BellaSugar has a good discussion-prompting post up: Why Do People Dye Their Hair Blond?
Turns out, being blond is something that blonds have strong feelings about — probably because it comes with a stereotype attached. Check out commenter Lizzie008:
My natural color is like tree bark and it is gross. I’ve been blond for 2 years and I love it. I never want to be “Lizzie the girl with brown hair” because that could be so many people. Being blond makes me stand out, plus I’m not that smart so I can blame it on a stereotype. I’m blond for shallow reasons, but it’s ok.
I mean, as long as she’s owning it?
I had a brief blond thing in college, but it didn’t last long enough for me to make up my mind whether I was adopting or rejecting the blond culture that comes with it. (I saw photographic evidence of how fake blond hair looks with my dark eyebrows and dyed it back to brown.) So, I’m curious: Is there anything about your appearance or beauty routine that feeds into a cultural stereotype? And does that mean it’s something you embrace, or try to change?
[Marilyn/Gentlemen Prefer Blondes photo via Fashion In Motion]