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Brunettes.....More, Than A Plain Brown Wrapper

Updated on November 19, 2016
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Paula has freelanced for nearly 40 years. She has a passion for her forte of Behavioral Science & continuing education in this field.

Your basic brown-eyed-brunette.  Cute, saucy and vibrant.   "Katie Holmes"
Your basic brown-eyed-brunette. Cute, saucy and vibrant. "Katie Holmes" | Source

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., that sweet blonde from Georgia, the hot little redhead we met today...or "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?

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Natural, dyed, bleached or tinted?

Brunettes and the Middle Child Syndrome
Brunettes and the Middle Child Syndrome

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.

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"

Only ONE  "Marylin"...ever, in the whole world.
Only ONE "Marylin"...ever, in the whole world. | Source

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-full of women 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.

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Brown-eyed BRUNETTE

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    Paula 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    LOL! That's funny about your roots..:)....I can't even try to picture you as a blonde. You're a more natural looking brunette than my entire family of Italians females! It suits you for sure. Many years ago I did the blonde thing. Huge mistake. LOL

    Thanks for the visit. Peace, Paula

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    social thoughts 18 months ago from New Jersey

    I'm loving the way you write and I love this topic! I'm a natural blonde, but I am brunette for the second time in my life. I've been drawn to brunette hair since I was very young, and have always wished I had it naturally. I don't feel right as a blonde, even when I tried making my natural hair lighter. Like you said about embracing dumb blonde jokes, as a "brunette" when I have a dumb moment I like to say, "Oops! I guess it's time to dye my roots!" ;)

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    Paula 20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    o.a.....Thank you for paying me a visit today. It's good to see you. I'm glad you enjoyed my take on hair color & corresponding reputations.

    There's something about the woman and her hair that we just can't ignore......Have a great week-end, Graham.

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    Graham Lee 20 months ago from Lancashire. England.

    What an interesting hub. Great information and presentation, I found it really interesting. I roared with laughter at your early comments to 'billybuc' Bill. I am sure he did as well. Great stuff all round.

    Graham.

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    C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

    My hair was dark red, but when I was born it was red red. My maternal grandfather's beard was red in his younger years. I guess you might call it kind of a faded barn red, but applied to hair if you can imagine that. Several of my 2nd cousins had that same red hair, not a hint of brown or orange.

    Gingers usually have hair that is coppery in color or similar to the color of the spice. My late husband had coppery red hair and was covered with freckles and he could be fun, but he could also be "prickly." That's the word some of his associates used to describe him, and several attorneys who attended his memorial agreed it fit perfectly. I know what they meant, do you? He had a dryer sense of humor than my own if that is possible.

    Agree that the carrot-tops covered in freckles are usually fun people.

    This profile photo is lucky to have survived as it rode around in the glove compartment of my car all summer long here in Texas. I had misplaced it along with several others and if you know Texas you know that glove compartment got a lot hotter than the outside temp of 100+ degrees. In fact the photo had to be lightened several times after that to see any image at all. Only a few of the photos survived.

    Read my article on redheads and that may give you some more insights, though there is tons of material 'out there' beyond what I have written.

    How genetics determine one's physical attributes (as well as all others) is a very interesting subject indeed.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    au fait.....I'm glad to see you and to read your interesting comment! Can you tell me, in your own words, how the term "ginger" has been related to red heads? I see you have said that you & members of your family "are not gingers," so that makes me curious.....what this means to redheads. Is it a particular shade? Does it relate more to a personality type?

    It's not obvious by your profile pic that you are a redhead......seriously I'd have described you as a brunette. Well, of course red heads RULE, C.E.....I'd never argue with any woman as to whether or not their hair color rules!! My Mama didn't raise no feel... LOL

    The "carrot top" I think is not only the most visible redhead, but also the rarest.....am I correct? I had a child hood friend with the carrot red hair and covered from head to toe with freckles. She was adorable....had one brunette sister, one blonde sister and one other carrot top sister. They seemed to be quite a mixture and I assumed the red hair came from somewhere in their ancestry because both of their parents were brunettes. I am very interested in hair and eye color genetics.......Thanks again...

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    C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

    Not all redheads are gingers or even close. Neither I nor any of the other redheads in my extended family were/are gingers. Neither did we have the freckles so many carrot-tops have.

