By Margarita Nahapetyan
Hair coloring is the latest fashion trend, and today more and more people start coloring their hair to look different and new. Some believe that a hair color can add some shine, meaning and fun to their hairstyle, while for others it is just the easiest and fastest option to change their looks.
For many, many years we have been hearing that blond women tend to have more fun, and that "gentlemen prefer blondes," but the findings of a recent survey suggest us the opposite.
A new study by Garnier Nutrisse hair colouring found that, in reality, it is the brunette women who actually have the best in life. It has been revealed that dark-haired women earn much more and are more successful in the workplace and in the bedroom than blonds or redheads.
Garnier surveyed around 6,000 people as part of its research, both women and men, and found that brunettes are twice as likely to earn $65,000 to $80,000 compared to their flaxen-haired friends. In addition, 75 per cent of people think that brunettes are smarter and more intelligent than blondes, and 71 per cent would pick a dark-haired woman as an ideal partner for a long-term relationship. 81 per cent of people surveyed consider brunettes as the most genuine, and 66 per cent said they are the least moody.
When it came to partners and relationships, the poll revealed that, unlike what we might have believed so far, the dark-haired women are the most successful in love and personal relationship. A quarter of the surveyed brunettes have rated themselves as above average in bed, considerably more than blondes and redheads, who admitted that steamy situations make them shy.
This has prompted the colour psychologist Anjula Mutanda to conclude that brown hair goes hand in hand with confidence and self-awareness, and that it was a good option for women who wanted more gravitas, especially after seeing their hair go darker with the passing of time.
"Some hair colors tend to darken naturally with age and so brown hair can be associated with confidence and self-awareness. These positive qualities instill a sense of trust and assurance which is mirrored in how others behave towards them. Therefore many women who become brunettes often report a difference in reaction to them - for the better." Mutanda explained.
This survey is backing similar data by British hairstylist Andrew Collinge who conducted his own survey last year. According to his findings, men think that blondes are better as girlfriends, but brunettes are the best for settling down with.
"It has always been said that blondes have more fun and men obviously enjoy going out for dates with blondes as well as upgrading them to girlfriend status," said Collinge.
"But when it comes to marriage, men seem to opt for brunettes as they see them as more dependable and down-to-earth. This is really surprising when you think we're in 2008 and the blonde versus brunette debate is still rumbling on - I'm surprised as I thought men were more modern than this! I'm obviously in the minority as I married a blonde."
Around 3,000 men participated in a poll, and almost half of them said that dark-haired women were the most loving and caring. Men also expressed the opinion that brunettes were the best housewives - 51 per cent said they were best at housekeeping and organizing the home in general, while 48 per cent thought they were the best cooks.
Andrew Collinge added: "This just goes to show how important first impressions are to men, however it doesn't mean it is time to rush to the salon for a drastic image change - at the end of the day, men marry a person not just a head of hair."
"It is more important that women are happy and confident in who they are and how they look, and make the most of what they have. It is all about having a good relationship with yourself that makes you attractive."
Today there are a number of colors one can choose from, and obviously different people have different tastes, it might be blond hair and blue eyes that suites your taste best, it might be green eyes and auburn hair, or in other cases dark brown eyes and dark hair. No matter whether you have blond, brown, black, red or blue hair there are always going to be the typical stereotypes for your particular hair color.
Some blondes are intelligent and some blondes are not interesting to talk to, some brunettes are fun-loving and some brunettes are boring, it is all so individual. The combination of hair colour, style, skin tone, eye color, make-up and dress sense is all in combination that contributes to the way that you are being perceived by people.