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Tuesday, December 5

Brunette vs. Blonde

One of my blonde gal friends is toying with the idea of dying her hair brunette for a change. As I (a brunette) was discussing this with another blonde friend, we ended up in the timeless debate of hair color and attractiveness.

Blondie was convinced that, "Men give more attention to blondes. On the sidewalk, we catch their attention first and they always do a double take."

As a brunette, I refuse to believe that a random man's double take necessarily had anything to do with hair color. I believe that type of attention is based more on our physical body type, attire, or the contrast between your hair color and eye. It seems blondes limit themselves, thinking only of their hair color as the thing worth noticing. After all blonde hair is expensive to up-keep. (As someone who used to have blondish-hair, I can attest to this.)

Here a brunette friend tells of crossing over to the blonde side, and then crossing right back. I am not alone in thinking brunettes are actually having all the fun - and quite possibly getting more respect. (Insert your favorite 'dumb blonde' joke here.)

23 Comments:

At 7:46 PM, Blogger Frankly, Scarlett said...

DUDE!

What about redheads!?

(formerly irish red)

 
At 10:33 PM, Blogger NotCarrie said...

Vote for brunettes right here!

 
At 5:07 PM, Blogger Style Girl said...

brunettes are better, or at least in my opinion!

 
At 12:41 AM, Blogger Damn It Anyway said...

Hair color is one of the LAST things I notice.
HOW a woman walks is the first thing, followed by legs, eyes, face.

 
At 9:31 AM, Blogger Elle said...

Finally, a man speaks the truth!

Thank you Damnitanyway...I was beginning to feel scorned

;-)

 
At 6:22 PM, Blogger Clink said...

I've been both and I've got a lot more of the wrong attention as a blonde. I'm much happier as a brunette, even though sometimes I so totally covet lighter locks. (Sometimes even wrong attention is good!)

 
At 10:01 PM, Blogger one girl said...

you should check out this blog about a "blonde" experiment- Totally entertaining and well written.


http://undercover-blonde.blogspot.com/

 
At 7:55 PM, Blogger Downtown said...

One Girl -- You are brilliant! What a fun blog to read. She makes me wonder what it would be like if I dyed my hair blonde.

Tonight I told Avenue Elle, if she decides to go dark, I'll be in the chair next to her going blonde. We'll perform the ultimate switch-er-roo experiment.

My fate lies in her hands.

 
At 8:36 PM, Blogger one girl said...

I've been wondering what it would be like to be blonde myself. I would never have the balls to go through with it though...

 
At 9:29 PM, Blogger Daddy's Little Defect said...

I want you to know you inspired me to go from blonde to brunette just to do my own experiment. I am a natural blonde and changed to a nice chestnut brown. I love it and have not noticed any difference in the attention I get from men.

 
At 4:01 PM, Blogger Maria Lauren said...

I think brunette's are more exotic - there is a certain mystery about them. I think of Monica Bellucci, Asia Argento, Angelina Jolie and Megan Fox as examples... Just look at Megan Fox or Angelina when their locks were lighter... they were in no way the goddesses they are with dark hair.

 
At 1:38 PM, Blogger jessiica said...

i think different people suit different hair colours, and that men dont go for everything but the hair colour on girls..who agrees?

 
At 11:05 PM, Blogger Lisa Jones said...

Why do people (usually non-blondes) continually say that blonde hair is more maintenance? Has no one ever heard of a natural blonde? They do exist, I'm living proof. Also, what makes dying your hair a brown chestnut, or chocolate color less maintenance than a few highlights?

 
At 3:39 PM, Blogger Lisa Jones said...

I'm commenting to Maria Lauren...yes, those girls look great as brunettes, because they were meant to be brunettes...just as Scarlett Johannson, Nicole Kidman, Kate Moss, or Uma Thurman were meant to be blondes...I think they are just as beautiful, but they too were not meant to be brunettes....it's just a matter of what looks good on specific people...I think Uma Thurman, and Scarlett Johannson are just as Mysterious as Megan Fox...Haircolor doesn't make you mysterious or exotic...it's your facial features and how you carry yourself.

 
At 9:53 PM, Blogger larni said...

im a hairdresser and beleave there is shade of either colour that would suit pretty much anyone, im a natural blonde and have been dark before like angelina joloie and megan fox and you do not get noticed no where near as much as if i was a blonde, and brown hair did suit me and i did like it but i have since gone blonde again and i love it it suits me better and blonde have more fun

 
At 10:34 PM, Blogger Kendralynora said...

