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Why redheads feel more pain

Posted in news by jenapincott on April 26, 2009

angry-girl-showing-middle-fingerRedheads may be hotheads, but they get colder quicker. They also bruise more easily. And they feel more pain.

All this comes from a series of studies done in the last few years on people with genes for red hair. Red hair is red due to excess production of the molecule pheomelanin. While we brunettes produce more eumelanin (dark brown pigment), redheads produce an excess of pheomelanin. Too much of this yellow-red pigment is the result of mutations in the MC1R.3 gene. Redheads have two copies of this variant allele, one from each parent.

So what does the “redhead gene” have to do with sensitivity? University of Louisville anesthesiologist Edwin Liem suspects that when both copies of the MC!R.3 have mutations, which is the case for redheads, the melanocortin 4 receptor is faulty, inefficient, and/or unable to be transported to the surface of cells. This receptor happens to modulate sensations of cold and pain. Another explanation is that the mutation in the MC1R gene, the same one that produces too much pheomelanin, affects hormones that stimulate pain receptors in the brain.

In one study, Liem and his colleagues compared the pain tolerance of sixty naturally red-haired volunteers with sixty brunettes. The redheads began to feel chilling pain at around 6C (43F), unlike the volunteers with dark hair, who did not really begin to ache until the temperature approached freezing. In another study, by Liem et al., women with various hair color types were exposed to electric shock. Turns out, the redheads needed about 20 percent more anesthetic to put down the pain (confirming the common belief among anesthesiologists that redheads are tough to knock out). While redheads have normal blood counts and coagulate blood the same as anyone else, a study found that they bruise more easily. Yet another study found that redheads are more than twice as likely as women with other hair colors to fear and avoid the dentist.

These studies have been done on women only, and it’s unknown whether red-haired men would have the same outcome. However, there’s evidence that pain pathways differ between the sexes.

Redheads are stereotyped as being hot-headed, tempestuous, dramatic, high-strung. Is it possible that a genetic sensitivity to pain can affect temperament? It’s fun to speculate. For some, physical pain may translate into emotional pain. Sensitivity may tip over into volatility. Could a fiery, short temper even be a pain avoidance mechanism? Why not — after all, a good offense can be the best defense.

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  1. Craig said, on April 26, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I love red heads. The best sex I have had has always been with a redhead. Plus reds have the nicest pinkest sphincter of all women.

  2. G said, on April 26, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Informed by my doctor that redheads have more nerve endings per square cm than other people.

  3. kwidyani said, on April 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    I have a redhead friend who has the characteristics people typically give to redheads. At some point during our friendship, I found out that she is dyed redhead!!! She’s actually a blonde. Is it perhaps also possible that our preference of colour that makes us the way we are?

    • jenapincott said, on April 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm

      I’d say your friend dyed her hair to fit the stereotype. For fun I was speculating on a connection between redheads’ genetic sensitivity and their reputation for hot-headedness — who knows? – but I suspect the stereotype is more cultural than anything….

  4. allisonmichalke said, on April 27, 2009 at 12:54 am

    i am a redhead and i really do bruise more easily…and now i know why! thanks for this!

  5. missfossey said, on April 27, 2009 at 1:04 am

    As a red head I definitely have that hot temper, but as for pain tolerance mine is really high, especially for being a woman. But when I am in pain it makes my patience much shorter, probably because I am not accustomed to being in pain or feeling discomfort. It just makes me incredibly frustrated.

  6. Petrasaurus said, on April 27, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Did I dye my hair red because I was miserable or was I miserable because I dyed my hair red?

  7. Rahul said, on April 27, 2009 at 1:20 am

    The fascination about blondes – redheads too – is basically a white thing. Personally, I think hair colour doesn’t matter. Look around and you will find most women on this earth are brunettes. The bulk of people in Asia and Africa have no option but to go for brunettes (though some upwardly mobile females in these continents dye their hair under the impression that it makes them look good). Point is, what is of importance is under the golden hair, red hair or black hair. And yes, did I forget to say the story is well-written?

    • Carey said, on May 28, 2009 at 11:05 pm

      I have to confess though (and maybe it’s because I’m ‘white’) that I have some kind of weird reaction/physical attraction when I see a man with black hair or very dark hair — I’m thinking it’s because it’s so opposite of me, I’m not sure. I was blonde as a child and now have mousey brown hair that is colored (bleached is the word for when a woman (or man) colors their hair lighter) just as you talk about. I know it’s not of importance what color someone’s hair is, but there really doesn’t seem to be any logic involved when I have this reaction/attraction – it’s purely physical/chemical as far as I can tell!

