According to Dr. Gray, executive director of the Oxford Hair Institute the significance of color in nature can be pointed to two desired outcomes: survival and mating. Each species of plant and animal developed body color in the battle for survival.
In humans the Hair color is primary confined to recognition and display at a distance. Across the open plain or a nightclub floor, hair is the most powerful visual sign of attraction (or repellence) according to Dr. Gray.
In early days of human history, dark hair pigment was necessary for protection from the sun. Migration to other parts of the world allowed lighter Hair color to emerge once out of the glair of Africa’s sun. However, black hair still dominates the world (90% of the word’s inhabitance have dark hair): natural blonds and reds are rarity.
In the history of humanity hair color formed social perceptions and is viewed and used in social interactions of the day.
Red Hair had different meaning attached to it through the history. Greeks thought of it as bad luck, in British Imperial Army the red hair was associated with ferocity and bravery. Admiration of Queen Elizabeth’s red hair changed British attitude towards red hair. In 16th century artists showed idealized young women with long red or auburn hair, and in late Victorian times, red hair became highly fashionable.
During the 20th century, Hollywood used red hair to depict women who were “fiery.” Even today, red hair associated with risk-taking. Red color in the most popular “fun” color around the world and the most frequently used artificial color. In fact surveys show that just over 50% of women would go red if they could change their color for one day.
Blond Hair emerged in the human history only in the past few thousand years in any numbers. In early Christian world blond hair was regarded with reverence. According to experts, at a basic psychological level, blond hair denotes youth. In fact blond hair is more common in children than adults.
Today, natural blonds remain rare (only 5% of North Americans are naturally blond) and are associated with glamour, so it is no surprise that almost 65% of female newscasters are blond.
Black Brunette Hair is in a core of the archetypal male classically cast as “tall, dark and handsome.” As a n example Elvis Presley tinted his naturally sandy-colored hair black, and the rest is history.
Dark-haired women also enjoy positive perceptions. The Clairol survey revealed that brunettes are considered intelligent, trustworthy and successful:
83% of women believe that brunette women are better at managing money.
77% would trust a brunette with their deepest secret.
59% believe that CEO would be likely to hire a brunette
A majority of respondents believe that the first female U.S. President will be a brunette.
The haircolor artistry evolved to capture and express social aspiration for men and women. Your self-image of youth, creativity, intelligent and dependability could be enhanced by your haircolor. Often experimentation is the best method of discovering the optimal balance for individual’s haircolor.
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