It’s been widely reported that redheads may be on the decline, but now experts believe the ginger gene can actually skip generations and make unexpected resurgences.
Thankfully, it doesn’t look like red hair is going to disappear any time soon. But here are some awesome indicators to find out if your little one is going to inherit the family flamed hair or not.
Are you a redhead? Did your baby get your beautiful fiery locks?
The science behind your baby inheriting your red hair
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have discovered eight genes linked to red hairs. They looked at DNA from almost 350,000 people.
Red hair is controlled by a single gene called MC1R and a redhead needs to inherit two versions of this gene, one from mum and one from dad, in order to get those beautiful red tresses.
Experts say that almost everyone with red hair has two copies of MC1R, because it is recessive. Many people carry the gene and pass it on.
Red hair is the rarest natural hair colour in the world, with just 1-2% of all humans on earth having ginger hair. However, in Ireland and Scotland around 20% of the population are redheads.