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Do Blondes Have More Fun?

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The Blonde’s Get More Attention According to an ABC Study

Being a brunette who will never go blonde, but secretly am curious to what the answer to this question is; I found what I think is, well, a darn good answer. This is from ABC’s John Stossel, in my opinion, reporter exceptional!

“The Blondes Do
Have More Fun”

From Mae West to Marilyn Monroe to Farrah Fawcett to Pamela Anderson, the blondes have embodied the notion of the sex symbol. But it was a Clairol hair color advertisement that raised the big question: Do the blonde’s really have more fun? “20/20” hired two actors to go platinum to find out, and came up with a very unscientific test using hidden cameras.

Actress Diedre Lorenz found lots of people willing to help a fair-haired maiden in distress. Some went beyond the call of duty, offering their phone numbers and to take her out for a drink. Lorenz said she doesn’t typically get the sort of attention that she received with the blonde tresses.

What about a platinum-haired man? Actor Jake Mayer’s gave it a shot and said he felt “sexier, and I do feel more attractive.”

While surveys say the blondes are often perceived as “ditzy” but “glamorous,” brunets are seen as “competent” and “trustworthy.” Posing as a dark-haired tourist, Jake felt he got less action but more respect.

As a brunette, Deirdre felt invisible. She got dramatically less attention than she did with the blonde hair. “Men basically were throwing their phone numbers, begging me for my phone number, wanted to take me out sightseeing, take me for drinks,” she said. “Today, not an offer. Literally, I did not have an offer.”

If it’s any consolation, studies show women are nicer to brunettes. Research shows men are twice as likely to help someone out if she’s a blonde. Our experiment found blondes certainly turn more heads, and that may be the fun a lot of people are looking for.

But our testers say fun, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

  





27 Comments »

  1. I agree with John as well. Words spoken from a true man. It’s funny that girls all think that men prefer blondes, just because of Monroe said but there is no clear proof to this, and men never say that themselves. Like John said, a lot of guys I know also think that blondes are easy. They figure if you dye your hair to get attention, you probably want other things from guys too… Also, again, people will notice you usually because your hair colour is so bright, but not actually because you’re beautiful–they might even have seen your face lol. Btw, you forgot Megan fox, Jessica alba, adriana lima!

    Comment by Lor — December 20, 2010 @ 5:07 pm

  2. How rude John!! I am a mousey blonde NATURALLY and I dye (not bleach) my hair a pearly ash blonde and it looks gorgeous. I look nice dark too, but i feel brighter and more ”alive” as a blonde how DARE you suggest that us blondes are all plain janes! Farrah Fawcett was hardly ugly so get over yourself already I bet your not God Gift either mate! you are being racist as well to white girls by saying this you are a typical man of today !! i the 70s guys loved blondes like Farrah and Olivia Newton John! I get lots of compliments and I am far from an ugly hag so shut up already with your silly comments!

    Comment by Linda — December 9, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

  3. Good stuff Nacela, agree or disagree you give a thoughtful well written post.

    I’d love to see more from you.

    Comment by Barb — September 1, 2006 @ 3:06 pm

  4. This is for john, the man who said this…”All the most beautiful women have always been brunettes, though. Catherine Zeta-Jones. Liv Tyler. Aishwarya Rai. Elizabeth Taylor (young). Audrey Hepburn. Angelina Jolie. Olivia Hussey (young). Alexis Bledel. Those words speak for themselves. Blondes may get more attention in some societies because or their bleached platinum blonde hair. However, they are not noticed for their actual beauty, just that they’re blonde. Think about it: who’s face is more beautiful: Monica Bellucci or Pamela Anderson. One is an exotic, stunning beauty, the other is a plastic surgery not-very-facially attractive porn star. I wish so many girls would stop bleaching their hair. It’s ridiculous. I find nothing sexier than a gorgeous brunette with a beautiful face. If a blonde was nearby, I wouldn’t even look twice.”

    “Although I realize how rude/obnoxious this is, I also have to point this out. I honestly think that the above story went the way it did because people thought she was “easier”. Whenever I see a blonde, that’s the first thing I think; that she looks a little, um, well, yeah. I believe that that is way blonde’s attention is usually not the good kind…especially in the US.”

