Hair Color – What Does It Say About You?

Hair Color - What Does It Say About You?Many stereotypes are associated with our natural hair color: blondes are dumb, redheads have fiery tempers and brunettes are attractive. While we believe these to be assumptions, it is no secret that people often create a first impression about one based on their hair color. Research has now proven that many of these stereotypes can sometimes have very real effects.

Scientifically, hair color is formed by a substance called melanin produced at the root of the hair bulb by groups of specialized cells called melanocytes. Melanin itself is of two types: the ratio of these two types creates the hair color in each individual.

Let us discuss common hair color types and personality traits associated with them.

Red Hair color

Contrary to the belief that red color was given to us by Neanderthals, science has shown that it is a result of mutation of a gene in chromosome 16. Red hair has been represented in artworks of Michelangelo and not even escaped present day media scrutiny. It has always had significant standing in society. In Europe, red hair color is valued and respected. Nearly 10% people in Scotland and England have red hair color. It has been seen in Pakistan and some regions of Asia, though very rarely. In UK, red heads are bullied or teased with words like “ginger” which is as bad as racist remarks. In Germany, red hair color represents the devil; women with red hair and green eyes have been associated with witchcraft according to German folklore and also considered demonic or evil.

Personality traits of red hair color

Mysterious, romantic, passionate, alluring and fiery, people with red hair color tend to have different personalities. Explosive, bad tempered, opinionated, seductive or sexually promiscuous are some other traits seen in people with this hair color. Such individuals have increased levels of excitement on account of lower anti-stress hormone levels.

Blonde hair color

This is a very rare hair color globally, occurring naturally only in northern Europe and America. However, it has also been seen in nearly 5 to 10% of the indigenous population of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific where the inhabitants predominantly have very dark skin. Until recently it was assumed that this hair color was a result of gene flow- trait passed on by ancient traders and travelers who visited different countries, centuries ago. Today, it has been established that a single gene is responsible for this, though the natives of Solomon Islands also attribute their blond hair color to a diet rich in fish, as well as sun exposure.

Personality traits of blonde hair color

Females with this hair color are generally high maintenance. A survey has shown that the divorce rate is also higher in this category. Blonde hair color is perceived to be feminine, youthful, naive and obedient so yes, gentlemen do tend to prefer blondes.

Brunette hair color

Predominantly seen in Asia, South America and Africa, this hair color is considered exotic in Europe just like blondes and redheads are in the remaining part of the world. In a study conducted on a girl who visited a nightclub three times with her hair color changed from red, blonde and brunette each time; most men said later that they found her most appealing, attractive, approachable, dependable and “seemingly better at relationships” as a brunette.

Personality traits of brunette hair color

Majority of Nobel prize winners are brunettes. Thus, they are very hard working people, but are also likely to give up at times. They are more serious and tend to form long term relationships. The likelihood of going bald is higher with this hair color and likelihood of being addicted to nicotine is also more likely.

Black hair color

Just as men prefer blondes, women are known to prefer men with black hair. Deep, introspective and meditative, this personality type is serious and melancholic. Darker the hair, more likely one is to develop Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. This is due to certain DNA coding that increases the risk of this disease.

Personality traits of black hair color

Black haired people are interested in religion, poetry, spirituality. They are serious and self centered but also tend to have self doubt. They make great shrinks, therapists etc.

Science has now proven that complexion as well as hair color actually influences our blood pressure. So, if you color your hair with a shade other than your natural hair color, you will likely influence your behavior and, after a while, even adopt the stereotypes associated with it.


  1. Smarty Pants says:

    I have honey colored hair…… Not sure if I fall into blonde or brunette..?

  2. Étaient beaux this means were beautiful lol xx

  3. Funny that you say that blondes are dumb but not that black hair is criminal

  4. My hair is black I’m average not ugly but not beautiful but beauty is in the eyes of the beholder rite I’m very confident and love people in general I don’t truely believe hair color matters but we are who we are

  5. I have brown hair. If this thing is correct, I should have black hair. Such a shame isn’t it! I love poetry and religion is my life. 🙂

  6. Connie Rasmussen says:

    I am a blonde. I don’t like how everyone thinks blonds are idiotic, brainless, immature, nieve and more. I am a straight A student, but people tend to think other wise of me. I work hard in everything that I do. I do track. I love drawing and everyone thinks that I am very artistic. I always study for tests. I don’t want people to think that I am just some who likes to party, and someone who is brainless, dumb, rude, bossy etc. I want people to think that I am an intelligant, smart, hardworking person. People always tell me that I am beautiful, gorgeous have beautiful hazel eyes, have a great smile. I love that people think that of me, but I want someone to say, you look like a very smart girl. Or want to be partners with me not for looks, but for my brain. Blonds should not just be known for partying, but for there intelligent brains! If you agree don’t be someone that everyone thinks that you are, show how smart you are! People will always tell you your beautiful, but hopfully soon they’ll tell you your smart! Good luck!

    • I completely agree. I’m a blonde to but, I have blue eyes, and people are always complementing me and I love it but hate it. The only people who notice my intelligence are my teacher’s but boys are always saying behind my back how stupid and pretty I am and I wish they’d stop its rude, untrue, and unfair.

    • Very well said. There is quite a difference between intelligence and naivety. People tend to mistake kindness for weakness; you stay just how you are. You sound like a sweet young lady.

  7. i have brown hair with blond highlights and it turns redish in sunlight. I guess I am smart, beautiful, and have a hidden temper.

  8. All our have got black hair but some red too so i have both personalities

  9. I’m doing my project of the perception of intelligence.

    • Me too

    • I’m a naturally dark golden blonde but I dyed my hair light blonde and ever since it was dark no boys use to come around me and now I’m fully blonde boys are all over me and my eyes are crystal blue

  10. matthias says:

    I have black hair. I am a bit serious but I more or less am the brown stereotype. Apparently black hair is beautiful but it’s got a dark side ‘literally ha’ anger is the worst. We must exhibit self control at all points. If not, things can blow up like a lighter and a propane tank combo.

  11. I’m a brunette and It’s true, I am very hardworking, dedicated, and less-stressed. I also was able to keep a 6 year long distance relationship before. Things broke off though, it was mutual, but he still loves me and honestly, I’m more focused on my schooling & career than a stupid relationship right now.

  12. I have red hair. It is said that people with red hair and blue eyes are very rare and caused by a “Mutation”, and I have this rare combination!! Blondes can be very intelligent. I know that my best friend’s Aunt is a teacher in Trinity college. One of my friends have brunette hair and she’s really quiet and quite regal. Redheads and brunettes are thought to be the most intellectual. Redheads come first in the intelligence category, then brunettes, then blondes.

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