Hair Care for Gingers
Whether you’re a strawberry blond, light auburn, or carrot red, people with red hair are in a class of themselves. According to an article published by World Atlas, at least two percent of the world’s population is natural gingers. The world’s most significant population of redheads is in Ireland and the United States.
Doesn’t it feel exhilarating to know that you have the rarest hair color in the world? If you have a history of gingers in your family, chances are you are one also, especially if one or both parents have fiery tresses. The mutated gene that creates red hair is recessive, so at least one of your parents passed it on to you.
Redheads in History
They say blondes have more fun, but perhaps no other hair color has more lore than gingers. Unfortunately, history hasn’t always been kind to those with red locks. Due to the rarity of red hair, many ancient cultures often linked it to superstitious rubbish.
During the Spanish Inquisition, gingers were often seen as “in league with the devil.” Legend has it that Judas Iscariot had red hair, so they assumed it was a cruel mark. It resulted in hateful prejudice, dehumanization, and senseless persecution.
Redheads have often been unfairly stereotyped as people with explosive tempers. This unfounded generalization was often hurled at folks of Irish or Scottish descent, who’ve traditionally had a large population of gingers. It was just another way human nature finds to ostracize and marginalize others who are different.
Celebrate Being a Ginger
The good news is that modern society has come to its senses and now celebrates the glorious red locks. We’ve even coined the term “ginger” to describe women and men with these stunning hues. Red is a perennial favorite for both genders to dye their hair today. Gingers males are also being treated successfully for thinning hair and male pattern baldness.
You’re in good company if you’re a guy with red hair. You share a rare trait with several famous men in history and modern times. Some on this short list may surprise you:
•King Henry VIII
•Oliver Cromwell (English statesman)
•Vincent Van Gogh
•Vladimir Lenin (First Soviet leader)
•Sir Winston Churchill
The 411 on Red Hair Care
Did you know that each natural hair color has unique care requirements? The shampoos and hair care products your buddies use may not be best for your ginger mane. Here are some red hair care basics to consider.
1. Handle with Care
Not only is your red hair color rare, but it’s also thinner than other hair colors. For example, men with dark hair have an average of 140,000 hair strands, and blondes have about 110,000. Conversely, gingers have an average of about 90,000 hair strands that tend to be more fragile.
2. Avoid too Much Sun
Most people with red hair also have a light complexion that’s often sprinkled with freckles. Not only do gingers like you usually have dry, sensitive skin, but your hair might be dry. Do your fair skin and red locks a favor and avoid too much exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays.
3. Use Moisturizing Conditioners
Regardless of your hair color, modern guys realize that conditioning isn’t just for women’s hair. Use shampoos and conditioners that are rich in moisturizers. However, please don’t go overboard because it can make your thin ginger follicles heavy and greasy.
4. Maintain that Ginger Glow
Ginger men and women frequently complain that their red manes look dull and coppery. Some shampoos are formulated for red hair and bring out the natural shine. For generations, many redheads have rinsed their hair with cranberry juice to help their locks stay vibrant and healthy.
5. You’ll Have an Attractive Gray
Have you noticed a few gray strands among your red ones? As you age, your follicles will gradually stop producing red pigment, a process called achromotrichia. Your mane will slowly turn from light copper shades to silvery-white. On average, gingers go gray slower than people with other hair colors.
Many people believe the incorrect assumption that men with red hair are more prone to hair thinning and male pattern baldness. The gene responsible for baldness has nothing to do with hair color. Since ginger strands are finer, it may create an optical illusion that gingers have more hair loss issues.
Are you frustrated with watching your glowing ginger mane battle thinning and male pattern baldness? Contact Dr. Zacco and his experienced, professional staff at AZ Hair Restoration Clinic in Raleigh, NC. Let them discuss the hair restoration procedures that are best suited for you.