Can You Predict Your Baby’s Hair Color?

This is a question I get asked a lot: what will my baby’s hair color be? Unlike eye color, which is much easier to predict, hair color varies quite a bit. While it’s not possible to predict a baby’s hair color before birth, there are some clues that can help you predict what your child’s hair color will be:

1. What hair color do the parents have?
Light hair is recessive, so if you have two light-haired parents, it is unlikely you’ll wind up with a raven-haired infant. One light haired and one dark haired parent will typically produce a child who is somewhere in between – but closer to the darker haired parent.

2. Are there recessive genes in the family? While my own hair is black as night, my mother is a natural blonde. I know that I carry her recessive blonde gene and could, in theory, produce a light-haired child. Red hair is a recessive trait that often – and surprisingly – pops up.

3. What is the child’s hair color at birth? Babies’ hair tends to darken rather than lighten, so chances are good that your infant will grow into a child with hair that is one – two shades darker than it is at birth. Know that children’s hair color (and texture!) changes many times before adulthood.

My son was born with straight black hair that became auburn and curly by his second birthday. Now, at age four, he has wavy, medium brown hair. Mama (me) has wavy black hair and Dad (the Ex) has straight dirty blonde hair.

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