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Which Hair Color Do Women Find More Attractive On Men?

Updated on April 18, 2017
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What makes a guy attractive?

The wonderful thing about attraction is that there will always be someone who will find you appealing.

Doesn't matter whether you are fat, skinny blond or dark someone somewhere will take one look at you and think wow!

How many times have you looked at a guy and thought yes that's the one for me!

But why? Was it his smile, his body shape or something else?

Well I will tell you. Nine times out of ten it will be the color of his hair. Its a fact that all women have a preference for a certain shade of hair color.


Come on ladies what is your favorite hair color on a guy?

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Josh Holloway
Josh Holloway | Source

Dimples and more!

We women tend to go for different personality traits than guys. Whereas a man will go for beauty, women choose humor over looks. If a guy has a sense of humor then he is in with a chance.

There is nothing more attractive than seeing a man with a grin as wide as his face, dimples and laugh lines. It beats every other type of attraction.

But we are not talking about personality at this point. We are looking at something subtle that most people notice subconsciously.

So what is it that catches the eye? Well let's take a look at the one thing that stands out the most.

Hair color.

“He looked good, like sin in a suit.”

— Melissa Marr

Hair color.

Did you know, the very first thing a woman will notice on a man is their hair color?

They may not be aware of it when they are staring at the hunk in the corner of the bar, but yes hair color is top score for attractiveness.

Obviously the style of hair goes a long way to make a girl look twice too!

But there are really strong statistics that states one color does stand out from the crowd so to speak.

But which one? And why? Let's take a look.

Dark brown and black attract!

According to various polls and asking loads of friends the same question it seems that one hair color stands above the rest.

The second choice is rather unexpected!

It doesn't surprise me that dark hair comes top of the poll, as its said that dark haired men have an average of 10 dates a month. And black hair comes a close second with 7 dates.

But here's the thing, most of us would automatically assume that blond hair would come a close second. But that isn't the case.

Red had a lot more votes than blond! Surprised? Yes completely!

Blonds get around 3 dates a month, red hair manages four. So, somehow a guy with red hair fairs much better than a blond. Well who knew?

Let's take a look at why.

Dark haired man
Dark haired man | Source

Tall dark and handsome.

Dark haired men are more popular than other hair colors because they come across as friendly trustworthy and kind. Of course it does all depend on what part of the world you live in.

This is based on a cosmopolitan City like London and New York. If you live in Norway or Sweden a lot of men are probably more blond than dark.

Of course brown and black hair is much more familiar to most of us than say a real blond. People tend to presume that if someone is really blond then they are likely to be from another country and may not know your culture and language well.

Purely psychological but tends to make sense. But then again someone with a foreign accent does sound very sexy!

Blond blonde male
Blond blonde male | Source

50 Shades of blond!

So what about blond men? And why would they be bottom of the survey? Well there's a number of reasons and the main one being that blonds tend to come across as, well a bit of a flirt! They flutter from one girl to the next and are deemed to be unreliable!


Hey don't blame me guys! Just going with the majority! But to be fair I do think its probably got something to do with TV and Film.

If you think about it nearly every single 'cad' in films are usually blond. Maybe its had an influence in real life?

Of course it could be something as simple as the fact that there are more dark haired guys around compared to blond. The familiar will always win out.

Damien Lewis red hair
Damien Lewis red hair | Source

Way to go reds!

But why would red hair be so successful? There is a theory that Prince Harry of Britain has something to do with it! Let's face it he is the cutie of the Royal Family!

The strange thing is a few years ago red haired men were always regarded as short tempered and very surly. It seems they have been given a reprieve. And thank goodness for that!

I do believe there is a serious reason for this. My dad had red hair and contrary to popular belief men with red or 'carrot' hair are not all fiery.

My dad was as soft as butter to his family. In fact the only time I cried when I was little was because my dad had yelled at me for being naughty! It was so unusual!

Considering how naughty I was as a child this was a one off!

You would never have believed that my dad had loads of medals for his time in the Army. He was so quiet.

So my point is, red haired men are faithful loyal and loving. Proof is in the pudding so to speak.

