From the time I was a small child, I always wanted to have red hair. I attribute this partially to Disney's version of "The Little Mermaid" and its redheaded star, Ariel. As a teenager, I dyed my hair bright red because I still thought that red was the most beautiful hair color. Although I eventually grew up and realized that red hair wasn't the best look for me, I still admire natural redheads whenever I see them.
Red hair is the rarest natural hair color in humans, appearing in only 1-2% of the world's population. While red hair is uncommon in most parts of the world, it seems that BYU has a substantial population of titian-haired students. I suspect that this is because many BYU students are of Western European descent, where the genes are most common.
For this project, I set out to document a few of BYU's beautiful redheads. At first, I wondered if I would be able to find enough people to photograph. Soon, I started noticing people with red hair everywhere, and when I would stop and take someone's picture, I hardly had to wait before another redhead came along. I am glad to see that BYU has so many people with such beautiful hair, because there are some studies that suggest that redheads are dying out. At least at BYU, I think that redheads aren't going away anytime soon.