Whenever you see a person with red hair, do you wonder whether they had red hair at birth? There is no exact answer to this question. Some people have red hair at birth, whereas others get it after several years. It entirely depends on the genes of that person.
As you already know, there is a strong relationship in between the genes of parents and children. From recent studies, it has been identified that parents who carry the redhead gene give birth to babies with red hair. That’s the main reason why you cannot find redheads in people of African and Asian descent as the parents don’t carry the redhead genes.
The gene that is responsible for red colored hair is recessive. Therefore, a person will need to have two copies of this gene in order to be expressed or show up. Therefore, we cannot say that redhead parents give birth to babies with red hair. Sometimes, the baby would not get red hair even if both mother and father carry red hair. Technically, one out of every four children should get red hair, if both mother and father are redheads. Sometimes a family that doesn’t have any redheads’ for centuries would give birth to a baby with red colored hair. The above mentioned fact is responsible for the same scenario as well. Whenever a baby gets a matching pair of the redhead gene, he/she will be born with red colored hair.
Even though you are not a redhead, you might be carrying the red hair gene in your body. According to statistical information, it has been identified that more than 25% of the Caucasian Americans carry the red hair gene. Therefore, you have a chance of giving birth to a baby with red colored hair.
It has also been identified that a considerable percentage of people who are born with red hair change the color of the hair after some time. It could take place in 1 year or in 25 years. The exact reason for this has not yet been discovered, but the scientists believe that genetic changes play a major role behind this transformation. However, people with brown, black or blonde hair rarely change to red colored hair after the first few years.
There’s nothing to be worried about giving birth to a child with red colored hair. Even if you have red colored hair, you don’t need to worry about anything. Unfortunately, there are lots of myths about redheads on the society, which don’t have any scientific foundation. Redhead babies look cute and they are just like other babies. Only the hair color is different because of the genes that they have in the body.
Now you have a clear understanding about the question that you had in your mind. The next time you see a redhead, you’ll know that they may or may not have been born with red hair.