Black People with Naturally Blonde Hair

By Tracey Wallace of NaturallyCurly.com

Hair is simply amazing. The human body and the mechanisms by which it adapts to its environment are mind boggling, and our hair color, texture, porosity and everything else plays a massive part in how well we succeed in a particular environment (or at least it did before we started living in these air conditioned covered boxes).

We all love and nourish our hair, but it’s so easy to forget just how magical these dead cells growing from out of our scalp really are.

Enter the Melanesians, a native group of people living on the Soloman Islands northeast of Australia famous for their beautiful dark skin and naturally blonde hair. Yep, that’s right. They don’t sport weaves, wigs, extensions, permanent dye, temporary dye, some weird henna reaction, or whatever else anyone uses to get the blonde look that’s so typical of the caucasian persuasion. Ten percent of these islanders actually come by it naturally.

The odd combination has got scientists wondering about how such a color combo develops over time. According to the Global Financial Newswires, many scientists have long thought that their blonde hair was a result of a diet high in fish, perhaps bleaching by the sun and salt water, or a reminder of the island’s historic relations with people of European descent.

In fact, the blonde Melanesians have blonde that is unique solely to them. According to the study in which scientists compared 43 blonde hair islanders to 42 dark hair islanders, blonde Melanesians have a variant of a native gene called TYRP1 that plays an important role in the melanin biosynthetic pathway. This variant is completely separate from what causes blonde hair in Europeans, and doesn’t even exist in the European genetic set.

What’s truly beautiful in this fascinating discovery, as so perfectly stated by the study author Sean Myles, a geneticist at Nova Scotia Agricultural College, is that “it’s a great example of convergent evolution, where the same outcome is brought about by completely different means.”

And that makes hair of all textures, types and colors absolutely unique and absolutely beautiful.

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  • Candace

    While I agree that our bodies are simply amazing, I have to disagree with one big point.

    Scientists have since discovered that these black people actually have their own distinct “blond hair gene”, one which is distinct from the one found in Europeans. Thus, these black people have a blonde hair gene that they did receive from any interactions with Europeans.

    It’s ironic because this scientific discovery was published May 4, 2012, which is just days before this BGLH article was published (May 10, 2012):

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2139462/Riddle-Solomon-solved-Scientists-South-Sea-islanders-blond-hair-didnt-come-Europeans-evolved-separately.html

    As a believer in God, it’s amazing that they were created & designed that way!

    Best regards,
    C

  • Emmeaki

    Yes! Always lumping “black” people together. Even in freaking Africa, there are many ethnic groups that look completely different from each other and have completely different cultures. I’m surprised they don’t call Indians and other South Asians “black” by this definition.

  • naynay

    Original man began in Africa. A small group left and traveled to Europe (Caucus Mountains) and Asia and interbred with Neanderthals (not human) and Whites were originated — Neanderthals. No Africans from the indigenous Sub-Saharan have no Neanderthals DNA in their bloods. So the monkey gene started in the White race and Asian race who have that in their DNA more than Africans.

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