Black/Brown is the most common hair color in the world. Red, which only exists in about 1 percent of the world’s population, is the rarest. Blonde hair comes in a close second, with only 2 percent of the population.

Are you black, brunette, blonde, redhead or even grey? Every hair colour has their own structure and pigment. Check out some background info and details about your haircolor in this article. If you want to know more details, check out the links at the end.

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Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. - Khalil Gibran

♕ Types of Pigment
Hair color is determined by two types of pigment, eumelanins and pheomelanins, which together produce all the natural hair colors seen in humans. Pheomelanins produces the color red, and eumelanins can produce either black or brown pigments.

Eumelanins determine how dark or light the hair will be. Everyone has some pheomelanins (reddish) coloring in their hair as well.

About different hair colors

♕ Black Hair Color
Actually there's no such thing as jet-black hair. Even the darkest hair is still brown. Lots of black or brown eumelanin will result in darker hair.

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♕ Brown Hair Color
Brunette hair is the most common hair shade in the world. Brunettes have more shades than any other color and they have approximately 100,000-120,000 hairs, while natural blondes have 120,000-147,000.

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♕ Blond Hair Color
A person who produces very little brown eumelanin will have blond hair. Natural blondes have approximately 120,000-147,000 hairs, while brunettes have 100,000-120,000. During the Renaissance, women preferred blonde hair.

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♕ Red Hair Color
A person with true red hair produces a high concentration of pheomelanins. Less than 2% of the world's population have red hair, so the red hair color is very rare around the world. Scotland boasts the highest percentage of natural redheads. Red hair is thicker than other colours

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♕ Grey Hair Color
Low concentrations of black eumelanin will result in gray hair. As we age, pigment production falls off and then stops, which results in gray hair. Poor diet, smoking and certain illnesses can speed the process of pigment loss and result in premature graying. Red hair will never turn grey; it simply fades to white via rose gold when the time comes.

No, I don't have grey hair. I have strands of glitter growing out of my head.
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♕ Painted Hair Color
When did it become popular to color hair? In 1950, only about 7% of women colored their hair, but in 2015, it’s up to about 75%.

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Used sources:

  • https://www.news-medical.net/health/Genetics-of-Hair-Color.aspx
  • https://sciencing.com/do-people-different-hair-color-5438253.html
  • https://www.madison-reed.com/blog/25-fun-facts-about-hair
  • https://www.cosmeticsocialmedia.com/2011/scientific-differences-facts-blondes-brunettes/
  • https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/beauty-hair/hair/a32357/redhead-facts/
  • https://www.littlethings.com/hair-color-facts/