    Interesting article. Of course redheads rule. ;)

    Voting this up, BAUI, and sharing with followers.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    No red here, no blonde....just pure dark chocolate brown with little "aging threads" poking up here & there......(which I broke down and started to COVER!).....

    I crack myself up too, GF...I mean, how can we help it? We're funny. Well, at least WE think so.........

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    Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I'm still a brunette with blonde moments, but still not a redhead...I can't believe I used the word "wuss" in my first comment...LOL! I haven't used that word in forever...it sounds so blonde. LOL! Notice how I crack myself up? Yep, that's the redhead in me. A ball of fire! :)

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hi there, Brown-haired girl.....don't sweat the salt & pepper......that's what gives you great taste, Catherine!

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    Catherine Giordano 3 years ago from Orlando Florida

    I'm a proud brunette, but alas, now more salt and pepper than brown.

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Kathleen...LOL...what a delightful response! "trying to work with the gray"......yes, I'm familiar with that task. Gray appears to be the only color that Mother Nature will offer us!

    I see clearly how proud you are of your intelligent & beautiful daughter. Rightly so, mom and don't forget to take your share of the credit.......I LOVE the joke.

    I never told Blonde jokes.....honest! I wanted to hang with them on Saturday nights!............Peace, Paula

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    Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    I believe I was born a brunette, but honestly, my original hair color and my maiden name are hard to remember as the years go by. It is easier to fight gray by going blonde, but when I tried it all it did was make everything above my shoulders look like the same color. Today I'm streaked - trying to work with the gray but keep some definition.

    My daughter is one of those blondes they make jokes about. As a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Summa cum Laude graduate of the University of Richmond, her favorite one is this: Why do brunettes tell blonde jokes? It gives them something to do on those lonely Saturday nights.

    Love the subject and how it was covered. Sharing!

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    That is so true, TT....and I'm reminded of what my Dad would say to my sister and I if we changed the color of our hair as teen-agers......"What, you think God didn't know what He was doing when he gave you brown hair??!" At the time, it sort of made us feel guilty!! LOL

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    TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

    It seems we always want to have something different than what we already have, even when what we have is the envy of others! C'est la vie! Great post.

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Graham....Thank you so much, kind Sir. I am pleased you enjoyed my hub enough to read it 3 times!! That's quite a compliment.

    Happy to meet you and hope to get to know you much better! ...Peace, Paula

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    Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

    Hi fpherj48. Brilliant a real insight into your business and so entertaining. I agree all round with what you say, great pictures and presentation. I have just read it 3 times. Great stuff.

    Voted up and all.

    Graham.

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Christin.....Re: your last statement......Good Luck with that, girlfriend!!

    I remember someone joking with me about the "grays." She told me an army invaded her head, OVERNIGHT.

    Guess what Christin? She wasn't joking.

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    Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

    Interesting read :). when I was younger I worked as a hairdresser and felt my brown hair was "boring" I fell into that kind of "middle child" trap. I had hair every color of the rainbow due to that, but ultimately came back to my natural dark brown - which I now prefer. My next step is keeping the grays at bay a little longer ;) .

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    LKMore......Thanks for stopping by and your comment contribution! I began greying at a much older age than my Mom & sister. I thought their grey was attractive and always wondered why they insisted on covering it.

    Then my greys began to pop up everywhere. Held out as long as I could and finally discovered the answer to my question!!!! LOL

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    As a "chestnut', fpher48 I really enjoyed this HUB. As a woman who has been covering her grey hair since her early twenties I had plenty to explore. Experimenting with our hair color usually leads to the inevitable conclusion that our natural color suits us best. It's not true for every woman but the majority of lovely ladies I know. Great article!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    ep......In my younger days, I too "experimented" with a variety of colors....only to discover I am not smarter than Mother Nature. Your locks are lovely, just as they are.....(unless it's the photo...I see some red highlight......which causes me to see green, for envy!) LOL....

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    Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

    So interesting. I'm a brunette and at one point, I wanted to be blonde- that didn't look so good. Then I wanted jet black and that was even worse. I have stuck with brunette and I think that's the color I'll stay with! Wonderfully written!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    And CONGRATULATIONS on your Award.......one most definitely earned and deserved! Celebrate! Happy for you!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Paula!

