Redheads and their luscious locks don't have it too easy sometimes. They get a lot of stick for basically no reason, and you only have to look at celebs like Rupert Grint, Nicola Roberts, Emma Stone and Ed Sheeran to know that they are actually fire (no pun intended).

Now though, the flame-haired masses are fighting back, as today, 12th January, is 'Kiss A Ginger Day'.


So get your lip balms at the ready ladies, and pucker up.

The unofficial holiday was started in 2009 on Facebook by Derek Forgie who was sick of being bullied and victimised for his red locks and decided to take some positive action.

Less than two percent of the world's population is ginger - if you discount anyone who dyes their hair. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Scotland and Ireland lead the way for the most gingers per head.


It is a result of a genetic mutation (not the cool kind, or the bad kind) in one specific gene - MC1R (known as the 'ginger gene') is responsible for the red hair, freckles, and pale skin of all of your favourite redheads.

If both parents carry the gene there is a good chance their kids will be ginger even if they aren't, but if both parents are ginger there is an almost 100 percent chance the kids will be red headed.

They may have a hard time, but the biggest selling colour of women's hair dye on the planet is red, meaning that more and more people are turning ginger by choice. You tell 'em.

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Rachel Andrews

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