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In the United States, only 2-5% of the population can truly say they are naturally redhead, while other countries such as Scotland and Ireland have slightly higher percentages of people born with red hair.
Redheads, because of their fiery red hair, are often associated with some bad personality traits like having an extremely bad temper, being quick to act, and just being hot-headed. There is however no scientific evidence that has proven those bad personality traits. It is a proven fact that partners are more attracted to natural redheads because of the rareness of their hair color, it is also proven that a lot of redheads tend to be left-handed.
There are a lot of stereotypes and myths that have been circling for years about redheaded people, but there are also plenty of facts about the redhead history. During the middle ages, certain cultures and people believed that red headed people were witches, vampires of werewolves.
Some cultures and parts of Africa actually still hold the belief that being a redhead is a sin of being a witch. In addition to having to be called a vampire, werewolf or witch in the middle ages, it was also said that a redhead was conceived with ‘unclean s*x’, meaning they believed that conception of a redhead was done while a woman was on her menstrual cycle.
In Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, they had a witch hunt, many women were burned at the stake simply for having red hair. In ancient Rome, redhead slaves were considered to be a rarity and were often more expensive than slaves with any other color hair. Meanwhile in Egypt, redheads were buried alive to be sacrificed to Osiris, a god.
“Red hair, sir, in my opinion, is dangerous” – P.G. Wodehouse
“Red hair in general flows very thick, and it is uncommonly strong.” – Daniel Jay Browne, ‘The Naturalist’
“Red hair is great. It’s rare, and therefore superior.” – Augusten Burroughs
“When I died my hair red the first time, I felt as if it was what nature intended. I have been accused of being a bit of a spitfire, so in that way, I absolutely live up to the stereotype. The red hair suits my personality. I was a terrible blonde!” – Amy Adams
“You can sleep with a blonde, you can sleep with a brunette, but you’ll never get any sleep with a redhead!” – Jamie Luner
“There is more, much more, to being a redhead than the color of one’s hair.” -G. Adam Stanislav
“Redheads. We’re a limited edition of fascination. A unique and rare blend of awesomeness” – Stephanie Lahart
“Redheads are known to have a complicated personality, and are considered a myth. There has yet to be seen a simple-natured Redheaded female. Those that I’ve met so far matched the myth.” – Unknown
“You’d find it easier to be bad than good if you had red hair.” – L. M. Montgomery
“She had brilliant red hair, like honey and roses and the sun all together.” – Kiera Cass
“I wasn’t born a redhead, but I was born to be a redhead.” – Georgette Mosbacher
“When you’re younger, being a redhead is… Well, my two brothers teased me no end.” – Isla Fisher
“You’d find it easier to be bad than good if you have red hair. People who haven’t red hair don’t know what trouble is” – L.M. Montgomery, ‘Anne of Green Gables’
“When red-headed people are above a certain social grade their hair is auburn.” – Mark Twain
“She was a woman with red hair and green eyes— the traits which Satan supposedly relished most in mortal females.” – Robert Joseph Shea, ‘The Eye in the Pyramid’
“I love my red hair. It makes me spunkier.” – Lindsay Lohan
“It would be fun to be a redhead… you can get away with being, like, really volatile and fire-y because you’re like, ‘I’m just a redhead; what can I say?’” – Anna Kendrick
“In British culture, redheads get teased at school. But I’ve grown up enough to realize I love my hair.” – Lily Cole
“I like having hair that looks like a volcano is erupting” – Karen Gillan
“It is observed that the red-haired of both sexes are more libidinous and mischievous than the rest, whom yet they much exceed in strength and activity” – Jonathan Swift, ’Gulliver’s Travels’
“The blood of a redheaded woman is three degrees cooler than the blood of a normal woman. This has been established by medical studies.” – Joe Hill
“The wildlings seemed to think Ygritte a great beauty because of her hair; red hair was rare among the free folk, and those who had it were said to be kissed by fire, which was supposed to be lucky.” – George R. R. Martin
