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??)