      • Jep said, on September 22, 2009 at 6:53 pm

        I’m a redhead and am most attracted to guys with black or dark hair… which is why I often end up dating ‘exotic’ guys (italians, asians, indians). So you might be on to something haha!

        • rahconteur said, on September 23, 2009 at 12:18 am

          But first you gotta ask yourself if “exotics” are attracted to redheads. And don’t you think the white world has matured enough to stop using words like ‘exotics’? Come to think of it, “exotics” outnumber the non-exotics by a long way. And their civilizations are much, much older than the latter’s. Did it ever wonder to you that the term ‘exotic’ could apply to the ones who use it to refer to people with darker skin? More so, as many of the non-exotics spend money and time on the beach to get a tan?

          • Northstar628 said, on December 7, 2010 at 1:07 am

            ex·ot·ic   
            [ig-zot-ik]
            –adjective
            1.
            of foreign origin or character; not native; introduced from abroad, but not fully naturalized or acclimatized: exotic foods; exotic plant

            Did it ever OCCUR to you to think before you speak. Jep did not say minority, she said exotic, which “(italians, asians, indians)” are in the “WHITE WORLD”. Your comment is the epitome of racism. If people like you didn’t separate everything into the white world, the black world blahblahbla, the WHOLE world would be a better place.

  8. musicalchef said, on April 27, 2009 at 1:21 am

    I am a dyed redhead, but I have all these characteristics too – maybe because many people in my family have naturally red hair so it is “somewhere” in my genes.

    If I have the characteristics, might as well enjoy the hair I guess!

  9. Milton Segura said, on April 27, 2009 at 2:08 am

    neither, you did because you wanted to, being miserable is another topic

  10. ale15ha said, on April 27, 2009 at 3:20 am

    I’m a redhead- bruise easily and feel the cold- badly- i would have felt the chills before 6 degrees celsius!

  11. writeratthesea said, on April 27, 2009 at 3:22 am

    I have enjoyed every red head I have ever known.

  12. Estrella Azul said, on April 27, 2009 at 3:35 am

    That’s very interesting… I am a readhead and I definetly feel more pain, for example my mom is a cosmetician and I shave my legs because I can’t stand the pain😛

  13. Estrella Azul said, on April 27, 2009 at 3:42 am

    Oups, I submited before I finished… The hot-headed, high-strong temperaments do characterize me too, I do bruise easily and I’m really avoiding going to the doctor, dentist, etc.🙂
    It’s interesting how these studies are true in the majority of cases, so I guess it’s possible to be genetically more sensitive too. After all everything is possible😛

  14. gangbox said, on April 27, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I have to second Rahul’s statement.

    90% of the world population has black hair and brown eyes – so this whole Blonde, Brunette, Redhead thing is totally irrelevant to most of humanity.

  15. Janet Beatrice said, on April 27, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    I’m not hot-tempered, but I’m very sensitive, and people don’t understand why I get cold so easily. Now I know! And my redheaded son will know too. Thanks!

    Janet

  16. judy said, on April 28, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I LOVE this post, and since I’m a redhead I think my tendency toward unconditional love of a post about redheads is quite definitely genetic!😉

  17. Estrella Azul said, on April 29, 2009 at 6:42 am

    :)) Well put Judy!

    • jenapincott said, on April 29, 2009 at 5:52 pm

      I second that!

  18. rahconteur said, on May 2, 2009 at 3:17 am

    Judy, there’s no such thing as unconditional love. dig deep and you will find there’s one condition or the other, in different form and varying in degree. One of my favourite songs is by a Bengali balladeer named Nachiketa. It goes: “Shobee pituitary-r khela, aamraa bokara boli prem…” (It’s the pituitary at play, only fools like us call it love). The other is by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore: “Jodi tor daak shune keu na aashey taube aekla chalo re…” (If no one responds to your call, forget them and go it alone).

  19. rahconteur said, on May 2, 2009 at 3:28 am

    Jena, the lowdown about you shows you with two different hair colour – blonde earlier, dark now. Did you dye because you found out gentlemen did not prefer blondes? Or did you just want to change the way you looked? Did the change have any impact on your personality?

