This Is Why Your Beard Is Red When Your Hair Isn’t

If you aren't a redhead, how could your beard betray you? The truth is in your genetics.

It’s no secret that beards are a major style statement of the moment. Growing and maintaining one can be a real challenge and even confusing! If you aren’t a redhead, how could your beard betray you? The truth is deep in your genetics.

It turns out, if one of your genes indicates that brown hair is a dominant in your family tree, it’s possible that the ginger gene is also in your genetic code!

“The genes that determine hair color are so-called ‘incomplete dominant hereditary traits.’ This means that there isn’t one single gene that’s dominant over the rest, but all genes influence each other,” Petra Haak-Bloem, a specialist in genetics, told Motherboard.

In short, if you have a red beard, someone in your family lineage was a ginger. Of course, gene combinations vary for different people. “It’s entirely possible that one distant ancestor had a hair color that suddenly appears again through a certain combination of genes—and that can be quite unexpected for parents,” Haak-Bloem says.

If you’re unhappy your beard doesn’t match your head, hunt down the family member who gave it to you! Check out the gallery below to see the best red beard and blonde/brunette hair combos to inspire you to embrace your unique gene pool.

  1. This Guy Was Definitely Related To A Ginger- You Can See It In His Eyebrows


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