Why are people who have orange hair called red heads?

United States
January 26, 2007 10:38pm CST
I went to get my hair dyed the other day. I was looking through different types of hair color and thought about the term red head. How come people who have orange colored hair are called red heads? Where did that come from? The color of the hair is orange, so why do people refer to it as red hair and not orange?
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• United States
27 Jan 07
i'm called a red head and its orange I like to know why its called that myself!
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• United States
27 Jan 07
It's interesting to me. If you find out, let me know :) Thanks for your response.
@lisa101 (1362)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I never paid much attention to this before. You do have a point and i have no idea what them crazies was thinking way back then but you are right the color is orange lol.
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• United States
28 Jan 07
good question! Ronald McDonald.. now THAT is RED hair! Most "red heads" tend to have an orange hair!
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@shaggin (49314)
• United States
22 Feb 08
Thats an interesting question. There is a lot of things like that you always wonder why. I have red hair not orange but I know they called people with orange hair carrot tops. For some odd reason they call people with blond hair toe heads. What in the world is that about that is more boggling to me then why people with orange hair arent called orange heads:)