Choosing the right hair color is extremely important in finding a hair system that looks natural. Human hair color depends on the prevalence of two types of melanin: eumelanin and pheomelanin. Eumelanin consists of two subgroups, brown eumelanin and black eumelanin. Although almost everyone had some pheomelanin in their hair, its impact is primarily seen in those with orange to red hair. These hair types are the result of a low amount of eumelanin and a high amount of pheomelanin. A high amount of eumelanin results in darker hair. Lots of brown eumelanin causes brown hair while low amounts cause blond hair. A high amount of black eumelanin causes black hair while a low amount causes white hair. When high amounts of both pheomelanin and eumelanin are present, auburn hair is created. Grey and white hair are actually caused by a lack of melanin. These hairs are usually almost entirely clear, but they appear grey or white because of the way that light reflects off of hair. For most people, as they grow older, the cells at the base of their hair follicles stop producing pigment, resulting in grey hair. The majority of people have at least some grey hair by age 40.

 

 

The most common hair color is black. It appears all over the world, from Southern Europe, to Asia, to Latin America. Brown hair is the second most common. It is especially common in the Western world, prevalent throughout Europe and the Middle east. Blond hair is the next most common type of hair, but it is far more scarce the black and brown hair. Although most common in Northern Europe, there are rare appearances throughout the whole world. Red is the rarest natural hair color in the world, only occurring in about 1% of all people. Appearing most frequently in people of European heritage, it is relatively common in Ireland and Scotland, but extremely scarce in most of the rest of the world. Interestingly, brown haired people usually have medium-thick individual strands of hair, while black haired people tend to have less thick hair. Redheads have the thickest hair of all.

 

 

Although we usually group hair colors into a few large categories, hair can contain any proportion of pigments, creating nuanced and unique hair colors. We don’t just ask you to pick a black, brown, blonde, or red hair system; we provide a multitude of options so you can find the exact right color. We suggest that you send us a hair sample, so we can have one of our experts match your hair color perfectly. Alternatively, you can get one of our color rings to find a color that suits you. For more information on choosing the right hair color visit http://www.lordhair.com/custom-options/hair-color.html