10 utterly bizarre facts about redheads
1. We have stronger bones and a stronger immune systemScientists over the years have found that the combination of red hair and pale skin naturally permits more sunlight into the skin.
2. Our rarity was once considered valuableRedheaded slaves in Ancient Rome were often sold for more money as a result of our rarity. In fact, legend has it, if you see three redheads at the same time in Poland, it’s considered incredibly lucky, so many will rush to buy lottery tickets. Getty Images
3. We have more sexResearch from the Hamburg Research Institute in Germany
4. Our hair was once synonymous with witchcraftIn Christian Europe, red hair was viewed as a sign of witchcraft. And during 16th and 17th century witch hunts many redheaded women were unfairly burned at the stake for their red hair. It was also believed that the fat of a redheaded man could be used as a poison. Prejudice at its finest.Warner Bros.
5. Our hair is thicker, but we have less of itWe have the fewest number of strands — much fewer actually. Redheads, on average, have about 90,000 strands of hair on our heads while blondes have 110,000. Brunettes have even more at 140,000. However, having fewer strands of hair makes it easier to style. So we aren’t complaining.Getty Images
6. We never go greyGrey leases no property on our precious, vibrant heads. Just look at the gorgeous, fiery locks on Hollywood legend, Ann Margret. But that doesn’t mean we maintain our vibrant colour into old age, unfortunately. We eventually turn sandy-blonde, and ultimately turn white. Getty Images
7. We’re immune to anesthesiaOne study revealed that redheads required, on average, 19 per cent more anesthetic than those with dark hair. Sony Pictures
8. The dentist is our worthiest adversary
9. We get our red hair from, of all things, menstrual blood?During the Middle Ages, a child with red hair was thought to be conceived during “unclean sex.” Translation: Intercourse during menstruation. Pardon me, I’m off to go throw up now.Getty Images
10. We’re vampiresSince we’re completely devoid of souls, it would only make sense that redheads are vampires as well. According to Greek mythology, when a redhead died, they would then live on as a bloodthirsty vampire. Nowadays this seems more of a compliment, with the popularity of vampire-inspired movies and TV shows.HBO