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On Being a Redhead

Last night I stumbled upon a fun website for redheads. 🙂  They have t-shirts for sale with slogans like:

1.  Yes, it’s natural

2. Got Melanocortin 1?

3. Got Freckles?

4. Consider the hair a warning label (use extreme caution)

5. And of course my favorite, “Would have given Charlie Brown a chance.”

I had so much fun looking around that site. 🙂 If you are a redhead, check it out.

Redheads poster

I also found another site that I liked which is dedicated to redheads . It was full of fun quotes: (and might explain a little about me! 🙂 )

“A face without freckles is like a night without stars.”

“If you want trouble… find yourself a redhead.”

You’d find it easier to be bad than good if you had red hair,” said Anne reproachfully. “People who haven’t red hair don’t know what trouble is.”
-Anne to Marilla in Anne of Green Gables

“Blondes are noticed but redheads are never forgotten.”

“Of course, part of the ‘problem’ with redheads is that there aren’t enough of them. They make up just two percent of the population. So they’re pretty extraordinary. Redheads are too numerous to be ignored, too rare to be accepted.
-Grant McCracken, from his book Big Hair

“It’s not just a hair color, it’s a state of mind.”
Realm of Redheads

“Please just call me red-headed and forgive me.”
-Anne to Gilbert in Anne’s House of Dreams

“Nobody who has known a redhead can say that redheads are tame. Even shy redheads have a burning spark of adventure inside them. Opinionated, hotheaded, logical, loyal, friendly, reserved, whatever the redheads’ personality, you can bet they’ll have SCADS of it!”
Review of The Redhead Encyclopedia

“I do believe my redheadedness plays a huge part in who I am. If I were a blonde or brunette, I would be an entirely different person.”

“We redheads are a minority, we tend to notice each other – you know, and notice our identity.”
-Juliann Moore, actress

“Redheads are less than 1% of the world’s population. Now that is a minority! And, I thought, one that should qualify me for school scholarships or something like that.”
Becky McAlpine

“All throughout history, from Reuben to Robbins, redheads have been recognized as a rare breed. Blondes may have more fun, brunettes may be brainier, but when it comes down to raw energy, creativity, and personality … you just can’t beat a redhead well, you can, but beware … she’ll probably beat you back!”
-Redheads Unlimited

“While the rest of the species is descended from apes, redheads are descended from cats.”
-Mark Twain

“The highest percentage of natural redheads in the world is in Scotland (13%), followed closely by Ireland with 10%. In the US, about 2% of the population are natural redheads.”
Marcia’s Facts About Redheads

“Redheads are dry and easily irritated. And that’s just talking about their skin!”
-a dermatologist

“Yes, it’s green,” moaned Anne. “I thought nothing could be as bad as red hair. But now I know it’s ten times worse to have green hair. Oh, Marilla, you little know how utterly wretched I am.”
-Anne to Marilla in Anne of Green Gables

“I am strong. I am invincible. I am redhead.”

“When red headed people are above a certain social grade their hair is auburn.”
-Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

“Two women in the house and one of them a redhead.”
-Michaleen Flynn in “The Quiet Man”

“My hair is pretty dark red… And of course, it catches fire in the sunlight. A great time to bring out a redhead’s coloring is right before sunset, when rose-colored clouds and golden light begin to streak across the sky.”

“Ruadh gu brath!”
Scots gaelic for “Red heads forever!”

From a Redhead’s Perspective

…There is more, much more, to being a redhead than the color of one’s hair. After all, hair color changes naturally throughout one’s life. It can also be changed deliberately. But we were born redheads, we live as redheads, and someday we will die redheads. It cannot be taken away from us. Nor can it be obtained by simply dyeing one’s hair. In other words, redheads are born, not made.

…We are not redheads because our hair is red (and every redhead has naturally red hair at least sometime in his life). Rather, I am convinced, our hair is red because we are redheads.

Being a redhead comes from within. Redheadedness is a quality of the person, a state of mind. Red hair is simply an external, physical, manifestation, and a sure giveaway of this state of mind. Because of its beauty, red hair also is a special gift of nature given to redheads in appreciation for our special role in human society. We are only “different” because there are so few of us, anywhere between 2 – 5% of population.

-G. Adam Stanislav

Redheads and the Men Who Love Them

“It’s not the hair that turns men on, it’s the spirit that redheads exude.”

“When a fellow has a home and a dear, little, red-haired wife in it what more need he ask of life?”
-Gilbert in Anne’s House of Dreams

“Gentlemen may prefer blondes, but it takes a real man to handle a redhead.”

Out of the ash
I rise with my red hair
And eat men like air.
-Sylvia Plath

“I used to hate my red hair, but now I love the attention I get with it. I think that very smart, daring men love red hair, and I love that in a man.”

“That… drew me particularly to the flamboyant qualities of redheads. Their hair and the exotic flourish of their skin in sunlight were even redder and more visible in that blue surround.”
-Joel Meyerowitz

“They are probably the worst people to date. They are demanding and obsessive and they can’t make up their minds about anything, so they are very difficult to figure out. But I still love them.”

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

“Redheads have been nicknamed demons by my associates and I think because of what they can do to the human heart. Best thing that’s hit the Earth, ever. Never had too much luck with them though. Advice is accepted….”

“The sun on a brunette’s hair looks red. The sun on a redhead’s hair looks like Heaven on Earth”


My post haircut/sale photo near the Thames, London (as much as I hate this picture, it shows just how short it was cut!)


David took this picture for me at Santa Monica Beach right before I left for London and had my hair cut

Only two things are necessary to keep a redhead happy. One is to let her think she is having her own way, and the other is to let her have it.

