Black People with Naturally Blonde Hair

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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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Leila, founding editor of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008), social media and black beauty enthusiast. When I'm not here, I'm moderating a Facebook group for black mothers called Black Moms Connect.

 

566 thoughts on “Black People with Naturally Blonde Hair

  1. it amazes me how ppl forget that ppl migrate… There is a piece of every nationality all over the world.. you’ll see africans all over the world… you’ll see asians all over the world an so on.. the battle is still going to be the same if you have dark skin your seen as black an if you have light skin your seen as white… If the united states went back to slavery they wouldn’t say africans over here african americans over there an melanesians over here etc no they will say (n-word) get all yo asses in line we would all be the same in the white mans eyes… so truthfully all the africans jamaicans etc that say o no i don’t affiliate with them african americans whelp guess what we call came from one place and got ship or migrated to the next… we just look different speak different and live in different places but that is not going to stop the white man from calling u a black african….. Asians too HELLLLOOOOOOO they go thru the same bullshit white man looks at them an think there all chinese… an for some reason some ppl think italians an mexicans are the same… its called ignorance ppl you can’t run from it all you can do is hope an pray these ppl fall face down in a book or wake the fuck up

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    • Hello Tired…The Migration of nationalities all over the world is just a recent one…from 1600s and later…when we are talking about Melanesian migration to the pacific then it is a ground for debate among the scholars..there is little or never a research done on that…Why i said earlier that Melanesian don’t know when and where they originally migrated from is bcos that story was never passed down or told to us in our custom stories or tales…the only thing i can say is that our custom stories just told us that more than 60 generations ago our ancestors arrive in boats and settled in the islands..where they came from was never been told..our story of origin just begin with the arrival of the boats…But i do believe that they must have migrated from Africa

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  2. Emmeaki..You’re right Black is used to refer to people of African descent in America….Can you prove to us if you are a pure blood by tracing your ancestry back to Africa and tell us if there is no white DNA or Native American DNA passed on to you during the many years your forefathers have been staying in American…

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    • Did I say that I was “pure blood?” My father is from Sierra Leone, so on his side, yes I am “pure”! I know that my great-grandparents on my mother’s side are Caucasian and Native American. What the hell does this have to do with my comment?

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      • Thanks Emmeaki for Clearing the air…You have given the answer i was expected to hear from you..”Multi-racial” You asked if your ethnic background has anything to do with your comment..Yes it does”..Just look at your comments..you have been so concern and want to restrict the the word “Black” to only people with African Ancestry (African Americans)…Please understand that the Aborigines and Melanesians are also called “Black Man” by the other Race which you just confirmed to be related to them (white people)…Aborigines and Melanesian are pure blooded and refer to themselves as Black in their own right..and it is not right for someone who is of Mixed ancestry to say that they are not Black…let us now put this discussion to rest since i now know that you are not pure let alone your father (a pure Blood from Sierra Leone)..BUT for you, please stop saying that Aborigines and Melanesians are not Black since any Multi-Racial person has not right to say that to Pure Blooded Black people…And by the way don’t be so bother about the Pure Black melanesians with Blonde hair as any of you r children or grand children down the line may also have blonde hair as you also have Caucasian gene in you..

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  3. I know a girl with naturally blonde hair. Nethier of her parents are white. But her parents are light skinned so is she. She is very pretty and her name is Serena. Her hair is slowly turning brown though.

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  4. To clear up the confusion on this blog. In biology class or young people who have yet to make it there you will learn about mutation. Overtime when people have been adapted to a new area their genetic makeup is conform to that environment. Africa may be the original place of humans but due to genetic mutation most people do not carry the African trait which hints all the other ethnic groups, Caucasians, Puerto Ricans, Asians, Native Americans etc. Even or ethnic groups that do carry African traits it has been conform to their unique environment such as Latinas, Capea Verdean, African American, Filipino, Jamaican,etc.
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    • If the Black Features of Melanesians were a result of their adaptation to the Sun then Can you explain why the Indonesians, Malaysians, Thais, Filipinos, Polynesians and Micronesians don’t have the same Black Skin tone like the Melanesians??? Ms Ann if you don’t know then let me remind you that the Filipinos, Indonesians and Thais also have the same exposure to the sun just like the Melanesians for thousands of years but they still have a Mongoloid skin tone in contrast to their Melanesian Neighbours who have Black Skin tones. And by the way i don’t think that “Black” is a Race..But if you think that Black is a Race then i suppose that you are someone who is lost (No Affiliation to any Native Tribe or Native Language) and consequently tends to forge an ethnic identity based on skin colour…

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      • Oh and because YOU don’t consider black a “race” that means its not? It is a colloquial term, like “white” means Caucasian. There can be no meaningful debate with one who chooses to discard elementary definitions simply because they don’t fit in with your false paradigm.

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        • There are basically only 3 main Races in the World
          1. Negroid races (African, Hottentots, Melanesians/Papua, “Negrito”, Australian Aborigine, Dravidians, Sinhalese)
          2. Caucasian races (Aryans, Hamites, Semites)
          3. Mongolian races (northern Mongolian, Chinese and Indo-Chinese, Japanese and Korean, Tibetan, Malayan, Polynesian, Maori, Micronesian, Eskimo, American Indian),

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          • Melaniseans are full australoid. southeast asians and polynesians are austroneasian a mix between australoid and mongoloid.australoids are very diverse and are NOT related to negroids.

