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There’s something magical about being a redhead. In a sea of blondes and brunettes, this power color has the ability to command instant attention. Whether it’s the result of a naturally mutated gene called MCR1, which causes their hair to take on the eye-catching hue, or simply a trip to the salon, having red hair changes just about everything for a woman.
Just ask celebrities such as Amy Adams or Molly Ringwald: For these ladies, having red hair has been life-changing in regard to others’ perceptions of them, getting them noticed and ultimately changing the course of their careers.
Still, it’s not a hue for the faint of heart: Other redheads like Lily Cole, Isla Fisher and Madelaine Petsch have all described cruelty faced early on over the tress trait that makes them stand out. And stand out, they most definitely do: It’s a shade worn by less than two percent of the population!
Find out who was born with it and who adopted the color of their own accord in our ode to the flamboyant tint below.
We hate to burst your X-Files bubble, but the supernatural activity going on in agent Scully’s world aren’t the only special effects on the show: That look-at-me hair color? It’s a wig. Though she originally dyed her locks to match her character’s, Gill gave up the color when she started losing her hair due the wear and tear of it all. “My hair started falling out last year,” she told Entertainment Weekly in January 2015. “We were in the middle of doing The Fall and they actually had to stop using tongs and hot rollers because it was literally coming out in the hair dresser’s hand.” Yikes! “So yeah, unfortunately, it is a wig,” she confessed — and not a very comfortable one at that. “Oh my God, it’s like wearing a vice on your head. I mean, every day, I have a whopping headache. And so I’m paying for that decision. I want all the fans to know that I’m suffering for the red!”