Red hair is certainly the rarest hair color. Only about 1% to 2% in the world’s population have natural red hair. Some people have red hair as a result of a mutation in a gene, which is called MC1R (melanocortin-1 receptor). The pigment that makes the hair red is called pheomelanin. They are more common in Western Europe and less common in other countries.
Since natural redheads are a paucity, they’re often considered unique, precious, special and fascinating. Natural redhead people are being stereotyped as fiery-tempered or feisty, but of course it’s not always the case. Many redheads are subject to bullying and discrimination, while others become the object of admiration simply because of their red hair. Some redheads even see themselves as superior to other non-redheads. A lot of men are even intimidated by redhead women!
Natural red hair color varies from deep burgundy to burnt orange to bright copper. Sometimes a red hair is called “ginger” or “strawberry blonde.” Those who want a flame-colored hair may always go to the salon anytime. Even people who were born blond or brunette become famous after dyeing their hair red (like in the case of Lucille Ball). Here is a list of the famous people — and one Muppet — with natural (and unnatural) red hair.