I am a natural strawberry blonde, but I dye my hair dark brown... 'cause I'm obsessed with brown hair, I think it's beautiful. growing up as a strawberry blonde I received a LOT of comments about my beautiful hair, so I don't know... maybe it is true that the majority of people find it more attractive. I however do not. I love my fake brown hair, it makes my blue eyes scream.

 
At 9:59 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

I have always preferred brunettes. Other guys think that I am crazy when I tell them that I'm just not very attracted to blonds. I mean it's almost like she is my sister when I see an attractive blond - just doesn't do much for me. It's like vanilla (blah) or chocolate (mmm).

 
At 12:43 AM, Blogger s. said...

Im a brunette. And I'm not just saying this because I'm a brunette, but I'm surprised at how many more guys I've met and heard say that they prefer brunettes (though as a brunette, I'm not complaining lol) than the ones who say they prefer blondes. And I've also met more men who have no preference than those who prefer just blondes. So it seems the whole 'gentlemen prefer blondes' thing is a myth. It is simply not true that you will get noticed more as a blonde. I have no problem getting noticed and get noticed just as much if not more than my blonde friends when i'm with them. I doubt this has anything to do with my hair color itself. Some people will be more striking as brunettes, some will be more striking as blondes.

 
At 7:17 PM, Blogger Make_Yourself! said...

That is very ignorant of you to say blondes get less respect. I find beauty in both hair colors, but I believe the way a person carries themself is key. I have been a blonde for most of my life, and I am appauled you would say respect has anything to do with hair color. Im sure there are as many premiscuous brunettes as there are blondes. Perhaps blondes get noticed more.

 
At 8:27 PM, Blogger s. said...

maybe some blondes that get more attention as blondes do so because they look better blonde? if they looked better brunette they'd get noticed equally but they just don't look that good as brunettes and this is why they get noticed more as a blonde. not because the sole hair color is more attractive. eye catching like shiny jewelry-ok but not over all better. hair of any color that is shiny and healthy will look pretty. light hair will soften hard features and can be more forgiving. an already beautiful brunette doesn't need the light locks to make her look super gorgeous.

 
At 4:44 PM, Blogger Dastunnin1ate said...

well when i were in school i was the one catching everyone's attetion,untill a blonde girl had a transfer to my school.i had a brown haired friend,and she lost her bf because of the blonde girl.the blonde girl became the prettiest!!!!because she was blonde...yea but she was my bff at the same time.blonde girls are sexier!a friend of my kid dreams of becoming a blonde at 10 yrs old....this hilarious but u can't keep it in...it's obvious!!!i don't wanna be a blonde cause i'm beautiful the way i am...and i have darker skin too so it wouldn't work on me

 
At 9:42 AM, Blogger jesser said...

I definitely think being brunette means youll be taken more seriously. Blonds may have more fun..but only in the context of going to clubs and getting attention from guys because they are perceived easy. I am a dark haired beauty with green eyes and i have been told i am very sexy and mysterious...i was reading comments and someone posted that blondes are just as mysterious as brunettes. I dont think this is true...mysterious: refer to that which is not easily comprehended or explained..does this remind you of Paris Hilton or Angelina Jolie?That which is mysterious, by being unknown or puzzling, excites curiosity. I think when a man hits on a blonde hes thinking with his penis...however with a brunette there is curiosity into who this woman is, where she is from. I believe with brunettes this is more the case than the former.

 
At 2:04 PM, Blogger Bridal Babes said...

I am naturally a light brown, but have been a blonde for almost 10 years. Recently I have considered going brunette, but after reading half of these comments I am not only appalled as to how pathetic some of you are (believing that hair color determines your persona to such an extreme), but I am also considering staying blonde to continue this ridiculous fight between the two colors and the stereotypes out there.

You can be treated with respect in any hair color (except hot pink or something along those lines) and with long and short hair. It is all about how you present yourself, how you dress and how you speak. If you are wearing 6 lbs of makeup on your face, a low-cut shirt with a triple padded bra that you spent $50 on, and long acrylic nails...then guess what, even your brunette hair won't save you.

The other aspect of this is that you ladies need to stop associating "blonde" with Paris Hilton. Lets take it back a few years to some of the classiest blondes such as Princess Diana, Marilyn Monroe, and my personal favorite...Grace Kelly! It is "class" that is a dying thing, and you can do it as a blonde as well.

I have blonde hair but carry myself with class, speak well, act funny when I want to and serious when I have to, and have found that once a man gets to know you (realizing the stereotypes are BS), they fall for you even harder.

Oh and I am not some 45 year old woman preaching, I am 25.

 

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