If the implications that come with being a natural redhead are abundant and hopelessly cruel, then why have some of Hollywood’s biggest stars ditched their natural tresses in favour of a ginger-like hue?
Typically objectified as targets of endless criticism, redheaded ladies and gents have not exactly had an easy social existence. It has been engraved into our psyche that being a ginger is a negative thing that calls for relentless snide remarks, namesake days, and a plethora of inappropriate ad campaigns. But with some of the most talked about celebrities donning bottled fiery hair, perhaps the prejudice against these folk end? Probably not, but whether you have red hair, blonde hair, brown hair, black hair, purple hair, blue hair, grey hair, or green hair…you’re still beautiful!
Lindsay Lohan got into a lot of shi* for bleaching her signature red locks blonde back in 2009. She claimed it was “for a movie”, but I think she just wanted a well-entitled change. Since then, though, she has flip-flopped back from blonde to red…and after the third time, everyone stopped being scandalized by it.
Lohan aside, though, the mantra that “blondes have more fun” is challenged by celebrities like Emma Stone and Amy Adams…who beg to differ in really big ways. Like many other celebrities hoping to /stand out/ in a sea of Blondie McGees, Stone & Adams have gained notoriety for their bottled fierceness. Will everyone in Hollywood have to go red in order for the stigma to be banished from society? Let’s delve into the extensive list of celebrities who have embraced their natural hair colour, and the even more extensive list of others who have ditched the peroxide in favour of the redhead bandwagon.
Conan O’Brien (with a beard): Do you remember that scene in Crazy, Stupid, Love when the characters refer to this infamous talk show host as Conan “ginger junk” O’Brien? I do.
Prince Harry: Prince Harry is a prime example that redheads can be royal too. Katy Perry has affectionately nicknamed him the “Ginger Ninja”. Hatas gonna hate.
Jayma Mays: With doe eyes and signature matching sweater sets, this Glee star is a ginger…and proud!
Ron Howard: Was totally a ginger…when he had hair.
Annie: The Annie wig has been the centre of many a televised script, but Annie’s mop of curly red hair was all natural. Well, as natural as a fictional character can be.
Carrot Top: Requires no explanation, the name is completely self explanatory.
Alyson Hannigan: Even though she’s been donning brunette hair for the majority of How I Met Your Mother (thus far…because it’s never going to end), I still consider Alyson Hannigan to be a redhead. Even though she’s naturally a brunette. Okay.
Florence Welch: This fiery-headed songstress first dyed her hair a striking red when she was 9, as a first bout of parental rebellion.
Rihanna: You may beg to differ, but I’m going to count Rihanna as some kind of redhead because she exudes aTTiTuDe.
Christina Hendricks: Born with mousy blonde hair, this wildly celebrated Mad Men redhead has been dying her hair since she was 10 years old.
Lucille Ball: This renowned I Love Lucy star is a completely a bottled redhead.
David Bowie: The only cool mullet to ever exist was Bowie’s Ziggy hair. Which was only partially real…so I guess it’s all a lie.
The Weasleys from Harry Potter (minus Rupert Grint): Have you ever wondered how the HP casting people found so many redheads to play the Weasley siblings? Well turns out, many of them are bottle gingers!!!!! No!!!!!