    I'm double dipping with this lovely piece of yours, but I know you won't mind. Katie Holmes is indeed a lovely woman, but yours is the face that most definitely needs to be the lead image for this delightful article.

    Thanks for being such a unique and compelling breath of fresh air here in Hubsville, my friend. Aloha, and sweet dreams tonight!

    ~Joe

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Mind Speaks!!! Yes! Everything that is not so pleasant, we must blame on men! Bravo. I mean, C'mon...they brag that they are big enough and tough enough and strong enough, to handle anything....so they can handle the BLAME. right ??

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    Victoria 4 years ago from Long Island N.Y

    Love this hub!!!! There are so many stereotypes in regard to hair color it gives me whiplash lol (this coming from someone who's "natural"color is a combination of a dark dirty blonde with a lot of red golden tones.) However, I've been dying my hair dark brown for years now and I love it. Every so often I get the itch to put some blonde in it (or orange tiger stripes as they usually appear now since going so dark) & then literally a week later, I'm over it and I want my dark brown hair back.

    I find that being a brunette gives me a certain depth and mysterious alluring quality (or at least that's what this klutz continues to tell herself as I'm tripping over my own big feet, spilling something on myself, or running into a wall lol .)

    Also, I hate the term "mousy." Since we obviously don't look like mice, I can only take it to mean that we are "shy and drab." The truth is, that couldn't be further from the truth! Brunettes are sexy, assertive, classy and independently charming. I'm convinced that "mousy" must have been coined by some bitter Ginger (because we all know blondes wouldn't have the mental capacity lol ;)

    All joking aside, I blame Men! It's just so much easier that way lol.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    You too....I'll just be stalking around town, chasing down men with sexy voices! That's a regular habit of mine!! LOL

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    Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

    Just came by to say, have a great weekend paula! lol!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    GOLLLLL-----LEEEEE! You sure could make a Great granny change her will!......All that sweet talk! In all of Hubville....I'm just a little dot on a huge map! But, thank ya kindly. You only say that because I tell you you're my favorite GENIUS man here!

    All this aside.....not only are you massively intelligent....you're a HERO-Husband! It makes my day to hear you speak of your wife, your marriage, your family. I tell you, if you could bottle that stuff!!!

    And you even love and admire your mother! What a guy.....what a guy. Hmmmmm...you know, I made my husband's knees wobble too, but only when I was on a "Kitchen Strike"....he got a little weak, after about 3 days.....poor man couldn't cook...........Love ya Mickey!!

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    MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

    Those here who know me, a bit well, might assert with a sure sense of certainty how I feel about dark hair on a woman . . .

    . . . my mother was (is still) a genuine beauty. Before I was born she was a model and from the time I was in my teens until my mom was in her mid/late 60s she would stop traffic and silence every room she entered. She was a blond and I evaluated womanly beauty by how much anyone looked like my mom - so, growing up, I thought Brigitte Bardo & Jayne Mansfield were the most beautiful women in films.

    Then one day I was minding my own business and I saw my (now) wife walking in the middle of a group of teenage girls - one look at that gorgeous, shapely, dark-haired 15 year old knockout and instantly Brigitte Bardo & Jayne Mansfield seemed a bit, regular, to me and Natalie Wood never looked so stunning . . . my whole sense of what 'pretty' is switched from my mother to my sweetheart, blond was suddenly pedestrian and dark hair was alluring.

    I still love my mom of course, but after over 40 years, my bride still makes my knees wobbly . . . and, just to embellish my point a bit, I think Paula might be the prettiest hubber in Hubville.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Sunshine and Carissa......Do you ladies know each other? You are both the best BOMB brunettes!

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    Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Brunettes are da bomb!!!

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    Carissa 4 years ago from Orlando

    Brunettes are the best! And I love katie Holmes :-)

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Abby........OR....you can have more white added, to make a beautiful head of lovely "frosted" hair! Like you, I like the color I was meant to have. I did the blonde thing as a teen-ager. Fortunately, I grew up! LOLThanks so much for your input. Always good to hear how my fellow-hubbers feel about all things!!

