The Outside World There’s A Big Advantage To Having Red Hair, According To Scientists Published 9 months ago on Jan 10, 2018 By Jade Wilson Red hair is always noticeable, but not always in a good way. If you’re a top model or an actor, you’re going to get nothing but compliments on it. But other, less fortunate red-headed folk may be teased about their look. Fortunately, there’s now a big advantage to having red hair that you can use to put meanies in their place. Cool Facts About Redheads Redheads make up only 2% of the population, which is what makes them so noticeable. Rich Fury/Getty Images Redheads have less hair on their heads than any other hair color group. However, their hair is much thicker to compensate for this. Red Hair And Genetics Red hair is a genetic trait. It is passed down through a gene known as MC1R. You don’t need red-headed parents to have the MC1R gene. Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images In fact, both parents can have other hair colors and still carry the gene. In practical terms, as long as both your parents have the gene, you have between a 25% and a 100% chance of having red hair yourself. But that’s not the only cool part. The Red-Headed Superpower! That MC1R gene has some extraordinary side benefits. One is what might be described as a superpower! Jerod Harris/Getty Images You see, in 2003, researchers at McGill University found that women with red hair can tolerate far more pain than a woman with any other hair color – 25% more to be precise. Then at the University of Louisville, they found it takes 20% more anesthetic to knock out a redhead than anyone else. There Are Even More Benefits To Being A Redhead! If that wasn’t enough, redheads also need less Vitamin D than the rest of us too. Apparently, their bodies produce the vitamin faster than other mere mortals can. Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for InStyle There are two final advantages of red hair that scientists know about today. 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