Guys – you might be a redhead without even knowing it. Yes, you with the blonde hair. And yes, you with the dark brown locks. I know you probably thought you knew your natural hair color, but even if you’ve never been able to picture yourself with bright red hair, there’s still a chance you’re a natural redhead.
The Daily Mail reports on a study that says that about four out of every 10 people have the gene for red hair – it’s just a recessive gene, which is why their hair isn’t actually, you know, red. That means that it could be that way all around the world, not just in Britain.
What does it mean if you’re a secret redhead? No, it doesn’t only mean that you might want to seriously consider dying your hair to it’s supposed natural color (who knows, you might look fabulous with some carrot-colored curls). It could mean that if you carry this weird secret redhead gene, you could also be more at risk for certain diseases and syndromes.
Confused? In case you didn’t know, people with natural red hair are more susceptible to skin cancer, Tourette’s syndrome and Parkinson’s disease. Redheads also have an increased sensitivity to pain. Oh, hey brunettes and blondes who are over there giggling and pointing fingers at the natural redheads – you guys have some things you’re more susceptible to also. According to the Daily Mail, brunettes are more at risk for nicotine addiction and also for developing non-Hodking’s lymphoma. Blondes are more likely to get age-related macular degeneration (which can cause blindess). Who knew our hair color could determine our health?
Honestly guys, I feel like I don’t even know what my natural hair color is anymore. I was born a sunshine-y blonde, but as I grew up my color morphed into this weird blonde-brown type of look. I’ve been dying it dark brown for so long now that I don’t even know what it would look like if I stopped. And now researchers are telling me I might be a natural redhead? Hey, if I can have Lindsay Lohan red (before she destroyed her hair with bleach), I won’t be so sad. I mean, I wore a red wig on Halloween and I feel like maybe I pulled it off. But still… ugh. Just more hair confusion to consider.
What’s your natural hair color? Would you ever want red hair? Do you think you might be a secret redhead? Tell us in the comments!