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It is the symbol of a fiery personality that is ruled by its passions, a strong-headed person who knows what they want and how to get it. They say the fire inside matches the fire of the hair, and to many red hair is the very definition of what it means to be Irish. Rumors have abounded throughout history to describe and define the redhead, but if you are one, National Love Your Red Hair Day is the time to revel in your utter gingerness, and truly love your red hair.

History of National Love Your Red Hair Day

Red hair has truly had its share of myths associated with it, but we’ll begin with a few of the most common. Red hair, while common to Ireland, is not native to Ireland. You can generally assure that if you’ve seen an Irish redhead, she’s got some Norwegian blood in her. Red hair, you see, was brought to Ireland by the pillaging and rapacious Vikings. As they moved in, they left the fire in their hearts in the blood of their wives and slaves, and soon, in the sons and daughters that came from their union. It seems only apt that the same fire that graced their manes should come out in the children, and the attitude to match.

Red hair has often not been seen in a positive light, there are jokes made about redheads not having a soul, one that comes directly from an old European myth that the red in their hair is from the stolen fires of hell. It has also been associated with true and drastic beauty, Cleopatra herself was said to be a redhead. Unsurprising that she was also a bit of a fierce woman, a manipulator, and ultimately ruled by her passions. What can we say, redheads seem to be of a type.

Love Your Red Hair day encourages you to remember the myths and histories of redheads, but also to revel in the strength and beauty that is often associated with it. Remember, when the world is at your feet, you’re a blonde, when it’s carrying you on a palanquin, you’re obviously a redhead.

National Love Your Red Hair Day Timeline


Queen Elizabeth takes the throne in England

Though she was famous for wearing wigs, so no one is exactly sure of her hair color, Queen Elizabeth chooses to wear her hair in a fiery red color.[1]


Mark Twain publishes The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

This famous and beloved (and also red-headed) American author, a.k.a Samuel Clemens, publishes his second and possibly most famous book.[2]


Ed Sheeran releases Thinking Out Loud

The first of his million-selling songs, this is a top best selling single of the unassuming redheaded British pop star.[3]


How to Be a Redhead is published

This book, written by the redheaded Vendetti sisters (founders of National Love Your Red Hair Day), offers tips and tricks for people with red hair.[4]

How to celebrate National Love Your Red Hair Day

Red hair does have some peculiarities to it, though it comes in as many types and styles as any other color. But to truly take advantage of the incredible, and sometimes persnickety color you are best supported by your hair dresser. Go out and take special care of your red hair on National Love Your Red Hair Day, pick up an outfit that truly augments it and let your hairdresser do amazing things with it. Then go gather with other red heads and set the world on fire!

National Love Your Red Hair Day FAQs

What country has the most redheads?

Scotland has the highest concentration of redheads in the world at 13% of the population, while Ireland is just behind with 10%.[1]

Can redheads get tan?

Some redheads have trouble tanning and tend to burn instead, so they should be sure to wear proper sunscreen. [2]

Do redheads go gray?

Though redheads probably won’t go gray, their red pigment may fade over time into a light blonde or white. [3]

Why do redheads need more anesthesia?

People with red hair make more of a certain hormone meaning they may need up to 20% more anesthesia than brunettes or blondes.[4]

Can redheads wear red?

Sure! Redheads can wear whatever they want and they’ll look great in it!

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