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Pretty men perfect face facial contours male beauty | Source

A quick look at face shapes.

Wide set eyes do if for some ladies, and others prefer dark lashes and blue or brown eyes.

The face has to look manly. Firm jaw squarish face, note I said squarish. Too square is going too far.

If a guy is 'pretty' and come on ladies we all love a bit of pretty male! Then that can do it! For me, yes for me....sorry where was I?

But, there is a problem with pretty. It can show petulance and deceit. Damn! lol!

But sometimes a softer face can be all that we want in a guy. That shows warmth and love.

Eyes are the windows of the soul. Large dark eyes are a must for me but narrower eyes show maturity.

Pale eye lashes and eyebrows. Um. Not for me but why is that? Well its all to do with hair color.

But I digress......!

Long or short?

Long hair men
Long hair men | Source

What hair length do you find most attractive on a man?

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A few hair facts about dark hair.

  • Most European men are dark haired.
  • In central and northern Europe dark hair is slightly lighter.
  • The more south you go towards Spain etc the hair becomes darker or black.
  • Dark brown hair is also prevalent in Australia, America and Britain.
  • Eumelanin is the pigment that gives brown hair its color.

Different shades.


Blond hair facts.

  • Blond hair has low levels of eumelanin pigment.
  • The word blond comes from the old French blunt or blont meaning a color between chestnut and golden.
  • Blond is one of the only words in the English language that uses both the male and female genders i.e. blond/male blonde/female.
  • Blond hair is most prevalent in Northern Europe such as Norway, Denmark Sweden and Finland.
  • The genetic mutation that caused hair to go blond is registered at 11,000 years ago. This was around the time of world populations coming out of Africa.
  • The light pigmentation is caused by low sunlight or less vitamin D. Blond hair, fair skin people living in lower sun radiation areas.
  • An alternative idea is that blond/blondes appeared because of genetic sexual selection in certain areas. Therefore being more attractive to the local populace.
  • There are many Australian Aborigines with blond hair.

Ancient Thracian painting showing red hair.

In an Ostrusha tomb near Kazanlik is coffer painting of a Thracian woman
In an Ostrusha tomb near Kazanlik is coffer painting of a Thracian woman | Source

Red hair facts.

  • Red hair only occurs in 1 to 2 percent of the population.
  • Its slightly more 2 to 6 percent, if you live in northern or western Europe.
  • People who have two copies of a recessive allele on chromosome 16 alters the MC1r protein which results in red hair.
  • Greek writers mentioned that Thracian's were red haired and blue eyed.
  • Red haired mummies were found in the Tarim Basin China. See The White Tribes Of Ancient China.
  • The British isles have a lot of red heads mainly descendants of Celtic tribes.

Survey hardboard with pins
Survey hardboard with pins | Source

I did a quick survey of my own with online friends and...

I got some pretty funny comments which I will share with you guys!

Nicole said - dark brown to black (gray peppered in is sexy too!) always liked darker hair and gray shows maturity.

Petra said that she agreed with Nicole and.....

Molly told me that - I've always been partial to red and brown, or better yet, redish-brown.

Suzanne said - Depends on the man.

Richard not wanting to be left out! stated.....Hell, at my age I'm just lucky to have hair!

Which did amuse me!

Nellieanna said - There is no hair better and greater than thick, healthy silver hair on a man!

Alexandra told me - I've always liked dark hair on a blue-eyed man, but married blond men (yes, plural) !

Bobbi said - I like a man who does not dye his hair--I like everything natural and if he doesn't have hair--that is fine too.

Dianna claimed - Since I'm in my upper years, salty gray

Mary said Blond and

Rasma said dark brown.

And last but not least. long as there's hair...what the heck? No fat bald guys for me!

Thanks Jackie...I think!

Gray is okay!

Gray grey hair is okay. Men come in all shapes and sizes. And so does hair. all are different, all are unique but all are attractive.
Gray grey hair is okay. Men come in all shapes and sizes. And so does hair. all are different, all are unique but all are attractive. | Source


So what can be seen by this survey? Well yes dark haired men do come out on top, but blonds and reds definitely have their fans too.

