Hair color is as a result eumelanin and pheomelanin which are types of melanin. Red hair is as a result of a genetic variant that causes the cell to produce pheomelanin. The genetic variant causes MC1R to function differently on melanocytes, leading to less eumelanin and more pheomelanin.
If you've got red hair or someone in your life does then it's time to celebrate! Sunday, May 26 is World Redhead Day and is a day to celebrate all that is wonderful about redheads and being a redhead. World Redhead Day isn't just a day to celebrate the vibrant hair color but it's also a day aimed at raising awareness about the stigma that is often associated with red hair.
Founded by Northern Ireland native Tristan Rodgers and named after the gene mutation associated with red hair, MC1R magazine is hosting the event. It will serve as a celebration of all things redhead, with drinks, music and photo opportunities available to everyone in attendance. Redhead Day commences at 5 pm and looks set to continue on into the early hours of Sunday morning.
February 7, For every people in the world, only one or two will have red hair. And when you meet a red head with blue eyesyou are looking at the rarest colour combination of all for human beings.
ScotlandsDNA believes that everyone who carries one of 3 variants of the red-hair gene is a direct descendant of the first redhead ever to have it — two variants originating in West Asia around 70, years ago, and a younger variant originating in Europe around 30, years ago. In the British Isles the numbers are much higher. Scottish and Irish emigration have made the USA the home of the largest population of redheads in the world at between 6 million and 18 million, with many millions more carrying the gene variants.
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Alisha from Odessa, Ukraine. Courtesy Brian Dowling. Less than two percent of the world's population has naturally red hair.
They're fiery and dangerous, or they're clownish and weak. They're total geeks in public, but they're wild in the bedroom. They don't have souls, so they'll steal yours.
Q: Where does red hair come from? A: Contrary to popular opinion, red hair did not originate in Scotland, Ireland or Scandinavia, but in central Asia. According to the Washington Post, as our ancestors migrated from this region to the colder, darker climate of northern Europe, redheads had a survival related advantage over their darker skinned, darker haired counterparts.