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Does Hair Color Affect Personality?

Updated on May 14, 2012
Credit to Chris Willis
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Opinions seem split when it comes to the color of your hair affecting your mood and attitude. I've spent a pretty penny buying boxes of hair color, so from my own experiences I can say I definitely think the color of your tresses has an impact on your overall mood. For example, red hair made me feel fiery and powerful. Black hair made me feel serious and thoughtful. Blonde hair made me feel like I had a thought bubble coming out of my head that everyone could see. (Seriously.)

So, what's really going on? Does the color of our locks--be it gold, midnight or chestnut--dictate our attitudes? Or is it all just "in our heads"? As it turns out, probably not.

Interestingly enough, specialists have proven that complexion and hair color influence blood pressure. When you look at yourself in the mirror every day, your psyche gets signs that can influence your behavior. Therefore, you'll not only look the part of a hotheaded redhead--or a fun-loving blonde, etc.--but you'll also act like one and tend to adopt the stereotype.


Colors in general have significant influence. Red is the color of warmth, love and excitement. On the flip side, it's also the color of passion, determination, anger and strength. Seems like that more or less bleeds over into the hair world, with terms like "hotheaded redhead" and "feisty redhead."


We typically attach this color to depression, morbidity and death. It does symbolize those things, but it also symbolizes elegance and sophistication. So what about women with black hair? Specialists have shown that black-haired women are more serious and measured, sometimes melancholic and self-centered, but often doubting their own power.

After gaining this knowledge, my mind wandered to silent films. What has this got to do with anything? Think about all those powerful vamp characters that struck a combination of respect, fear and awe from people.


Like the color green, brown symbolizes nature and the earth. Endurance and confidence are also included in its meanings. French specialists have shown that among people who have won Nobel prizes, the majority are brunettes. This doesn't mean that brunettes are smarter. They are just constantly working, and working hard. Specialists have already come up with the perfect working group: reds will come up with the ideas, brunettes will make the masterwork, blondes will present it to the public, and the black-haired women will handle the financials.


I'll use yellow as a substitute for blonde. Yellow means attention-grabbing, optimism, liveliness and energy. If that's the same for blonde, I can see why they say blondes have more fun! They're often thought of as the sex bomb (hence "blonde bombshell"), but they're also stereotyped as high-maintenance and vain. After all, there's countless movies and television shows out there depicting blondes as having unreasonably high standards and spending a little too long in front of a mirror. But, they are actually more intelligent than men think. They have the strongest consciousness, a great memory, and are good at mathematics.



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      Behan 3 years ago

      I would like to see your research references.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      You have a point there I'm sure as has been my personal experience. A very strong effect!

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Really interesting take on the connection between hair color and attitude. I wouldn't argue with this. I do believe you're on to something here!!....Up+++

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      greeneyedblondie 4 years ago

      I think the fact that brunetts get more Nobel Prices is because there are more brunettes in the world than blondes or red heads. Black haired people are also up there.