Do Women Dye Their Hair Blonde To Become More Attractive?
Red, Yellow, Brown. Which Is Best?
The question was asked by Hubber shantyjoshan about whether blonde women are more sexy thanbBrunettes.
The question may go to individual preferences of people that might be attracted to either blondes or brunettes in all of their varying shades. Marilyn Monroe dyed her hair blonde and Elvis Presley dyed his blonde hair his black, and it worked for both.
A mystique has grown up around blondes, but even more so around redheads, who make up perhaps 2.0% of the world's population with a gene mutation (MC1R), but a much higher percentage in Scotland, followed by Ireland. In short, blondes and redheads both have a positive mystique, the blondes perhaps more from media coverage for over a hundred years and redheads for their rarity. They also have a negative mystique - the "dumb blonde" and the "angry red head."I dislike stereotypes.
I suppose Lucille Ball could have been classified as both, since she was a natural blonde and a henna-inspired redhead. Just before the years that henna was not allowed in the US, she purchased a large cache of it for stockpile. Was she "dumb"? No, she was a shrewd businesswoman that made a lot of money and became famous. Did she have a temper? I think she did. But was she sexy? I didn't pick that up from her, except as a blonde in older films, such as one she acted in with George Reeves. They were both sexy in that one.
Blondes Don't Always Want To Be Blonde
Marilyn Monroe dyed her brown hair blonde; Elvis Presley dyed his blonde hair his black, and it worked for both.
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The Sexiness Factor
The sexiness factor of hair color is probably one of individual perception and the Hub Question about blondes and brunettes will likely yield interesting answers.
Trying to determine which is sexier - blonde or brown hair - may dig out stereotypes about both, but these could be funny.
For example, one reader asked why women, who are all fake, fake it up more with fake blonde hair. Are blondes fake inside and out? I don't think so. Are they sexier? Maybe, but perhaps this is the result of the media coverage since the Silent Film Era.
I think the media produced an inordinate amount of hype for over a hundred years that uplifts blonde men and women, but when I think of Aryan Nation and Adolph Hitler's perfect people, all blonde, I am not attracted to blonde hair.
I never appreciated blonde over other hair colors and my order of favorites is Red, Auburn, Ice White, Black, and last, Blonde... I guess Brown is not on my list.
Famous Blonde Stars
What About Other Colors?
The tinted rainbow hues worn by Mrs. Betty Slocumb on British and PBS TV's Are You Being Served were delightful, but the traditional blue rinse on senior ladies' hair in the 20th-century US always made me shudder! Some Seniors where various bright colors today, and it looks like fun.
Betty Slocum had a turquoise and a mint green hair color that were very attractive. The actress picked her middle school kids up from school in full hair and makeup and the youngsters were embarrassed a bit by the colors.
The X-Men comic book character Storm has long, white hair; she is a favorite character of mine in comics and on film, as portrayed by Halle Barry. Platinum Blonde comes close to this color, but it's really very very white and very striking. Blonde may be falling out of preference in the 21st century.
Hair Coloring As Marketing Pressure
I think that media hype, first in silent films and later helped along very much by Playboy Magazine in the 1950s - has
- Convinced some women and girls to become blondes and
- Convinced some men and boys that they should prefer blondes.
What color would everyone really like? Some will prefer blondes no matter what influence is applied to them.
Hair dying, once accomplished, is an annoyance to maintain, as are false fingernails and braided hair extensions. Hair and nails grow in the oriiginal colors and then the whole package must be adjusted to the tune of big bucks every 6 weeks. Let me say here that some Black men and women look very attractive with either blondes or red hair and some people in Northern Africa sport red hair naturally, although elsewhere it can be the product of malnutrition.
Why do people dye their hair, wear makeup, spend a lot of money they don't have on clothing, have multiple plastic surgeries, etc. It's part of the fashion industry, making money and helping people enjoy theirs and others' appearances.
Sometimes this fashionable life or hobby goes over the top.
We see elementary school girls wishing to dye their hair and the beginning of wishing to have plastic surgery. Wash-out hair tints on the weekends might be fun, but dyed hair on an 8-year-old is probably not appropriate, considering health and psychological impact.
These girls are increasingly talking about being sexy and I think it's too soon.
Blonde As Concept
Media and Hair Color
African Americans began a natural hair movement in the 1970s and whites followed, except that a few of the whites didn't seem to comb their hair at all (that's not sexy). An older Black friend of mine tells the story about traveling to Africa in the 1970s with an Afro do and being asked by the gentle African ladies what had happened to her hair? Natural in that country did not mean picked out, but braided.
Styles change through the decades, but the blonde preference seems embedded in American culture. More so with the popularity of natural and dyed blondes Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Jeri Ryan, Christina Aguilera, Shakira, Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga, Goldie Hawn, Britney Spears, and a drove of others. Brunettes are popular too, though - Olivia Wilde in Tron Legacy, Katy Perry, Nicky Minaj (who also wears a white wig), for example.
The blonde hype follows a trend in the early 1900s among silent film stars through the 1930s - Alice Terry, Anita Page, Mae Murray, Greta Garbo, Marion Davies, Jean Harlow ("The Blonde Bombshell"), and others. Lucille Ball was originally a blonde. Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe. I think the image of the blonde being the sexiest of women is media-induced. Take film titles: Platinum Blonde, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, My Favorite Blonde, Legally Blonde, Blonde, Private Valentine: Blonde and Dangerous, The Last of the Blonde Bombshells...
A Bob Hope film exists called My Favorite Brunette, but there are very few others hyping brunettes. There are a few about redheads. I think Americans may be trained by the media to focus on blondes because they exist in fewer numbers than brunettes and because of stereotypes and perpetuated mystique.
Some women, and men, likely dye their hair blonde to join this favored group and to attract other people to them.
How To Dye Hair Blonde
Some women, and men, likely dye their hair blonde to join a favored group and to attract other people to them.— P. Inglish
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