Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Friday Fun: Gingers are Awesome

After the world’s largest sperm bank started rejecting redhead donors, saying there wasn’t enough demand for ginger children, Anderson Cooper took the ginger haters to task on “Ridiculist” earlier this week, even getting in a Wooderson reference from “Dazed and Confused.” Just one more reason to love the silver fox. And lotsa reasons to love redheads! Amiright??

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    SGMcG September 23, 2011, 3:01 pm

    The only time I purposefully became a redhead was back in college when I was a dancer for a Limp Bizkit/Korn parody band. The two other band dancers in the group were natural redheads, so to further reinforce our uniformity as a dance unit (along with our outfits), they applied this bright flourescent red spray hair dye on my head until most of my Asian-filipino blue-black hair was unrecognizable. It was going fine for the night, until I sweated out most of the hair dye through my hardcore(!) choreography. So since then, I’ve stayed true (with the occasional streakish blonde-brown highlight) to my Asian-filipino blue-black hair.

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      kali September 24, 2011, 2:04 pm

      SG – My girls are hapa haole, so when the one got her hair dyed for a fashion show, they actually bleached her Filipina hair and THEN applied the purple dye. She’s kept it that way too, except purple fades to blue quickly.

      I was a redhead for years and last year decided to tone it down to brown for the CPA firm I was working in. I feel like it makes me look boring so in a few days, I’m going back to my vibrant red again. I miss it. And people say red fits my personality.

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        kali September 24, 2011, 2:04 pm

        I should clarify – it was just a shock of purple in the front – NOT her whole head!

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    Ktfran September 23, 2011, 3:27 pm

    I have super short, super blonde hair. My hairdresser wants to add a pink tint to it. I consider myself fairly brave when it comes to my hair. I’m not that brave. I realize pink isn’t ginger, but I figured I would throw the option out there for any blondes wanting a change.

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    Tudor Princess September 23, 2011, 3:35 pm

    I have dishwater blonde hair and I hate it. I HS I begged and begged my mom to let me dye my hair red. She finally consented when we found those washout hair dyes that were “supposed” to fade out after 14 or so washes. It didn’t fade, and while I was happy my mother was not. I had a red tint in my hair for months. I would love to dye it back again, but this time I would want to go to a pro and have it look more natural. Thankfully, my hairdresser rocks so I’m seriously considering adding some red for fall/winter.

    Oh, and I just adore Anderson Cooper. Silver Fox indeed.

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    ReginaRey September 23, 2011, 2:37 pm

    Wendy, I’m totally on the ginger bandwagon now…I’m becoming a redhead on Monday! Though not born red, I hope to live up to natural redheads everywhere.

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      EB September 23, 2011, 3:41 pm

      Christina Hendricks, Kate Walsh, and Debra Messing are all faux-readheads and prove you don’t have to be born ginger to rock the red!

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      Wendy September 23, 2011, 3:47 pm

      Have fun! And just FYI: this is something all faux redheads learn very quickly anyway, but I’ll give you a head’s up: red hair fades VERY quickly and is really hard to maintain. If you like how it looks on you and you want to commit at least through the season, make sure you make monthly appointments. I know a lot of people who try it once, it fades in about two or three weeks and they never go back. But I say in order to give it a fair shot, you should commit to three months — or, roughly, three appointments.

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        Landygirl September 23, 2011, 4:48 pm

        Also, don’t wash your hair everyday…it doesn’t really need it and the color will last longer.

        signed

        I was a redhead for a while.

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        El September 23, 2011, 5:03 pm

        I had the opposite experience. I went red a few years ago, and it took a good six months of consistent coloring (every 2-3 weeks) to get back to brunette.

        I was told by a stylist that red dye stains your hair, so if you’re planning on going red, you have to plan on staying red for quite a while.

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    silver_dragon_girl September 23, 2011, 4:19 pm

    I really want to be a redhead. I have three cousins who are, and it runs on both sides of my family…one of the cousins and I look a lot alike, too. But every time I try it just ends up looking purple and way too dark. Of course, that’s just me doing it at home…maybe if I actually went to a professional I’d have more success!

    I do want a new color, though. My standard brown just feels so blah. The trouble is deciding whether I’m a “warm” or a “cool”…ahh, the trials and tribulations of hair coloring…

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    Landygirl September 23, 2011, 4:49 pm

    I have several family members with red hair and it is gorgeous. My sister was ecstatic when my niece was born with red hair. I think South Park started a negative trend.

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    katie September 23, 2011, 8:29 pm

    i just changed my hair to a very dark red, with some splashes of a very bright red.. its awesome! lol. ive never had such crazy colors in my hair (speaking of the bright red, not the dark red)

    lol, i love how everyone is kind of taking this as red-head-bashing, which it isn’t at all. this bank is located in like sweden or something, where there are a million blonde and redhead people (they dont want any more blondes, either). they have a lot of samples of those genes, and now are looking to expand the bank. they said on NPR they are specifically looking for african and middle eastern genes. they have opened more satelite sperm banks in new york, and somewhere else in the hopes of attracting different ethnicities. its just a problem of location! lol

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    Ally September 24, 2011, 5:57 am

    I’m a natural ginger and from Scotland, so I’m almost a walking cliche haha. I love my hair, it’s currently at my waist but I’m aiming for butt length 🙂 I got a lot of abuse throughout school but it just made me care even less about what other people think. Now those same dicks who used to call me names are all trying to dye their hair red! The only name I actually like was from my friend and meant with love – “Ginger Avenger”. Also everyone who hasn’t heard it should check out Tim Minchin’s Prejudice 🙂

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    pinkjellyfishy September 24, 2011, 11:14 am

    My ginger boyfriend can make a donation at my bank anytime!

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    SpyGlassez September 24, 2011, 10:18 pm

    The Ginger and I are really hoping our kids are redheads. It’s strong on his side of the family and somewhat strong on mine (I’m not, but two cousins on different sides of the family and one of my uncles are).

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    Joanna September 25, 2011, 7:27 pm

    This is interesting because I read elsewhere that this particular sperm bank values Indian sperm (and that’s Indian as in India) very much because sperm is not allowed to be imported or exported out of India. My boyfriend happens to be half Indian and to think his sperm goes to waste with my birth control. I’m going to suggest the idea of selling his sperm to a bank, but I think he’d pretty much be horrified by that thought.

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    Elizabeth October 1, 2011, 11:19 pm

    Wendy – Have you see this?

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