Over the years, I've had friends/co-workers/fellow students of various ethnicities and colorations; but, I don't have a good answer to Stu's question, "Are there black/latino/chinese/levantine/etc redheads too?"
I worked at a masonry tool supplier in Kansas City MO for the summer before starting college. My boss was a wonderful woman who had the most beautiful bronze skin and light copper hair. Knowing absolutely no one who colored his/her hair in those days, it never occurred to me that her hair could have been dyed - so I shall never know.
In college here in Kansas, one of my friends was a black man who taught me something: some black people have freckles. He also let me know that black people sunburn. I had not thought about it, I'm sure.
Years later, I complimented a friend at work on her hair coloring. Her skin and hair colors were much like my boss's, as mentioned above. She promptly told me that she colored her hair. Again, I had not thought about it.
Unfortunately, although I've studied and worked with many people of Asian ancestry, I was never presented with one who had anything but black hair.
However, I've found some interesting websites to share. We do need to keep in mind that, like other population traits, mutations are responsible - regardless of the population(s) of origin. Below, I've provided a few links. Below each link appears an excerpt from the website. Enjoy!
Note: IMHO, the first website has less credibility than do the others.
If you’re a natural redhead, you might have been asked (many times over) if you’re Irish. There is a common misconception that every redhead on the planet has Irish roots, which is quite false. With approximately 70-140 million redheads in the world, they come in all shapes, sizes.. and ethnicities.
With much research, we pulled together photos from 10 women & children who break the “redhead appearance stereotype”. Comment below telling us about your nationality!
-A curious adult from California
A redhead of African descent is about as common as a Caucasian with red eyes. And there's a good reason for this -- being an albino causes them both.
Except when people are of mixed ancestry, red hair in Africans is usually caused by a kind of albinism. When people think of albinos, they tend to think of white hair, pale skin and red eyes. While this is true for Caucasians, albinism works differently in people of African descent.
There are a few different kinds of albinism in people of African descent, but the one that gives red hair is called rufous albinism. People with this condition have a red-bronze skin color, ginger-red hair, and blue or brown eyes.
How is someone an albino? All of our coloring -- our skin, hair, and eye colors -- comes from melanin. Melanin is just a pigment, or colored chemical substance, like the ones that are used to dye your clothes or maybe even your hair! Melanin comes in two different forms -- pheomelanin (the red kind) and eumelanin (the brown kind).
Being an albino just means that your body doesn't make melanin the right way. There are lots of different genes that can be mutated to cause albinism.
Why are blond and red hair colors not naturally seen in Asian populations? There are some New Guinean tribes where blond hair is not too rare, without possessing any non-native ancestry. How do the genetics behind Asian populations differ?
, Harvard HEB graduate.
Therefore, blonde and red hair won't spread throughout a population on their own; there has to be a selective pressure that makes people with blonde or red hair more likely to reproduce. that unusual hair colors are more common in Europe than in the rest of the world because a) there's sexual selection for hair color, and b) the Northern European environment caused a reliance on hunting that made sexual selection a stronger force than usual.
But it's not like those mutations have never been seen in South or East Asia.
Why Do Some People (Especially Red Heads) Have Freckles?
... MC1R isn’t the only gene causing freckles. About a decade ago, scientists discovered another gene responsible for freckles in Chinese populations. Other genes may be involved too—scientists have yet to unravel all of the genetic causes behind freckles, which occur in a variety of ethnic groups. Regardless of the precise genetic mechanism, freckles are always a family affair: Parents pass on the likelihood of freckling, as well as its locations across the body.
P.S. My mother was one of four siblings. Mom had medium brown hair, the next sibling down had dark brown hair, the next sibling down had naturally blonde hair (mostly still blonde when she died in her mid-80s), and the youngest sibling's hair was like Mom's.