By: Alyssa Showalter
It had been brought to my attention that it might be rare to have a redhead friend, natural or dyed. I was not aware of this, and was actually surprised. I see redheads the same way Haley Joel Osment saw dead people. Everywhere.
“Who doesn’t have a redheaded friend?” I thought to myself.
Still trying to grasp this claim, I decided to look into it. Is it really that rare to have a redheaded friend? I understand that redheads make up 2% of the world’s population, but here in America, it seems to be a wildfire trend to have red hair.
As a natural born redhead myself, I have some friends. My friends have friends, and so I asked them how many redheads do they know, family or friends.
One friend from Florida revealed that he is a “Ginger-magnet” and has at least seven friends who are natural redheads. I asked him where he is getting all these redheads, and people might suspect him for hoarding them.”I LOVE REDHEADS, OKAY”, he said with excitement. He defends himself further by mentioning that they flock to him. I believe him, and I know he admires red hair and treasures his redheaded friends deeply. Well it is because he works at a job that has a great mix of diverse peoples, so he can be an exception.
I then asked my friend from the north Canada about how many redheads she knows. She told me five, which includes family. There seemed to be a trend emerging.
I asked a friend who lives in Hong Kong and her answer was the same as my Canadian friend. She said, “Over five on top of my head.” Although, I must point out that she counted her redheaded friends from the UK and myself, the only American redhead in her group of friends.
I started to think, “Maybe it is not rare to have a redheaded friend.”
However, do not get disheartened from my small little research project. Just remember, your friends love you for you, and the fact that you have red hair is the cherry on top of the sundae. True friends do not judge you for your skin or hair color, but the spark that you bring into their lives.
People may say they’re lucky to have a redheaded friend, but I feel like I am the lucky one. To have friends who treasure me for who I am, and not for what I look like, are worth more than having a million friends that care too much about your appearance. Remember to treasure your friends, and keep rocking the red hair.
Now, it’s probably time to read 5 Reasons Everyone Needs a Redhead Friend…