Famous blondes like Marilyn Monroe, Gwen Stefani and Reese Witherspoon weren’t actually born blonde. But there is something attractive that makes women choose to dye their hair blonde. But only natural blondes are so unique for a few distinct reasons.
Only 5% of Europeans and North Americans are naturally blonde.
Being born with blonde hair is so rare that it is almost exclusively found in Europe and Oceania. As light hair tends to darken over time, women with untouched blonde hair are even more unique.
Natural blondes with dark skin are rare, but they do exist.
The people of Melanesia, a group of islands near Australia, have some of the darkest skin outside of Africa. And about 5%-10% of them have naturally blonde hair.
Blonde hair is the result of a mutation.
It is believed that blonde hair evolved not once, but twice. With the evolution of light skin came the evolution of light hair in Northern Europe. However, for some people from the Solomon Islands in Melanesia, they came from a single mutation of a particular gene.
People born with blonde hair have more hair.
They have about 150,000 hairs compared to those with black, brown, and red hair, who may have about 110,000, 100,000, or 90,000 hairs, respectively. This could be because hair evolved in part to protect the scalp from potentially harmful UV rays. Darker hair contains more melanin, which provides more protection, so not as many hairs are needed.
Women with golden hair are more attractive.
A number of studies have shown that blondes attract more men. It doesn’t even matter if the hair is just a wig. Interestingly, another study found that the same is not the case with blonde men – they were no more successful when asking women to dance, for example.
Women with blonde hair are paid more.
A study conducted by the University of Queensland found that blondes earn 7% more than women with other hair colors.
They also marry richer men.
The same study also revealed that blonde women marry men who earn 6% more than other women’s husbands.