Where you surprised at the results of red haired guys? I was, but in a nice way. In fact I am chuffed to bits to think red is holding its own!

So to all those people who laugh at reds, well those reds got the last laugh!

On a serious note just remember guys, there will always be a lady out there who fancies the pants of you whether you are dark haired, blond red or bald!


© 2017 Nell Rose


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      Bill Holland 5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Well it better be dark brown turning to gray, or I'm screwed. LOL

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      I've always been attracted to a man with a ponytail, blond hair. My father had dark black hair, while my mother was a redhead. I had one sister with red hair and she was noted as ' the feisty one ' Ha.. Why men want to cut beautiful, thick hair has always been a mystery to me. A fun, and informative hub that I enjoyed reading Nell.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 weeks ago from Mesa, AZ

      Fun read, Nell! I have to admit I was a little surprised by the statistics. Thank you for sharing this.

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      savvydating 5 weeks ago

      What a perfectly charming article, Nell. Who knew that a piece about men's hair color could be so interesting? I am intrigued by how well red-heads have done, but it sort of makes sense. Red heads are so rare, and in my mind, there is something vulnerable about a good way.

      I have to say that I haven't trusted blondes, so it's funny that your findings suggest that most women feel the same way.

      As for the squarish jaw you mentioned---Yes, please!

      Another fun article. Enjoyed it so much!

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      Paula 5 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Nell C'mon girlfriend! I thought you liked me?? Are you trying to give this ole girl a heart attack?? Whoooooo Eeeeeeee girl! Who are these young gorgeous stud muffins in the photos? More importantly. WHERE are they?? Good Golly Miss Molly, I need oxygen. Who's looking at what color their hair is?? Brown, blonde, red, ...HUH? Yeah, they're all FINE with me, Nell! I just wanna run my fingers through their hair....and look into those hypnotic, sexy, bedroom eyes...and.....Oops, I just passed out for a second there! I think I was hyperventilating! WOW!

      awww shucks, Nell....all that incredible beauty and then I get to the picnic table of old white-haired.bald know, my age bracket. Sure, go ahead~~ruin my fun, crush my fantasies~~make me cry.......:( Is that the group I get to choose from? Damn it, Nell! You're so mean to me......:(

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      Nell Rose 5 weeks ago from England

      Thanks Savvy, as with all my articles this started out as a conversation! lol! thanks for reading.

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      Nell Rose 5 weeks ago from England

      Thanks btrbell, glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 weeks ago from England

      Thanks Ruby, I love men with ponytails too! but usually dark guys. And yes why do they cut it to make it so boring when its lovely and thick hair?

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      Nell Rose 5 weeks ago from England

      LOL! Bill! now you are fine just the way you are! Bev got her guy so that's all that matters! thanks as always.

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      Nell Rose 5 weeks ago from England

      LOLOLO! Paula you always make me laugh so much! You know what they say! You may be on a diet but you can still look at the menu! forget that group and go for the ones above! thanks for the laugh!

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      Mary Wickison 5 weeks ago from Brazil

      Well, those stats surprised me.

      Fun read though. At my age, any man who has his own hair and teeth are ahead of the game.

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      Mary Strain 5 weeks ago

      Fun poll Nell! And count me one of the minority. Blond guys rule!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 weeks ago

      My heart stopped when I saw Josh Holloway! He would look good in any color of hair. I prefer dark brown in general, but a dignified older gray is also attractive. Thanks for the fun read, Nell!

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      Peg Cole 5 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

      This was funny and educational as well as entertaining. As a former barber, I like all kinds of hair color and it seems I even had a bald man friend at one time as well as several dark haired ones and a blond with blue eyes - Of course, that's been years ago.

      My hubby has been growing out his thick black hair, I guess to prove to his coworkers that he doesn't use color on it. He's no spring chicken but I'm not sure the hippy comeback is going to fly. Anyhow, I enjoyed reading this article.

