• Question: how do you become ginger

    Asked by maya to Sarah on 28 Mar 2022.
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      Sarah Chalmers-Page answered on 28 Mar 2022: last edited 29 Mar 2022 10:04 am

      I was born this way, I’m afraid. It’s a recessive gene – I have one ginger grandparent on my mum’s side, and a different ginger grandparent on my dad’s side. So I am the only natural redhead in my immediate family, and both my own children are blonde like their dad. But as it is a recessive gene, I will have passed them both a copy – and there’s a good chance they would have a red headed child if they had a child with another carrier!