    I totally agree with you John. The most beautiful women in the world were not blondes, the were brunettes. Look at Marilyn Monroe, she was a natural red head, but people will never forget what color her hair was naturally. She became blonde because when she first came out that was the in thing to be a “blonde bombshell”. Ever since that phrase has come out people have been going crazy over blondes. Let’s recount. Marilyn Monroe was a red-head, then she tured blonde. She slept with married men, had affairs and everything. Men wanted her because she made blondes look easy, and that’s what they wanted. You didn’t hear about Katherine Hepburn, Sophia Loren, and Audrey Hepburn having affairs. They were brunettes and I have more respect for them. To the girl with the 3.8 GPA that’s nothing. I hate stereotypes and all about blondes are dumb. NOOOO, they just put themselves out there or make guys believe they are easy.

    Comment by Nacela — August 30, 2006 @ 4:18 pm

  5. Blondes have more fun because they are easy. It’s a proven fact. When guys ask for you number and sleep with you just because your blonde and they think your easy…come on women…don’t be stupid. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I would rather serve God as a brunette and get less attention and get into heaven than to be blonde and get more attention but have no self morals in the end because men used me.

    Comment by Angela — August 30, 2006 @ 4:10 pm

  6. Being blonde is a state of mind. People talk about it so much that they begin to believe it. If I went to a hairstylist and went blonde, I would have fun to because I want to believe in it so much. My brother told me that he and his friends had a discussion and I over heard them and they said blondes are a lot easier and they wouldn’t want to marry a blonde. But brunettes are more serious, they are the ones that they would trust if they got married. They just use the blondes for sexual purposes. I don’t know, but it’s just a state of mind, and only GOD has the power to say whos beautiful. You can be as beautiful as you want to feel but it’s in the eye of the beholder so…you decide…

    Comment by Meghan — August 30, 2006 @ 4:07 pm

  7. I am a natural brunette, although I have put blonde highlights in my hair in previous years. I too noticed that I got more attention with blonde highlights than without. Although, I made more permanent friends as a brunette. I don’t think it had anything to do with my hair color, though. I think it was jus that I feel better as a brunette which in turn makes me carry myself with much more confidence. People are attracted more to a confident, self-assured personality than a reserved, timid personality.
    Anyway, that’s been my experience with blonde hair.

    Comment by Christinne — July 20, 2006 @ 10:47 am

  8. First off, not all women who go blonde are plain or unattractive.
    There are lots of us who are knock-outs who sport the bleach and we don’t all do it to hide ourselves or for attention, some of us genuinly do it because we LIKE it.
    But I will say, that yes blondes do get more attention, but it’s the brightest of hair and it’s HARD not to notice.
    I mean sterotyping all women who went bleached is so stupid, we AREN’T all like that and thing off it is that these barbie girls have tainted what we call ‘blonde,’ for the rest of us.

    …AND I CONQUER…BLONDES DO HAVE MORE FUN!

    Comment by PBL — July 6, 2006 @ 7:57 pm

  9. blondes dont have more fun they have all the fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by totaldumblonde — March 29, 2006 @ 8:51 pm

  10. This is the dumbest discussion facing America. I agree with John, first of all–the most beautiful women in the world are most often brunettes. The only people perpetuating this “blonde is better” attitude are the plain-jane white girls that wouldn’t get attention for their drab looks otherwise. Besides, most of the beautiful women listed in this discussion are of every other ethnicity but American…they are often Indian, Hispanic, or Asian. Besides, it’s not like being blonde is something you are born with at this point–it’s just a bottle away..so it’s nothing more than this idiotic American media perpetuating this notion in order to sell more magazines. Get over it, white girls with blonde hair are most often either hard looking or plain-jane women hiding under her bottle-dyed blonde tresses. I’m sorry girls, get over it and get over yourselves.

    Comment by RandomGuy. — March 23, 2006 @ 2:27 am

  11. In my opinion, i think brunnettes are the ones who have more fun!, i like women who are exotic looking, they have a certain appeal in them, the hair is brunnette and most have hues of red which is a color of passion…..i love brunnettes they are the GODDESSES, blondes are boring and ancient. I agree with John the top actresses are all brunettes, hey John you forget the SEXY Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, salma Hayek and not forgeting Madonna who in reality is a brunnette. Power to the Brunnettes.