  20. jenapincott said, on May 2, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Great question, rahconteur! Maybe I stopped preferring gentlemen…..
    Seriously, light hair does draw a lot of attention, but I’m a natural brunette.

  21. rahconteur said, on May 3, 2009 at 6:18 am

    Great! So you belong to the global majority.

  22. Expat Philippines said, on May 4, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Thanks very much for your great blog.

  23. kayla said, on May 27, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I’m a redhead and i fit the temper stereotype perfectly, but i don’t bruise easily and i don’t get cold very often, infact, i love the cold!
    But i’ve noticed that when i’m sick my pain tolerance goes down significantly… maybe because i’m a redhead… maybe not

    Also i think it’s funny, that there’s only 2 redheads in my whole family. Me and my cousin.

  24. mig34sw said, on June 28, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I’m in love with a redhead, yet she has been nothing but a heartache. She is very unfaithful as a friend and a lover, very cruel, very short tempered, very manipulative, and always chasing other guys. When I first met her she was very sweet, now she has become a curse, I love her dearly, and everyone tells me she is like that because she is redhead.

    It saddends me that many redheads would have these traits in their character. Because of her I’m attracted to redheads more than blondes, yet i’m very cautious around redheads.

    • jen said, on May 31, 2011 at 10:28 am

      i am a redhead, i am 100% faithful to my husband. He is a blonde he is 100% faithful to me. Unfaithful behavior is learned.

  25. amster said, on July 7, 2009 at 2:27 am

    I am a redhead and I definately have a keener sense of smell, feel more pain, docs would not give me enough pain meds when in hospital

  26. Kate said, on July 30, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    i am a natural redhead. I think it is really fun how some of those traits were so close to my personality. I would just really like to know how redheads got this “we are tramps” label. I have only dated 3 guys in my entire life and am married to the 3rd one. Every single guy except my husband tried to get me in bed with in our third date. why is it guys think we are easy or cheating tramps?

  27. Default001 said, on August 12, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    You’re all missing the point here in this article. It’s not the color of the hair, it’s the genetic abnormality that makes a person have red hair, and it’s because of that abnormality that they tend to have a lower tolerance to pain, cold, bruising, etc. So stop trying to make nothing out of something that has been proven by scientists. I’m sorry for those of you who dont have the uniqueness that of a red head, both physically, emotionally, mentally or genetically. But dont try to make small of a rather large problem. For some people, it’s a very real, very difficult matter that they have to deal with all their life. So instead of cutting other people down, or trying to disprove something that you cant, understand the significance of this new found information and use it to your advantage, even if that means helping someone else. Gee, what a thought!

    • luke said, on October 23, 2009 at 1:02 am

      dude omg, growing up in school teachers and students alike both openly discriminate against redheads….on southpark they can say “ginger” but not N**ger, and it is socially accepted. talk about a nation that promotes peace and equeality. discrimination against redheaded children in school can be one of the worst feeling in the world. growing up on the bus ride to school i would get picked on and get called racist names. this can cause a lifetime of pain and suffering….i just hope that us redheads realize how awsome we are…black,blonde,and brown hair are boring…i want a redhead leader, a redheaded president, but with the way america is that will never happen. REDHEADS RULE!

      • Jack said, on June 6, 2010 at 7:47 pm

        George Washington & Thomas Jefferson were both redheads.

      • Donna said, on August 26, 2010 at 1:47 pm

        You said it Luke, that is so true.
        It is sad that Southpark or anyone can get away with discrimnating against redheads and treating them badly.
        I too feel the pain of years of teasing and abuse because I am a redhead, although now people comment on my red hair and say it is beautiful.
        It is interesting to know that we are a very small minority!
        We are special!!

  28. Patches said, on August 13, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    I spent 5 of the wildest years of my life with a yankee redhead, and she falls right in line with what is written. Bruises easily, takes a lot of painkiller to take away hurts, has a volcano of a temper with emotions that match, but man, she was a lover, heart and soul. Did not like the cold, either, but knew many ways to stimulate blood flow and heat things up! Just like Lamborginis, they are not for everyone nor those meek of heart. But hey, this article- just like daily horoscopes- are one persons opinion. Dont take it so seriously. Default001, lighten up, for pete’s sake.

  29. chanook said, on August 14, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    I just started dating a red head a couple months back. WOW!!! this women blows my mind. Everything mentioned here describes her to a ‘T’. She is definetly one of the most passionate people I have ever spent time with and I don’t mean just in the sack.

