Brain Post: The Science Behind Why Men Prefer Blondes:


Marilyn Monroe skiing on sand in Nevada

Marilyn Monroe skiing on sand in Nevada

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There’s been a lot of speculation on this topic over the centuries.  Many of the brilliant -ologies of our society have tried to explain this very simple phenomenon:  “Why do men prefer blondes.”  There are guys who will always say that they prefer brunettes, or red heads, or black haired gals, but a girl with bright blonde hair is still going to make him double take.

So, why?  Why is it that blondes demand this attention from men?  Well, the best reason we’ve seen lies in human evolution.  And yes, human evolution is behind nearly everything we humans do.

Marilyn turned heads

Marilyn turned heads

The main reason why men prefer blondes is hidden deep in our subconscious.  So deep, in fact, that we have no access to the reasoning, yet the reasoning has full access to us.

Pin up blonde from the 50s

Pin up blonde from the 50s

Blonde women generally have light skin.  Light skin shows defects more easily than darker, more pigmented skin.  Thus, when choosing a mate, light skin gives us an advantage.  With one look, we can quickly determine if the blonde female has any diseases that are visible via the skin.  If a female mate has a disease that is visible through the skin, that disease could lead to infertility and that is a big no-no for reproduction.  Don’t forget folks, it’s all about fertility and reproduction.  Not to sound base, but there are only 2 things that matter in this world:  sex and eating.

“In summary, I suggest that gentlemen prefer blondes in order to enable them to detect the early signs of parasitic infestation [disease] and aging – both of which indirectly reduce fertility and offspring viability.” – Dr. V.S. Ramachandran

Marilyn bear attack

Marilyn bear attack.  Don’t see any disease here.

Another talked about reason why men prefer blondes is that they show signs of aging more easily.  Men are more attracted to women who are young (think fertile) than women who are old, so if a gal is giving men an easy way to decipher her age, they’re gonna like that.

“Again, I suggest that blondes might be preferred not only because the signs of aging occur earlier, but also because the signs are easier to detect in them.”Dr. V.S. Ramachandran

Marilyn "skied"

Marilyn “skied”

Thus, a blonde girl is a potential mate that can quickly be examined and cleared for many of the hideous diseases that have plagued humans over the millennia and we can check her age more easily at the same time.  Hence, men’s affinity for blonde women.  Does it work in reverse?  Do women prefer blonde men?  Probably.  And probably for the same reasons.

Marilyn love snow in downtown Chicago.

Marilyn love snow in downtown Chicago.

So now you know at least a little more about why blondes turn heads.  Thanks science.

Comment(s): 38

    1. Anonymous

      This does explain a lot. It explains jealousy of creepy dudes that go for girls that are way out of their league and waste everybody’s time and strategize themselves to be better people but are racist and think money can buy happiness. There is probably a scale for how these preferential hair colors and schemes work and it’s so obvious but nobody talks about it. Womanizers ruin our society. They don’t communicate with their mouth and are terrible buffoons. Stay in your own race and stop trying to be something you’re not if your a pylon with no friends. I can’t stand pathetic leaches that are fake losers with no real education or social skills. It’s all relative. It’s cocky self righteous guys that only have a taste for pathetic and superficial things and then become illiterate when they’ve found it to sugar coat their unwarranted desires to others. Population growth is ruining the earth and killing the fun of life. My rant is out there and done.

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    2. Michael

      The only thing that makes sense is: “Not to sound base, but there are only 2 things that matter in this world: sex and eating.” I agree with that, anything else does not make sense. If it is all about hair, then there is only one explanation, blonde hair seem to stand out in a Crowd, or easily noticed as being different and, in addition, there are fewer blonde women than they are brunettes. (Easily noticeable and Fewer in number, easily make men to double take on a blonde girl). Imagine a place where every woman was blonde or most of them were blondes. Will men react the same way to each blonde girl they see? Absolutely not. It is about supply and demand. Generally there are fewer blondes than brunettes, and as I earlier said, blonde hair is easily noticeable and immediately perceived as being different hence the engagement. POINT is, reverse the scenario, MORE Blondes and LESS brunettes. Men will start paying attention to Brunettes even though the blonde hair is still easily noticeable, because the prevalent factor kicks in. Men, in nature likes challenges, getting a Blonde girl in this case will be too easy vs getting a brunette girl.