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    Abby Campbell 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    LOL, thank you for a fun article to read, Paula. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I've only had my hair highlighted once a few years ago. It was supposed to blend better than it did. The more I washed, the more I had streaks of blonde. Might I add, I didn't like it. I like my natural dark brown hair best, and I've been one of the lucky gals who hasn't had to deal with whites or grays until just this past year (I'm 45... lol.) However, the whites are starting to show through, but I will not try to hide them. I will wear them with pride. :-)

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    Cat 4 years ago from New York

    Aw, thanks! You're a doll... better than Barbie :D

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Honey child, Miss Cat....YOU have no need, to ever envy anyone for any reason.....You are a Rock Star.

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    Cat 4 years ago from New York

    By the way... I've always envied the ladies like you that can rock a shorter haircut. (Definitely gotta have the face for it :-) I'd get confused with my brother if I ever dared... and it wouldn't go well with my already boy-with-a-plugged-nose voice :D

    On a different note; I'm past due for a trip to the salon, but I just might pass now!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    LOL....why, thank you kindly, brown-haired lovely! So glad you enjoyed my monologue on the ANYTHING BUT, common, ordinary, simple, demure little BRUNETTE!.....

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    Cat 4 years ago from New York

    Paula,

    This Cat might have blonde streaks, but I am a brown cat nonetheless!

    This was actually quite a cute hub and boy oh boy did I used to love me some 'Three's Company'!

    I so love your description of the brunette; I'll take it all and embrace them! I think we needed this :D

    FYI; you're one pretty sexy brunette yourself!

    Cat

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Well....HELLO, Docmo! So very good to see you, after my long absence. I love your comment!......I love it now, after I looked up all the medical terms......"stresses of tresses of mistresses,".....GOOD one! Thanks Docmo. Peace, my Dr, friend!

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    Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

    What a great hub on the pigmentation of the fine, keratinised epithelial filament that grows in abundance on our scalp. (ahem- 20 years of Doctoring should count to something!) Your brilliant and entertaining essay on the stresses of tresses of mistresses is a delight! I think I am going through a brunette phase.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks, Indian Chef........Blondes have always been said to be the most sought after female.....no matter what country, I think. It may be that truly "natural blonde," is not really all that common.....Who knows? I just know there is a whole lot more to women, than their hair color!! LOL

    Thanks for the visit. I appreciate your interest!

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    Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

    Hi fpherj48,

    I would not lie and say the hair colour do not attract me. I personally like blondes in looks , may be one reason is we do not have blondes in India, just black hair girls. Now a days I see all young girls in late teens or in twenties colouring their hair and making them brown or dirty yellow when they have such beautiful black hair. You wrote a very good hub. voting it up and awesome.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Denise...What an Interesting experiment that must have been! Congratulations on the "A."......I have a daughter-in-law of each major color....Blonde, brunette and red head.....all "natural." They are all very intelligent, stable, sweet, beautiful and I simply love them.

    "Hair color," it seems, has been man-made, to be "something" more or less than what it actually is......which is, whatever we inherit via DNA!!

    Thanks for stopping by. Your comment is extremely interesting!

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    Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

    Paula-I was so interested in reading this hub because the topic of my undergrad psychology experiment was based on the stereotypical beliefs about hair color and what attributes they represented: blonde-airy, sexy; brunette-intelligent, maternal; and redheads-fiery and fun.

    I set up three different ways to poll people of all ages and ethnicities to research if there choices of women held to the stereotypes in advertising.

    Using photos from magazines and various questions the results were interesting. I hypothesized that the blondes would be the # 1 choice for men as a sexy companion and the brunette the # 1 choice for a 'stable' partner - personal or business. In the end, the choices came down to personal familiarity and personal preference...an added note of interest is that many people chose the color of the hair based on that of their own mother! It was a fun experiment and I ended up with an A on the project and presentation.

    I enjoyed your hub about brunettes and hair color in general! UP/I and sharing.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    From one librarian to another, Suzette........I love your comment! "streaks of clueless," LOL! I have streaks...but they are streaks of aging. Hmmmm....makes me wonder....would I rather be clueless or old? Gosh, what a question to ponder!.......Thanks for stopping by!

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    Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

    I love this hub! I guess I'm a 'brunette babe' ! Lol. I've always been a natural brunette, but I now highlight my hair a little. So, a 'brunette babe with streaks of clueless?' lol. This is exactly how men look at women! And if you wear glasses on top of being brunette, then you really get the intellectual librarian label. This was so much fun to read!

