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The 50 States + Why They Are ‘Redhead Friendly’

Every state has a red flare.

Most people are proud of where they’re from and if a redhead can quickly say, “Our town has many redheads in it” or “I’m the only redhead I know of.” Throughout our travels on the Rock it like a Redhead Tour in 2015 and the soon-to-be “How to be a Redhead” Book Tour (cities coming soon!), the H2BAR team has noticed that every state (in some way or another) has a red flare. So, we did our research and found 1-2 ways every state in the nation is ‘Redhead Friendly’.

Find your current residence or home state and share with your friends and family!

ALABAMA:

Home of Felicia Day & Grayson Russell.

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ALASKA:

Sixty-seven days of the year the state does not see sunlight. On the bright side, redheads, you do not have to worry about getting sunburned during this time of year. Home to Scandal‘s Darby Stanchfield.

ARIZONA:

The Grand Canyon is located here; mighty and magnificent… just like a redhead. Fact: The sun shines in Phoenix and Tucson 85 percent of the year, even more than Florida and Hawaii. So, don’t forget your sunscreen! This is also the state where Emma Stone is from.

Emma Stone Bob Haircut at Venice Film Festival

ARKANSAS:

Diamonds were first discovered in Arkansas by John W. Huddleston. Rare & unique… just like a redhead.

CALIFORNIA:

“California [Redhead] girls, we’re unforgettable”. Thank you for this awesome song, Katy Perry. Birthplace of Jessica Chastain and Molly Ringwald.

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COLORADO:

Home of Red Rocks Entertainment Concert. It was named the best amphitheater in the U.S. by Rolling Stone, 2013. Also where Amy Adams was raised.

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CONNECTICUT:

Kaitlyn Tarpey was Miss Connecticut in 2013, she was the only redhead in the pageant that year. Watch her in a How to be a Redhead hair tutorial here.

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DELAWARE:

The Dutch settled in Delaware in 1631. It is said that 2-4% of the Dutch population now has red hair, and it’s believed to be higher in the earlier centuries. We can thank the migration from Europe to the USA for the many redheads in America today.

FLORIDA:

Also known as ‘The Sunshine State’. Redheads are also known to brighten up people’s lives, *wink wink*. If you live in this state, do not forget your SPF!

GEORGIA:

Each & every redhead is sweet like a Georgia peach.

HAWAII:

There is a small group of redheads in Hawaii and the culture believes that redheads cannot eat spicy foods well. Don’t believe us? Check out the article in Honolulu Magazine here.

IDAHO:

Christina Hendricks got her start in Idaho.

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ILLINOIS:

Home of the Redhead Piano Bar. Home of Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid. Home to Kathy Griffin. Chicago was the 4th stop on the Rock it like a Redhead Tour and the #2 most popular city for the How to be a Redhead Facebook Page.

Crowd photo from the Rock it like Redhead Beauty Tour, Chicago Stop. September 10, 2015.
Crowd photo from the Rock it like Redhead Beauty Tour, Chicago Stop. September 10, 2015.

INDIANA:

Everyone’s favorite cartoon cat, Garfield, found his first home in Indiana. His creator, Jim Davis, was from Marion, IN. We like to think of Garfield as a Ginger Persian Cat.

IOWA:

Kate Mulgrew, known as “Red”, on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black was born and grew up in Iowa.

KANSAS:

Amelia Earhart, the fiery redhead, was born and raised in Kansas. She was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

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KENTUCKY:

The inaugural Kentucky Redhead Convention takes place every year in October, with live music, contests, a crowning of a ginger King and Queen.

LOUISIANA:

Even though this is the most humid state in the US, so for those redheads with frizzy hair (that is many of us), use these remedies to keep your hair cool & collected.

MAINE:

Maine is very proud of its state cat, the Maine coon. But, it would have won points with the redheads in Maine if the state cat was the humble orange tabby cat, which is known as nature’s finest feline.

The sometimes-sometimes-not redhead, Anna Kendrick, is from Portland, Maine too.

MARYLAND:

Nora Roberts, the American bestselling author of more than 209 romance novels, was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland.

MASSACHUSETTS:

Highest percentage of Irish decent and home of Louis C.K and Marcia Cross. Boston’s North End was the birthplace of HowtobeaRedhead.com in 2011 before moving to New York City in 2012.

Boston's Louis C.K. walking with daughter in NYC.
Boston’s Louis C.K. walking with daughter in NYC.

MICHIGAN:

Home of Sylvia Plath. She famously coined the phrase, “Out of the ash I rise with my red hair and eat men like air.”

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MINNESOTA:

Supermodel blogger Emily Sandberg is a famous redhead with quite the opinion and fierceness. She spoke up to Anna Wintor and the magazine giant, Vogue, saying, “Vogue writes more these days about ‘which socialite has marriage, drug or boyfriend problems and what to do with my cellulite’ than it does about fashion’s hottest trends.”

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MISSISSIPPI:

They love the color red! Ole Miss & Mississippi State rock red & maroon colors.

