Rachael Gibson

Rachael has more than ten years’ experience working as an industry-specific editor and as @thehairhistorian; your go-to, hair-obsessed expert for quotes, theory and insight into the history of hair and hairdressing. She works full time as a hair editor, producing content, copy and education for hair brands and managing social media profiles for companies including ghd, Schwarzkopf Professional, the Fellowship for British Hairdressing and Indola. Rachael has featured as a hair history expert on the BBC and for BBC Bitesize and Australia’s Channel 7 Sunrise show, and in titles including Time, Vogue, Dazed, Stylist, InStyle, Refinery 29, The Cut, ELLE, Mashable, Art UK, Hairdressers Journal and AnOther.

Less than 2% of the population are redheads. Throughout history, they have been worshipped, idealized, fetishized, feared and condemned. We asked Rachael Gibson, a redhead historian, to point out the most intriguing moments in the history of ginger (another way to describe redheads) hair, as well as recommend some books, if you choose to investigate further. Whether you are a redhead, know a redhead, or are just an enthusiast, this article has you covered! [click to continue…]