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    Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I played one prank on my stepdaughter. She quickly turned it around and got me back. We called a truce. LOL

    I agree Ellen rocks the blonde look! :)

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hey gf....NO, damn it, I missed that! Ellen is actually quite adorable and I'm sure she looks fine in any color......but for me.....she wouldn't be Ellen, without her blonde hair.

    I didn't play one single prank on April 1st. I kept wanting to, but then I would forget what day it was. Sounds like a personal problem, eh?..............LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

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    Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Did you happen to see photos of Ellen DeGeneres' April Fools joke? She shared photos of her as a brunette and then as a redhead. She looked good as a brunette! :)

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    MissJamieD 4 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

    Well that's good. And yes I understand needing a "fix" with HP. I used to do that myself, I was away almost three years. But now I'm back in full swing again, it's therapeutic and I needed that:) Well, when you're back, blow that trumpet and I hope to be chatting with you more.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Well...thank you....but I'm not back, BACK fully, just yet.......I simply had to sneak in and get my "fix"......you know....addicts do that! You're a sweetie! When I'm back in full speed, I blow the TRUMPET!!! LOL

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    MissJamieD 4 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

    Glad you're back:)

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

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    MissJamie

    Thanks for visiting and for the great comments. This particular brunette has been away from HP for a few weeks.....trying to get back fully active again in the near future.....but I'm using baby-steps. Peace!

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    MissJamieD 4 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

    I love how you defined some of the stereotypes of hair color. Oh how true they are. Although in the intro you mentioned that men wonder why we obsess about our hair, etc. Well, since I've met my boyfriend a year ago, I've had dark brown, blonde, and chocolate-cherry colored hair. I remember after I colored it the cherry-brown the last time he said to me "If I was a girl I'd color my hair too, it's almost like you're a new person every time." So, I thought that was adorable, and very true. After all, that's why we dye our hair. To look and feel brand new. But I do have to say that one thing I've noticed is that I get far more stares and double-takes when I'm a blonde than any other color. It's a bit annoying sometimes because I feel like I'm just as beautiful, if not more, with dark hair, but men are, for whatever reason, caught by the yellow hued beauties. Great hub, thanks for sharing!

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    Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Interesting about the hair color, and a topic of debate for sure. If a hair color looks good on an individual then go ahead dye the color on. Voted up!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Don't harass my friend Becky!!

    Hi Ed.......anyway, who are you kidding......you love ALL women, regardless of hair color.....right?

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    ahorseback 4 years ago

    Okay okay ....a blond walks into a bar , and some cowboy picks her up and dusts off her clothes .......huh !......a blond joke for becky !

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    LMAO!! A Zombie?? I doubt you could ever look bad, no matter what color your hair is....Seriously, from the photos I have seen of you, I had you pegged as a "natural"......Your hair is so shiny and full and healthy-looking, it just didn't make sense that you bleached it.

    98% of the time, Tammy.....we really look best in the color we were born to have......everything just seems to blend together better.......hair, skin tone, eyes.....you're smart to be proud of your blonde locks. My DIL and 22 year old Granddaughter are natural blondes......My GD went "brown" once and I thought my son would have a heart attack. He bugged her until she let it grow out and cut it off!! .....

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    Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

    I come from a long, long line of natural blondes.. three of my kids are very blonde. It just amazes me how many people assume a blonde is a dingbat. I LOVE dark hair, especially dark black. I tried it once and looked like a zombie. This is a very interesting hub worth lots of discussion.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Good for you, Beckie......Besides, anyone who knows you, knows you are ANYTHING BUT dumb!!!

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    Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

    I think brunettes are sexy, beautiful and as awesome as redheads an blondes!

    Sincerely,

    Beckie ( a true blonde!) I have been the victim of MANY blonde jokes and have learned to turn a deaf ear.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks, gm.....seems we can't escape some tags and labels....whether they're valid or not. Fortunately, Max Factor makes a cure for what ails us in the "color" dept.!

