The Redhead Book by Al Sacharov

Every redhead should read this book.

“In virtually every culture throughout history,” says Al Sacharov, author of a new manifesto for the scarlet-tressed, “redheads have been recognized as special people.”

“Red hair was associated with adventuresomeness and aggressiveness as far back as 100 B.C. Current studies have linked red hair with everything from hyperactivity and creative genius to alcoholism and depression. As long as there has been human wonder, there has been the suspicion that red hair might be part of the bridge to the supernatural and divine.”

“The soul of redheadedness,” says Sacharov, “is energy. Consider the adjectives commonly linked with hair colors — benevolent gray, tawny brown, sexy blonde. The one word always associated with red is flaming. Nine times out of 10 there’s going to be an electricity and dynamism associated with a mane of blazing red hair.”

“The connection between red hair and a fiery temperament may be more than just an old wives’ tale. An Israeli psychiatrist reported that redheaded children are three to four times more likely than others to develop hyperactivity. He theorized that the assumed national characteristics of certain ethnic groups, like the adventurous Vikings or temperamental Irish, are connected to the high frequency of redheads among them.

“A Portland, Ore., pediatrician, Lendon Smith, is advancing the theory that one cause for hyperactive, high-strung behavior relates to tyrosine–a genetically regulated amino acid that controls pigmentation. In 20 years of practice, Dr. Smith has noticed that nearly 75 percent of the nearly 8,000 children referred to him for hyperactive behavior were fair-complected, with either blond or red hair.”


Source: Washington Post interview with Al Sacharov in the 1980’s

Redhair of the Renaissance

Renaissance painters looked to the beauty of red-haired women when creating their masterpieces. Red hair is striking and stands out from all the other colors, drawing in the viewer. Red hair signifies love, passion and exceptional beauty. Interestingly, several of the Renaissance painters were redheads.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s The Damsel of the Sanct Grael



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The Birth of Venus by Botticelli



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Lucca Madonna by Jan van Eyck


Did Mary Magdalene have red hair?

Regnier Penitent Mary Magdalene

Did Mary Magdalene have red hair? Will we really ever know? We can surmise the reasons why many artists throughout history have illustrated her with golden, curly long hair. Red hair often signifies passion, intelligence and perhaps rebelliousness.









Mary Magdalene was portrayed as a harlot in early history. Recently discovered gnostic gospels, such as The Gospel of Mary Magdalene depict her with leadership roles and independent. Labeled as the Disciple to the Disciples, her feast day is July 22nd. Today, some argue that she was the bride of Jesus.





Damsel of the Sanct Grael by Rosetti


The legend of the Rose Line is about the lineage of Jesus & Mary. Could the Rose Line possibly be about the lineage of red hair instead? Interestingly, red hair does have secrecy about it, skipping generations, thus having the ability to survive without notice. This knowledge could have resurfaced during the Renaissance as many of the painters had red hair. The Inquisition is known to have burnt over 45,000 red-haired women. Coincidence?






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Mary Magdalen in a Grotto by Lefevre


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Mary Magdalene with her Sacred Jar by the fifteenth-century Italian painter Andrea Solari


Modern Interpretation of Leonardo Davinci’s Last Supper 

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