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Beauty Byte: Brunettes Are Better Paid Than Blondes

Are you shocked? In a survey of 6,000 people, it was revealed that two times as many brown-haired ladies work in positions that pay between £45,000 and £55,000 (that's around $59,360 to $72,550) than blondes or redheads do.

The study, which was compiled by the folks at Garnier Nutrisse hair color, also concluded the following. Brunettes are. . .

  • More apt to be taken seriously.
  • Thought to be the most intelligent, according to 76 percent of the survey takers.
  • Thought to be the most genuine, said 81 percent of those surveyed.
  • Preferred in long-term relationships, backing similar data by British hairstylist Andrew Collinge.

Color psychologist Anjula Mutanda tells the Telegraph, "Some hair colors tend to darken naturally with age and so brown hair can be associated with confidence and self-awareness." Of course, this should be taken with a grain of salt. Look at the light-haired Sarah Jessica Parker in Garnier's ads. I'm guessing she's making more than the average brunette. Oh, and don't forget, it's quite possible that blondes have more fun, anyway.


Beauty Beauty 7 years
That's what you get with these crazy studies, anon -- a bunch of conflicting, silly information.
Perfect-Locks Perfect-Locks 8 years
This is quite interesting that the color of your hair has do with whether you are paid more. What if you start the job as a brunette and then dye your hair blonde?
gbychan gbychan 8 years
Umm...Didn't SJP have significantly darker hair (and tamer, straighter hair) in those ads? Not exactly the Carrie look.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
So you're telling me my dark locks should be getting me more cash? Ha hasn't worked yet... ;)
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
Surely there are simply MORE brunettes than blondes, and more blondes than redheads, so you'd expect to find blondes making more money on average than redheads as well... I do think the perceptions of hair color are a bit silly, though - and rather sad when a good friend decided to dye her naturally blonde hair a dark brown because people didn't take her seriously.
metallicnymph metallicnymph 8 years
genesisrocks, i was wondering the same thing! how relevant is this if there are more brunettes statistically?
omilawd omilawd 8 years
What is happening in that picture? Did they just successfully pull off a heist or something?
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 8 years
But even SJP is rocking a more brunette hair color in the Garnier hair color ads, Bella!
jlynn818 jlynn818 8 years
I love the picture, haha. I don't know if I believe that they're paid better but I do think they're taken more seriously and are thought to be more intelligent.
emalove emalove 8 years
Frenched Frenched 8 years
Hmm. Very interesting. I'm glad I'm a brunette. TEEHEE.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Hmm...does it affect the statistics if there are more brunettes than blondes and redheads?
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
i'm a natural blonde, and this makes me sad
cloroxcowgirl cloroxcowgirl 8 years
This confirms what I've suspected for awhile - people really are shallow. I was always one of the top students in my school, and always had my nose a book. When your an intelligent, thoughtful, creative person and still people only see your hair color, what kind of world are we living in?
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
interesting...i can see the thing about being more genuine, just because there are more obvious bottle blondes than there are brunettes. not saying that i think dying your hair makes you less genuine, but i can see how others would think so
Anne26 Anne26 8 years
I would of never guessed...
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Taken more seriously? I can believe that. Blondes have been sterotyped as being ditzy. But I've met some ditzy brunettes in my day. Oh well.
Megatron Megatron 8 years
What about red heads? :)
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
Having fun is great and all; but, at the end of the day, if you're only known as "the fun one", you'll have to fill the void somehow.
Advah Advah 8 years
Well, didn't work for me! :(
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