Blondes are noticed, brunettes are listened to
As humans we judge people based on their appearance, especially their hair colour. Having been a blonde for the vast majority of my life, it is incredibly intriguing to see how different social interactions are now with much darker hues in my hair.
People are attracted to sparkly and shiny things. Blondes are a genetic rarity and their golden locks cannot be missed. Blondes never go unnoticed as they enter a room. People stop and stare. I am enjoying the invisibility that comes with "blending in" and being like everyone else. No more awkward staring from strangers is a big plus.
Being blonde comes with a certain stigma. Many view you as "easy" and incredibly fake and stupid. Men would often tell me that they had a thing for blondes. It is strange that attraction can be so superficial and simplistic (although, I am guilty of this too. I do like a man with nicely shaped "guns"). Perhaps we are wired to like certain physical attributes in a potential partner based on our genetic makeup and this might be why some men actually do prefer blondes? I'm sure the novelty/uniqueness factor is part and parcel of this attraction too.
I feel I am granted much more credibility and my opinions are listened to as a brunette. I cannot begin to describe how frustrating it is to be laughed off or to have ideas dismissed and subsequently silenced. This was usually in the company of misogynistic men who wanted women to be quiet, blonde and opinionless.
As a trained makeup artist, I found doing my own makeup the biggest challenge. As a blonde, I always felt overdone. Red lipstick always looked far too try-hard. Bold eyeshadow was out of place. As a brunette, you can't really go overboard. Darker locks complement bright shadows and red lips. My blonde, nondescript eyebrows are dyed to "blend in" with the whole look. I am finding different coloured clothes work better with the darker hair too.
Who would have thought that a change in hair colour would lead to wardrobe and makeup modifications as well as being such a fascinating social experiment? I feel though I have a lot more questions than answers from this journey and it is saddening to see that it's essentially part of the human condition to judge a book by its cover.