    Comment by Dan — March 17, 2006 @ 8:35 pm

  12. Hi, I’m a natural brunnette, but i got some highlights then last year i slowly went getting my hair blond. I get more attention blond that’s for sure…LOL

    Comment by AliciA — March 12, 2006 @ 2:17 pm

  13. One side of my family is Swedish, and I have inherited naturally meduim- ash blonde hair. I have neen a blonde all my life, and I don’t know what it’s like to be brunette, so I cant compare. I think it’s more about how good your hair looks, rather than the colour. I get evious of girls with straight silky brown hair, whereas they say they are jealous of my blonde curls! I dont have problems attracting male attention, but I dont think that would change if I ever went brunette.

    Comment by Toben — February 28, 2006 @ 10:02 am

  14. My hair was a nice medium redish shade of brown before i highlighted it and oh boy what a disaster. the highlights look orange. So much for going blonde. But I do believe blonds have more fun in general because . And get better looking guys.

    Comment by Julia — February 20, 2006 @ 4:23 pm

  15. I, think this topic is a little ridiculous, but i am a brunette and have gone blonde. I looked awful as a blonde and did not have more fun. My brunette hair is naturally curly and has its own hightlights and a golden hue. Not to be cocky, but its goergous. I think its all a state of mind, if you feel beautiful as a blonde your personality will reflect it, same with being brunette. There’s nothing sexier than a woman who feels confident in her own skin…blonde or not.

    Comment by Ashley — February 16, 2006 @ 2:09 pm

  16. I’m a natural blonde, college student with a 3.8 GPA…I make silly mistakes all the time(don’t we all ?!!)- but it’s not because I’m a dumb blonde…

    ….being blonde is just a haircolor-if you act dumb it’s got nothing to do with your hair…it has everything to do with your DNA and how you act !!!!! ;-)

    Whatever color hair you all have-be happy with it…if you’re not change it! but always be happy with yourself!!

    Comment by Christine — February 15, 2006 @ 12:30 am

  17. Although I realize how rude/obnoxious this is, I also have to point this out. I honestly think that the above story went the way it did because people thought she was “easier”. Whenever I see a blonde, that’s the first thing I think; that she looks a little, um, well, yeah. I believe that that is way blonde’s attention is usually not the good kind…especially in the US.

    Comment by John — February 14, 2006 @ 4:44 pm

  18. All the most beautiful women have always been brunettes, though. Catherine Zeta-Jones. Liv Tyler. Aishwarya Rai. Elizabeth Taylor (young). Audrey Hepburn. Angelina Jolie. Olivia Hussey (young). Alexis Bledel. Those words speak for themselves. Blondes may get more attention in some societies because or their bleached platinum blonde hair. However, they are not noticed for their actual beauty, just that they’re blonde. Think about it: who’s face is more beautiful: Monica Bellucci or Pamela Anderson. One is an exotic, stunning beauty, the other is a plastic surgery not-very-facially attractive porn star. I wish so many girls would stop bleaching their hair. It’s ridiculous. I find nothing sexier than a gorgeous brunette with a beautiful face. If a blonde was nearby, I wouldn’t even look twice.

    Comment by John — February 14, 2006 @ 4:34 pm

  19. hey im a mixed california girl born brunnet and sexy, but my hair quickly got bleached blonde from the sun. I now use sun in and regularly bleach my hair to maintain my golden hue.
    {eople contantly tell me i look like Beyonce!
    Now, if i were pure white, and pale, i would be a dark brunnet, because as danish girl said, its dead sexy.
    blondes r not dumb, and brunnets r sexy as blondes!!!

    Comment by Joy — February 12, 2006 @ 2:59 am

  20. “Blonde Bombshell”

    Ever since the fateful day I bleached my hair blonde, my life has done a 360. I feel as though I rule the world, the milky way, and I love it. I feel hotter, bolder, and brazen as ever. It’s like I’m on cloud nine, it’s awesome.

    As a brunette, I felt plain and often intimated by those blonde locks. I didn’t feel special or desired. I felt invisible next to a blonde. It seemed they got the attention, the affections, and the adorations. They were the popular “brand.” Longed for by boys and envied by girls, and I wanted to be one of them.

    Now as a blonde, I am the yen, the diamond. I am the threat. The stand-out and I love it. I shock, rock, and electrify. I dared to be different; I dared to be bold, and I dared to be blonde. In closing, I feel like a model, the bombshell, the star that gets noticed, not overlooked.

    And for those who think different, well that’s your opinion. Everyone faces positive and negative, but being blonde is defiantly grade A. I don’t associate with labels, but right now, blondes do have more fun!