  30. Joni said, on August 24, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    I’m a redhead and have a high tolerance for pain. Whenever I feel pain, I know I need to get to a doctor quickly. That’s usually why the doctor has trouble getting me numb to perform the necessary procedure in order to relieve me of the pain I’m having and the reason why the pain is so intense. When I go to the dentist, depending on where he’s working, I need more novacaine than usual…but in other instances I don’t require any at all…it just depends on the nerve endings in the area that make that area of the mouth more sensitive than other areas. I really do not have a temper as I’m a Swedish redhead than an Irish redhead. I’m sensitive to a lot of antibiotics so it takes me longer to heal than most, but then I don’t get ill very often which is a plus! I’m also sensitive to hard liquor so I could never become an alcoholic! LOL

    • luke said, on October 23, 2009 at 12:55 am

      i am very sensitive to liqour to….we redheads need to stick together and fight americas abuse of alcohol. 30% off teenagers often rely on heavy drinking to please them….so when I hear people say “you can’t hold your liqour” and make fun of me, i think they are retarted and are destined for a life of alcohol abuse. but ya GINGER KIDS 4 LIFE!!!!! promise me u wont dye your hair

  31. Michelle said, on September 6, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Im a natural redhead and I have the characteristics, but under they are under control for the most part. I can definetly identify with the needing more pain meds and what not. At the dentist I have to have 4X the normal freezing dose (and that gives me the shakes) and when I had my third c-section the spinal wouldnt take (that was weird feeling hands under my ribs, not to mention painful) the ana doc had to knock me out emergency style…lots of drama. Even after my doc had to proscribe a higher dose than regular for post op pain. I have had heard a couple of doctors say as well, that redheads tend to be bleeders. This is also true in my case as I have had to have 2 blood transfusions about a week after 2 differrent surgeries b/c of internal bleeding. I dont know if this is due to being a redhead or just plain bad luck. On a whole I am a healthy person aside from the above minors turning into majors. As for intense cold.. I dont like it but I defintly prefer cooler wet weather to heat. I cant handle heat. LOL I suppose it is good that I live in northern Canada rather than cook till Im crispy Arazonia or Nevada.🙂

  32. MKeith said, on September 10, 2009 at 4:09 am

    I find it interesting when people say that redheads feel MORE pain than others. How exactly do you measure that?

    I can understand the cold thing because skin types play a role into that, but when you say MORE pain than some other type, I tend to get a bit skeptical. If you could apply pain in equal doses to two equally receptive people, one could just automatically say it hurt more than what the other person felt, but never really know if that is accurate or not.

    I am also a redhead, slightly overweight, and get cold very easily. Most overweight people tend to have a little extra insulation. I on the other hand can relate to the prone to cold study.

    I don’t fit the stereo typical hot-hotheadedness, though I am passive aggressive. I am patient and kind and keep other people’s feelings in mind while dealing with them, though if something keeps on keeping on, I will eventually snap. Then something bleeds, explodes, or disappears >:). It just takes me a really REALLY long time to get to that point.

  33. luke said, on October 23, 2009 at 12:49 am

    i am 20 years old and have red hair..also i am male. all of brunette friends are always shocked im so cold, as for the pain, i have shoulder and back problems….at one point in time i was taking 10 to 12 vikodin everyday! there was a study proven that people with red hair are more affected by pain and drugs!!!! So does this actually mean that redheads trip harder on acid? i want to study it..lol…another study said redheads are the most prone race to become addicted to narcotics.(brunettes being the least) i can relate to that to since i have been charged with 12 felonies for forging narcotics…either way the bottom line is…REDHEADS RULE!!!!!! GO GINGERS!!!

  34. Zen said, on December 26, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Only annoying thing I experience is the occasional “GINGER IN THE HOUSE!” whenever I enter a heavily populated area. Everyone just turns and looks at me not knowing what to think. I also am a lightweight drinker. I love to drink and find it awesome that it takes so little for me to get to my merry state! As for medication, I have a high tolerance for cannabis since I smoke for a medical ailment (I used to literally have almost NO appetite and therefore became very thin and malnourished, getting better : ). I don’t need nor take any other pills, drugs or whatnot not even OTC or headache medication (excluding alcohol). The cannabis has been a life saver for me since it not only helped me put on weight but has helped me deal with my anger issues I had since I was a tiny little redheaded child. I feel great and thankful for natural remedies!

