Elevated Today wrote a detailed report about why redheads might be genetically superior.  Vincent Larent‘s, the writer behind the article, wife is a redhead, so there may be some bias, but we found his findings to be pretty spectacular. He begins the article speaking about his wife, “Not that this is unique to her family- redheads as a group are quite proud of their red-headed heritage, as evidenced by the multitude of redhead t-shirts and other ‘kitschy redhead apparel’ you’ll find everywhere. (Sadly, no one makes those for us ever-common brown haired folk.)”

He must not have heard about 2015’s Rock it like a Redhead National Beauty Tour or the “How to be a Redhead” book, but we degress. In his study, Larent found the following:

1. Despite popular belief, redheads are in fact not dying out.

and 2. Redheads may, in fact, be genetically superior to their black, brown, and blonde haired brothers and sisters.

Finally! Someone debunked the myth that redheads are going extinct saying, “First off, it is true that the gene for red hair is recessive. That in and of itself, however, does not mean it will slowly go extinct- since redheadedness is not an especially maladaptive condition- that is, it’s not a trait that makes it harder to survive, and so there’s no reason for it to be selected out of the gene pool.”

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Next, he begins backing up his claim about why redheads may be genetically superior and lists many studies:

The first being in 2012. There was a study at the Université de Bretagne-Sud, in France and they discovered redheads are approached far less by men because men find redheads more attractive and are afraid to approach them for fear of rejection; assuming the redheaded women were more assertive and temperamental.

And, one of the most widely known fact about redheads: we might feel pain differently than most. Larent says, “Redheads, for example, are more susceptible to toothaches and painfully cold temperatures- but they are entirely capable of withstanding more stinging and pressure pain than the average blonde or brunette.” He also lists how we need more anesthesia and have the rare MC1R gene.

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He wraps up the article by stating a Tennessee study which says redheads are almost-universally considered across cultures to be more assertive, confident, and capable.

All in all, the article had the How to be a Redhead writing team excited (yes, most of us are redheads) — and made us think, “Wow. We are pretty special.” Perhaps Mark Twain knew about these statistics long ago when he said, “When red-headed people are above a certain social grade, their hair is auburn.”

What do you think?

Rock it like a Redhead! 

  • JS

    I think mark twain was referring to class differences… I.e. Poor folks with fiery locks are “red head” while wealthier folks in the same category have “auburn” hair.

    • JS

      What I mean is, he is referring to a type of elitism… Poking fun at it in a way.

  • Yes! Red Heads Rule! My two sisters and brother and I — all with various shades and hues of coppery red gloriousness, have known this for years. We are all very creative artistic souls, too. Sadly, school teachers in years past mistook our great awareness and human sensitivity for ‘immaturity,’ ‘fussiness’ and ‘acting like a baby.’ Oh, that more of humanity would have our sensitive awareness!

    Thanks, Mom and Dad!

    • Kennedy

      Hah!! No wonder I’m more of an artistic type of gal!! 😀 I got my redheadedness from my mom 😉 My biological dad was blonde and I don’t really know much of my moms side of the family other than what is connected by marriage (my moms brothers marrying to other women) so I don’t really know if there’s anyone else in my moms family who has in their BLOOD, a redhead…it would be cool to find out!

      • Melody

        Actually, since redheadness is a recessive trait (I’m one, too) you technically got your red hair from both of your parents. They both have to contribute the recessive gene. That’s why the poster below has a twin with red hair while she has blonde. Only the twin got both recessives.

    • my TWIN SISTER has red hair even though I have blonde

      • Olivia

        Wow. That’s cool. And weird at the same time. Are you guys fraternal twins?

  • Penny

    In 2004 in the Journal of Anesthesiology, it was discovered that it took MORE drug to knock us out, i.e., we have a HIGHER TOLERANCE to pain. This explains the legends of fierce warriors like the the Viking warrior Erik the Red. We can tolerate pain BETTER and ergo, are known for our fierce temperments and our passionate determination.
    A ginger will always have your back. We are the rarest and most exclusive minority on the face of the earth. Redheads can be found in most all races of people as it is a mutant gene that causes this coloring abnormality. Personally, there is nothing finer than taste of an exquisite ginger, male or female! We will love you for life!

  • Red heads go back to the days of Essau who was born a red head as was King David. We know how God favored King David and his blood line. This being the case one might access that Jesus Himself was of red hair and light skin. Contrary to how He has been portrayed by the Catholic Church. Red heads tend to be perfectionist and seek out the knowledge to assure things get done right.

    • Anonymous

      Jesus wasn’t white.

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  • Liz

    Wow! Now I know why I’ve always needed more Novocain.

  • Anonymous

    My wife and I have two red headed daughters both born on the same day four years apart we aren’t red headed

  • American Woman

    We are special! We receive compliments from people of all ages. There is a certain pizzazz with a redhead. She’ll keep it under control but she likes to have fun. Yes, I need more anesthesia than non redheaded people. I’ve been told that we are very sensitive to pain. I have Fibromyalgia and a host of conditions. I love to enjoy life and look straight ahead and take on the world.

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  • Anonymous

    This article was great until the last sentence showing Mark Twain’s quote, which to me seems like they are saying that Auburns are higher class than a real red redhead. I love that this website brings redheads together but I’m tired of reading these lame articles. I’m tired of them making posts about natural redheads and including people who are definitely not a result of an MC1R mutation. Eh, I’m unliking this page and looking for some other redhead forum.

    • anon

      Auburn is the darkest form of a redhead just as strawberry blonde is the lightest. auburn is definitely a “real redhead” color. It’s not just all medium coppers out there.

  • Hayley Hall

    I think we are very special. But because we are ostracized, in a sense, I would like to see more being done into sociological studies that might dispell the myths that might be holding us back. For example, no one is going to hire a quick tempered firebrand for the board room. That is what I would like to see. I would like to see the smart, capable, caring redheads of the world publicized.

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  • kaye

    and here i hated being a redhead esp when young people teased me esp my sister who was firey red i tend to be more auburn. Wow good to find out we are special. My favorite actress was Susan Hayward an Rita Hayworth cause they had red hair. i felt like i was the only one. Course we are Irish and have lot of redheads in family

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  • L

    So proud of my red hair and blue eyes. Surprised to see that outside uk we are almost worshipped, we are genuinely demonised in the uk. It’s been acceptable for so long now, so it’s engrained in society to hate us. It’s acceptable to discriminate hair colour for some reason.
    Apparently this is not so much of an issue outside of uk despite the fact that it’s all the more common here. Might move to India, even America.
    Was reading that the mc1r mutation might have happened in Central Asia due to conditions, despite popular belief that the vikings brought it over. Thanks for this article really enjoyed it. We are the 1%