How do you get a redhead to argue with you? Say something.

How do you get a redhead’s mood to change? Wait 10 seconds.

What’s the difference between a terrorist and a redhead?… you can negotiate with a terrorist.
Unfortunately I can say from personal experience that all the above sentences on this page are true and if you know me, you know they are true.
32 Comments leave one →
  1. Becka permalink
    June 23, 2008 9:34 am

    Redheads rule! I love your redhead page! 🙂

  2. jenmarie permalink*
    June 23, 2008 2:10 pm

    Thanks! (you have to find the Wendy’s redhead protest video online, it’s so funny. I might link it here sometime. It’s just a joke, but it’s funny!)

  3. Mom permalink
    December 20, 2008 7:05 pm

    Let’s just say, their parents need to form a support group! 🙂

  4. Becka permalink
    January 6, 2009 3:24 pm

    lol I just saw that redhead protest movie. That was sooooo funny! 🙂

  5. Aunt Cheryl permalink
    February 12, 2010 10:40 pm

    Don’t worry, your grandma who helped give you the hair was still quite red till the day of her death at 78 (red with a white layer over it). She was called “strawberry blonde” at that point, and that’s even what the papers said at the time of her death. And she also was mostly unwrinkled . . . so genetically you should age well. 🙂

  6. jenmarie permalink*
    February 13, 2010 3:31 pm

    Yay, that’s encouraging. Thanks! 🙂

  7. Lisa permalink
    June 23, 2011 5:50 am

    Thanks for your website. I was feeling a bit down in the dumps about having red hair, being teased and all but you cheered me up and made me realize that my red hair is a gift, thank you 🙂

    • jenmarie33 permalink*
      June 23, 2011 8:15 am

      I’m glad it cheered you up! I think red hair is the prettiest color of hair (and I’m so thankful for mine! =) ) I am sure your hair is beautiful. Enjoy your rare-ness =) Lots of people try to dye theirs red, so be thankful you get yours for free!

  8. Dex permalink
    August 10, 2011 9:21 am

    Having been married to one for many years, I can honestly say all of the above apply. For other men interested in marrying a redhead, just remember this. She is always right, even if she is wrong.

    • August 10, 2011 12:19 pm

      Haha thanks for your comment, it made me laugh =)

    • Gareth permalink
      October 11, 2011 1:55 pm

      Isn’t that rule applicable to all women, though? So is it just more applicable to redheads than other types?

      • jenmarie33 permalink*
        October 11, 2011 1:59 pm

        Haha maybe =P

  9. RedheadsFTW permalink
    October 24, 2011 9:27 am

    Yay for redheads!

    • jenmarie33 permalink*
      February 20, 2012 10:59 am

      Yes, yay for sure! =) We are so blessed!

  10. February 20, 2012 10:55 am

    You have beautiful hair! I’m a curly strawberry blonde, but it won’t grow as long as yours…boo! Loved the quotes, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • jenmarie33 permalink*
      February 20, 2012 10:59 am

      Awww thanks =) Glad you liked the quotes and I like your picture on your about page, very pretty!

  11. March 19, 2012 4:00 pm


    I started a new community for (USA) Redheads so we can organize meetings like the redheadday in the Netherlands

    Feel free to join

    Thank you !

    • jenmarie33 permalink*
      March 19, 2012 4:02 pm

      Aww fun, thanks =)

  12. August 31, 2012 10:05 am

    As a fellow redhead, I love this page!

  13. Belynda permalink
    September 7, 2012 4:56 am

    As a child I always said I didn’t want children with red hair – today I have 3 gorgeous red headed daughters, all fiesty and intelligent young women who I wouldn’t trade for the world. They are truly unique!

    • September 7, 2012 8:18 am

      Wow, you got THREE of them? How did you manage to get so lucky? I love red hair!

  14. September 7, 2012 4:04 pm

    awesome post! and totally agree with it all! 😀

  15. September 7, 2012 4:08 pm

    Please support this redhead:

    • September 7, 2012 4:22 pm

      Haha, I love it. I guess red hair is a bit wasted on guys – they never appreciate it, and there are a LOT of women who’d love to have it instead (believe me, I meet them every day!)

      • September 7, 2012 4:26 pm

        Jah, I can’t say I was really happy with it as a kid. But then I got into the ginger-movement, joined and met a nice redhead girl-girlfriend-fiancee-wife 🙂 Happily married for almost a year now

      • February 2, 2014 3:20 pm

        My dad was a redhead, and I can assure you that it was NOT wasted on him. He wielded his redheadedness like a weapon. The cardinal rule in our house was, “Don’t upset Daddy!” And when you DID upset Daddy, the consequences were heavy: “Go to your room!” ; “But, Mama, he…” ; “I don’t care! You upset Daddy! Go to your room!” Oh! How I longed for red hair!! But, alas! In our family, it was, apparently, some kind of recessive gene, allotted to one child per generation and never to a child of a redhead. My cousin Annette was the lucky one in our generation.

  16. September 7, 2012 4:27 pm

    Awww, that is so awesome. I hope you guys get lots of cute, redheaded kids! =) Red is the best, hands down!

  17. Katie permalink
    December 13, 2012 10:44 am

    I am always gonna be proud of who i am & my hair color if someone calls me a ginger or anything bad ill just walk away, but if they call me a coward punch ill punch the person in the nose, & walk away :D.& I know this is a run-on sentence :P.

  18. Peter permalink
    February 5, 2014 8:10 am

    So this is over? No more Red Head gatherings or meeting or commuication?

  19. February 5, 2014 11:29 am

    I don’t think we ever had any meetings or anything…Peter are you a redhead?

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