Red hair varies from a deep orange to a pale copper. The palest hair is often referred to as strawberry blonde – I have to confess this description beats me! Red hair is characterized by high levels of red-colored reflect pigment and lower levels of the darker base pigments. Natural red hair is usually complemented by fair skin and freckles and without any evidence natural redheads are portrayed as having fiery tempers! I’m not sure if this is true, although I must admit I have met some pretty fiery redheads.
Natural redheads are pretty special – only a very small percentage of the world’s population is blessed with this rarest of all-natural colors! In the United States just 6% of the population has red hair while in Scotland and redhead threesome Ireland the figures are more like 13% and 10% respectively. Obviously the reason for these percentages is based on the global population shifts that have happened over thousands of years.
What many people don’t realize is that the red hair gene can skip generations and can turn up out of the blue three, four or even five generations later. On men it often appears in facial hair but nowhere else.
Throughout the centuries redheads have been revered and feared, adorned and adored, from Queen Boadicea, Mary Magdalene, Queen Elizabeth the First, and any number of pre Raphaelite beauties. The color Titian takes its name from the artist of the same name who immortalized red-haired women in his paintings.
But if the fiery lock is what you want, the most important thing you should consider is whether it will work with your skin tone. Most natural redheads have pale skin and green or blue eyes so if you are olive-skinned or over tanned it can look a little odd. Red color can be applied in all manner of shades and techniques from the palest, subtlest glow to the brightest of fires. Red hair does not tend to have fantastic shine and can be a real show stopper!