Brunettes.....More Than a Plain Brown Wrapper
The Creation of those "Perceptions" linked to Hair Color
It's anyone's guess where a woman's hair color has garnered a kind of reputation as in connection to a general consensus of opinion. In referring to the three basics, blonde, brunette and redhead, we can add that each of those basic colors have literally hundreds of shades highlights and flavors, if you will.
People will refer to women in terms of their hair color as though it's the perfect focus for recognition...eg., "Remember that sweet blonde from Georgia," or,"The hot little redhead we met " and, "You know who I mean, that tall brunette who works at the bank." This isn't the case when discussing men. Ever wonder why this might be? Like I said, it's anyone's guess.
Let's embark on a casual journey via a path that may lead to a better understanding of why it is that a woman's hair color quite often describes her to the world. I believe you'll be entertained and I'm sure you'll take a closer look at how your own lovely locks can be translated as a part of your perceived personality.
Starting out it might be easy to understand how particular stereotypes become associated with hair color when we peek into the high profile of celebrities. Should you have any doubt about the comfortable connection linking females to their hair color, I'd simply ask you to note your immediate thought as I mention the name, "Lucille Ball," or perhaps, "Marilyn Monroe?"
See what I mean?
Natural, dyed, bleached or tinted?
That which frames the image of a woman
I think it's fair to say that other than male hairdressers, men in general claim they don't understand the woman's urge to dye, bleach, curl, straighten, layer, style and fluff her hair. All that attention care and expense on one facet of overall appearance, seems to leave men quite curious.
This may be only one of the numerous things that men do not understand about women but ladies, does this not fly in the face ( pun intended) of all the fuss men make over our hair?
We may often be described by the guys as A Sexy Blonde, A Brunette Babe, or A Hot Redhead. And can we not agree that men will voice a preference to long flowing locks, as opposed to shorter hair around their woman's head? The not-so-secret thought behind this as has been rumored is that our Neanderthal male dragged his woman by the hair to express...shall we say, his desires for her. Me man, you woman...such was romance at that time. Is it possible that evolution has changed only some things?
The songs men have written over decades refer to the breeze blowing softly through her hair, the sweet scent of jasmine in her hair.....the way the sun sparkles upon her long, lovely locks.... Point is, men know full-well why we focus on and fuss over our hair regardless of color.
What would be interesting is for women to finally know the truth. Do individual men really have an attraction to one color over another? Do they honestly have a preference for and pay more attention to women of the blonde or brown or red category? If so, WHY?
Sure, women as well as men have what we refer to as, "my type," and it may be something a few of us would like to analyze. Not that it hasn't been studied and researched by anthropologists and psychologists for centuries. "My type," of course extends beyond hair color but let me stay on target for now.
A few (variable) facts about Hair Color
By "variable," I mean that while some of these facts are accurate at this particular time and possibly were for some time in the past, they're subject to change according to the whims and wishes of the vast majority of the world's female population.
This may be needless to mention but more natural brunettes go blonde than the other way around.
Natural brunettes are far more common than natural blondes throughout the world, with the possible exception of the Scandinavian population. Sweden, Denmark and Norway, have a high concentration of natural blondes, both female and male. If I'm incorrect on this, feel free to educate me. I love to learn facts. I'm a brunette.
Natural Redheads, aka Gingers, bring up the rear if we don't include brunettes with significant reddish hues to their hair. Are you following me? In fact, dark-haired brunettes with a red influence are said to have chestnut brown hair.
The authentic natural brunette carries an intriguing reputation according to legend. These lovely ladies are perceived as strong/assertive, highly intelligent/assertive, reserved/assertive....and sexy/assertive...did I mention assertive?....as well as outrageously comedic. They are the leaders, defenders and protectors and in all honesty, the know-it-alls. "Assertive," by the way, is the female version of what is referred to in men as aggressive. We do not like the word aggressive. Thank you.
Please do keep in mind these widespread perceptions apply in the general sense. Exceptions are duly noted. This said, the reality is, in general, brunettes are not...shrinking violets by any stretch of the imagination.
Redheads, somewhere along the way picked up the nickname, Gingers, and appropriately so.
This falls in common with their alleged persona. Sweet, tasteful, with a hint of spice, the true redhead, though fairly rare, is seen as kind and gentle, yet can easily display fiery passion. The little girl with a carrot top, freckles and twinkling green eyes, will blossom into maturity as the Maureen O'Hara-type woman of substance and cultural flair.
Suzanne Somers as the lovable "Chrissy"
No Blonde Jokes, Promise
Although an unkind sort of curse, the "empty-headed blonde" image is funny, except to most blondes. However, the reality is, blondes with a healthy self-image and sense of humor will usually laugh right along with the rest of us. Another point in case would be if the overall population took serious offense to blonde jokes.....why would hundreds of thousands of women submit to the bleaching process? Simple common sense tells us that intelligence is in no way related to hair color. As a matter of fact, I'd bet the majority of females in Mitt Romney's binders, are blondes.
The dumb blonde thing must be largely attributed to media. Television.... for instance,"Three's Company," a very popular sitcom at one time, starring the late John Ritter had it's "Chrissy," portrayed by the stunning and real life genius, Suzanne Somers. Poor Chrissy simply wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed. But really funny she was...and the show depended upon that level of comedy.
Hollywood, The Big Screen
The single-most infamous, huge starlet of the '50's-'60s era, the beloved Marilyn Monroe, was type-cast in 90% of her roles as the totally clueless, but super-sexy blonde. Unlike many present day actresses, Marilyn once bleached, remained blonde throughout her entire Hollywood career. Marilyn, equaled blonde, equaled clueless. For those of you who do not know, it is an authentic and well-documented fact that the real-life Norma Jean Baker was gifted with a genius I.Q.
The Majority doesn't always rule
Given that the Title here is "Brunettes......More Than A Plain Brown Wrapper," It's fair to assume you expected an article written entirely about the brown-haired, brown-eyed girl....I can explain.
In discussing blondes, brunettes and redheads, we know that brown hair being the most common color, is logically also representative of the greater portion of female population. However in this case, more is not better, nor does it stand as proof there is strength in numbers. Please note that the brunette appears between blonde and redhead.....giving it a sort of middle child complex. Add to all this....the fact that far more brunettes will change their hair color, than the other two "special and rare" basic colors....as if to announce to the world that there's something wrong with being a natural brunette.....and good grief, it's a wonder we brown-haired ladies are not all into long term aggressive therapy.
The very least that can be offered in fairness is our own Title to an article. I'm sure you'll all agree. Besides, I'm in charge here. You may want to re-read the section on the perceived personality of brunettes. Reputations are usually earned.
Do you brake for Brunettes??
© 2013 Paula