

You have to save the best for last. If you have fair eyebrows, try an eyebrow gel product that has a bit of an auburn tint to it. The wand will give you more control and add some definition to your brows. If you want a more intense look, choose a light blonde or light auburn eyebrow pencil.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Tip: Do not try to match your brows to your hair. It’s a big redhead makeup mistake.

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Top 6 Most Powerful Redhead Women in History

By: Adina Bernstein 

Well behaved women seldom make history.

I’d like to add something to that quote:

Well behaved redheaded women seldom make history.

In the history of our planet and species, more often than not, it is men who have made their voices heard. Women have seldom stepped onto the soap box to lead. Even fewer redheaded women have dared to let their voices match their hair.

Thankfully, there are six redheaded women throughout history that have dared to step forward and make their voices heard:  

1. Boudicca

Born and raised in Roman era England, she was queen of the Iceni, a tribe that lived in what is now the Eastern English coast. After her husband died, the Romans whipped her and raped her daughters to force the Iceni into submission. She led a rebellion against the Romans that ultimately failed, but her legacy as a freedom fighter lives on. 

She was know to “possess greater intelligence than often belongs to women.” She is remembered as tall, had long red hair down to her hips, a harsh voice and a piercing glare, and habitually wore a large golden necklace (perhaps a torc), a many-coloured tunic and a thick cloak fastened by a brooch.- As described in Boudica of The Iceini.

By: Tamiart via Tumblr.
By: Tamiart via Tumblr.

2. Grace O’Malley

“A notorious woman in all the coasts of Ireland.”

The daughter of an Irish chieftain, she married twice, both times to wealthy and powerful men. But she was not content to live the life of a landlocked wife. In an era when England ruled Ireland, Grace was a force to be reckoned with. She was both an antagonist and an ally to the English crown.  Today she is remembered as a capable and determined woman who defied the idea of what it was to be considered a proper lady. 

Image courtesy of Christine Griffin.
Image courtesy of Christine Griffin.


3. Elizabeth I Of England

“I know that I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and the stomach of a king, and a king of England too.” – Elizabeth I of England.

When Elizabeth was born in September of 1533, she was not expected to become Queen Of England. Her father was Henry the VIII. Her mother, Anne Boleyn, was his second wife. In his pursuit of a legitimate male heir, Henry would divorce or have executed several of his wives. In 1558, Elizabeth was crowned Queen of England. Her reign, according to historians, was one of the golden ages of British history.

READ: 5 Reasons Redhead Women Make The Best Wives 

READ: Redheads, From Being Feared To a Beautiful Miracle


4. Anne Bonney

“If you had fought like a man, you wouldn’t have to die like a dog.” – Anne Bonney

Anne Bonney was not a woman content to marry a local boy and keep a home. As a young woman, she left her widowed father for pirate paradise of New Providence, Nassau. Her vehicle out of a proper life was her first husband, James Bonney.  But the true love of her life, besides pirating was Calico Jack Rackham. Anne was not just Jack’s woman; she was a respected member of the crew who lived the pirate life as much as any man.

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Photo via Ammyari

5. Lucy Burns

“It is unthinkable that a national government which represents women should ignore the issue of the right of all women to political freedom.” – Lucy Burns

The daughter of an Irish Catholic family, Lucy worked hand in hand with Alice Paul in the National Women’s Party. Their goal was to see a national amendment giving American women the right to vote.  After picketing in front of the White House and going on a hunger strike in prison, Lucy, Alice and the rest of the members of the NWP finally saw their goal becoming reality.


6. Rose Schneiderman

“What the woman who labors wants is the right to live, not simply exist — the right to life as the rich woman has the right to life, and the sun and music and art. You have nothing that the humblest worker has not a right to have also. The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too. Help, you women of privilege, give her the ballot to fight with.” – Rose Schneiderman

Rose was born to a religious Jewish family in pre-revolutionary Russia in 1882. She immigrated to New York City with her family in 1890. Like many young immigrant women of her era, Rose would find work in the garment factories. But working conditions were deplorable and Rose would become a voice for the workers whose choices for jobs were limited.


