— Some women are bent on being blond … or will dye trying. But is it really worth it? Do they really have more fun? Sadly, I must report, in some ways, they do. Maybe the world just isn't fair.
The Wolf Files confirms that blondes on dating service Match.com get significantly more attention from gentleman e-mailers. Golden-haired gals averaged 14 flirtatious messages in May, while redheads averaged 11 and brunettes got a measly nine.
No doubt that's why a user survey of both sexes late last year confirmed that 55 percent agree with the old adage that blondes have more fun.
But don't break out the peroxide just yet. Several studies suggest that men ultimately seek darker-haired women as wives. Fun is fun, apparently, but marriage is a whole different story.
This phenomenon has nothing to do with intelligence. Match.com reports that light-haired ladies are more likely to have college and graduate degrees than other female members. They're also more likely to be employed in the legal profession or other brainy fields. So much for dumb blondes.
How Blond Is Too Blond?
At the root of the issue is Reese Witherspoon, who is back this week as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde 2: Red White and Blonde.
In the first Legally Blonde, Elle packs up her pedigreed Chihuaha and heads to Harvard Law School to win back her boyfriend, Warner Huntington III, a wannabe politician in search of a trophy wife — a brunet trophy wife, to be exact.
"If I want to be elected senator by the time I'm 30, I need to marry a Jackie, not a Marilyn," he tells her.
"You're breaking up with me because I'm too — blond!" Elle cries. In the end she finds a legal career way more exciting than a new hairdo, or winning back her man.
In the sequel, two years later, Elle is as prissy as ever. This time, she takes on Washington, where she's out to stop product testing on animals in the cosmetics industry.
"The cost of beauty is much too high," she says. "I can't believe I just said that." Should Hillary Become a ‘Bottle Brunette’?
Witherspoon's onscreen success aside, could hair color be a political impediment?
A study by hair-care giant Clairol shows that a whopping 76 percent of women and 74 percent of men believe the first woman to be elected president will be a brunette.
Such results might send Hillary Clinton to a colorist, and apparently, New York's blond senator wouldn't be the first powerful lady to do so.
In her new book On Blondes, hair historian Joanna Pitman says famous redhead Queen Elizabeth I was actually a natural blonde, as was the raven-haired beauty Cleopatra. Other scholars beg to differ, but only a queen's beautician might know for sure.
But if Clinton intends to stay natural, perhaps she can find inspiration from a "power blonde" like Margaret Thatcher, who didn't seem to let her hair color diminish her ability to lead.
The Clairol survey of nearly 1,000 customers also showed that you may want to think twice about interviewing for a job on a bad hair day. Respondents said that if a boss had to hire a worker based on hair color alone, the job would most likely go to a brunette and least likely be given to a redhead.
The Greatest Blond Joke — Extinction
Blondes always seem at the center of controversy. Last year, the London Daily Mail reported that natural blondes were headed for extinction, quoting a study conducted by the United Nations' World Health Organization.