Hair Colour is a hereditary trait, determined through genes. Genes determine the amount and type of pigment that is produced by an individual. Melanocytes produce melanin, which are tiny granules of pigment. There are different types of melanin, and the ratio of the different pigment produces different colours, which are determined genetically.
Types of melanin pigments
This is a type of melanin pigment predominant in black and brunette hair. The two types of eumelanin are black eumelanin and brown eumelanin. A small amount of eumelanin in the absence of other pigments creates blonde hair
This is a lighter pigment found in red hair. People with red hair are less able to produce the dark eumelanin pigment.
Other things to note
People with dark hair may still produce the yellow-orange and red-yellow pheomelanin pigment
Grey hair has only a few melanin granules
White hair has no melanin at all. It is actually transparent, with no colour, but appears white, due to the way the hair strand reflects light.
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