Do Blondes Really Have More Fun?

Barbara Vey -- October 22nd, 2007

Last week on The Early Show, Julie Chen was interviewing  David Evangelista about what hair color and hair style say about a person.   Using Jessica Simpson as an example of "ditzy blonde," Julie asked about the blonde stereotype and David said it was so wrong.  He explained that Jessica was a natural blonde during her reality show, went "darker" when she was dating John Mayer because "she didn’t want a lot of guys looking at her" and then she broke up with John, and went back to blonde.  "It’s all psychological," he says.

Dark hair, like Jennifer Garner, are more solid grounded people, more of the earth.  So, Julie sums it up by saying that if you want to be taken more serious you should go the brown route and  David admits that "usually brunette women are known to be that way" (but wait, isn’t that a stereotype?)


  

David also discussed women changing their hair color after losing a lot of weight like Kirstie Alley.  "Pre Jenny Craig she was mousy brown and then during her tenure in Jenny Craig she started dropping them pounds, melting them off…first it was highlighted, highlighted, now double processed" [dyed roots and highlights on top]…"so she is screaming, I’m thin, look at me."  He goes on to say that a lot of women equate thinness with being blonde, which he sees all the time in his salon.  


On redheads like Julianne Moore,  David feels they are going to be fiesty with more energy.  He says that stereotype is true citing Lucille Ball’s running of her set as an example.  And since there are only 3 percent of them in this country, David discourages redheads from changing color to blonde or brunette, but to instead change the cut.  


Very strong women cut their hair very short.  David said long hair, wavy like on Jennifer Aniston,  is more Bohemian, more playful, more carefree and Beyonce with her straight hair shows a sense of chicness, a more polished and pulled together look. 

Now I’m the first to admit that I love being a blonde.   I grew up naturally blonde and helped it along when it started looking unnatural.  (Speaking of unnatural, one time my sister dyed my hair with a kit that came with a cap and you pulled hair through the little holes.  Well, I think she wanted to get done in a hurry, so she pulled a lot of hair through and when she was done I was almost white blonde.  My husband, at the time, said we’d save on our electric bill because, with me around, we didn’t need any lights on.  I glowed in the dark)  Some time ago I grew my hair out for a few years and was totally gray.  Even though I appreciated the senior discounts I was being offered, going blonde again was a big morale booster (but just like he said, I did it after weight loss).

So, now I’m wondering, how do author’s decide what color/style of hair the heroine should have.  Is it because of stereotypes?  A personal preference?  Based on someone they know?  Or someone they admire?  And by the same token, is the villianess’ hair determined the same way.  And what about the men??  Or does hair have nothing to do with story?

Bottom Line:   A good hairstylist is worth their weight in gold (hmmm, isn’t gold a shade of blonde??)

33 thoughts on “Do Blondes Really Have More Fun?

  1. Kristen Painter

    I’m biased, but yes, I do think blondes have more fun. I was brunette once, for about 2 weeks. My husband hated it and I felt invisible. People look at that picture of me and don’t know who I am! Oddly enough, I rarely write blonde heroines. In fact, my villianesses tend to be blonde. Hmmm…what does one make of that? lol

  2. Kira Sinclair AKA Instigator

    I definitely think about the stereotypes of hair color before I pick one for my characters. The stereotypes are there and I think they influence a reader’s perception of a character. Although, I also think my own likes and dislikes play into the choices :-) I’ve always wanted red hair so a lot of my heroines have red hair. And I prefer men with dark hair so…

  3. Liz Kreger

    That a tough questions, Barb. My heroines run the gauntlet as far as haircolor goes. From white-blond to near black hair. I guess it depends on how I “see” them in my head. I’m a brunette by nature and a redhead by choice. I like the feisty feeling it gives me. And I agree … a good barber/hairdresser is worth their weight in gold. My SIL is my barber and I haven’t had anyone else work on my hair for the past 25 (or more) years. She always knows what I need.

  4. Marilyn AKA The Playground Monitor

    Well there is that whole “tall, dark and handsome” thing about heroes. Though the new, dark-blonde James Bond is yummy! As a life-long brunette, I have to agree with the disappearing into the background part. And this woman cuts her hair short because it looks like crap long. LOL! I agree about the good hairdresser. I’ve been going to mine for 26 years and I don’t know what I’d do if I had to find someone else.

  5. Nicole Hersey

    Actually, Lucille Ball had mousy brown hair. She began dying it bright red for “I Love Lucy.” The red created a better contrast to her face on a black and white screen and then later became her trademark in color. She also wore wigs on many occasions to stand in for her overprocessed naturally fine hair. I am a brunette for life (I tried blond once for two weeks and HATED it!) and I would die to find a good stylist. I’ve been wandering around New York City for the past four years seeking out someone who can cut fine hair…I’ve yet to find him/her :(

  6. Ramona Richards

    I have been all five major hair colors, naturally…was born with black hair, then it came in blonde later. Turned red when I hit puberty, then darkened to brown. Now it’s gray, somwhere under the red. I tried going back blonde and black, but they didn’t suit me. Red just fits and I have far more fun as a redhead than I ever did as a blonde. I felt washed out, which may have contributed to it as well. I definitely match my heroines’ hair color to their personality. It adds pizzazz.

  7. Susan Kelley

    I tend to write heroines with all types of hair, usually some type of familial connection in the book. I like to mix it up. I have noticed when my daughter watches all those teen movies, such as ‘Mean Girls’ and a dozen others (High School Musical) the villians are always gorgeous blondes.

  8. KATHY PATRICK

    As “Hairdresser to the Authors” I can tell you blondes do have a lot more fun. Platinum blonde headed Barbies are the most popular of hair color and men are naturally attracted to blonde. I am a blonde and went dark when I first became a bookseller so I would be taken more seriously. But after 40, I threw in the hair color “towel” and went back to my blonde tresses. But note, too blonde after 40 and people will refer to your children as your grandchildren. I know as it happened to me. The best advice, wear what you love but keep in the same range of tone of your own natural hair color. As you get older stay toward middle tones as too dark or light can age you. And I am all about breaking stereotypes, what really matters is how you feel on the inside whether blonde, brunette or redhead! Go for the color that makes you happiest! Tiara wearing and book sharing, Kathy L. Patrick Founder of the Pulpwood Queen Book Clubs and owner of Beauty and the Book, the only hair salon/bookstore in the country!

  9. Christy

    Kathy, I have heard about you through one of my bosses, who also owns a salon/day spa…and who is an avid reader!!! She has told me that the 2 of us MUST make a trip to TX to visit your salon/store!!! And Barb, I think THAT would be the perfect place for us to meet up!!! Tiaras and all, lol

  10. violet s

    Good morning Barbara! As a blonde all my life (helped out by dye later in life), I can reiterate that “blondes do have more fun!” And I am sorry I contribute to the stereotype by reacting toward people sometimes based on their hair color–this makes me more aware now. Thank you.

  11. KATHY PATRICK

    In response to Barbara and Christy, Please do, come and see me at my shop and our biggest celebration of literacy will take place at our annual Girlfriend Weekend, January 18 – 19, 2008 with around 50 authors. Our Grand Finale is our Hair Ball that’s theme is HAIRSPRAY! I will be wearing a 1962 big do, a blonde leopard beehive! You can email me from my website for more information. Tiara wearing and Book sharing, Kathy L. Patrick Founder of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club

  12. Jennifer LaBrecque

    Barbara, GREAT topic!! Love it! About the only color I’ve never been is Platinum blonde and that’s only because my skin is too ruddy to pull it off. ;) I love changing my hair color. and I almost always write a hero with dark hair.

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