Fact or fiction?

There is much to be told about red hair. Some facts and myths can be found here.

Facts about redheads

Red hair is seen on the heads of only less than one percent of people worldwide. Most redheads live in the U.K., Ireland, and former colonies of U.K. such as Australia. 

The highest percentage of natural Redheads in the world is in Scotland (13%), followed closely by Ireland with 10%. In the US, about 2% of the population are natural redheads.

A 2002 study found that Redheads are harder to sedate than any other people requiring twenty percent more anesthesia. Inadequate doses cause people to wake up during surgery and have increased recall of procedures.

Adults have about 120,000 hairs on their head; redheads have fewer, blondes have more, brunettes have the most.

There are two kinds of Redheads, says Mary Spillane, managing director of British image consultants Colour Me Beautiful. There is "the autumn type with hazel eyes," and the Celtic type with translucent skin and light eyes.

One medical importance of red hair is that individuals with red hair are, on average, more likely to burn in the sun and they are at an increased risk of skin cancer.

Myths about redheads

The Romans kept red haired slaves, and sold them at a higher price.

In Corsica, if you pass a redhead in the street you are to spit and turn around.

In Poland, if you see three Redheads at the same time, you will win the lottery.

In Denmark it is an honor to have a redheaded child.

A French Proverb states that: `redheaded women are either violent or false, and usually are both`.  

During the Spanish Inquisition flame colored hair was evidence that its owner had stolen the fire of hell and had to be burned as a witch.

Eves` red hair is seen as the stain of sin like the original scarlet letter. Later her son, Cain, will bare the red hair and also a fall from grace.

Redheads don`t turn grey. Red hair turns sandy, then white.

Redheads have always been thought untrustworthy. As some claim ? Judas was red-haired.

It brings you good luck to rub your hand on a Redhead`s head

Bees sting Redheads more often.

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