About Kiss a Ginger Day
January 12th is Kiss a Ginger Day. Smooch (or call, or text, or yodel expressively) your favorite gingers, and thank them for being in your life.
Kiss A Ginger Day was founded in 2009 by Canadian Derek Forgie to counter ‘Kick A Ginger Day’ which took place every November.
Red is the rarest hair color, with only 2% of the population having it. Most redheads are of northern or western European ancestry; the highest percentage of redheads come from Scotland, followed by Ireland. In ancient Greece, some redheads were considered to be vampires. Many redheads were killed in Europe between the 15th and 18th centuries because they were perceived to be associated with witchcraft.
Red hair is caused by a mutated MC1R gene. If both parents carry this gene—even if they don't have red hair themselves—their child has a one in four chance of being born with red hair. Those with red hair actually have less hair on their heads. A redhead has on average 90,000 strands of hair on their head, while blondes have about 110,000, and brunettes have 140,000. What redheads lack in number they make up in thickness, though, as strands of red hair are thicker than the strands of other colors. Red hair also strongly holds its pigment; it is hard to dye red hair a different color unless it is bleached first.