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  1. Brian

    A Very good attempt at explaining this however what about asian people with extremely light skin – sometimes even whiter than caucasian people. This rule doesn’t seem to apply the same? I Mean you can have a black haired person with extremely white skin. It still doesn’t apply.

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    1. Grace

      I think that’s a different subject entirely, this article was most probably written from a Caucasian persons perspective. Also, although their are many black hair w/ pale skin people out there who are also considered favorable I don’t know any “blondes” born this dark skin.

      -Hope this helped (although I may be wrong -I’m just a student)

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  2. Maria

    You could at least choosed a natural blonde instead of a brunette to back up your theory. Marilyn Monroe was a gorgeous woman and a natural brunette.

    Basically you are trying to say that men prefer blondes but you are actually saying that the prefer light skin color…

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  3. nicole

    I had platinum blonde hair. I just turned it auburn red for my b.f.. I get much less attention now as I did with my natural blonde hair. No body does second looks any more. I want to go back to platinum again. I hate the red. Ill never change again for any one but me. Blondes do have more fun and get more attention. I feel like I don’t shine like I did as a blonde. I have green eyes so I looked HOT. I want to be blonde .all my friends thought I looked good as a blonde.

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  5. Sass

    Then wouldn’t this mean that brunettes would have disappeared from the human population ages ago due to selection? And in locations where blondes were not in existence until modern times, wouldn’t the males have aggressively sought to migrate to places where they did at all costs? thus dark haired and dark skinned people wouldn’t represent 95% of the worlds current population? That’s the problem with trying to attribute every modern day trend to some evolutionary basis — the logic hits a dead end sooner or later.

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  6. Joan

    Blonde hair represents youth to most men because there are not many natural blondes over a certain age. Therefore, men subconsciously feel that if they are with a blonde woman, they too are younger by association. Its the same reason why men love a fast car. They might drive an SUV, or a Minivan, but most would prefer a Porsche or a Mercedes. Speed makes them feel young.

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  7. K.M.

    A lot of men prefer blondes, IMHO, because at a glance they appear more feminine, innocent, submissive, gentler, kinder, youthful, and appear more easygoing and pleasant (as opposed to dramatic, like brunettes or fiery redheads). And it’s not sexist or an unfair advantage – straight men are usually, surprisingly, attracted to feminine qualities! I’m a 5’2″ brunette; if I go out in a floral top or a summery dress or even a baby pink top (as opposed to my usual band t-shirt and jeans), I get a lot more men holding doors open for me and tend to make more eye contact/smile at me.

    When we’re around strangers, we tend to scan them quickly to assess them as friendly or possible threats, and blondes just appear to be the symbol of femininity to many because of their natural, softer qualities. Let us not over-simplify this, though. Men do have a type they either prefer or will like considerably less, whether they admit it or not. My white fiancé only recently admitted to me that he’s always preferred brunettes, particularly Latinas, but felt they may be too intense or dramatic and write him off as too vanilla for them to date, so he only pursued people in his own race.

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  8. Brian

    This was obviously written by a blonde with bit of a blonde bias. Blondes are a weaker, recessive gene. They are more prone to skin cancer and eye disorders. Ask any doctor. It is not true that men prefer blonde. They may get more attention because of the brightness of their hair but not because it looks better. It would be the same as seeing a shiny black sports car next to a old yellow car, you may still notice the yellow car first but not because it’s better. Most blonde women have a superiority complex, and this article proves this. Try to be more humble and down to earth, like brunettes.

