Over the years my (naturally) red hair has provided target practice for much of the adolescent humour raging in our house. Retaliation is sweet. I simply tell my children that red hair skips a generation – as it has done in our family – and that one day they could all be parents to little Ed Sheerans.

The truth is that ginger hair is an acquired taste – for every Nicole Kidman or Lily Cole there’s a Chris Evans ready to diffuse the red is beautiful algorithm. Good job that the combination of genes a baby will inherit – certainly in terms of its physical appearance – remains an unknown quantity until the child is born. READ MORE