ASIAN RED HAIR: Are there naturally red headed Asians?


Many people assume that red hair is a rare and unusual trait, but it’s actually quite common in some parts of the world. There are around 100 million naturally red haired people in the world, and many of them live in Europe or North America. However, most Asians do not have natural red hair because there’s no gene that causes this color to appear more often in one group than another.


You may have heard that there are naturally red headed Asians, but this is not true. Red hair is a recessive gene and the only way to have it is if two parents who carry this gene have children together. In other words, if one parent has red hair and one doesn’t then there’s no way for their child to inherit the trait unless they mate with someone else who also has red hair (or carries it).

This means that most Asians don’t have red hair because they were born from two parents who didn’t carry this recessive trait themselves–and even if they did, chances are slim that both would pass on their genes in equal measure during conception or gestation so as not to dilute them too much (redheads are rare!)


Although there is no “redhead gene,” scientists have discovered that there are specific genes associated with red hair. One of these is the MC1R gene, which has been linked to having red hair and fair skin. However, it’s important to note that this gene does not cause red hair by itself; it only increases your chances of developing this trait if you inherit two copies of it from both parents.


If you’re a redhead, you’re in good company. Red hair is the rarest hair color in the world, which means that only about 1 to 2% of people have it. That’s about one in every 50 people!

Redheads are more common in northern and western European countries than anywhere else on Earth–and they get even more common as you move north from there. In fact, Scotland has such a high percentage of redheads that it’s sometimes called “the land of redheaded men.” But if you look at a map showing where redheads live around the world (below), you’ll notice that Asia doesn’t have any countries where they make up more than 5% of the population:


Red hair is caused by a recessive gene. This means that both parents must carry it in order for a child to have red hair, and this happens quite rarely. The gene responsible for red hair is carried on chromosome 16, and it’s called MC1R (melanocortin 1 receptor). The MC1R gene controls the production of pheomelanin–a pigment that gives skin, hair and eyes their coloration.

The most common natural shade of Asian skin tone is medium brown; however there are many different shades within this range including very light beige or deep mahogany browns as well as lighter peachy undertones that can appear pinkish on some people with fair complexions due to high levels of pheomelanin production (which also causes freckles).


The gene for red hair is recessive, so if you have one copy of it and your partner has two copies, then you have a good chance of having a red-haired child. However, because this gene is so rare and people tend to marry within their own ethnic group (and therefore share similar genetic makeup), it’s unlikely that two Asians will end up with a kid who has red hair.

In fact, only 2% of the world’s population has red hair (and many are not even aware they do). That means there are millions more people worldwide who don’t have natural redheads than do! In other words: Don’t feel bad if someone asks why your child doesn’t look like him/herself or anyone else in their family tree…it could just be because they’re an Asian ginger!


Red hair is caused by a recessive gene, meaning that both parents must be carriers of the gene and pass it on to their offspring. Redheaded Asians can have blonde or brown hair as well. Blonde hair is also caused by a recessive gene and has similar inheritance patterns as redheads do. Brown is dominant so anyone who has brown eyes will likely have brown hair as well!


If you see a person with red hair and are wondering if it’s natural, there are a few things you should know.

Red hair is rare in Asians, but it does exist. The reason for this is that the gene for red hair (MC1R) is recessive — meaning that both parents have to pass on the gene in order for their child to have red locks. If only one parent passes on their MC1R allele and then has more children with another person who also carries an MC1R allele, there’s still only about a 25% chance of having a child with red hair.

However! There are some people who don’t need two copies of the same MC1R allele from both parents because they have multiple copies themselves! In these cases where someone has multiple copies of this particular gene variant (for example: one from each parent), they’re considered “carriers” instead of being completely recessive–and since carriers still have at least one working copy left over after all those extra ones were passed down through generations…they can still pass them along too! This means that even though someone may not be genetically “purebred” when it comes down to recessiveness/dominance issues…they might still be able to pass along certain traits anyway because our bodies aren’t all black-and-white like we think they might be sometimes.”


If you’re the parent of a red-haired child, you may be wondering how often natural red hair appears in children. Red hair is a recessive trait that must be inherited from both parents. If both of your parents have brown or black hair and neither has any known Irish ancestry (which would suggest they might carry the MC1R gene), then there’s no way your kid could possibly have gotten their locks from them.

If only one parent passes on their dominant MC1R gene, this means that there’s only a 25 percent chance that any given child will inherit their dominant trait for having red hair–and if both parents carry this recessive gene but don’t pass it on to their kids? Well then there’s still only about 50/50 odds! So while it seems unlikely at first glance (especially considering how rare natural redheads are among Asians), there is actually still quite a lot of room for error when trying to predict whether or not your offspring will end up being born with fire engine locks like yours.

There is no way to tell if someone has natural red hair just by looking at them.

It is possible to have red hair and not know it. Red hair is a recessive trait, which means that both parents must carry the gene for their child to be born with red hair. If only one parent has this gene, there is no way of knowing whether or not their child will inherit it.

For example: If you have blonde hair but your partner has brown or black hair, there’s no telling whether they will pass on their natural redhead genes until after birth when their child’s hair color starts developing (or not).

There are some telltale signs of natural redheads though! If you notice any of these things happening in yourself or other people around you, consider yourself highly suspicious of possessing those sweet ginger strands…

We hope you enjoyed this article about the history of red hair and the science behind it. We know that some of these facts may seem a little strange, but they’re all true! If you have any questions or comments about this topic, please let us know in the comments section below.

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