Why Do Some Non-Ginger Guys Have Ginger Beards?


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If you have ever found yourself stroking your beard and wondering ‘why all the red patches?’ then you have your chromosome 4 to thank.

Males aged 18 to 60 have been hit by an epidemic of beard growing over the past two years or so. Experts have underestimated how long it will continue to rage, although if current trends continue, all young urban media professionals will be affected by 2017 (probably).

As more guys jump onto the hairy bandwagon, you’ve probably asked yourself, why are so many beards ginger even if their hair is dark? Even if they don’t have a redhead in the family?

Perplexed by the question, Adriaan Schiphorst from Motherboard called up Petra Haak-Bloem from Erfocentrum, a Dutch organisation that promotes genetics and awareness of genetic disorders, to get the answers.

She told him it’s all down to the MC1R-gene. The gene coding for hair colour is called “incomplete dominant hereditary traits,” meaning hair color isn’t as simple as one gene coding for one color of hair. The genes can be expressed differently in different areas of your body, like your head, beard, eyebrows or pubes.

Haak-Bloem explained that it’s all to do with the genes that code for the amount of different pigments, called melanin, in your hair. She explained that hair color is dependent on two of these pigments: eumelanin, the black pigment, and pheomelanin, a red pigment.

She added: “More than a decade ago, researchers discovered that one gene (MC1R) on chromosome 16 plays an important part in giving people red hair. MC1R’s task is making a protein called melanocortin 1. That protein plays an important part in converting pheolmelanine into eumelanine.

“When someone inherits two mutated versions of the MC1R-gene (one from each parent), less pheomelanine is converted into eumelanine. The [pheomelanine] accumulates in the pigment cells and the person ends up with red hair and fair skin.”

Haak-Bloem also said that if you only inherited one of these mutated genes, red hair can appear in sporadic places because of the variety of ways the gene can be expressed.

So, there you have it. That odd ginger beard in your family isn’t just the product of extramarital activity with a crimson-locked lothario.

Beard Hair 

Beard hair is quite different to head hair; it is coarser, curlier and doesn’t fall out as we get older. Comparatively little work has been done on the genetics of human hair colour, but it is believed that in order to have a ginger beard you must be a carrier for the recessive gene on chromosome 4. With two copies of this gene you will have ginger hair all over, but with just one, the hair on your head will be brown or auburn and your beard will be ginger.

Why is Facial hair thicker then head hair

The hair on your face, along with most of your body hair, is androgenic hair. Essentially when you go through puberty the hormones your body begins to produce can bind to cellular receptors triggering a series of biochemical steps that ultimately activate a specific set of genes. Some of these genes are very similar or identical to the ones that produce head hair like the genes for ubiquitous proteins like collagen. Others are specific for the hair on your face. For example, some regulate the growth patterns which explains why facial hair typically can’t grow as long. Others control how thick each individual hair fiber becomes, and the specific protein composition which influence strength and thickness. These hormonally derived differences in gene activation are ultimately what dictate the differences you see and feel in the different hair types.

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How much is too much when it comes to Aftershave ?


Wearing cologne or aftershave can help you feel more masculine, but there’s an art to applying it. Mastering that art means knowing that “wearing cologne” doesn’t equal “bathing in it.” While ladies are attracted to a good-smelling man, someone who’s doused himself in cologne can be a turn-off, no matter how good looking he is. Too much fragrance can also be irritating in other ways: Co-workers will start avoiding the person they can smell from the hallway, and your buddies won’t want to be stuck in a car with you on road trips. Sometimes it’s actually harmful to people’s health as well: Excessive amounts of fragrance can even trigger migraines or cause asthma attacks and allergic reactions in some people.

Whatever you do, don’t try to use it as a substitute for soap. Nothing can mask bad hygiene, and people will quickly smell the funk you’re trying to cover up. Cologne should also complement the scents in your soap and shampoo.

Compared to perfume, cologne is one of the lighter types of fragrances in terms of the concentration and strength of the aromatic oils it contains. However, colognes can still have heavier, long-lasting scents. When applying, dab a little onto your neck, just above your collarbone and the pulse points on your wrist. Let your body heat trigger the scent. If you’re really afraid of overdoing it, spray one spritz in the air above you and walk through the mist it creates so that the scent is more evenly distributed. If you can’t smell it on you right after you put it on, don’t just add more. It can take a good 15 minutes for the scent to really sink in and react with your chemical makeup.

Also be aware of the type of scent you’re wearing for the type of day. During the day, it’s better to wear a lighter, more citrus-smelling fragrance. In the evening, you can bring out a heavier, muskier cologne. Be careful when applying spicier fragrances though, because they can get stronger the longer you wear them. A little can truly go a long way.

If you’re still figuring out how much is enough, and you’ve accidentally erred on the side of too much, you can tone down the scent. Take some baking soda and add enough water to turn it into a paste. Then rub it over the area where you put on the cologne and rinse. You should smell a little better — and hopefully will have learned a lesson as well.

What a Man’s Facial Hair Says About Him

Which style of facial hair do you have? This COULD be you!

The way a man wears his facial hair says a lot about him. Agree or disagree…these are the way others see you. You may want to change your look.

#1 Mutton Chops

#2 The Big Beard with long hair

#3 The Pube Beard

#4 The Chin Square

#5 The Tom Selleck

#6 The Big Beard with short hair

#7 Iconic Handlebar

#8 The Pencil

#9 The Nottingham

#10 The Goatee

#11 The Big Beard with no mustache

#12 Big Beard with no hair

#13 Soul Patch

#14 The Chinstrap

#15 The Crustache

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