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    1. anonymous

      @Brian anyone with fair skin is at risk of skin cancer not just blondes & I know many brunettes that have rotten , bitchy personalities

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    2. Adam

      Hmm your hate genes are showing here. Don’t confuse the fake Hollywood bottle blondes with the real deal. Most natural blondes age quite well and are highly intelligent. Go to any of the Nordic countries, eastern European countries, etc. and you will easily find an intelligent highly educated beautiful blonde. You need to get out more. By the way the most wrinkled women I’ve ever seen were brunettes.

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  9. Coleen

    There is alot of mean things said about blondes in the last year on the websites. That men prefer brunettes. What they don’t realize is the there are many more brunettes than blondes so of course men are going to wind up more with a brunette than a blonde. If there are two blondes and 20 brunettes in a room maybe the personality of the blondes is not what he wants and maybe he gets it on better with one of the brunettes. To go strickly on hair color is ridiculous.

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  10. anonymous

    The following celebrities are NATURAL BLONDES !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Angelina Jolie ( she dyes it brunette )

    christina hendricks ( she dyes it red )

    leighton meester ( she dyes it brunette)

    sofia vergara ( she dyes it brunette ) sofia vergara said she’s a natural blonde and that she dyes it brunette to look more stereotypically Latina for the show modern family.

    Olivia wilde ( she dyes it brunette )

    Dita von teese ( she dyes it brunette )

    Katy Perry ( she dyes it brunette )

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  11. -A

    To the last comment . Anyone can be bitchy not just brunettes ? &’ what’s this with blondes having fair skin ? Every blonde I know had real tan skin &’ almost white hair &’ the guys would choose them over me any day . I’m fair skinned , I have natural black hair , &’ hazel eyes . I get a lot of attention from guys til a blonde walks by . Them I’m history .

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  12. Anonymous

    I am pretty sure most woman prefer black haired guys, and red head guys, and a dark brown haired guy too.

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    1. Ali

      I love a red head boy *-* and no blonde, black or brown haired guy would be able to take my eyes off him. I truly don’t love him for his hair color, I love his hair color because I love him. Before I met him, I’d never found in hair color any fascination. But his rad hair suddenly became the most beautiful hair in the world. The ability to desire which I have as a human being allows me to feel this for him, after I opened my heart because I love him. Nonetheless, right now it’s truly sad how people listen more to their instinctive pleasures than to their heart.

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  13. Grace

    I think there are just too many variables for this article to be accurate, it really depends on where and how you where raised. If, for example, you were raised in a house consisting of only brunettes or the only people you admired just happened to be brunettes you would most probably grow up to prefer brunettes. However, it’s not just blondes and brunettes -if you were Chinese and you were raised in an environment where whenever a black haired girl with dark skin walked by the fact that she was “pretty” was re- enforced onto you by those around you you would most likely prefer someone of that description.
    I did not mean to be racist, I simply used Chinese as an example.
    Also I am blonde however I tried my best not to favor blondes in this reply.

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  14. Anonymous

    Many people have dark hair and extremely light skin.
    Infact, most Caucasians have dark hair.
    This article is nonsensical.

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  15. Brandon Green

    Hello

    Always preferred “busty” brunettes. I am dark haired Caucasian man with hazel eyes
    and muscular (most of the time). Dark haired women are more “exotic”.
    Blondes are a dime a dozen. A busty blonde is so hard to get ( and so probably
    used up) that i never gave them a second glance. Always blondes are attracted to me.
    Real bummer.

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  16. N.A.

    You can all suck out because brunettes are beautiful, and will always be. Although stupid guys pick blondes, the best men choose brunettes. Who ever writes this things has issues with what lies beneath the subconscious.

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  17. Megan

    I’m a blonde but not a natural one. I have dirty blonde hair but highlights. I wish I could be a natural one but im not. but I could pass as a blonde. but im a blonde with highlights just not a natural one. that’s okay cause Madonna and Marylon Monore weren’t natural blondes either.

