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Melanin pigments in blond hair

November 4th, 2010

Q. I need to be enlightened on the subject of true blonde hair containing what type of melanin. In the past, I have learned that true blonde hair is composed of dispersed yellow pigments in low concentration. I have also learned that pheomelanins, which include the yellow and red pigments, do not bleach out while eumelanins (brown pigments) bleach easily. Therefore, how can true blonde hair be bleached out to the palest yellow stage, if it has yellow pigments? Thank you. Barbara, Pasadena, CA.

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