Some people are blond, others have dark or ginger hair; but no matter what hair color you might have, you'd generally expect that, when you grow a beard or mustache, your facial hair will match the hair on your head.
For some men, this doesn't happen. In fact, there are plenty of men who, as a result of a quirk of Mother Nature, end up realizing that their facial hair is actually another color. If your hair is auburn and your beard starts growing a light or dark crimson color, you might be yet another “victim” of the notorious recessive gene on chromosome 4.
When it comes to genetics, explaining hair color can be a very difficult task. While your DNA directly determines hair color, the specifics of it can be quite complex. Experts suggest that hair color is actually determined by what is called “incomplete dominant hereditary traits” and these are directly responsible for the difference between facial hair and regular hair – including texture, health and color.
Facial hair is very different from regular hair. In most cases, it is much more coarse, curly, and as you probably already know, it can have a different color as well. The latter is decided by heredity not just based on parents' hair, but also based on grandparents or even earlier ancestors. As such, older hair color shades might reappear that have nothing to do with your regular color or your parents' hair.
If you're a carrier of the recessive gene for chromosome 4, and only have one copy of this gene, you are more likely to grow a ginger beard while your hair is of another color. Also, the concentration of two distinct types of melanin pigments can determine the shade of your facial hair. This is why some men have a deeper shade of red, while others might pass for dark or blond, although ginger patches may still be visible.
Long story short, DNA and the balance of pigment it attributes to your hair are the main culprits behind differing beard/mustache colors. The differences, however, are not due to any health conditions, and you have nothing to worry about in the long run, since this is merely a simple style discrepancy – a little trick that mother nature plays on some of us.
Adopting a Healthy Attitude
Although the reason for ginger beards might be harder to understand than rocket science, you don't really have to worry. People have an unhealthy attitude towards ginger (as well as towards change) that is completely uncalled for in this case.
Ginger beards are perfectly healthy, even though they might be unique, and although you can dye it, get it trimmed or even shave it off altogether, there are plenty of products, such as beard oils, as well as trimmers and shavers that can make your beard look smooth and classy even if it is a different color from your hair.
Having the right attitude toward this uncommon issue is essential, and you'll find that your ginger facial hair can look great after a proper grooming session.