Hair: Brunette vs. Blonde

It’s amazing what hair dye can do… aside from changing your look, hair texture (dyed hair – even if you dye one shade darker – makes your strands bigger, giving you more body and oomph in your mane!), hair color can also dictate how you’re perceived, or possibly even events that happen in your life?

Before I sound too Palm Reader Hair Reader-ish, look at what Olivia Wilde has said about her hair changes:

OLIVIA wilde blonde

Wilde on hair color + makeup:

Cosmo (Interview): Do you change your makeup with your hair color?

When you a darker brunette and have pale skin like I do, it can wash you out a bit, so learning to contour is really helpful. I think you can be a bit more bold with eye makeup to define your eyes, and the same with lip colors—you can go for dark wine colors, which I love. I was wearing one in the Revlon Colorstay Lipstick ad—the color is Backstage—and that color on my lips with my blonde hair gave it an old Hollywood feel.

olivia wilde brunette

When I have really blonde hair, I usually go for a more natural look, wearing way less makeup. With red hair, I have Irish red in my cheeks that tends to reflect off of my hair color and it makes me look too ruddy, like an alcoholic, so that’s not the greatest shade for me. But that’s only one shade of red, within all of these Revlon colors there are so many shades, so I would love to try a different red, maybe a Karen Olson red.

Wilde on work options and hair:

I spent the first couple years of my career as a very blonde blonde. And then I went brunette for a role, and suddenly all my offers changed—the types of roles people approached me with totally changed. When I was really blonde, it was always like, ‘The really pretty girl,’ or ‘The sexy hot chick.’ At that point in my career, it was all lame pilots—those were the types of roles I was going for. And then, when I was on The O.C., it was like, ‘she’s punk-y!’ I had a purple streak in my hair, and I was the ‘punky girl.’

And then when I went brunette, the roles went to more, ‘She’s a waitress with a heart of gold, and a tough life,’ or ‘She’s a doctor.’ And I always wondered—would I have been offered those roles had I still been blonde? I don’t think so. I think the perception of brunettes being more intellectual persists. Even though it makes no sense! I mean, Hillary Clinton is very, very blonde! And when I went from being blonde for a long time to brunette, I felt like I was invisible, because you’d walk into a room, and nobody immediately looks at you.

When you’re blonde, it’s like you have a giant highlighter on your head; people can’t help but stare. So, it definitely changes how people think of you. And red is a very different reaction. I feel like redheads are perceived immediately to be kind of sassy and sultry, or at least uniquely… I don’t know, just a little more sassy.

 I was blonde for a long time; I’ve been bleached platinum blonde, I’ve been dark blonde, I’ve had black hair, I’ve had dark red hair…. I feel like I’ve actually done every single color, and somehow my hair hasn’t fallen out. Now, I only change it for work. I try to give it a rest, otherwise, but it still changes a lot.

Sienna Miller is gorgeous to me, but I definitely prefer her as a blonde, I’m not sure why… it just seems to fit her more.

sienna miller blonde

sienna miller brunette

Glamour did an article on a poll that Pantene did of men to find out what exactly it is they notice (and love!) about a woman’s hair. Here’s what they found…

74% of men indicated that they notice women because of their hair and 44% of men surveyed said that hair is the first thing they notice about a woman, more than her clothes (26%), legs (25%), or makeup (4%).

Most men surveyed would be more likely to approach a woman at a bar with great hair than a woman wearing a low-cut shirt.

82% of men indicated that sexy hair is a key element to a woman’s overall sex appeal.

60% of men surveyed say they would rather date a woman with great hair than a woman with big breasts.

And 78% of men surveyed consider healthy hair to be a turn-on


Apparently, having good hair that makes you feel good is the best overall.  And if you don’t like the color, you can always change it.


3 thoughts on “Hair: Brunette vs. Blonde

  1. You kidding me, with that face who cares if she´s blond or brunet. That´s a beauty.
    Jesus you scared me for a moment I thought it was you the one in the picture….

  2. I will say that beauty lies inside…..does someone believe that, come on, lets be honest with ourselves. I´m sure that girl is not going out with me no matter how wonderful I am in the inside.

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