With only 2% of the world’s population having it, Red is the rarest hair colour!
The highest concentration of redheads is in Scotland (13%), followed by Ireland (10%). (Source)
The ancient Greeks believed that when redheads died they turned into vampires. Many redheads were killed in Europe between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries because they were perceived to be associated with witchcraft.
Red hair is caused by a mutated MC1R gene. If both parents carry this gene—even if they don’t have red hair themselves—their child has a one in four chance of being born with red hair.
Celebrate all the redheads in your life today! Maybe your best friend is a redhead, or maybe the hair color runs in your family. Maybe you are even redheaded yourself. In that case, today is for you!