  35. Tess said, on January 16, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    You guys are all drama queens lol. I’m a redhead and I get SUPER cold all the time, or I’m over heated. But mostly cold, even during Chicago summers! Like MKeith said, I’m usually considerate and compassionate, but when I get pissed you better back off. My temper used to be worse when I was younger, but now it’s easier to control. I have a very high pain tolerance, but I always have bruises on my legs and I don’t even know how I got them! When I get stitches (Yes, it happens kind of often), I don’t really feel the pain at all and the doctors always complain about how tough my skin is. Redheads are also prone to be anemic because of a natural iron deficiency, which is why redheaded women may be extra cranky or tired during “that time of the month.”

  36. gingerkittyos said, on January 25, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    i think it just depends on how masochistic you are really🙂 i’m a redhead, and while i have a high pain tolerance, i don’t know if i feel more than the average person, but that’s REALLY interesting to think about the possible connection between temperament and pain reception…

  37. rosie said, on January 29, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    heyy did u ko that while blondes and brunettes are decendents from apes we redheads are decendents from cats lol really if u look at it,it explains a lot

  38. Amanda said, on January 30, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I am a redhead and I fit the description of hot-tempered. Although I have tried to tone down my anger, it is rough. However, unlike other redheads I know, I am extremely faithful. I am told that is an unusual trait for a redhead. I give my all when I am in a relationship. I am told that I care too much and love too much, but life is too short not to.

  39. Susan said, on February 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I’m a true redhead. Woke up during surgery. SURPRISE! Two months later the anesthesiologist mentioned the redhead phenonmenon just came out in the latest Journal of Anesthesiology. Now I insist the docs used the equipment to monitor that I am completely under during surgery.

    Now I’m doing research into the pain phenomenon. I’m from a family of a multitude of redheads on both sides. Oxycotin is worthless for a minority of us. Yet my brunette mother falls asleep on asprin!

    Checking out research in British Isles, where we are not an aberation to be deleted from the data!

  40. ted said, on February 13, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    have a friend that insists that redheaded women taste different when you perform oral sex on them. I’m sure hes full of it, but I cant seem to convince him of this. Any help to bolster my position would be greatly appriciated. I would think vaginal taste is strictly a hygiene issue, and hair color has nothing to do with taste. Comments please?>

  41. arose4arose said, on September 8, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    This was a great read!

    I will admit that it takes me no time at all to feel the cold and I despise high temperatures but as for being a hothead, I can with all honesty say that’s not me! For being a natural redhead, I’m quite reserved and it can take quite a bit to piss me off.

    As for feeling pain more, I have a high tolerance to pain so I guess I’m just an oddball. lol

  42. mrowmrow said, on October 12, 2010 at 1:24 am

    I’m a red head too. I bruise easily, take forever to heal, and am often cold even though I live in hot florida x.x I read something about how higher doses of anesthetics are needed for red heads but their pain tolerance in general is higher. I agree, when I was younger especially I would take hard falls and everyone would freak out but I wouldn’t even cry or anything. I’m not a hot head and I’m very faithful, maybe it’s just the irish that are like that? I’m descended from england.

  43. shane woodall said, on December 11, 2010 at 8:22 am

    redheads feel more pain ?depends how tired or healthy we are at the time.mythbusters showed how redheads topped everbody when it comes to takeing pain.temper?if you hurt my family or people i love,or what is importent to me,god help you if i can touch back.yes i am a angry pearson,merely a product of those around me.ever since i was a kid i’ve had to fight in some way shape or form,never wanted that.ever been in a school fight were your best friend started to cheer the other guy and laugh at you?i could have totaled the other guy but when my friend turned i was lost.betrayle killls me inside[now you all know our weakness,remember how mel gibson tried to show that in bravehart?when robert fucked him over,i know that feeling 60 time’s over.the worst thing is as every nobodyknows nobody can hear you scream inside.i don’t want the rage,every time it comes it stops me from doing what i want to do[which is work ie-earn money ,rebuild early harleys ,and 1970’s ford’s. never want to hurt anyone,right after fighting i vomit,i do not want to hurt anyone,why do you normal people keep pushing me?????????????????

