How does hair get its color?

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A micrograph of a light and dark hair shaft crossing each other.


Have you ever gotten into a debate about someone’s hair color?

“Remember that blonde?”

“Which blonde? You mean, Jessie? Her hair is light brown” 

“No, it’s clearly dark blonde” 

“You need to get your eyes checked, that’s light brown” 

/end scene

Same goes for dark brown to black. And I’m pretty sure I’ve heard people argue that they’re not ‘redheads’ but actually they’re ‘strawberry blonde’.

But how can hair color be so debatable?

Well, it’s because hair color categories are an illusion.


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