Redheads This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

Recently my red hair hasbecome very intriguing to me. Throughout my life I have been called Redand Carrot Top, along with other crude nicknames directed at my haircolor. Many people I do not know like to tell me what they think ofredheads. About a month ago I walked into a coffee shop. The man behindthe counter appeared nice enough, but just as I was leaving, he said,"Be good. I know how you redheads can be!" I smiled andexited. At first, his statement did not bother me; I brushed it off. Astime passed I began to think about the stereotypes directed at redheads.I decided to do some research. Common stereotypes claim redheads havequick tempers, are stubborn, intriguing, sultry and naughty.

Ihave learned I have to prove people wrong by being the opposite of whatthese stereotypes claim. Keep in mind stereotypes are usually not true.If you meet a redhead, you will probably realize how wrong stereotypescan be.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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ThisGirl said...
Mar. 4, 2012 at 9:15 am
Good job! I'm a redhead, and I'm not any of those things. Well, maybe the stubborn part. Anyways, I've always been proud of my hair color and the way it sets me apart.
FellowRedHed said...
Jan. 17, 2010 at 9:14 pm
I totally understand what you mean. i wave red hair and poeple are either assuming that i'm stubborn and stuck up or that i'm a total nerd. I used to want to dye my hair brown but now i have decided that i love my hair color no matter what and i'm determined to be a living contradiction of all redhead steryotypes.
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