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Ladies: Do people treat you differently depending on the color of your hair?

Ladies: Do people treat you differently depending on the color of your hair?
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Do blondes really have more fun?

It has been a topic of debate for an awfully long time. Just do a quick Google search and you’ll find hundreds of articles from women who recount their experiences when changing the color of their hair.

There has also been a ton of research done over the years to see if our hair color shapes the way that others see us.

For example, Nicolas Guéguen from the Université de Bretagne-Sud, in France, published a paper entitled Hair Color and Courtship. The study found that blond women were more frequently approached by men. The study also showed that redheads, both male and female, received far less attention. Meanwhile, brunettes were assumed to be more intelligent and capable and were even favored to get hired for a position over other hair colors.

In Guéguen’s research, he hired a lady to sit in a nightclub for one hour, while researchers monitored how many men approached her. The experiment was carried out on 16 different nights in a 4-week period allowing her to wear four different wigs each time. Overall, 127 men approached the women wearing blond wigs, 84 men approached women wearing brown wigs, 82 went up to women wearing black wigs but only 29 approached women with red wigs.

A similar experiment was carried out by psychologists Viren Swami and Seishin Barrett of the University of Westminster. They hired a natural brunette and coloured her hair blond and red in their study. Over the course of several weeks, she sat at several nightclubs, and the experimenters counted how many guys approached her in a one-hour period. When she was blond, 60 guys approached her, 42 approached her when she was brunette, and only 18 approached her when she was a redhead.

The bottom line is everyone is different but if you ask around, most women will tell you they’ve been treated differently when changing the color of their hair— and according to research, blondes really do get more attention.


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