To clarify: this is a list of the best people who have had red hair for as long as we've seen them, not necessarily natural redheads. If you can think of a particularly super cute or good-looking redhead they are most likely on this list! Redheads are some of the most attractive people living today. Female redheads are nothing short of stunning. You get to help decide with your votes. There are a lot of familiar names of gorgeous women on this Ultimate List.
The science behind anti-redhead prejudice
Redheads have genes to thank for their tresses. Research shows red hair usually results from a mutation in a gene called MC1R , which codes for the melanocortin-1 receptor. The pigment found in redhair that makes it red is called pheomelanin. But redheads as a group have more in common than only their hair color -- certain health conditions appear to be more common among people with red hair. Redheads appear to be more sensitive to pain, and less sensitive to the kinds of local anesthesia used as the dentists, research recent suggests.
The Most Attractive Redheads Ever
In the array of possible natural hair colors, dark hues are the most common — more than 90 percent of people worldwide have brown or black hair. Red hair, occurring in just 1 to 2 percent of the population, is the least common. Blue eyes are similarly uncommon, and they may be becoming rarer. One study found that between and , more than half of non-Hispanic white people in the United States had blue eyes. But from to , that number fell to
Red hair or ginger hair occurs naturally in one to two percent of the human population , appearing with greater frequency two to six percent among people of Northern or Northwestern European ancestry and lesser frequency in other populations. It is most common in individuals homozygous for a recessive allele on chromosome 16 that produces an altered version of the MC1R protein. Red hair varies in hue from a deep burgundy or bright copper , or auburn , to burnt orange or red-orange to strawberry blond.