GETTYREDHEADS RULE: People with ginger hair have a higher pain threshold
They only make up 2% of the world’s population, but it turns out redheads aren’t only rare, they have genetic superpowers too.
Stars like singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and Florence Welch are often defined by their fiery hair.
But flame-haired author Erin La Rosa reveals redheads actually have a gene mutation which gives them special powers.
In her book, The Big Redhead Book: Inside the Secret Society of Red Hair, she shines a light on redheads calling them “the unicorns of the human world”.
Erin’s book highlights some amazing scientific discoveries about people with ginger hair.
Firstly, research shows that redheads have higher pain thresholds thanks to the MC1R gene mutation, which causes the unusual hair colour.
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A 2003 study, by McGill University, found flamed-haired women can tolerate up to 25% more pain than ladies with other hair colours.
Redheads also need 20% more general anesthesia to “go under”, according to a study by University of Louisville.
All this points towards that fact that redheads are stronger then everyone else and their “mutation” actually works as a genetic superpower.
Those with auburn locks also need less Vitamin D than people with other hair colours, because they produce more naturally.
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"Our eyes aren't naturally drawn to the fiery embrace of red hair, and yet society gives us mixed messages about what it means to be ginger (some good, some less so),” Erin writes in her book.
"Think about it: We're rare (only two percent of the world's population), we're beautiful (hello, Jessica Chastain), and have the ability to fly (see any of the Weasley family in Harry Potter)."
But while the flying thing might be up for debate, a further study found redheads are funnier than us mere mortals.
Professor Andrew Stott believes their cracking sense of humour dates back to the use of red wigs for comedy shows back in the 19th century.