Kirsty Steven,45, Environmental health officer, Perth,
Ginger is a bit derogatory. I say I have red hair- titian.
Luckily, I have never had a problem with bullying but more problem with my mum. She didn't like two girls with red hair and kept it short if possible.
“Really?”, she would say “you can’t wear that colour, it will clash with your hair!” My wardrobe looks like a bruise- black, blue, olive and green.
As I have got older I have preferred it. I didn’t like the freckles on the skin and would put lemon juice on it to get rid of them. I was always the palest person on holiday- like a translucent baby fish. I love the sun and eventually taken a tan. People abroad say, “your skin is beautiful”, because it is pale.
Its hard for people to dye their hair red, it just doesnt look right. They look embarrassed like they havent quite made it! I feel more and more its part of my identity. At work if I am meeting someone I say I have long red hair and sit by the window, its my key idenitifying feature. The thought of going white is not nice. You will lose part of your identity. Being red makes you makes you feel patriotic in some ways