Human Hue

What is hue?

Hue is the tern used to describe the colour category of the pigment which is biologically present in human colour characteristics.

Man during Kumbh Mela in Nshik - India    © Mattai Passarini

Human natural selection ensures that when two people procreate, their natural colour pigmentation, creates a colour combination of skin, hair and eyes which balance and harmonise.

The colour combination maybe different to the parents.

The underlying hue quality of the woman is..... with blue eyes and the underlying hue quality of the man is..... with brown eyes. The child has the underlying skin pigmentation colour of the..... and the eyes of the mum.

The underlying hue quality in most people’s skin, hair and eyes is recessive.

This Vietnamese child has beautiful warm colouring typical of people living in the tropics

It is difficult to determine the underlying hue quality of most people’s colour characteristics, given the hue is masked by a neutral colour tone.

Red hair and light coloured eyes are the general exception.

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Each neutral colour characteristic has an underlying hue – and usually only one.

When more than one hue category occurs, one is likely to dominate.

It’s common for Caucasian men to have multicoloured beards and hair. This man has multicoloured hair

Different hues within the skin are generally unusual, but they do occur. Most often due to health, illness and aging.

Multicoloured eyes and hair are not unusual on Caucasian people.

Multi coloured eyes

There is also a greater chance of multicoloured eyes and hair occurring when different races of people combine their DNA.

This applies from the lightest of albino colour combinations to the darkest brown pigment combinations.

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Most people have the same biological hue category across their skin and hair (considering the world’s population is primarily Asian and African) – even though there may be a vast difference between the tone of their skin and hair.

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Contrasting high and low light, hue categories do exist between individual colour characteristics on some people.

The contrasting hue qualities include different coloured eyes, hair, lips and rosy cheeks.

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As a rule, hue categories remain the same throughout a person’s life.

However, as people age, the intensity of their pigmentation weakens, and eventually pigmentation stops being produced.

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Loss of pigmentation causes the hair to turn grey or white, and discolouring occurs to the whites of the eyes and teeth. This can change the hue category of the colour characteristic.

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Illness, or inflammation skin conditions such as rosacea or rosy cheeks, usually brought on by excessive drinking, can also produce changes to a person’s hue category, usually elevating a person’s red hue category.

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Superficial and enhanced changes, such as hair colouring, coloured contact lenses and make-up, will also affect a person’s colour expression.

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Changing the colour of a person’s hair, eyes and skin – through dye, make-up is a massive topic, for another one or ten articles.

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