MISSOURI:

The women’s professional basketball team from 1936-1986 was called The All American Red Heads. And, Mrs. Arkansas, 2012 Sharla Fultz, was a redhead.

MONTANA:

Home of Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

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NEBRASKA:

Marg Helgenberger is from the great state of Nebraska. She is currently best known for her roles as Catherine Willows in the CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

NEVADA:

Jenny Lewis, the American singer-songwriter, musician, and actress, is from Nevada. She was the primary vocalist of the indie rock band Rilo Kiley, and has released three solo albums since.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

New Hampshire’s state motto is “Live Free or Die”. Since redheads are stereotypically known to be wild and fiery, we guarantee many agree with the state’s expression.

NEW JERSEY:

Home of one of America’s favorite ‘by choice’ redheads, Caroline Manzo.

NEW MEXICO:

Albuquerque’s KOAT ABC Channel 7 News celebrated National Love Your Red Hair Day, a day created by How to be a Redhead, in this news article on November 5, 2015.

NEW YORK:

New York City was the birthplace and home of Lucille Ball. The city is also where How to be a Redhead is headquartered. New York State is #1 most popular state for the How to be a Redhead Facebook Page.

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NORTH CAROLINA:

Julianne Moore’s place of birth was Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

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OHIO:

Head quarterback on Cincinnati Bengals is a redhead, Andy Dalton. The red carnation is their state flower. They also have a redhead gathering each year in Dublin, OH.

OKLAHOMA:

Home of Reba McEntire and birthplace of Ron Howard.

OREGON:

They host a redhead event in Portland every year. This year, it’s taking place on May 21st at the Oregon Health & Science University, Collaborative Life Sciences Building.

PENNSYLVANIA:

There is a salon located in Towanda, PA named ‘Flamin Red Hair’. How cool is that? PA is also the home of Danny Bonaduce and Seth Green.

RHODE ISLAND:

The smallest state. Making it very unique, just like a redhead. Also, the home of the co-founders of How to be a Redhead, Adrienne and Stephanie, and stars like Debra Messing and Conan O’Brien.

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SOUTH CAROLINA:

South Carolina is the nation’s leading peach producer and shipper east of the Mississippi River. Many say the skin color of a redhead can be called, “Peaches and Cream.”

NORTH & SOUTH DAKOTA:

Native to both Dakota’s is The Redhead bird. It is a relatively common diving duck which also dabbles in shallow water.  The Redhead regularly lay eggs in the nests of other birds, sometimes including non-duck species such as bitterns and herons.

TENNESSEE:

Home of Country Music, redheads stars like Reba McEntire & Wynonna Judd, spend a lot of time in Nashville. Home to Christina Hendricks. Also, the 2nd stop on the Rock it like a Redhead Beauty Tour on June 18, 2015.

2015 Rock it like a Redhead Tour, Nashville Stop. June 18, 2015.
2015 Rock it like a Redhead Tour, Nashville Stop. June 18, 2015.

TEXAS:

Texas has “The Redheaded Centipedes”. They are giant desert centipedes, are very large, averaging about 6.5 inches long, but range in size up to 8 or 9 inches long. They received their name because their body has various shades of red. Austin, Texas was also the 1st stop on the Rock it like a Redhead 2015 Tour on April 30, 2015.

2015 Rock it like a Redhead Tour, Austin Stop. April 30, 2015.
2015 Rock it like a Redhead Tour, Austin Stop. April 30, 2015.

UTAH:

The state gave Utah State’s Sean Harris the title for “Best hair in College Basketball”. Harris has a high-top fade, which is already spectacular. He also has red hair,” says SBNation.com. “When these things are combined, magic happens..”

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VERMONT:

Capital of Maple Syrup. This makes a great hair mask for redheads. Microwave 3 tbsp. pure maple syrup for 15 seconds. Let cool. Apply mixture to hair. Let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and shampoo.

It is also one of the most beautiful states to see tree foliage during ‘Redhead Season’.

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VIRGINIA:

Home of George Washington. Yes, he had red hair!

WASHINGTON:

Seattle Seahawks football player, Brian Billick, is a redhead. Also, the 3rd stop on the Rock it like a Redhead 2015 tour. On August 13, 2015 you may have seen this line stretching down the streets of Seattle.

2015 Rock it like a Redhead Tour, Seattle Stop. August 13, 2015.
2015 Rock it like a Redhead Tour, Seattle Stop. August 13, 2015.

WEST VIRGINIA:

West Virginia was rated the most ‘Redhead Friendly’ state in America. The survey was done by searching various redhead-friendly Google searches.

WISCONSIN:

There’s a bar in Grafton, WI called the ‘RedHeads Tavern.’ Home of Mike Bruesewitz from University of Wisconsin –  known for his super bushy red hair.

WYOMING:

The first state to give women the right to vote; we can guess many redheads were in line on that day! The Redhead from Wyoming is a 1953 American Western drama film produced by Leonard Goldstein and directed by Lee Sholem. It stars Maureen O’Hara. See a tribute for her here.

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