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          • You are incorrect there is only ONE race and that is the HUMAN race what you are describing are the the three ethnic groups. But good try…

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      • The theory being that Asians went through Europe before migrating and settling in Southern Asia and Pacific Islands. The native Australians are believed to have avoided the European detour and stayed south landing in Australia before the people that took the scenic route.

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  6. The funny thing is the Aboriginal people in Australia consider themselves black, and have voiced it proudly when the Olympics where in Australia. They spoke out on the struggle and racism they experienced in Australia being black. I was very eye opening. So while some may question or struggle with what race they are, they don’t, because they proud to be black. Jesus love you!

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  7. Technically if you look at genetics for ‘race’, there are Khoisans, also known as Bushmen, Africans and everybody else including dark skinned Melanesians.
    Melanesians, Papauns, Solomon Islanders, Aborigines etc are dark as they are because they’ve been where they are a very long time. Longer than Indonesians or even Polynesians. They moved probably 50,000 years ago probably along with the Andaman Islanders. They are African in the sense that everybody is African from Swedish people to Amazonian people but they are dark skinned and have been treated terribly and in a racist way by European colonisers. They get the same anti-black treatment.
    African Americans are not Pacific Islanders, their genetics comes from Africa.

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  8. point is they have dark skin and naturally blonde hair….it doesnt matter if the dark skin makes them black,or the blonde hair makes them white….its jus that its something unique…something beautiful

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    • Yeah…Because u are not pure blood from africa but an interracial…Otherwise, can u trace your ancestry back 30 generations to africa and prove to us that you don’t have any white blood in you…

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      • Probably no one is 100% one race. The chances of someone being 100% black are very slim, as with any other race.

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        • Actually this concept that NO ONE is 100% needs to stop. Go to Africa and you’ll meet people with 0% of mongoloid and/or caucasoid, go to eastern Europe and you will meet people with 0% mongoloid and/or negroid, go to an Asian country like North Korea and you’ll meet people with 0% caucasoid and/or negroid (basically I’m talking about people who’ve been in their place of origin for all their generations, putting aside the whole “we are all from Africa” ideology). There are PLENTY people who AREN’T mixed.

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          • you are talking about pure Africans in Africa and pure Europeans in Europe…which may be true that they could be 100% pure in regard to their colour…But what bothers me in these posts is that some black people who have been staying in the Americas since the 17th century have been denying the Melanesians as black people…when they themselves are not pure black if traced back but interracial instead…

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  9. These people have black skin but they’re not black (from Africa) they’re from Asia. Don’t claim that they are something that they’re not it’s very disrespectful. All I’m saying is do your research

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    • You are the one who should be doing your research….Melanesians never say that they are from Africa….Melanesians are not from Asia either….They are from MELANESIA….OK…and they have been settling in the Region of Melanesia since the unknown past…But that is out from context… the point is that Melanenesians are unique coz without being interracial they can have blond hair

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      • Your correct in that they are a unique and a very beautiful people. They are really a key to a unique isolated and probably the purest and closes to a people of evolution untouched. Australia is down under and marsupials and very unique animals also. The kid are born with blonde hair and later in some cases change to a darker pigment. You are part of your environment and the only way you can survive is to adapt to it. Or move. Well Australia is not a easy move like other continents. SO THEY ARE UNTOUCHED AND VERY GODLY PURE GROUP AS CLOSE TO GOD’S OR A MAKERS OF A HIGHER POWER AS genitics ARE GOING TO GET. THEY ARE A KEY TO EVOLUTION UNTOUCHED AND VERY beautiful and unfortunately shone down on because of the unique and unexplained characteristics. You can sum them up. Unexplained and none needed. But a key to evolution both worlds color texture unmatched. A mix match beautifully blended. SO so hated just Because. And almost extinct TRUTH lies within their genetics. Trust me.

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  10. All conversation of race by color is ignorance. If it wasn’t for the sun not one person in history would know color. The color of anything has no basis on what is worth considering, simply a treat for the eyes. Admire the spectrum of the work of the unseen and unknown and cut out the foolishness. True races are tiers of consciousness; the differences in the rulers from the ruled, not petty colors.

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  11. Everyone is trying to be technically correct. We are all one people or race or species or derivative or mixture.

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  12. Why is everyone saying that they’re not black? No, they’re not from Africa, but somewhere down the line, they were, just like the rest of us! Besides, it doesn’t really matter, anyways. There are only three major race groups, and they probably fit into black more than any other one. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

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  13. Blacks are not just found in Africa. There are blacks originally in Asia, in Australia and in the Americas. Black/brown skinnned people are generally referred to as black.

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    • You are right…Black people are the original inhabitants of the tropical and subtropical regions of the world..that is why you can see indigenous native black population right from Africa, southern Arabia, Indian ocean, India, South east Asia (Negrito), Australia (aborigines) and Melanesia..Even i read in a recent article that Black people are the first to settle the American Continent before the arival of native americans….

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  14. Ive lived in the Fiji islands or Fiji which is a Melanesian country and they can pass for an African American in the USA because of their skin colour and hair type but Fijians have facial features that are different from African Americans and even from other Melanesians like Solomon islands or Papuans and its easier to recognise that a person is Fijian because of it but you can only tell if your familiar with Fijian people and how they look for a better example anyone should feel free to search up Fijian rugby players and NBA players since its an easy way to have the men orderly for comparison and look closely at the differences the Fijians and African Americans look from each other then you can see why melanesian are uniquely there own people

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    • Is that all you got MR. Edward…If you know the truth then you can say it…WE WOULD WANT TO KNOW YOUR VIEW REGARDING THIS ARTICLE…

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