Do you have other powerful redhead women who inspire you? Share below.

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Students at Iris’ school used to make fun of her hair because she was the only redhead. And, because she was studious, they also called her names like “nerd” and “dork.” “But, one day a new girl came to my school and she told everyone to back off and they did,” Iris says. “We have been besties ever since.”

7 Literary Redheads Who Rock Their Locks

By: Rosemary O. Fernandez

1. Pippi Longstocking:

As seen above, what’s not to love about Pippi and her signature red braids? She’s assertive, strong (superhumanly so – she can lift her horse with one hand), friendly, and competent. Plus, her father is a sea captain and she often embarks on tremendous adventures.

2. Anne Shirley, of Anne of Green Gables: 

This girl is smart, imaginative, and fiercely loyal: She gives up her scholarship and ambitions to stay home and keep Green Gables afloat. And who can forget her instant dislike of the boy who pokes fun at her flaming hair? Don’t worry, she forgives him after he apologizes – a lot.

READ: Get Anne of Green Gables Modern Look 


3. Lady Georgiana Rannoch, of The Royal Spyness Series:

This gal is 34th in line to the British throne in 1933, and even though she really doesn’t have much money, she manages just fine on her own thank you very much. She set up her own business and more often than not solves murder mysteries. The cover illustrations depict her as blonde, but her tresses are actually red in the descriptions, so she counts.


4. Nancy Drew:

Speaking of sleuths, the greatest girl detective of all sports a red mane. Her “titian hair” actually came about because of a printing error in which the blonde strands were printed with a reddish tint. So for subsequent stories, the writers just ran with it. A better mistake was never made.


5. Jamie Fraser, of the Outlander series:



6. Ron Weasley, of the Harry Potter series:

Oh Ronald. He’s perhaps the greatest sidekick ever. He’s loyal and funny and has magical powers – he’d have to in order to snag smarty-pants Hermione Granger. And he comes from a whole family of redheads, so the annual reunion is bound to be colorful.


7. Eloise Kelly, of the Pink Carnation series:

She’s a girl on a mission: Find out the identity of the Napoleonic era’s most mysterious spy, the Pink Carnation, for her dissertation. Being a savvy redhead she does, of course, and uncovers a whole new swashbuckling spy ring.


Who else should make the cut? Tell us your favorite literary heroes.

Rock it like a Redhead!  

8 Wonderfully Unique YouTube DIY Videos For Redheads This Summer

By: Alexandra Bricker

One problem I personally struggle with during the summer is my thick, long, coarse red hair.  If I sweat even a little bit around my scalp, my hair frizzes out.  If it is too humid out, forget wearing my hair down.  I will look like Carrot Top in ten minutes.  On top of all of that, I grew my hair out for a reason, and it wasn’t just so I could throw it up in a ponytail 4-5 months out of the year!  Thankfully, we now have many tutorials online for different and unique ways to style hair and get rid of the boring ponytail.

Here are a few video tutorials to get started with:

1. Headband Up-do for Long Hair 

My favorite is the “headband up-do.”  This hairstyle is great for keeping your hair off of your neck and out of your face as well as keeping a headband in place and jazzing up your look for the day:

2. Headband Up-do for Short Hair

If you have short hair, but want the look above, this is the video for you:

3. Gibson Tuck

The “Gibson Tuck” is an elegant and easy way to style your hair on the go. See the tutorial here:

4. Very Easy Braided Up-do for Long Hair: 

This hairstyle looks extremely complex, but it isn’t at all!  It looks beautiful and your friends will probably think you’re a hair artist.  If you can do a simple braid, you can do this.  Watch how to do it below:

5. Very Easy Braided Up-do for Short Hair: 

If you have short hair, but want the look above, this is the video for you:

6. Cute Messy Bun:

This style is great for those lazy days when you don’t feel like washing your hair. View it here:

7. The Bow Bun

This is my absolute favorite up-do!  It is so cute and surprisingly easy.  Bows are adorable and once you’ve mastered this on yourself, you should try it on your little one!