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

    fpherj48, This hub is an excellent synopsis on the hair color archetype. There have been so many positive and negative associations regarding respective hair color. Great work, voted up!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    GTF......I believe you...no matter what anyone else says!.....LOL

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Nell....I think you are correct about the Brunette's love affair with "colors," tints, dyes and bleach! It takes effort to keep up being a blonde! Congratulations on your tenacity! LOL

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    Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

    Great hub. Up and interesting. I have always been, and will always be, a blonde. I may get help, and my husband and daughter insist that I have brown hair, but I won't give up my blonde color. :-)

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    Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

    Hi paula, interesting stuff, I do think that brunettes change their hair color purely because they never like the exact shade of brown, its either mousy or too dark not glossy enough and maybe different shades. even if they are brunette they like to add a bit more, like chocolate brown. I am a brunette, I think, If I can remember! haha! I dyed my hair when I was 18 and have been blond ever since, it just fits me better, voted up+

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Full....As a very young, Norma Jean, Marilyn had an ashy shade of dark blonde.....but went to the platinum blonde image at the start of her career as the one and only "Marilyn,"...and as I stated in my hub, remained a platinum blonde throughout her Hollywood career.....never changing colors for any of her film roles........Thanks for stopping by.

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    FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

    I thought Marilyn was a natural brunette before going blonde when she got into show business... she used peroxide (or something like that) to color her hair, even her pubic hair...

    Besides that, this is a really entertaining article, enjoyable to read.

    Up, interesting and a following. :)

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    vickiw......What a perfect way to describe the gist of my hub!! It is so true....regardless of being unlikely. It's the "perception," more than anything. Very amusing!...Thank you for your genius input!..

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    lovedoctor......Thanks so much for your great input!....It's always interesting to know what others are thinking on an issue...

    I agree with you that we women are more apt to do what we like and are comfortable with, as opposed to what we think men may like!.....I mean, it's not like they break their necks to do the things we might like!! right? LOL

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    lovedoctor926 4 years ago

    A very good hub. Men tend to prefer brunettes over blondes; however, we shouldn't care what they think when it comes to hair color. It's all about personal preference. You often hear men complaining that women wear too much makeup. Well, some women can get away without makeup, but others well, you know. these are things that men don't understand. Back to hair color, my natural hair color is light-medium brown. I do highlight my hair every three-four months so my hair is a dark blonde. Many guys have told me why don't you leave your natural hair color and my response is because I like it the way it is period. And yes, you're right. Men will often refer to women by their hair color. the little blonde girl or the hot brunette. I like that new brownish reddish look too. Also, I notice that a lot of brunettes hate on women who are blonde. Perhaps, they wished they could sport the blonde look. Now, all blondes are not dumb! Lol. You're looking at one who is sharp and witty. Voting up awesome!

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    Vickiw 4 years ago

    Foherj48, I had a smile as I read your article! Do you think colouring hair actually might change the personality of its owner, to conform with the brainwashing as to her new supposed characteristics? This might actually be a simple way to transform society. Maybe there is a sinister aspect to it all? I so admired an office manager friend's glossy black short hair. One day she arrived as a blonde, explained that she just couldn't cope with her gray roots any longer. She never seemed quite as powerful or vivacious after that . . .

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Tillie.......LMAO!

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    Remember cutouts? I just sold a bunch of mine (Larry didn't think we needed them anymore.) GF, you are too much.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Maria...LOL! Yes, by all means, make SURE you are a brunette, if you're going to TEACH!.....(the blondes are all hissing and boo-ing......the red heads don't give a damn!)..........LOL

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    braydon.......I am happy you stopped by to read my hub and leave me a comment....Thank you...stop by anytime!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Til.at this point, gf...nothing you tell me that connects us in common, would surprise me. I started a MM "collection," as a teenager. I have an original, in tact, book of MM "cutouts"......remember those? Oh, how I loved cut-outs as a child.

    Thanks for all the positive feedback. You are one of my favorite "Angels on Earth."

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks so much Midget.....and I agree.....perceptions are not so easy to change. Just so we're all smart enough to see beyond it all......and of course we HUBBERS are! LOL

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    awww...drbj.....sorry I disappointed you. My trick worked!

    LMAO...... my fellow writers don't know me well enough to be 100% CERTAIN, that my keyboard would seize up, permanently, before "erotica" ever came from ME!!!.....

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    Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Paula, Dear,

    At this stage, I am not sure what my natural color is...could I possibly be a combination of brunette, blond and redhead...

    I'm gonna say it..."only my hairdresser knows for sure"...

    Without him, I might be 50 shades of gray...oh no she didn't! Lemme go and act all brunette now...gotta teach!

