WE CAN HELP
Book a FREE consultation  
For a free consultation or assistance, please call 020 7730 6666

Browse by Category

Blonde Haired Women Live in a Bubble, Research Says

Women with blonde hair are more aggressive and determined than brunettes or redheads Baldness among men has traditionally been synonymous with masculinity and wisdom, but for women it seems colour, rather than hair loss or style, has more connotations. Blondes have notoriously been stereotyped as bimbos, but researchers now suggests that blonde women live in a “bubble” and have a “warlike” attitude. 

Women with blonde hair are more aggressive and determined to get their own way than their brunette and redhead counterparts, according to a study carried out by the University of California, because they attract more attention and are generally seen more attractive by men.

Aaron Sell, who led the research that involved 156 undergraduates in America and is now published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, said they expected blondes to feel more entitled than other young women.

“Many blondes exist in a kind of bubble where they have been treated better than other people for so long, they may not even realise they are treated like a princess,” he said. “What we did not expect to find was how much more warlike they are than their peers on campus.”

According to statistics, more than 85% of the world’s population has dark hair and brown eyes, but in the same way that men can choose to shave their head bald or opt for hair loss treatment, women too can choose their hair colour. Interestingly, researchers found that women who dyed their hair blonde also took on natural blondes’ attitude. However some women, such as actress Emilia Fox, are not convinced by the research.

“As I’ve been every colour of hair under the sun and I’m not sure that my temperament has changed with my hair colour, I can’t verify this as true,” said the actress Emilia Fox, the star of Silent Witness. “My ambition comes from enjoying working hard, rather than being blonde.”

And while Pamela Anderson might be quite happy to portray the perfect image of traditional stereotype (she once famously revealed: “It’s great being blonde – with such low expectations it’s easy to impress”), others have more blonde ambition and are determined to prove the traditional stereotype wrong.

Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding once told the media, “I’m not some blonde bimbo. I want to be a successful businesswoman.”

As for darker-haired women, the recent study also suggests that they often respond to their stereotypes by working harder and expecting less special treatment.

“Blondes are more confident in their abilities, although the results do not necessarily support their confidence,” said Catherine Salmon, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Redlands, California. “Maybe responding to their own stereotypes, brunettes tend to work harder and expect less special treatment.”

One Angelina Jolie and one Megan Fox may be privy to some exception, but as consultant psychologist Ingrid Collins of The London Medical Centre says, the results are interesting but should be interpreted with caution.

“This is a small study on a very limited sample group so it is not possible to generalise.”

More Information:
Hair Loss in Women
Hair Growth Treatments
Hair Loss Success Stories

Interesting Articles:
How Women’s Hair Loss Affects Quality of Life
Baldness and Grey Hair Attracts Younger Women
The MEAN-ing of Hair Colour: Virgin Ginger Dating Ad Banned

Share this article

1 Comment

17th December, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Row

Rubbish! I'm a natural blonde and my hair colour has had no effect whatsoever on my life either positively or negatively. I've never expected to be treated better due to the lightness of my hair, and it's never been an issue. By the stereotypes mentioned I ought to have been a brunette as I work hard but can be unconfident. I'd love to know where 'experts' get these crazy ideas from.

Comment on this article

* required field

Will not be published

Online Consultation

Submit an instant online consultation so that one of Belgravia’s hair loss specialists can diagnose your condition and recommend an effective course of treatment, wherever you live.

01 Aug

Protein Therapy to Treat Various Hair Loss Conditions Gets Patent

Research into the treatment of hair loss by The University of Arkansas has resulted in the development of a new drug that it has just been awarded a patent for by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Pharmaceutical protein BMD-2341 According to press releases, the patent entitled “Fusion Proteins of Collagen Binding-Domain and Parathyroid Hormone,” was granted to the University of Arkansas […]

Read full article »
31 Jul

‘Hair Loss Treatment Advice Needed For Transgender Male to Female’

Name: Mandy Question: I am a transgendered male and I would like to know if oestrogen treatment would help me with hair loss? Answer: Hi Mandy. Oestrogen treatment will not help or stop genetic hair loss, I’m afraid. Only clinically-proven hair loss treatments will counteract the effect of DHT, the hormone derivative which causes the hair to thin. We […]

Read full article »
31 Jul

Actor Alan Rickman Explains How Louis XIV Dealt With Hair Loss

Harry Potter actor Alan Rickman is no stranger to wearing wigs for a movie role: his most-famous hair-do – the one he sported when playing menacing Potions teacher Severus Snape – lifted off at the end of every day’s filming, and it’s thought that Rickman’s hair in Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves was a wig, […]

Read full article »