12 Strange Facts About Redheads You Never Knew

By Olivia Smith | May 1, 2024

Pain sensitivity and tolerance

Redheads are a rare group, comprising only around 2% of the global population, yet they have inspired a rich tapestry of folklore. 
 

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From being considered temperamental and devil-associated to being linked with witchcraft and vampire lore upon death, redheads have been surrounded by intriguing myths. 

Ginger-haired child

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Red hair is a recessive trait passed down through genes, requiring both parents to possess the gene variant to pass it on to their children. Interestingly, the parents don't need to have red hair themselves to have a ginger-haired child. They can be carriers of the recessive gene, with the instructions for red hair hidden in their DNA. This can lead to families that haven't had a redhead for generations unexpectedly welcoming a red-haired baby.