I love being ginger. It’s taken me a long time to get to this point and having spent my teenage years highlighting my hair I now know there is nothing I would rather be than just true to my roots – and a natural redhead. So I thought it would be fun to share some facts about redheads that you may or may not know.
Only 2% of the population are redheads. There are so very few of us and I am so glad that I passed the ginger gene down to LP, making sure that our redhead streak carries on for another generation. But, although we are pretty rare it also makes us pretty special – being different is definitely a positive thing.
Redheads apparently have a higher pain threshold and I remember watching an episode of Brainiac where they tried to prove this. But, my midwives for both of the children’s births expected me to feel the pain a lot more than a non-redhead woman in labour but I got through on just a couple of canisters of gas and air. I’m not sure whether I have a higher pain threshold or just manage pain well. It’s definitely food for thought.
40% of British people carry the recessive ginger gene which means that lots of unexpected redhead children are born all the time. Our nephew is a redhead with parents who both have dark hair – and his hair is beautiful! I love that if two dark haired people had a baby and it came out ginger it would be a talking point but if two dark haired people had a blonde baby it probably wouldn’t even be mentioned.
It’s definitely true that redheads bruise more easily. I am always covered in bruises – every little bump bruises my arms and legs and when I go to give blood it looks like I’ve been in a fight! I remember through school always having bruises up my legs and so it’s definitely something I have always suffered from – no doubt because I’m ginger!
Red hair and blue eyes is the rarest combination in the world. With just 2% of the population having red hair and those people having any eye colour, it’s nice to know that myself and LP are in the minority – a rare thing indeed!
But, it often doesn’t feel that I am a minority. LP has other redhead friends at school, there are other redhead parents on the school run and I know some pretty awesome redhead bloggers too – Hannah, Steph, Beth – and we are all pretty special indeed. Rare and special – and being ginger is just one little part of who we are.