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You might have noticed your natural red hair is fading as you get older. It may have been a brighter orange or deep red color when you were young, but is now not as vibrant. There’s a reason for that, and it all has to do with the types of melanin in your body. 

There are two types of commonly seen melanin: eumelanin and pheomelanin. 

Eumelanin is primarily found in those with darker hair, skin, and eyes.

Pheomelanin is found in those with lighter skin and blond, red, or light brown hair.

Natural redheads are born with cells that produce more pheomelanin and this provides us with vibrant red hair in your youth. As aging occurs, the body starts to produce more eumelanin which leads to hair darkening. The darkening in combination with the natural fading of hair caused by age leads to redheads having a more dull color later in life. 

Fading can be combated with color depositing shampoos, hair glazes, and hair glosses. Additionally, red hair can be touched up by a stylist if you wish to keep your vibrancy. 

Invest in a color depositing shampoo/conditioner and click here to get the best tips on how to keep your red hair vibrant!

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