So do you want to know where your hair color differs from the other colors? Discover below what makes your hair color so unique!

Curious as to how that goes with curly and straight hair? 

  • With an average of 146,000 hairs, blondes win this battle.
  • Blackheads follow with an average of 110,000 hairs on their heads.
  • Brunettes have around 100,000 hairs on average.
  • And redheads have the least number of hairs, on average around 86,000.

Which hair color is most prevalent?

  • Black is the most common hair color.
  • Blond hair is rare. But 2% of the world population has blond hair although many people had blond hair as children.
  • However, the rarest is red hair, but 1% of the people on this globe have red hair.

Where does which hair color often occur?

  • Blond hair is quite common in Europe, but hardly ever outside.
  • In Scotland, there are a lot of redheads, about 13% of the Scots have red hair. There are more people in America with red hair, but that has more to do with the fact that there are just so many people living there at all.
  • Black is found everywhere, but especially outside of Europe and mainly in Asian and African countries.
  • And brown hair is especially prevalent in the Western world and parts of the Middle East.

Who has the most special genetics?

  • Red hair is the most special of all hair colors because redheads have their own ‘redhead gene.’ There is a slight mutation of the MC1R gene on the 16 th chromosome, which results in red hair, pale skin, and many freckles.

Who is the most dominant when it comes to genes?

  • Black and brown hair is dominant (predominant). That’s as follows: Both from your mother and father you get 1 of their two hair color genes, so you also have 2. If you have two brown alleles in a gene pair, for example, then you have brown hair. If you also have one brown allele and one blond allele, you will get brown hair.
  • If you have inherited two blonde alleles, then you will have blonde hair. Blond hair is, therefore, recessive. Your parents both may have brown hair, but you are still blonde because they both carry the blonde allele.
  • With red hair, it seems to be slightly different, but this one is also recessive, and you must, therefore, receive a red-hair allele from both parents before you get red hair.

Who has which pigment?

There are two types of pigment that together make up the hair color. (there are three, but the third e is almost none) That the eumelanin, which is brown or black. And the others are pheomelanin, which provides a yellow to red color.

  • Black hair has a lot of black eumelanin and little pheomelanin.
  • Brown hair has a lot of brown eumelanin and little pheomelanin.
  • Blond hair has both little eumelanin and pheomelanin. With more eumelanin, your hair often has a more ash blonde color and with more pheomelanin a golden blonde color.
  • Red hair has a lot of pheomelanin and little eumelanin.
  • With gray hair – we must not forget that – there is no melanin present. So the hair is ‘translucent’ but looks gray due to the reflection of the light and the mix with colored hairs.

Which hair color is best protected against the sun?

  • Black and brown hair are best protected because these colors contain relatively much of the dark pigment eumelanin.
  • Blond and red hair contain relatively little of this pigment and are therefore much more vulnerable to UV radiation.

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