8. The Round Brush Blowout for Redheads

Want a simple look? Blowout your hair and let it fall free. Watch How to be a Redhead‘s tutorial here:

These are just some of the HUNDREDS of easy tutorials available online.  So, if you get bored of your hair, browse the web for something new. Make sure to subscribe to How to be a Redhead‘s YouTube Page to discover redhead-specific how-to hair and makeup tips!

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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Tested & Approved: The 6 Best Face Masks for Redheads

Everyone’s got it: that one beauty product that overflows our medicine cabinets, that you’re constantly buying variations of, no matter how much you’ve already got at home. For me, that product is face masks.

Masks are super appealing to me for a few reasons. One, they’re fast.  Mere minutes to better skin? Sign me up. Two, the variety is huge. There is always a new mask coming out to address one skin issue or another. Three, masks are instant gratification. No waiting weeks or months to see a slow, imperceptible change in your skin.  You put it on, wipe it off, and see results immediately. What could be better?

Redheads tend to have sensitive, easily aggravated skin (at least this redhead does), so it’s important to be careful with the masks you choose.  Luckily for you, I’ve field tested 6 masks that are perfect for a redhead’s skin. Of course, you should always patch test a mask before committing to the whole face–your skin might react differently than my own. With that in mind, read on for my redhead-approved masks:


1. Origins Drink Up! 10 Minute Mask to Quench Skin, $25:

Good For – when your skin feels like the Sahara and is flaky, itchy, or red.
Use It – as often as you’d like!
Pro Tip – it says 10 minutes are all you need, but sometimes if my skin is extra parched, I’ll leave it on for longer, and then tissue off instead of rinsing off with water.

2. Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, $55:

Good For – when your skins looking dull and congested
Use It – once a week
Pro Tip – I felt like my skin was actually glowing after using this the first time. It can be a bit tingly on more sensitive skin types, so adjust how long you leave it on according to how you feel. This mask is also all-natural, a nice feature!

3. Fresh Sugar Face Polish, $62:

Good For – when you need serious exfoliation without drying out your skin
Use It – 3+ times a week
Pro Tip – true, not a mask by name, but the instructions tell you to leave this scrub on your face for 10 minutes or so after scrubbing. My dermatologist recommended this to me when I asked for a serious exfoliator that wouldn’t dry me out. Leaving it on for a bit really locks in the moisture, and (bonus!) it smells like dessert.

READ: Sea Salt & Clay Bath Mask for Redheads 

READ: How To Put a Spring Into Your Skin

4. Mario Badescu Drying Mask, $18:

Good For – spot treating breakouts
Use It – sparingly! When a zit rears its ugly head or you feel extra oily
Pro Tip – I usually keep the application to spots that are already broken out because this mask is indeed quite drying.

Sometimes I’ll slap it on a zit and leave it on overnight for maximum shrinkage power.

5. Mario Badescu Healing & Soothing Mask, $20:

Good For – giving your skin a breather from drying acne products
Use It – 2-3 times a week
Pro Tip – you only need the thinnest layer of this heavy duty mask; too overzealous an application can leave a film on the skin.

6. First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask, $30:

Good for – banishing blackheads and oil without over-drying
Use It – once a week
Pro Tip –  After fully dry, you slooowly peel this baby off, and with it comes blackheads that you can see (ew! But also, yesss!). if you like those pore strips, or are secretly satisfied when your sunburn peels (come on, we’ve all been there), this mask will be a favorite. Even better, it doesn’t dry or irritate sensitive skin like some acne-focused masks.

What are some of your favorite face masks? Let us know in the comments below.

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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Must See: 10 Celebrities Photoshopped As Redheads

Put A Rang On It is an Australian-based perfectly-named Tumblr and Instagram account that photoshops red hair and freckles onto famous people. For those wondering what the words ‘Rang’ or ‘Ranga’ means, it is a term used by Australians to refer to red-haired people, often in an offensive manner. Throughout the years, just like the world ‘Ginger’, people (especially redheads) use the word to describe themselves.

Here are some of the world’s most famous with red hair, and we must admit, they all look great!






















Which one is your favorite? Comment below!

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FOX Morning Show: Good Day Austin

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