“I think I should have been born a redhead. It goes with my personality – I’m fiery, and it’s kind of quirky, like me.” – Ellie Bamber
“Redheads keep the world on fire and men’s hearts ablaze.” – Kaliana Dietrich
“Redheaded women! Those blood oranges! Those cherry bombs! Those celestial shrews and queens of copper! May they never cease to stain our white-bread lives with super-natural catsup” – Tom Robbins
“I used to hate my red hair, but now I love the attention I get with it.” – Unknown
“There was something richly appealing to her color combination, the ginger snaps floating in the milk-white skin, the golden highlights in the strawberry hair. it was like autumn, looking at her. It was like driving up north to see the colors.” – Jeffrey Eugenides, ‘Middlesex’
“People who haven’t red hair don’t know what trouble is.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery
“When I was a kid, my dream was to be a farmer and marry Charlie Brown. I wanted to rescue him and make him happy. Besides, he was always lusting after the little redhead girl.” – Alicia Witt
“Having red hair is never good when you’re a kid. I was picked on a lot and didn’t have a lot of friends. But I think that gave me a thick skin and helped make me a better person.” – Jesse Tyler Ferguson
“If you’re betwixt and between, trust the one with red hair” – O.R. Melling, ‘The Hunter’s Moon’
“Redheaded women are either violent or false, and usually are both.” – French Proverb
“It’s my red hair that interferes with my good sense. All that color so close to my brain, it plum disorients me most days.” – Kimberly Frost, ‘Would-Be Witch’
“With the red hair, you get the white skin; it’s a package deal. The cons are that you never look particularly attractive on the beach. The pros are in a softly lit room, you look pretty.” – Marcia Cross
“I love being a redhead. It’s a rare thing, so I think there’s a bond between redheads.” – Laura Prepon
“People were making fun of redheads before I came along.” – Chris Lilley
“All the action adventure girls have red hair. Whenever it is an independent girl, not a sidekick person, when she has her own mind or does as good as the guys, she has red hair” – Marion Roach
“My husband said he wanted to have a relationship with a redhead, so I dyed my hair.” – Jane Fonda
“We redheads are a minority, we tend to notice each other – you know, and notice our identity” – Julianne Moore
“I’m not Irish. Just because I have red hair doesn’t mean I’m a lucky charm, you know?” – Rebecca Mader
“I loved being a redhead! I always wanted to try it. I was obsessed with Lucille Ball growing up. I really wanted to try it but I always thought that doing it would ruin my hair.” – Tracee Ellis Ross
“I am for sure a redhead and there aren’t that many of us out there in music.” – Melissa Auf Der Maur
“I think that’s why there’s a lot of resentment toward the ginger community. We’re vikings, essentially” – Michael Fassbender
“Out of the ash.. I rise with my red hair.. And eat men like air.” – Sylvia Plath
“My favorite feature is my red hair. Why wouldn’t it be? It sets me apart from other people who don’t have red hair, and it instantly bonds me with people who do. Experts often say that redheads are an endangered species – but experts say a lot of things.” – Ellie Kemper, ‘My Squirrel Days’
“I’ve had years of teasing about my red hair, but I definitely think it toughened me up. If you’re ginger, you end up pretty quick-witted.” – Ed Sheeran
“I’m not really a redhead, but I keep playing these redhead actresses. Which I don’t mind; I think it’s fun.” – Sophia Lillis
“Red hair is my life long sorrow.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery
“While the rest of the species is descended from apes, redheads are descended from cats” – Mark Twain
“Which always raises the interesting question of whether redheads pursue other redheads in a narcissistic way, or simply, because they have no other choice, as nonredheads aren’t interested.” – Emily Giffin, ‘Something Blue’
Surprising Facts about Redheads
Wow, this was a really interesting short video. I was most surprised by #7!
Some famous redheads include Nichole Kidman (Practical Magic), Lucille Ball (I Love Lucy), and Ron Howard (Well-known producer). You may not be a natural redhead yourself, but you may know a redhead as a family member, lover, partner, neighbor, child or a friend.
Share or send some of these quotes with the special redheads that you know and love. If you are redheaded yourself, these quotes might be highly relatable to you.