What’s Behind Your Beauty Stereotype?

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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?

Discuss.

[Marilyn/Gentlemen Prefer Blondes photo via Fashion In Motion]

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2 responses to “What’s Behind Your Beauty Stereotype?

  1. Gwenyth

    Hmm,

    Well, I have a short A-line, dyed blue. I think there are certain stereotypes attached to that, though they are vague. Anyway, I generally embrace them, as I think they are part of -why- I have short, soft-butch-ish, blue hair. Radical, intense, confident, quirky… Yep. I like my hair, and shamelessly wear a hairstyle who’s stereotypes fit the persona I already had.

  2. In my view, hair-dye is nasty gross, not to mention expensive and time-consuming. Check out this chat board about hair-dye allergies on Oprah http://www.oprah.com/community/thread/57237.

    According to http://www.cosmeticdatabase.org, hair dyes are some of the most toxic beauty products on the market. A few years ago I stopped coloring my hair blonde and now I am light brownish — and people often ask me if I dye my hair dark! So the stereotype I run into is: you must dye your hair because everyone else does. (Seriously, something like 70% of women have been convinced to put chemicals in their hair!)

    This is why we started the Bye Bye Hair Dye group on Facebook, as a support system for women and men who look fabulous with their own god-given hair color. Join us here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Bye-Bye-Hair-Dye/132842656857?ref=ts

    PS: Blue hair is definitely cooler than the whole ‘gotta be blonde’ thing.

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