Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Red hair test becomes reality

redhero33.jpg
jesshero.jpg
liz1hero.jpg
nicherohair.jpg
sshero.jpg

Hoping for flame-haired offspring? An instant test that shows couples whether they will have red-haired babies is on offer in London.

A Who Do You Think You Are exhibition being held in the capital next month will offer to test couple's genes through a simple saliva swab.

Dr Jim Wilson, chief scientist at BritainsDNA, told The Telegraph: "Families can carry a variant for generations, and when one carrier has children with another carrier, a red-headed baby can appear seemingly out of nowhere."

Famous Hollywood redhead Nicole Kidman's mane has endured many a style evolution, but she usually always sticks to a titian colour

Worldwide, around one in 200 people are redheads, with the UK and Ireland having a higher concentration of fiery locks than in the rest of Europe, where only 1.3 per cent of people are red-headed.

The redhead gene variant is present in about four in 10 people, regardless of their hair colour, explaining why some couples have babies with ginger hair when neither parent are redheads.

Scientists seemingly can't get enough of the red hair phenomenon, with recent studies linking the colouring to heightened feelings of pain and even claiming cloudy weather is behind the UK's high redhead count.

Who's your favourite redhead of all time? Tell us below or on Twitter

Words: Anna Pollitt. Images: Rex Features

Related

rexfeatures-3530752af.jpg

The Stylist Hair 100

iconichairstyles.jpg

The 30 most iconic hair styles

615x330_Stylist-Hair-100-ha.jpg

Curly hair styles

Comments

More

The Stylist wedding blog: DIY bridal make-up

"Don't attempt anything out of the norm on your big day" by Natasha Tomalin

15 Jun 2016

An ode to the beehive as its creator dies aged 98

Big hair, don't care by Anna Pollitt

15 Jun 2016

The most popular beauty products of the year so far

From lipsticks to facial oil, these products have been flying off the shelves by Sarah Biddlecombe

10 Jun 2016

Three Stylist self tan cynics try a new breed of fakes

We road test the very best products by The Stylist web team

06 Jun 2016

Why every single skin tone should embrace sun protection this summer

Shattering the sunscreen myth by The Stylist web team

31 May 2016

Nine products to fix common eyebrow problems

As recommended by the Stylist Beauty Council by The Stylist web team

30 May 2016

The rise of the brow: why eyebrow products are set to rival mascara

Why your brow pencil is your new mascara by The Stylist web team

30 May 2016

How to be confident and take the perfect selfie, by Kendall Jenner

Guess which filter she has named the most flattering?

27 May 2016

A-lister gets kick-ass ink - can you guess the celebrity tattoo?

by Sarah Biddlecombe

25 May 2016

Facebook sorry for banning this “undesirable” picture of Tess Holliday

“I am technically healthy but my body is no more valid than someone's who isn't” by Anna Pollitt

24 May 2016