Black

Densely packed granules bursting with black pigment

Brunette

A loose pattern of black-filled granule -or- Granules blended with both black and red/yellow pigments

Blonde

Very little pigment altogether...(oddly enough, the experts think it's actually bits of black, sparsely distributed, that are at the root of natural blonde!)

Red

Loosely packed granules of red/yellow pigments

Gray Matters
As you can see, hair color is actually a study in genetic science.  This is especially true when it come to gray hair.  In fact, if and when and you are "going gray" has nothing to do with your lifestyle and everything to do with your genes.

It usually happens in our mid to late 30's, when hair starts shutting off their production of melanin. Hair without melanin is actually white but looks "gray" against the background of the rest of your hair. Graying is a gradual process with follicles closing down over time. For some, the change can come on fast and furious or for others it may be concentrated in just one area of hair, creating a patch or streak effect. Some people face premature graying with gray hairs appearing in the late teens or early twenties. Some grays may retain a hint of color. When naturally red hair turns white, you might notice some pink undertones. Naturally gold highlights may appear white with yellow undertones. Other natural colors like dark brown or black may retain a silvery tint.

Part of the great double standard in beauty is evident when our husbands or fathers turn gray, they are thought of as distinguished.  We women, however, go kicking and screaming all the way…all the way to the hair color isle that is.  There are many formulas today prefect for covering gray.  When choosing a shade, however, make sure you select the end result based on current color, not the memory of how it used to look (heck, who remembers their natural color anyway!)

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