Redheads Are Not Going Extinct Despite a long-running rumor that redheads deserve a spot on the endangered species list, gingers are here to stay. While only 4 percent of the world’s population carries the recessive redhead gene, according to the Oxford Hair Foundation, that number will probably only decrease as redheads reproduce with non-redheads. So over time, red hair may become more rare, but “they’ll be here forever,” Barry Star, PhD, a genetics professor at Stanford University, told The Boston Globe. That’s because 4 percent of the population is still a pretty huge number — too large to be wiped out completely anytime soon. So rest easy, redheads — you and your crimson manes and active sex lives aren’t going anywhere!