Red hair

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Out of the ash / I rise with my red hair / And I eat men like air. ~ Sylvia Plath
Her hair was like elfin-gold ~ Robert E. Howard

Red hair, also known as orange, ginger or auburn hair, is a rare human hair colour, most common in people of Northern or Northwestern European ancestry. It has been prized as a symbol of courage in men and beauty in women.


  • Their tresses, like the crocus’ flamy hue,
    In waving radiance round their shoulders flew.


  • His gaze went again to her unruly locks, which at first glance he had thought to be red. Now he saw that they were neither red nor yellow but a glorious compound of both colors. He gazed spell-bound. Her hair was like elfin-gold; the sun struck it so dazzlingly that he could scarcely bear to look upon it.


  • His heer, his berd was lyk saffroun,
    That to his girdel raughte adoun;
  • Norwegian pirates, buccaneering Danes,
    Whose red-haired offspring ev’rywhere remains,
  • Lo! where the Giant on the mountain stands,
    His blood-red tresses deepening in the Sun,
    With death-shot glowing in his fiery hands,
    And eye that scorcheth all it glares upon;
    • Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto I, 39.
  • These curious locks, so aptly twined,
    Whose every hair a soul doth bind,
    Will change their auburn hue and grow
    White and cold as winter’s snow.
  • Out of the ash
    I rise with my red hair
    And I eat men like air.
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