I was born with bright blonde hair. My dad is blond, but my mom’s Italian family members were so sure their firstborn grandchild would possess their olive skin and black hair that they accused the nurses of bringing out the wrong baby when I made my pale, blonde debut. In my early 20s I had a brief flirtation with the idea of going red (which I’ve since discovered is a common symptom of a quarter life crisis), but other than that I’ve never dreamed of veering away from my (literal) blonde roots. Over the weekend I added some new highlights to amplify my natural color, and it got me thinking about what it means to be a blonde. Pop culture insists blondes have more fun. Millions of women eagerly bleach their hair into oblivion in order to, as Amelia puts it, “chase the blonde dragon.” Hell, I spent two hours and 70 bucks to make my hair blonder than it already was. But contrary to popular belief, the glamorous blonde lifestyle definitely has some downsides. Here are five that come to mind… Keep reading »
January Jones is well known for her icy blonde locks — they’re the calling card of her “Mad Men” character Betty Draper. But just today, January was spotted sporting a head full of red hair — with long red extensions, even. Is she trying to cut in on Christina Hendricks’ trademark look? What do you think of her new red look?
And while we’re here, let’s play a little game. With red hair all the rage in Hollywood — from Christina Hendricks to Julianne Moore to Lindsay Lohan — would you be surprised to learn that many of these famous manes came from a bottle? Keep clicking through this slideshow and see if you can guess whether each star’s carrot top is for real — or totally fake.
“Blonde ambition”: it’s not just the name of a Madonna album. It’s also a phase every lady in Hollywood goes through, whether she was born a blonde and went redheaded for roles or is taking a break from a lifetime as a brunette. Is it because blondes supposedly have more fun? Because every girl wants to feel like Marilyn Monroe for once?
Whatever the reason, hair salons are doing brisk business is the dye department! After the jump, check out 15 celebs gone blonde … for good or for ill…
Who is this and what have they done with Lindsay Lohan? The Japanese magazine Mode Gal airbrushed our little firecrotch’s freckles into oblivion, apparently powdering her face white like a geisha. I miss redheaded LiLo with all those beautiful freckles! [Oh No They Didn't!] Keep reading »
Noted redhead Emma Stone appeared at a benefit this weekend a newly bottle blonde, allegedly for her role in “Spider-Man.” Add some 40s and an ankle monitoring bracelet and the Lindsay Lohan transformation (“Lohan-sformation”) will be complete. Stop the madness now, Emma! [12/5/10, Los Angeles] Keep reading »
You know the saying. Well, now it seems blondes not only have more fun, but they’re paid better, too. Researchers found that brunettes and redheads make seven percent less than blondes do, though the reasoning simply cannot be determined. Olga Uskova, president of the International Blondes Association, explains it by saying,”We also do better in the workplace because when we make a mistake we can say, ‘Oh, sorry about that, it’s because I’m blonde’ and get away with it.” While ditziness can hardly be a reason for an inflated rate of pay, you have to wonder why those yellow-haired ladies are earning more. Should we all go into job interviews with fake blonde wigs and then return to our regular roots after the contract and salary has been determined? And if this tidbit of research is true, what’s with all the actresses giving up their blonde locks and going brunette recently? [Telegraph] Keep reading »
You know that phrase, “blondes have more fun”? Well, Kim Kardashian is testing the theory. For her 2011 calendar shoot, the reality star decided she just couldn’t pick a singular hair look, so instead of sticking with her current color, she chose to split up the months and give the world double the Kim — as a blonde and a brunette. She worked with photographer Nick Saglimbeni to capture a sassy honey-hued Kim alongside a mysterious raven-haired version of herself. What do you think? Better as a blonde or brunette? [OK!] Keep reading »
Researchers do all kinds of dumb studies but the latest dumb study gets kind of meta: it’s about why men tell “dumb blonde” jokes. According to the journal Society, men crack wise about “dumb blondes” because they’re intimidated by their perceived sexiness. You know, all those mystical, magical sexy-powers blondes keep in their hair!
Pardon me for sounding like a blonde here, but … like, duh. Keep reading »