• Fri, Jul 23 2010

Thoughts on Having Red Hair

When my parents saw me for the first time, their first words were, “really?” They were quite confused that they had just given birth to a red- headed child. Actually, I didn’t have red hair at the time. It was more of a peach- colored fuzz. The doctors predicted that my hair would lose it’s red color and turn into brown as I got older, but they were very wrong (I thought doctors were supposed to be smart). To this day, my family still questions the origins of my hair color.

I’m not a strawberry blonde. My hair is super red. Basically as red as red hair can get (if you can’t already tell by my picture). As a child, I hated it. My mother would never dress me in pink or red and I fell victim to many jokes. Some days, all I want to do is buy a box of brown hair dye, but then my thoughts subside and I think about how much I love my red hair.

Just the other day, I passed a store and all of the mannequins had red wigs on. I was very flattered. Later, I passed a five- year- old boy with red hair who excitedly shouted to his parents, “Hey! That girl has red hair too!” It was an adorable moment and it made me think: Wow, having red hair is pretty special. Maybe I’m being a tad sentimental, but when you have something that only 2% of the population has (naturally), it’s nice to find someone who shares it with you.

So I ask you, beautiful Gloss Readers, what makes you unique?

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  • Eileen

    I never got why redheads disliked their hair or why anyone ever makes fun of it. Blame Anne of Green Gables and my gorgeous redheaded best friend, but I always wished my (dark brown) hair were red.

  • GirlOverboard

    What makes me unique?

    Um… I can… cross my eyes independently of each other. Meaning, I can cross one eye while the other eye continues to stare you down. It doesn’t really make me beautiful, though. In fact, it’s actually kind of unflattering…

    I don’t really have any other unique identifiers, except that I’m told that I look like Summer Glau, but the problem with that is that it means I’m not unique at all because I look like somebody else. :(

    Oh, I can also flip my tongue upside-down in both directions or I can hold it sideways and wiggle it that way. That’s kind of neat.

  • Mils

    I am a full on redhead and I absolutely love my hair….I’d never ever change it :)

  • LeHermit

    I had about half an inch of red hair at birth, and it’s stayed that way all my life. Typically, I enjoy it, but there have been incidents that make me wish my hair was a more common color. Most of these incidents involve angry customers at the cafe I used to work at only remembering the red-headed waitress even though I wasn’t their server.

    Aside from the red hair, my most unique trait is my extreme flexibility. I can bend in all sorts of ways, and I do consider it a super power.

  • cori

    I’m naturally a blonde & was always teased about being dumb & constantly heard the dumb blonde jokes growing up. Now that I’m older it’s turned a mousy color & I’ve started dying it red. I’m super pale & have green eyes, so I’m envious of your natural color. It’s funny too that my 6 month old son has strawberry blonde hair so far :)