As a child, I had auburn hair. As I got older, my hair went brown with red highlights. Now, my hair looks red in the sun. However, my roots have been dark brown since puberty. The hair on my entire body is medium brown with red highlights. My dad had auburn hair, and my son has black hair with red highlights with some red hair mixed in. Several other family members have auburn hair as well. Am I a redhead or not?

Answer

It is very likely you have the gene for red hair, though only genetic testing will be definitive. People who have more eumelanin (with a corresponding phenotype of darker hair) and the MC1R gene often have auburn hair.

Updated on April 5, 2018

Original Article:

Redheads: The Genetics of Hair Color
By Leah Lefler
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