Red hair appears in people with two copies of a recessive gene on chromosome 16 which causes a mutation in the MC1R protein. This means that both your parents need to carry the gene for “gingerness” – even if they aren’t ginger themselves!
Most ginger people also have a fair skin colour and lighter eye colors (gray, blue, green, and hazel).
Do you perchance happen to be ginger? My best friend at school had ginger hair – its beautiful!! 🙂
Hello gingerninja and melissa!! Fun question!! Amy’s got the answer spot on and I totally agree with Drew. My husband, his mom, and his two sisters all have very carrot red hair. Its beautiful! Must have been some serious recessive gene built up in that family! I am a little jealous! 😉