While only a small percentage of people in the world are redheads, non-redheads can still grow red beards. That's because of a curious genetic quirk that makes it possible for people to grow red hair in the first place. Hair color is determined genetically, and can be inherited through different genes from parents, grandparents, and ancestors that reach even further back. That increases the wide range of hair colors and color combinations that can be expressed on a person's body. The precise shade of the color is determined by the amount of melanin — a type of organically developed pigment — in your hair. The type and amount of melanin is determined genetically.
Is Your Beard Turning Red? This Is Why!
Why Beard Hair Is a Different Color Than Your Regular Hair
Beards are all the rave these days. In a way, beards are like a beautiful, prickly rainbow. They come in many colors—brown, black, grey—you name it. Some men have been sporting red-hued whiskers that defy the natural color on their gorgeous, little heads.
Here's why some people have red beards, but brown hair on their heads
Subscriber Account active since. As it turns out, you have different types of hair that grow during different phases of your life, and they can come in different colors and textures. Deep inside the hair follicles — tiny pockets in your skin that house each strand of your hair — there are two different types of pigment that give your lovely locks their hue. These two types of pigment are eumelanin, which colors hair black or brown, and pheomelanin, which colors hair blonde or red.
Have you ever wondered why your black beard is turning brown, or for some, red? This is a perfectly natural phenomenon that can be explained fairly easily using science. Yes, this follicular marvel has a scientific explanation. And we have to admit that the answer is both fascinating and complicated.