    Comment by Elisha — February 11, 2006 @ 7:13 pm

  21. I’m Danish and not blonde. Here it’s the other way around so it’s not a universal thing. If advertisers want to appeal to women in a friendly none threatening way they use a model who’s a common blonde. If they want to appeal to men or sell glamour to women, they use a brunette model. Nearly all our “glamour” models and major sex symbols are brunettes. I get the same marginal treatment blonde friends in the UK and US complain about; men who think I’m going to be easy, fun but not especially bright and women who hate me simply because of the shade of my tresses. I’m actually a raven, that just makes everything worse!

    Comment by Joannah — February 4, 2006 @ 3:35 pm

  22. I’m a natural blonde who started dying her hair brown about a year ago. The brown looks completely natural – probably more “natural” than my natural hair color.

    Whenever I did something dumb, I never was called a dumb blonde or anything like that, so I’m surprised to hear of other blondes having those experiences. Maybe it’s because I was surrounded by ditzy people most of my childhood, and I wasn’t at all ditzy, and because I’m smart. I don’t know. Maybe it’s because my hair was more of a dishwater blonde than a platinum blonde.

    After dying my hair brown, I got compliments that it looked good, but a lot of people have told me they liked me better as a blonde. I can only guess why that is – maybe because they’re used to it, maybe because I’m very outgoing. I think I have more of a blonde personality than a brunette personality, if there is such a thing. I thought that my blue eyes would stand out more with brown hair, but when comparing me with an old photo, people say that my eyes stand out more with blonde hair. Go figure. I don’t think I look any more “exotic” with brown hair than blonde hair, either. In the end, I still have a pasty white face and blue eyes – much more WASPy looking than exotic.

    I do, however, think that I’m less intimidating as a brunette. I’ve noticed that when I’m not in a flirtatious mood, men are more likely to flirt with me as a brunette. When I am flirting, I think men respond more to me as a blonde.

    The short version of the story is that, after having been a brunette for a year, I’m dying my hair back blonde. I feel like blonde hair can be very powerful if you know how to use it.

    Comment by Diana — January 30, 2006 @ 7:57 pm

  23. im blonde and proud of it! i also think its complete rubbish that there is a typical dumb blonde, as I (without wanting to sound boastful) am one of the most intelligent people i know. I find that people respect me for it. It annoys me when i have a stupid moment and people put it down to being blonde. Think of it this way, blondes are special because there are less of us, so there must be more brunettes, hence more brunettes that have stupid moments than blondes. i think we definitely have more fun too! my blonde friends and I have so much more fun than my brunette ones! and i would never ever consider dying my hair brown!! Blondes forever, hooray!!!

    Comment by Kim — January 25, 2006 @ 3:06 pm

  24. hiya, I’m blonde my self and i have to admit that if i do anything stupid my friends turn around and say to me, kate your so blonde.. and when they do say that all i can think is.. if i dyed my hair brown would my friends say the same thing to me ? I have considered dying my hair brown just to see what people would say. My friend beth is bright blonde to and she left school with a*’z in everything so why blondes can only be seen at ditzy and air headed is completly beyond me …

    Comment by Kate — January 22, 2006 @ 8:45 am

  25. I’m a brunette who is considering going blonde. I have blue eyes and fairish skin. Everyone says give it a go! I get plenty of dates. Men love the combo of dark hair and blue eyes, they say its ‘exotic’. Many men consider blondes to not be interesting. But it comes down to personality, at the end of the day. My only worry is the high maintenance of the upkeep of blonde hair compared to the low maintenance of my dark hair. Well, only time will tell. If I don’t like it or its too much hard work, I’ll go back to being a brunette. Because its summer out here in Australia, I want a change. Wish me luck.

    Comment by Mandy — December 27, 2005 @ 4:18 am

  26. I don’t think hair color matters at all. Plus I don’t know any naturally colored blondes that don’t eventually turn grey or dull. Fun’s all a matter of opinon anyhow what you think is fun, might not be to someone else. Cause it could be told that people with dark hair are more exotic than fun. I personally would rather be exotic than fun.

    Comment by Amy — December 19, 2005 @ 10:31 pm

  27. i do not belive it matters what color your hair that makes no sense i think brunnets feel even more sexier then blondes because there are beautiful trustworthy and sweet blondes are just stupid as they say (dumb blonde) i really dont believe in that i am a blonde myself and i do not see my self as glamorouse or anything like that and im 18 so yah and imm wanting to go brunette because that seems like the new blonde.

    Comment by ashly — November 18, 2005 @ 11:57 pm

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