#RedHairDon'tCare is a Hashtag that I first discovered on Twitter. It's funny and it's a new philosophy I've adopted. I wish I would have discovered that philosophy when I was younger. I would have spent less time hating my hair color or the fact that my mom wouldn't let me dye it. I can hear her now "No you cannot dye your hair, do you realize how many women would kill for your hair color? You can't get that out of a bottle!"
Now that I'm older I completely understand where she was coming from. Every time I go to the salon I get compliments on my color. Older women approach me and tell me stories of when they were younger and had the same color as I do now.
But let's face it, growing up in a small town in the heart of Osage County where almost EVERYONE is Native American, I definitely stood out.
I've heard all the insults, been called all the names, etc.
"I'd rather be dead than red on the head"
"Carrot Top" or "Copper Top"
"Do your drapes match your curtains?"
"...Redheaded step child..."
"You're a Ginger and you have no Soul"
And to that I say: #RedHairDontCare
As I've grown up, I've embraced my crimson locks. I even named my blog after my genetic make up of red hair and a sprinkling of freckles. I am a Ginger Kid. It's cool, only 1-2% of the human population can say that.
Fact! My name is Sarah, not Ginger.
Here are 5 random things about redheads you didn't know you wanted to know!
1. Beware of Increased Cancer Risks
We are most at-risk for skin cancer such as melanoma So if you are a Ginger Kid like me and a runner, you need to take extra precaution and use tons of SPF while you are out in the sun training for those races.
2. Anesthesia is not our friend
Due to genetics, those who are naturally red headed are less sensitive to Anesthesia such as Novocaine. Dentist trips = no fun! My paternal grandmother once told me a story about how she had to have a tooth pulled without the amazing numbing affects of Novocaine because the dentist had given her as much as he possibly could and it flat out didn't work on her. Yikes!
3. No Gray Hair For Me!
Fact! Redheads don't go gray. We retain our color longer than our brunette and blonde counter parts. Our hair may turn a blonde color and then eventually white, but it will be at an older age than others. My dad, who I get my red hair from, is in his early 60's and still has yet to have much gray or change in color in his hair. Also - Ginger Kids has fewer hairs on their head but they tend to have thicker strands.
4. We Aren't Going Away
Someone started a rumor that redheads are going extinct. Not true. While we only make up 1-2% of the human population, our numbers aren't decreasing. Thanks to the increase in Ginger-Celebrities like Emma Stone (LOVE her!), Jessica Rabbit, Elmo, Julianne Moore, Isla Fisher, Molly Ringwald, and yes even Lindsay Lohan we are growing in popularity.
5. History Was Not Nice To Redheads
Historically Redheads have been associated and accused of being things such as Satan, Witches, Vampires and mischievous pixies or fairies. Historical outcasts such as Judas, Mary Magdalene, and Lilith (The first Wife of Adam) are often portrayed as having red hair.