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What kids should know about what gives hair its color

Like skin, hair can be different colors

Hair can be blond, brown, black,  or red…or something in between – like strawberry blond – which is kind of blond and red – or auburn – which is red and brown.

Illustration of different hair colors

Like your skin, its color comes from something called melanin. Some people call it pigment. Here is some interesting information about hair color:

  • The more melanin your hair has, the darker its color. How much melanin you have depends on your genes, which you get from your parents.

  • If you are born with light hair, it often gets darker as you get older.

  • When you get much older, your hair will probably get gray or white. That's because you make less melanin, so your hair starts losing its color, which makes it look gray.

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