My life as a natural redhead

It has been a journey — life with red hair. Living in California, with the abundance of sunshine and life outdoors proved to be a challenge growing up. Plenty of sunburn reminders for those of us with the mutated MC1R gene that we aren’t built to bask in the glorious sun.

As a child I knew having red hair made me different from others. Not only was I almost always the only redhead in my classes…people always came up to me and made comments on my hair often touching it while I cringed in silence. Most of these people were the elderly and… men. Ah, rather strange men. My mother…