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      Nell Rose 5 weeks ago from England

      LOL! thanks Peg! I bet your hubby will be pleased as punch when his hair grows and he tells them see? thanks as always.

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      Nell Rose 5 weeks ago from England

      Thanks Dianna, and thanks for helping with the survey! love dark hair, been out with most colors but married a black haired man!

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      Nell Rose 5 weeks ago from England

      Thanks Mary! Well its great to see a blond fan! lol!

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      Nell Rose 5 weeks ago from England

      LOL! I totally agree with you Mar BL ! if I get a wink even if its from a twitch it makes my day! LOLOLO! thanks!

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      Martie Coetser 4 weeks ago from South Africa

      Interesting survey! I thought I like black hair because my father had black hair.

      A man with dark hair looks stronger than a man with light hair. At least through my eyes. Lol!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 weeks ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Cute Hub, Nell! I'll go with blond, darkish blonde, medium length, thank you!

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      Suzanne Sheffield 4 weeks ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Very interesting Hub! Personally, I find dimples irresistible and I guess that is what first attracted me to my handsome hubby 30 years ago.

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      prettydarkhorse 4 weeks ago from US

      Yeah, I do like a blond with ponytail (man bun) for men. Comprehensive hub, Nell, (Y)

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      Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England

      Thanks Maita, hope you liked your little present on facebook! LOL!

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      Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England

      Hi Lilleyth, I love dimples too! my hubby has a chin dimple! lol! thanks for reading.

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      Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England

      Hi Rebecca, good to see a blond fan out there! lol! thanks as always.

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      Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England

      Hi Martie, yes I know what you mean! Maybe that is part of the dark haired attraction compared to blond then! never thought of that! thanks as always.

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      Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England

      Sorry missed your comment Randi! thanks so much for reading.

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      Amelia Griggs 4 weeks ago

      This was fun to read, thanks Nell!

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      Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England

      Hi Easylearning, thanks so much for reading.

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      quicksand 4 weeks ago

      Right now my hair follicles are taking a well deserved annual rest, thanks to a device known as a razor!

      In a couple of weeks when the hair begins to re-appear, there will be an even mix of black and white.

      When two more weeks pass, there will be full blooded "L'oreal Attack!"

      Happy April Holidays!

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      Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England

      LOL! thanks qucksand! I am sure it looks awesome!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Somewhat surprised that people will consider characteristics like hair color in their decision to like a person; but then, my favorite men on this page are those with gray. I wonder why. Seriously though, your article is insightful and fun.

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      Nell Rose 3 weeks ago from England

      Hi MsDora lol! yes sometimes we can all be a bit shallow can't we? Thanks so much as always, nell

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      Nadine May 2 weeks ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Ha ha Ha I love this post. I'm all into Josh Holloway...for now...

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      Nell Rose 13 days ago from England

      Thanks Nadine, lol! glad you liked it.

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      FlourishAnyway 10 days ago from USA

      I had read this but must've gotten distracted and forgotten to comment. I enjoy blonde headed fellas like Brad Pitt. My husband is blonde and when we got married I couldn't find a wedding cake topper that featured a groom with blonde hair and a bride with brunette hair (it was reverse). We went with swans instead.

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      Nell Rose 10 days ago from England

      Hi Flourish, how amazing! Just goes to show how cliche'd cake makers are! Yes blond men are lovely, I tend to go for long haired dark, or black. Thanks so much for reading.

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      Nithya Venkat 7 days ago from Dubai

      Well, well there is so much in colors! Had fun reading but as you say, "there will always be a lady out there who fancies the pants of you whether you are dark haired, blond red or bald!" Oh yes, I totally agree.

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      Nell Rose 5 days ago from England

      Thanks Vellur glad you liked it, nell

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      Shauna L Bowling 6 hours ago from Central Florida

      I love a dark-haired man with blue eyes. Now that I'm older and have many shades of gray in my hair, I'm also attracted to salt and pepper or silver. I agree with Nellieanna, there's nothing more attractive than a thick head of silver hair. Can you say Kenny Rogers?

      This was a fun read, Nell. Thanks for bringing a bright spot to my work day!

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