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National Redhead Day

National Redhead Day

November 5 is National Redhead Day, and it’s every redhead’s chance to shine with each gorgeous strand of their hair. Redheads are often treated like the odd man (or woman) out, as they possess the rarest hair colors. Plus, redheads are described as “fiery” and “hot-tempered.” If you have red hair, today is your day to be however you want! 

When is National Redhead Day 2022?

Get in the spotlight and celebrate your fiery locks on National Redhead Day on November 5. Started by two ginger-haired sisters, the day aims to empower redheads to embrace and rock their lush red tresses!

History of National Redhead Day

Every November 5, National Redhead Day is also known as Love Your Red Hair Day in the United States, the United Kingdom, and other parts of the world. Although the rest of us natural brunettes and blondes may throw a little shade (pun intended), people with red hair get this one day to celebrate their rarest hair colors. We have two redhead sisters to thank for coming up with Love Your Red Hair Day or National Redhead Day. In 2011, Adrienne and Stephanie Vendetti wanted people to be proud of their red hair in response to negative posts on a Kick a Ginger Day site. (The term, ‘ginger,’ is seen as a derogatory description of people with red hair.” As part of their slapback, the sisters created their website, ‘How To Be a Redhead,’ which eventually added Love Your Red Hair Day.

How to be a Redhead is now the world’s only recognized brand dedicated to redheads. Since its inception in 2011, it has liberated redheads to look amazing and feel confident in their natural red locks. A beauty book and monthly subscription box were also released under ‘How to be a Redhead’ in the same year. During a tour in 2015, the brand’s first monthly beauty subscription box titled ‘H2BAR Box’ was released- providing all things beauty and accessories specifically for redheads. On April 12, 2016, the sisters went on to publish their ‘How to be a Redhead’ book, which amazingly was the first ever breakthrough beauty book geared towards redheads. It premiered as #1 on Amazon and flew off shelves worldwide. In September 2019, the fabulous team behind this name expanded their subscription box range and now offers a Deluxe H2BAR Box.

So, what makes redheads so special? It’s all about genetics. If both your parents were born with the mutated MC1R gene on Chromosome 16, you’re probably a redhead. But you can still be born with red hair even if neither of your parents has it. Even if one of your parents is a redhead, there’s one chance in two that their child may be red-haired. Being a natural redhead is also possible if you’re a black person or even a Chinese person. In historical folklore, redheads were often accused of being witches who “stole the fire of hell” and were later burned at stake during the Spanish Inquisition. Additionally, red-haired people were seen as “unclean” nymphomaniacs. All of this, of course, is untrue, but some of the stereotypes of redheads have lasted to this day. On National Redhead Day, rock your hair any way you like and hold your flame-colored head proudly!

National Redhead Day Timeline

2016
Emma Stone gave redheads the spotlight
Actress Emma Stone brought redheads a new light during her performance in the movie “La La Land.” After this movie, red hair became a highly requested thing at salons.

2015
National Redhead day began
Co-founders of “How to Be a Redhead,” Adrienne and Stephanie Vendetti, started National Redhead Day.

1891
The Red-Headed League has been published
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, wrote the mystery “The Red-Headed League,” published in England’s “Strand” Magazine.

70,000 Years Ago
First redhead ever
Two of today’s three variants of redheads originated in West Asia 70,000 years ago.

National Redhead Day Around The World

Redheads Retreat! Here are some popular events and festivals from across the globe worth checking out!

National Redhead Day Around the WorldCountryHolidayOccasionDate

Netherlands Redhead Days Festival (Roodharigendag) Redhead paradise! A festival for redheads annually! August 27

Italy Rossitalia A large gathering of redheads to mingle and enjoy the fine things of life. Last Sunday of May

Ireland Redhead Convention A wacky festival that celebrates the madness of gingers! August 21

United Kingdom Redhead Day Festival The theme is simple: bring your red hair and freckles! September

Australia Ginger Pride Rally A big party with good food, music, and of course, GINGER beer! Sometime in Spring

National Redhead Day Traditions

We love how Redheads come together annually on this day to show off their manes of traffic-stopping red hair in full glory! Whether it is long, curly, short, or straight, it doesn’t matter! It is all about red hair! Photos of these luxurious tresses grace our social media feeds, usually under the hashtag #LoveYourRedHairDay. These photos feature redheads rocking different hairstyles, parties thrown in honor of redheads in groups, or tributes paid to famous redhead starlets in Hollywood history. Movies featuring iconic redhead looks like that of Emma Stone or redhead celebrities like Molly Ringwald or Susan Sarandon, to name a couple, are shown.

National Redhead Day By Numbers

2% – The percentage of the world’s population with red hair.

0.17% – The percentage of the world’s total blue-eyed redheads population makes it the rarest color combination for all human beings.

13% – The percentage of redheads in Scotland, the highest number anywhere.

30%- The percentage of primetime ads that feature a model with red hair.

90,000- The number of strands of hair that generally make up the redhead mane.

2- The number of Disney princesses who are redheads; Ariel and Merida.

20% – The percentage more anesthesia that is required for redheads.

45,000 – The number of redheads killed between 1483 and 1784 as they were accused of practicing black magic.

National Redhead Day Faqs

What day is National Red Hair Day?
National Red Hair Day, also known as Love Your Red Hair Day, is annually observed on November 5.
Do redheads feel pain differently?
It’s widely believed (and there are studies to back it up) that people with red hair are more sensitive to pain. Medical experts and geneticists think that the same MC1R recessive gene that causes red hair also makes redheads more liable to feel pain than other people.
Which colors should redheads avoid wearing?
Oranges and yellows are a fashion no-no for redheads, while apricot and lavender look great on those with red hair.

National Redhead Day Activities

  1. Rock your favorite hairstyle
  2. Let your hair be the true star of the show! Head to a salon and get your hair done to show it some extra love.
  3. Throw a party with fellow redheads
  4. It may be a small party, but we bet it will be good! Get together with your other redhead friends and celebrate your rare and beautiful locks.
  5. Pay homage to famous redheads in Hollywood
  6. Put on your favorite movies and shows starring redheads. Think “I Love Lucy,””La La Land,””The Wizard of Oz,” and countless others.

5 Colorful Facts About Redheads

  1. The rarest of the rare? Red hair and blue eyes
  2. Though you may think redheads typically have blue eyes, you’re mistaken. Very few redheads have blue eyes — most of them have brown. ​
  3. Redheads grey slower​
  4. Another plus of redheads is that their hair turns grey slower than other hair colors. So enjoy and embrace that color even more! ​
  5. ​Redheads tend to be left-handed.
  6. Beating out both blondes and brunettes, more redheads are left-handed than any other hair color. Yet another thing that makes them stand out. ​
  7. ​Redheads have fewer hair strands.
  8. According to research, redheads have, on average, 90,000 strands of hair. This is fewer than brunettes, who clock in at 140,000 strands, and blondes at 110,000. ​
  9. ​Redheads are better at making Vitamin D.
  10. Redheads are great at making their own Vitamin D. This is likely because they have less eumelanin in their bodies than other hair colors, so they’ve got to make up for it somehow.

Why We Love National Redhead Day

  1. Authentic redheads are rare.
  2. Only 2% of the world’s population has red hair. Now you see why it’s worth all this celebration.
  3. Redheads are considered mutants.
  4. No, not the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle type. Red hair is caused by the mutation of a gene that creates a new recessive gene, MC1R.
  5. Red hair is royal hair.
  6. Another reason to celebrate redheads today (and every day) is that much of the British royal bloodline was redheads. Queen Elizabeth, I herself was a proud redhead — and passed that gene down.

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