About Men With Red Hair
Red hair occurs on approximately 1–2% of the human population. It occurs more frequently (2–6%) in people of northern or western European ancestry, and less frequently in other populations. Red hair appears in people with two copies of a recessive gene on chromosome 16 which causes a mutation in the MC1R protein.
Red hair varies from a deep burgundy through burnt orange to bright copper. It is characterised by high levels of the reddish pigment pheomelanin and relatively low levels of the dark pigment eumelanin. The term redhead (originally redd hede) has been in use since at least 1510. It is associated with fair skin color, lighter eye colors (gray, blue, green, and hazel), freckles, and sensitivity to ultraviolet light.
Cultural reactions have varied from ridicule to admiration; many common stereotypes exist regarding redheads and they are often portrayed as fiery-tempered.
Red-haired men have always been very attractive to me. Here in Australia the name for a red-headed person is "ranga", derived from orangutan. It's probably more used in a derogative sense, however I use it affectionately. There are many other names for red-heads - ginger, carrot-top, carrot head etc. Red-haired men seem to stand out more than their female counterparts, in my opinion. I think it's because women tend to dye their hair red, so it's hard to tell who's natural and who's not. But if you see a red-haired man, it's very likely that's his natural hair colour. There's something about them that is really sexy, freckles or no freckles, light eyes or not. I once had a crush on a ranga, and his name was Rowan which was very fitting because the word 'rowan' comes from the rowan tree, and it produces red berries and red foilage in autumn :P I suspect I have a 'rangdar' (ranga + radar) because I seem to be able to spot red-headed men from a mile away!
Male celebrities that have red hair include Seth Green, Rupert Grint, Simon Pegg, Damian Lewis, David Caruso, Mark Williams, David Wenham and of course the cheeky Prince Harry. The lovely red-haired man who appears in the header and on this page is Californian folk/pop singer Brett Dennen. I don't actually listen to his music, but when I saw these pictures of him I fell in love with his red hair *_* It's simply amazing.
Now, if only I could persuade my light brown-haired boyfriend to dye his hair red.... Hmmmm... Just kidding ;)