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Warning! This blog post isn't about running! It's about being a Ginger!

#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. 

 


Comments

03/30/2013 5:23pm

Great post!! I have identical twins boys who both have red hair and my mother-in-law wanted me to die their hair when they were babies?!? I love their hair and wouldn't change it for anything!!! I hope they embrace it early on!

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RunGingerRunBlog - Sarah
03/30/2013 10:28pm

Thanks EveryDayGirl! I agree, don't change it! Let them grow up to embrace it and it will help them develop their own unique personalities with it!

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Paige
03/30/2013 5:29pm

I also hated my hair as a child. But now I wouldn't change it for the world! Gingers unite! We rock!!!!!

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RunGingerRunBlog - Sarah
03/30/2013 10:30pm

Yes!!!! Gingers are awesome! Some of my best pals are Ginger Kids too! We gotta stick together. :)

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Amber
03/30/2013 5:45pm

It doesn't get much better than being a Ginger!! Glad I have such a fabulous Ginger-In-Crime, too!

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RunGingerRunBlog - Sarah
03/30/2013 10:31pm

Exactly Amber! I have a pretty fab Ginger-In-Crime too! :)

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03/30/2013 7:15pm

Oh, you weren't the only one with a case of hair hate! I'm sure you get this all the time, but as a "Boring Brunette" with a non-boring personality, I secretly always thought I should have been a red head - so much so that I got my red out of a bottle for years! So get down with your #dontcare self.

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RunGingerRunBlog - Sarah
03/30/2013 10:34pm

LOL Chelsea! I've been waiting for a comment like this one. I guess this is a good example of the "Grass is always greener..." saying. Glad you have embraced your Inner-Ginger! Welcome to the Red Side! :)

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Chris
03/31/2013 12:48am

My daughter is a ginger and has always been very proud of her hair. I don't think she has ever for a second thought about it being a different color.

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04/25/2016 11:41am

Hair color is very important factor for girls. They are using different products to changing the colors with their desire. As you say that you have natural red hair color. And your mom is also say that, you know what the girls do for getting this color you are lucky.

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