On St. Patrick’s Day, it is customary to pinch redheads. But there are a lot of people out there, particularly celebrities, who look to all eyes like natural redheads but who are just the result of some exceptional hair color technology. (Fun fact: My red-haired mother found a thank-you note my grandmother wrote to her mother after my mother was born, which said: “Thank you for the lovely baby cap. It’s just perfect to cover that red hair. Hopefully there will be good hair dyes available when she is a young lady.” Little did she know that those good hair dyes would be used to make red hair even more plentiful.)

Some redheads are the product of science, but these stars were born that way.

1. Nicole KidmanNicole Kidman

I’ve never understood why Nicole Kidman straightens her hair and prefers to stay blonde when she has a fantastic mane like this growing out of her head.

2. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay LohanLohan has had lots of different dye jobs over the years, but she did all her best work as a redhead.

3. Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore, Liv Helen Freundlich

With Moore’s daughter Liv running around like a little red-haired Mini Me, no one will ever question if Moore is a natural redhead.

4. Jessica Chastain
2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Chastain’s natural color is so fantastic, she doesn’t risk it with dye. If she has to change her hair for a role, she just wears wigs.

5. Karen Gillan
Karen Gillan

I’m still surprised by how good Selfie got right before it was canceled.

6. Rose Leslie 
New York Premiere  of "Game of Thrones" Rose Leslie was the maid who quit working at Downton Abbey because she wanted a better life. Considering that she wound up living north of the Wall as Ygritte on Game of Thrones, she probably should have stayed downstairs.

7. Bryce Dallas HowardBryce Dallas Howard Bryce Dallas Howard and her sisters all have the same bright red hair as both their parents. Genetics are cool.

8. Ed Sheeran

The Brit Awards 2015

Taylor Swift’s bestie has bright red hair like an orange cat. That’s probably about 80 percent of why she likes him.

9. Laura Prepon

Celebrities attend Entertainment Weekly's celebration honoring the 2015 SAG Awards nominees

Come back to us, Laura Prepon!

10. Sophie Turner


Sansa Stark’s hair is real.

Read on for Isla Fisher, Alicia Witt, and the reason Prince Harry is the best dude in the world.

11. Prince HarryPrince Harry ICAP

He’s a royal and a natural redhead. How could Emma Watson not want to date him?

12. Rupert GrintPostman Pat premiere

Um, maybe Hermione has a type after all.

13. Alicia WittShowtime's "Shameless", "House of Lies", and "Episodes" PremiereTo this day I am still trying to copy every hair color and makeup Alicia Witt wore on television in the 90s.

14. Lily Cole
ELLE Style Awards 2015

She’s a supermodel and a genius. Those are almost as good as being a natural redhead.

15. Isla Fisher


Red hair and dark eyes made us think she might be a Daywalker, but Isla Fisher is the real deal.

16. Jayma Mays

jayma-mays-red-hairThis one feels right. She just seems like a natural redhead.

17. Benedict Cumberbatch

benedict-cumberbatch-red-hairCumberbatch’s hair is darkened for Sherlock, but he’s actually a delightful auburn.

18. Angie Everhart

angie-everhart-red-hairSupermodel Angie Everhart would have been sexy with a different hair color, but probably not as sexy.

19. Megan Follows

megan-follows-red-hairMegan Follows is Catherine de’Medici on Reign, but she’s also Anne of Green Gables.

20. Shirley Manson

shirley-manson-red-hairShirley Manson was one of the coolest rock stars of the 90s, and there were a lot of cool rock stars in the 90s. It was mostly the music, but the bright red hair didn’t hurt.

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