Genetics of Hair Color


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You have tried everything on your hair. You have colored it, gotten it curled, and straightened it. You have been a blonde, a brunette, black haired, and you have even tried neon colors, as you experiment on your hair. Now considering of what color you want apply next on what kind of hairstyle, you’ve got time to think about the genetics of hair color.

In the simplest form, hair can be classified as to being dark or light. Through time, many factors come into play to get different shades and colors for the hair. Studies are continuously being done to know more about the specific and more accurate details about the genetics of hair color.

Here are some useful details that can help you understand the basic ideas about the genetics of hair color. The most common kind of hair color is dark. It comes from the pigment that is known as eumelanin. The more eumelanin your hair contains, the darker it is going to be. This is the reason why there are many shades of dark hair, from black, brown or combination of the two. There are two types of eumelanin, which is black and brown. This explains why there are some people who have grey to black hair color or blonde to dark brown.

When a person has low levels of eumelanin, this will give them blonde hair with the combination of the brown or black color. Those who have complete blonde hair got their genes from people who don’t produce this kind of pigment. If you want to have a a child with blond, just look for someone with this kind of hair color, but don’t try asking them about their eumelanin levels if you don’t want to start explaining about it and why you are bring up the topic.

There are also some people who have red hair. This is a result of the production of the pheomelanin with the mutations in the Mcr1 gene that controls the pigment.

There are more things to learn about the topic if you are really interested about the construction of your locks as well as the differences in color. Through time, there will be more resources about the matter as scientists continue with their research about this topic.

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