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  18. Chandi

    Wow, everyone is so biased lol. You can tell the comments that bash on blondes were written by a brunette & the comments bashing on brunettes were written by a blonde. All hair colors can be gorgeous if it goes well on the woman. Of course skin tone, eye color, etc. all play a part in how the hair color appears. I am a natural brunette, I have always had brown or black hair but I have been very blonde for the past few months and I love it. I feel I get the same attention as a blonde as I did with brown or black hair. A lot of things play a part in why I or any women may get a certain amount of attention or “double takes”. For example, eye color, eye shape, her smile, her skin tone or even her personality may be what really attracts to people. If men did prefer women with blonde hair, it is because blonde reminds a person of youth. A lot of children are blonde or have very light hair, as they age, hair generally gets darker. Men like blonde because it reminds them of fertility. Again, all hair colors are beautiful, I’m sure every one of us may have a little bit of a personal preference but that is just opinion, not science.

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  19. Jenny

    I’m a natural brunet and love my hair :) I love all hair colors on other woman if long as it suits their personality, I honestly keep thinking to die my hair back blonde because I do a lot of dumb stuff and talk like a blonde and not smart ahaaa

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  20. Bob Shattuck

    eh, whatever you’re saying . . . I just prefer ‘em on skis ( and kinda cool to see Marilyn doing the sand ski thing! )

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  21. Kay

    This is a stupid info it doesn’t explain nothing but crap if you people agree are hypercritical a d need help there are so many Beautiful Black hairs Katey perry, Kim kardasian there so Beauitful with black hair and plus blond hair makes you look old and if you look closely on a blond there ugly and a bunch of dumbasses they age bad so if the world was only white it will be boring :D

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  22. bnb

    Interesting i suppose but if i am correct men prefer brunettes, despite what our society or the media imposes. ( unless ur in sweden!!!) Lol

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  23. Anonymous

    Oh come on. It doesn’t need science to explain a beautiful girl. Blonde or brunette. But blondes are more rare. That’s the only thing.

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  24. Kay

    No it’s not dumbass Black and Brunette is the best blond girls make them look old but dark hair makes you look fresh and Young :)

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  25. Ana

    I do see a lot of guys prefering blondes over any other type of hair.And I think it is because blonde hair gives this angelic,submissive,kind,bright note,makes the person appear as such-even if though the person is in fact a total bitch,manipulative,etc.With redheads and brunettes one would expect a little bit of intensity, passion, drama, but not with a blonde.You look at a blonde and say “He/she, a drama?Never.They look too angelic for that.”
    Blondes are indeed a fascinating “species”, cause you get to enter this world, where you discover colors of the other person, you didn’t imagine they have.
    I’m a natural dark haired, dyed red, and my ex boyfriend now prefers my blonde ex best friend.His ex, the woman he dated before me,is also blonde.So he prefers blondes.And I’m sure he would’ve prefered it for me to go blonde too…but I like red and my natural hair too much.
    I agree that blondes are awesome however I hate it when a guy I’m totally into will instead date the first blonde he lays eyes on.Brunettes and redheads like to get admiration and atention too.

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  26. Lisa

    Are you guys stupid well if course blinds stand out cause it’s white but guess what not all people like blonds and plus when you look closely on a blond they ted to be ugly sometimes but Dark hair is damn sexy and it makes you look on Point then blonds I use to be a blond until men stop caring so then I turned to dark hair men started asking me out I looked damn good as a dark hair I never went back to blond never again :) So all men out there darker the hair is better you find in sex or pleasure ;)

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  27. jennifer

    Men prefer blondes because like red heads they are rare. The majority of the population is all the same. Black/brown hair and brown or green eyes.

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  28. sami

    I’m a natural blonde, in my 30s and its still bright light blonde. I don’t think men like me more because of ithe, it’s like someone said before it just stands out more. But I do have to admit that I am a bit diditzy sometimes, but I know plenty of brunettes who are too. My IQ is above average at 140, but I am treated like a dumb blonde. I don’t mind because sometimes I am! I have only dated 1 blonde man though, I don’t see many around. .

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