  44. baccuss said, on December 12, 2010 at 4:03 am

    Im a naturally redheaded guy. Honestly I dont wish red hair on any man.
    Almost no women like red hair. Not factoring in the irish and scotish…lol
    Am i more volatile? yes. Mainly because I had to fight my whole life. Nobody gets picked on or bullied more than a red headed freckled boy. In grade school I was known for my toughness and willingness to take on anyone that insulted me. Mainly because it didnt matter how much pain was inflicted on me I still got back up.
    The few red headed men (in my family) I have known are of two types. Very physically aggressive when they are pushed or complete pushovers.
    I have an extremely high tolerance for any drug including alcohol. I have woken up during two different operations when I was supposed to be under. Usually to the sound of the anesthesiologist saying “Shit, he’s awake.”
    I can feel things crawling on me that others dont even notice and also have an extreme tolerance for cold. But not heat, I heat up really quickly.

  45. JKRedFreck said, on December 29, 2010 at 3:52 am

    I’m a wavy redhead male with freckles and red complexion. I think I actually have a pretty high pain and cold tolerance. I’m often comfortable in shorts and sandles in cooler weather when non-reds are wearing coats and complaining about the cold. Heat is a different story though, I get sluggish and miserable in hot weather. I can withstand violent hits, muscle strain, bone contusions and that kind of pain fairly well. My skin is sensitive to soft touches though, I can be ticklish and I get goose bumps with just a light caress. That can be a problem when it comes to sex, though, as I have problems “holding on.” Skin is sensitive “down there” too!

  46. Sami said, on December 29, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I am a natural redhead with a sex drive out of this world. Can’t get enough! But am faithful to a fault (if there is a fault in that). I shake uncontrollably whenever i get hurt or stressed which, in turn, makes me snappy. I am very bossy too…my sister is the fiery redhead of the fam. Has put a pick ax in a man’s head, beat down doors, put a ring down someone’s throat– and then a complete angel the rest of the time. I don’t get it! My redhead brothers are hot-tempered too. I love cold though!!

    As for that person who said women don’t like redhead men– wrong! I know lots of women who find it attractive, as do I. My preference is a man tough enough to handle me, and lucky enough to have me.

    Redheads rock!

  47. Don Trotter said, on December 31, 2010 at 1:27 am

    I’m a redhead, and I’ve heard the stereotypes. I’ve never bruised easily, and I can tolerate pain in high degrees. I don’t understand. I’d like to participate in these types of studies or at least hear more about it. Anyone have evidence or a website where studies were done on the male counterpart of redheads?

  48. Don Trotter said, on December 31, 2010 at 1:29 am

    I’m a redhead, and I’ve heard the stereotypes. I’ve never bruised easily, and I can tolerate pain in high degrees. I don’t understand. I’d like to participate in these types of studies or at least hear more about it. Anyone have evidence or a website where studies were done on the male counterpart of redheads? I love the cold. I live in it year round. I prefer it. I’m always calm, and I hardy ever get upset, even when I find evidence to be upset. I just don’t care.

  49. David said, on January 31, 2011 at 7:56 am

    My first love was a redhead. She was so full of life and insatiable, sadly it didn’t last because we were just too young. I spent some years with perfectly nice, but forgettable, blondes and brunettes, until meeting the woman who will now be my wife and hopefully the mother of my children. And yes, she is a beautiful, passionate, feisty redhead. I am over the moon that I’ll get to the spend the rest of my life with her. I know it wont be boring!

  50. Gregg said, on February 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Yep, I’m a red head guy and can certainly attest to being overly sensitive to cold, bruise easily and when something major hurts, it REALLY hurts. Kind of bummer, but certainly explains a lot of things experienced over the years. And when I was in high school and college I would have been right there with one of the previous replies that said women didn’t want to have anything to do with a red head. Hind sight gives me insight that that situation was more my fault then theirs.

  51. RapAttak said, on April 28, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Hey there ya all.. there aint no red-head red-neck, na red-hair beware..
    coz peoples respond ta how they is treated.. kindness ‘n respect equals luv ‘n care.. yeh..

  52. Sarah said, on May 30, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I’m a red head and yes I’m very high strung, feisty and have one hell of a bad temper that is like a human fire drill

  53. Jessica Downes (@LionHattedGirl) said, on September 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Actually, I did a huge paper on this. Redheads are susceptible to certain kinds of pain, especially temperature related ones, but LESS sensitive to others. And as a redhead, I can tell you that I fear the dentist because the second time in my life that I was exposed to Novocain, it wore off in half the time. The third time was half that. At this point we just go au natural and hope for the best, because it is wasted on me.

