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    Blonde Facial Hair

    I noticed I had a few blonde hairs growing on face when I was shaving, does that mean that I carry the blonde gene but it isn't dominating? Can primarily non-whites, say Armenians, who carry the blonde gene from a white ancestor still grow blonde facial hair? I'm a Alpine leaning towards Med. by the way so I have jet black scalp hair.

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    There are two types of pigments that give hair its color: eumelanin and phaeomelanin. Phaeomelanin colors hair red. Eumelanin, which has two subtypes of black or brown, determines the darkness of the hair color. A low concentration of brown eumelanin in the hair results in blonde hair, whereas a higher concentration of brown eumelanin will color the hair brown. High amounts of black eumelanin results in black hair, while low concentrations of black eumelanin in the hair results in gray hair color. Although most noticeable in red-heads, all humans have varying concentrations of phaeomelanin in their hair.

    Phaeomelanin is more chemically stable than black eumelanin, but less chemically stable than brown eumelanin, so it breaks down more slowly when oxidized. This is the reason bleach will cause darker hair to turn reddish-brown during the artificial coloring process. As the phaeomelanin continues to break down, the hair will gradually become orange, later yellow, and then white.

    The genetics of hair colors are not yet firmly established. According to one theory, at least two gene pairs control human hair color. One gene, which is a brown/blonde pair, has a dominant brown allele and a recessive blonde allele. A person with a brown allele will have brown hair; a person with no brown alleles will be blonde. This also explains why two brown-haired parents can produce a blonde-haired child. The other gene pair is a not-red/red pair, where the not-red allele (which suppresses production of pheomelanin) is dominant and the allele for red hair is recessive. Since the two gene pairs both govern hair color, a person with two copies of the red-haired allele will have red hair, but it will be either auburn or bright reddish orange depending upon whether the first gene pair gives brown or blonde hair, respectively.

    The two-gene model does not account for all possible shades of brown, blonde, or red (for example, platinum blonde versus dark blonde/light brown), nor does it explain why hair color sometimes darkens as a person ages. Several gene pairs control the light versus dark hair color in a cumulative effect. A person's genotype for a multifactorial trait can interact with environment to produce varying phenotypes (see quantitative trait locus).

    Blond hair ranges from nearly white (platinum blond, tow-haired) to a dark golden blond. Strawberry blond, a mixture of blond and red hair - thought to have originated in Celtic and Scandinavian countries - is a much rarer type containing the most amounts of phaeomelanin.

    Blond hair can have almost any proportions of phaeomelanin and eumelanin, but both only in small amounts. More phaeomelanin creates a more golden blond color, and more eumelanin creates an ash blond. Blond hair is common in many European peoples, but rare among others. Many children born with blonde hair may develop darker hair as they age.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hair_color

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    You could have a blond gene, or you could be going grey very early.

    My boyfriend has some blond and red hairs in his facial hair, even though his hair is dark brown. I am sure that he carries a red gene, since his mom is a redhead, but he thinks the blond hairs are a few early greys.

    p.s. I've actually met a few blond and light brown haired Armenians BTW.

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    I've sort of experienced this same happening myself. My facial hair starts out black and it gradually gets lighter. I've always wondered why this was. My hair is a light brown just to point out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlbertKr View Post
    I noticed I had a few blonde hairs growing on face when I was shaving, does that mean that I carry the blonde gene but it isn't dominating? Can primarily non-whites, say Armenians, who carry the blonde gene from a white ancestor still grow blonde facial hair? I'm a Alpine leaning towards Med. by the way so I have jet black scalp hair.
    It's funny, I have a friend who is half Armenian and he looks white. He is I think 19 and has almost gray hair, blueish eyes, about 6 foot 2 and a nearly straight nose. Kind of odd if you ask me.

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    I was bleach blonde as a toddler but then my hair turned brown and now its practically black.I have no blonde hair on my head but i too do have a few blonde hairs showing on my beard(what i have of one) which i quite like the look of.

    I believe that there is a possibility of the blonde gene,if you are a carrier,showing itself or maybe its just hair without pigmentation and nothing to do with the blonde gene.(yes i know blonde hair has no pigmentation anyway but i'm talking about genetically blonde)

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    You could have a blond gene, or you could be going grey very early.

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    I have spots of red and blonde in my facial hair, I don't think it's early grey because the color of the spots hasn't changed in years. My father has the same color patterns, although he is starting to get a lot of grey where there were blonde patches. I was born with black hair which turned to a light brown and has progressively gotten lighter as the years pass. I'm not sure what my anthropology might be since I'm 10th generation American with German and Welsh/English heritage.

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    My so-called "soul patch" is WHITE blonde. The center oif my chin is white/bolnde too. Then, towards my cheeks it's normal blonde, then further ON my cheeks it's strawberry blonde. My son says "you have a golden beard dad". It glistens brilliantly in the sun I'm sure I will have a two toned beard when i'm old. Light grey on the sides, and white straight down the middle.
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    Everything above the "neckbeard" line on me is pure blonde and blends in with my skin very well. Everything in the "neckbeard" area is red. I've been asked at medieval fairs why I don't play a viking because of that and my overall looks.

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