    Voted UP and FABI. Hugs, Maria

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    Braydon Moore 4 years ago from Canada

    Definitely tillsontitan everyone enjoying this amazing and interesting hub as you said that no one can imagine this regarding color hairs. Good thought and thanks for posting this great hub.

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    My, my what a popular topic you have picked...hmmm, Queen...agressive...bossy... I can"t imagine these thing applying to a certain brunette in upstate New York! I can imagine everyone enjoying this hub and all the points you've made. Would it surprise you that I knew about MM's real IQ? Yes, she was my idol when I was young (ok, really young and yes it was a long time ago.)

    You never disappoint GF and make every topic you choose turn out to be a really good one.

    Voted up, useful, funny, awesome and interesting.

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    Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

    Paula, I guess it's a case of perceptions not being easy to change. I'll say that no one should engage in stereotypes, though! To me, personality is something that develops and has very little to do with hair color. Well thought through, and engaging as usual! I'm sharing!

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    drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

    The 'Plain Brown Wrapper' in your title, Paula, got my attention, because I thought this was going to be a hub on erotica.

    Enjoyed your hair color distinctions nonetheless - this was very creative, m'dear.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Good for you, Sue!....You have the right attitude. I am sure that there are women who can admire you, for being honest, natural and real. You're confident and that's a beautiful thing!

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    Sueswan 4 years ago

    I am a natural brunette and never had desire to color my hair, even now that it is mixed with grey.

    I have been asked and even told that I should dye my hair. My answer is always, "No, I like the color of my hair.

    Voted up

    Take care :)

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Min Twin.......I have blessed my dark brown hair with some Holy Red, a time or two. It's a nice change..and I always get compliments. Funny, though, I do this more often in the warmer months.....so the sun bounces off the red. I always insist they use a really natural-looking shade of deep red....I'm not fond of the "new" far out colors.

    Thanks for your comment. Appreciate this! Always keep your beautiful brunette image!!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Well......I'm glad to be able to offer you a "FIRST.".....See, we really are never too old to learn something new.......I think you are secretly a real Lady's Man!

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    RBJ33 4 years ago

    I never thought I would see "women" and "easier to please" in the same sentence :)

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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    I'm a brunette and proud of it. LOL I've never considered dyeing my hair blonde but I do dye it with some red highlights mixed in with the brunette during the winter months. This was really fun to read my friend. I voted up and hit many buttons.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thank you Miss Suzie! I bet you are adorable with ANY color on your pretty head!

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    Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

    Hi Paula,

    What an entertaining piece having been all of the mentioned colors i am some mixture!! Would certainly not be happy with a dumb blonde tag but do laugh a the dreadful jokes us blondes get!!! I enjoy being brunette too and changing to it was quite a jolt to the system but like to keep things interesting!!

    Great write in your usual stylish way that is totally spot on!!

    Lots of votes ++++++ and shared on!!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Martie...seems to me you would be just lovely with any color...and what does the dream boat, in your life think? I think you are wise to just let it "grow out." Then you can start fresh with your own natural hair. Good luck and make sure you post a picture for all your admirers!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    RBJ....It's not so tragic for the poor frail male units....don't cry. Look at it this way...maybe women are easier to please, after all.....

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    Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

    I am an authentic natural brunette. Since the grays made their appearance, I decided to go dark burgundy. Some moons ago, in a hurry, with burgundy out of stock, I went bLaCk.... the LAST color I ever wanted, in spite of the fact that I coveted black hair since I was 8 years old. (Brown looks so mousy next to black, but at the same time black is too hard for my specific skin colour.) Anyway, it is going to take some months for this black to grow out, as I am not willing to use peroxide. But interesting, my daughters and BF think the black is quite sexy. Unfortunately I trust my mirror even while it hates me with a passion. Lol!

    Excellent hub, effer!

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    RBJ33 4 years ago

    Well young lady you have just submitted further evidence on how women are deceitful and how us poor frail male units are tricked into submitting to womanly wiles. It is so unfair that the females of our species can change their looks so dramatically with thousands of dollar s of makeup, changes in hair style and color, and crash diets - I feel so used.

    Us needy blokes can only take a shower, comb our hair, apply some smelly after shave lotion and what you see is what you get - tragic