About 5–10% of people from Melanesia, a group of islands northeast of Australia, have naturally blonde hair — the highest prevalence outside Europe. Yet people from the region have the darkest skin pigmentation outside Africa.
I love Melanesian hair! It’s genetically distinct from European blonde, and is caused by a different pigment-loss mutation.
Did you know that there are dark-skinned redheads, too? There are auburn-haired Indians (mostly concentrated around Kashmir), and a sizable population of red-haired Iranians. The red hair mutation, however, only occurred once in human history, unlike the blonde mutation.