Hair Color-Mythology and Stereotypes Pt 2

Hair Color… Mythology and Stereotype Pt 2


Catherine Rhianna George Patrick Penelope Jennifer

Catherine, Rhianna, George, Patrick, Penelope, Jennifer

How could we ever believe the stereotype of brunettes as bland or boring when we have the likes of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rhianna, George Clooney, Patrick Dempsey, Penelope Cruz and Jennifer Lopez? Brown hair color has never been boring. Proof of it…? Talk about smokin’ brunettes! Check out actress Jane Russell from the movie “The Outlaw” back in 1943! She’s on fire!

Jane Russell-The Outlaw

Jane Russell in “The Outlaw”

Still stereotypes about brunettes persist. They are characterized as boring, average, professional, independent, smart, clever, competent, studious, serious, stable, grounded, pensive, even-tempered, faithful and trustworthy. All that adds up to very dull. But not so fast blondes and redheads… when ready for marriage, polling shows men prefer brunettes because all those ho-hum traits speak to stability. There was even a sequel to “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, titled “Gentlemen Marry Brunettes“.



In Greek Mythology the gods are usually shown as blonde, but Hephaestus, the god of fire is clearly shown with brown hair. His responsibility as a blacksmith was crafting weapons for the other gods; like Hermes winged helmet, Achilles armor and Aphrodite’s girdle. He created the technology for these pieces… sounds like a geek to me.

European folklore describes Brownies with curly brown hair. They’re the little creatures that do household chores at night because they don’t like to be seen. Pretty shy. They fit the brunette stereotype too.

Nerdy Girl Next Door Brunettes. Courtney Cox, Emma Watson, Joyce Dewitt, Sandra Bullock

Nerdy Girl Next Door Brunettes.
Courtney Cox, Emma Watson, Joyce Dewitt, Sandra Bullock

Very often the brunettes in Hollywood movies are the girl next door; the one that doesn’t get the boy and goes unnoticed. Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter novels is a perfect example; it’s years before she finally snags Ron Weasley. But then again I see brunettes being photographed with serious expressions, looking mysterious and sophisticated. They are also regularly chosen to play the evil character in a story.

Jack Sparrow, Professor Snape, Scarlet O'Hara, Wicked Witch of the West

Wicked Brunettes
Jack Sparrow Professor Snape Scarlet O’Hara
Wicked Witch of the West

How about the Wicked Witch of the West, Jack Sparrow, Scarlet O’Hara and certainly Professor Snape! Do we see good and evil in fair and dark? Even when you can’t see their hair color, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty and The Queen from Snow White have dark head-dresses in place of their hair. 

The Queen and Maleficent

The Queen and Maleficent

Around the globe the majority of people have hair color ranging from black to brown, except in Europe where there is a larger percentage of blondes and redheads than anywhere else in the world.

Brunettes have fewer hairs per square inch than blondes, tend to lose their hair younger and my experience as a hair stylist tells me that brunettes tend to gray earlier. So take extra care of your lovely brown tresses! 

When choosing brown for your color… don’t be boring! Ask for dimension… you can go light or dark, subtle or bold, cool or warm. Tones like peanut butter, caramel, ginger and plum look fantastic in brown hair.

Brown Hair Colors Light-Dark Warm-Cool Subtle-Bold highlighted

Brown Hair Colors
Light-Dark Warm-Cool Subtle-Bold Highlighted

Brown hair tends to fade easily and can get brassy in the sun. If you’re indoor tanning cover your hair, it fades very fast in a tanning bed because the light is direct and intense. Be sure to use a professional shampoo for color treated hair like Biolage Colorcare Therapie.

I guess I would best describe brunettes as chameleons… they can be the girl next door, put on their glasses and play the sexy librarian, or vamp it up and be sultry and mysterious.

If you like this post, please feel free to make a comment below! You can also check out part 1 of hair color mythology and learn about the stereotypes of blonde hair.


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