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Nine Rad Things About Being A Redheaded Woman

Image courtesy of Glamour

Image courtesy of Glamour

It’s no secret that redheads are often teased. Witches, clowns, freaks, weirdos… Yeah, yeah. Sounds like jealous bells are ringing to me! Being a redheaded woman rocks, and here’s why:

1. The Muse. I felt awkward about my strawberry locks until I learned about Jack White. Yes, really. The man loves redheads. From “Fell In Love With A Girl” to “Icky Thump.” Since we’re talking about it, a personal favorite of mine was his version of “Lord, Send Me An Angel,” where he sang: “those redheaded women won’t let Mr. Jack White rest!” Mmhm. The Redhead As Muse idea is totally a thing. Artists like Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Gustav Klimt were known for painting redheads. And we can’t forget Titian (thanks Art History friends). That painter’s fascination with redheaded ladies was so widely recognized that we adopted the word “titian” as a descriptor for red hair. Boom. Dropping knowledge.

2. Highly Desired. Red hair is the most popularly dyed hair color. Fact. It’s rare, it’s eye-catching, it’s sassy, it’s fun… Say what you will, the bottom line is women want red hair. So, natural ginger sisters, embrace it! We’ve got what the public wants.

3. Rare Birds. It’s a well-known fact but totally worth stating: red hair is the rarest hair color out there. By the way, no, we are not going extinct. In fact, we’re here to stay for a long, long time.

4. Head-Turner. Famous words by fabulous hair colorist Sarah Gold, the woman who colored Lindsay Lohan’s hair: “remember, red hair is like a sequined dress—it walks into the room before you do.” It’s true. It’s hard to blend in when you have red hair, but that isn’t a bad thing at all. I say rise to the challenge! Be the vivacious minx your amber locks represent. Some of us were just meant for the spotlight—we’re called redheads.

5. Green With Envy. redheads rock the color green better than any those of any other hair color. Tim Gunn confirmed: emerald is the color made for us. We can also pull off other bright jewel colors. And all that time I thought ruby red was something to be avoided. Thanks, Tim!

6. Redheads Have More Fun …or so says Hamburg sex researcher Dr. Werner Habermehl. According to his findings, women with red hair have more sex than women with other hair colors. Something about the psychological effects of the color red.

7. The mark of a hero. A disproportionate number of heroes in literature, comic books, and film are red haired. Illustrators have argued that it’s partially because it’s easier to spot redheads in action scenes or crowd scenes… Partially that, fine, but partially because of how fiery, courageous, and brave redheads are on a whole, right? Totally. I know it sounds funny, but did you know that not only are the heroes redheaded, but our heroes want redheads. From Sally in The Nightmare Before Christmas to Jessica Rabbit to Rose (yeah, I’m talking about Titanic) society loves having gingers as the object of their protagonist’s desire.

8. Youthfulness in the long haul. And by that I mean that redheads never go grey. (We go blonde instead!)

9. A call for celebration. We have our own day! Redhead Day (Roodharigendag) is celebrated annually in the Netherlands. What fun. And in Denmark it is considered an honor to have a redheaded child.

Just some things to remember the next time a non-ginger tries to get smart with you. And for some wise words on which to end:

“Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.” – Lucille Ball



Renée Aubern is a California born, New York bred poet, writer of songs, and kook. Constantly on the move, she documents the world around her in photographs and notebook scribbles. @reneeaubern


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