A pigment called melanin is responsible for hair color. There are 2 types of melanin found in the hair. Eumelanin, is the most common type, it gives the hair shades from brown to black. Phaeomelanin, gives the hair yellowish-blond tones and ginger and red colors. Total absence of pigment produces white (grey) hair.
Levels of Hair Color 1=Black 2=Very Dark Brown 3=Dark Brown 4=Brown 5=Medium Brown 6=Light Brown 7=Dark Blonde 8=Light Blonde 9=Very Light Blonde 10=Light Platinum Blonde