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Do Blondes Have More Fun?

I’ll be honest with you.

I came up with the idea of this piece when I had reddish-brown hair and all my colleagues in PR and Marketing were various shades of sparkling blonde, from platinum to caramel.

However, as the Summer [?] has approached, I’ve found myself getting increasingly blonde… I started off flirting with some dip-dyed ends, and am now currently rocking platinum bleached ends and some pretty hefty balyage highlights. Plus, our two new PR and Social Media Interns are brunettes. So there goes my original “I’m the only brunette in the village” discussion point!

So instead I thought I’d do a piece on Blondes and do they really, truly, have more fun?

Well I guess that depends on your idea of “fun”! If by fun you mean confidence, then a recent study [source] says that those with lighter hair do indeed have more confidence than brunettes.

What if “fun” means happy and successful? I read a stat somewhere [sorry no source for this one!] that brunettes on average earn £4,750 a year more than blondes…. even if that IS true, is it really a reflection on the persons hair colour? And what possible proof is there that blondes are happier? No one can answer that…

So does “fun” mean young and free and uninhibited? Is blonde a symbol of youth? How many of us had beautiful, soft ashy blonde hair as a youngster only to get darker? I specifically remember my family members wistfully recollecting the days “Alex was so beautiful and blonde when she was a baby”… are we programmed from youth that blonde is more beautiful? Alfred Hitchock gives his [rather creepy…] view:

“Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints

Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window

Or perhaps blonde hair symbolises innocence due to it’s connotations of youth? Does the “dumb blonde” idea stem from this? Blonde’s commonly get referred to as dumb. My Dad still thinks blonde jokes are the most hilarious thing ever, especially as both my Mum and the female members of her family have a bit of a silent competition as they get older as to who can be the slimmest and the blondest! I think that Dolly Parton summarises my thoughts on dumb blonde jokes pretty well:

“I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde.

I Love You, Dolly

 

I asked my colleagues for their opinions on whether blondes have more fun…

Melanie, PR Executive – strawberry blonde “I’m naturally very fair, and I’ve never been anything else. So yes, blonde’s do have more fun!”

Hayley, Social Media Executive – honey blonde “Why am I blonde? I was born blonde, my whole family are blonde. I’m going back to what I was meant to be!”

Nicola, PR Manager – platinum blonde “I love Agyness Deyn, and when she first cut her hair and dyed it white-blonde [about 5 years ago], I went straight to the hairdressers with the picture in my hand. I’m getting a bit sick of being blonde – I need a change, but I don’t know what colour to do!”

Laura, Social Media Intern – half blonde, half black haired “I’ve had loads of hair colours! And out of all of them, blonde has been my favourite. I fancied a change, which is why it’s now half black… I can never make my mind up what hair colour I want to be!”

Spob, Head of Professional Development – brunette “The one thing I’d say about blondes that I’m envious of is when they where black they look amazing! I think blondes look better in black. Brunettes look better in every other colour. I work as a make-up artist on a lot of commercials and 90% of the time, a director will want a blonde as the main female lead! The soft girl, romantic girl, clean cut, maternal girls – they are always blonde! Lighting blonde hair always looks lovely and soft. Brunettes need a lot of light to make it beautiful and bouncy.”

The only non-blonde in the room… me, second left

The only non-blonde in the room… me, second left

So is it about being “naturally” blonde? How about ethnic women with blonde hair? What isn’t to love about blonde hair on the likes of Emeli Sande, Beyonce, Rihanna and Rita Ora. It doesn’t look natural but hey, they are definitely having fun!

I could probably write an entire essay on my thoughts… but I’m now going to throw it over to you guys…

What are your thoughts on blondes? Does the age old “blondes have more fun” statement ring true for you?



Govinder Rayt

Govinder Rayt

Writer and expert