In celebration of National Love Your Red Hair Day we debunk some of the ridiculous rumors that have followed redheads through the ages. 

Sisters and redheads Stephanie and Adrienne Vendetti, co-founders of “How to be a Redhead” and authors of "How to be a Redhead Beauty Book," have teamed up with IrishCentral to bust stereotypes about redheads.

“We noticed there were hateful days like 'Kick a Ginger Day' and wanted a day that spread a positive message about being a redhead,” says Stephanie.

Be sure to spread your redhead love with the hashtag #LoveYourRed HairDay!

The myths about redheads

Most redheads will have to put up with teasing at some point in their lives. Some will suffer from bullying due to their beautiful blazing hair, but how about being persecuted because you’re thought to be a ‘supernatural being’?

The idea that redheads are vampires, have no soul, and practice witchcraft are only used as jokes today (thankfully), but once these things were believed to be true and treated very seriously.

Redhead Myth #1: The Ancient Greeks were positive redheads became vampires when they died

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They burned their bodies to stop them from rising from the grave. We can only imagine the fear and hysteria surrounding redheads at the time. It couldn’t have been much fun to be ginger...  and Greek.

Redhead myth #2: Many European countries accused redheads of being witches

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… and a red-haired woman would be the first in the community to be suspected and tried for witchcraft. It’s hard to imagine what that must have been like. There’s not much we can do about our hair color, but redheads were marked women from birth.

Read More: Cloudy weather could have caused Celts' red hair

Redhead myth #3: Many thought Judas was a redhead

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Interestingly, #1 and #2 are both tied to this idea. It might sound ludicrous now, but reports that the man who supposedly betrayed Jesus was a redhead was passed down through the years. Many people became suspicious of redheads. There’s even a story that Judas was the original vampire.

Redhead myth #4: Times have changed, but we are still teased due to being ‘vampire-like’

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We’re no longer drowned as witches or burned, but a general suspicion of our pale skin and unusual hair remains. We are still teased and still joked about as being supernatural.. or able to curse and cast spells.

Read More: Did you know redheads, ten percent of Ireland, have superpowers?

Redhead myth #5: Do we mind? No!

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I think, actually, most of us like it. Not to take away from the way our redhead ancestors certainly suffered, but history has proven how different we are. How unusual we are. How powerful we are!

The minority is always treated with suspicion. And in most places in the world, redheads are the minority. And, that’s why we were considered witches and vampires in the first place.

We’ve weathered centuries of accusations and injustices, and we’ve come out of it more confident, more self-assured, and more unstoppable!

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* Originally published in 2017.

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