  54. RED said, on September 19, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Ginger female, reporting for duty. I hate dyed red hair, its offensive. Go away.
    I seek only pale-skinned red/blonde haired men. Blue or green eyes are best. I believe its because I want to keep the pale skin and red hair going. We’re slowly dwindling out.
    Anyways, anesthesia- woken up in the middle of surgery, stupid doctor.
    Pain/cold- its all in the mind, if you’re cold/in pain you CAN mentally will yourself to warmth/comfort, depending. Just have to know how.
    Tempers, yes, I call it ‘red-headed-rage’ and if I let my anger slip, it can get bad, I once kicked my car, shattered a toe joint resulting in surgery, and broke a second toe. Oh, and after I did that I climbed 3 flights of stairs with said messed up foot, so you see kids, all in the head.🙂
    Dentists, yea, I don’t like fillings, but that’s because there is a man with a drill in my mouth, not because there’s any genuine fear. My parents have taken me since I was tiny. Its not that gingers fear the dentist, if you’ve had bad experiences, you won’t enjoy it. Simple as that.

    Guess that’s all I’ve got. Oh, and dear redheads, stop zapping us out of existence by breeding with ‘opposites’.

    -RED-

  55. Lucie said, on September 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I’m a natural redhead (a golden-copper red to be precise). I found I was exceptionally poorly from pain & sickness from operations, severe IBS, severe asthma & allergies. I do tend to be sensitive to pain I think, but I don’t make so much of a fuss about it as most people. Yes I do bruise & swell very easily too. However I don’t have the stereotypical idea of a redhead’s personality at all – I’m the exact opposite. Even though I’m a redhead my personality is the least like the stereotypical idea of redheads of anyone I’ve ever met. I don’t get angry, but other people get angry at me all the time.

  56. Lucie said, on September 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I’ve always been called names such as “ginger”, “china doll”, “geisha”, “ginger nut”, “ginger pubes” – (the last name is wrong of them to call me as I’ve never got any pubes or armpit hair as I have CAIS), but I don’t care if bullies call me names like those – they don’t affect me – they just make the bullies look stupid. I frequently hear a lot of people saying derrogatory things about redheaded people in front of me, but I don’t care. My mum often tells guests at dinner parties in front of me that she didn’t want me to have red hair, & when I was born she phoned my grandmother in South Africa, & she said the first thing she said to her was: “It’s quite alright it doesn’t have red hair”, & my grandmother asked: “Do you have a boy or a girl?” & my mum replied: “No it’s quite alright, it doesn’t have red hair”, & my grandmother then asked: “But is it male or female?” & my mum replied: “It’s alright it doesn’t have red hair”, & my grandmother then asked: “In that case then, what colour hair does the baby have?”, & my mum said: “Actually it doesn’t have any hair yet”. Three years went by & I still hadn’t grown any hair, by which stage my mum didn’t care what colour hair I had just so long as I grew some hair, & when my hair grew in at the age of 3 it was bright red & curly. I asked my mum what she has against red hair & she said redheads’ skin tends to be more sensitive to sunlight so they have to protect their skin from the sun a lot (which I do, otherwise I burn or get freckles, & I keep my skin very porcelain) & they tend to bleed more (which I did from a tonsillectomy) – they’re genetic symptoms of being a redhead. I love being a redhead though. It’s a striking look. I’ve been a model a few times. I’ve felt attracted to couple of redheaded men in the past, but as redheads are in such a tiny minority I’ve never had a redheaded boyfriend or never been on a date with a redheaded man, the closest I’ve had to it was blonde or brunette boyfriends with red facial hair. My current American boyfriend has brunette hair & red facial stubble & I love him very much. I personally have nothing against red hair – I don’t understand all the derrogatory talk I hear about redheads here in England. Sometimes I really hate some English people. I’ve dyed my hair much redder loads of times, I’ve also dyed it black, red with blonde stripes on, & blonde. It’s currently a light golden copper red. I’m not passionate. I’m not fiery-tempered, & I’m not evil. I have Asperger’s Syndrome. Loads of boys & men find me attractive – too many. Bullying & saying nasty things about redheads is like racism – it’s stupid – it makes the bullies look like ignorant stupid bastards!

  57. Lucie said, on September 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I’m not Irish, I’m Russian.


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