The Golden Globes flaunts those Golden Locks

//The Golden Globes flaunts those Golden Locks

Is blond really better?

Apparently being blond is a commodity.  I remember hearing once that despite the world’s percentage of being naturally blond is less than 2%, that in North America about a third of women are identifies as blond.  And, in Hollywood, almost 70% of starlets are blond…don’t quote me on this, these aren’t hard numbers.

Now, while I like the look of light hair, I also know that bleach is quite toxic.  You are even supposed to be lightening your hair while preggers…and what’s not good for baby, ain’t good for you (surprise!).

But let’s be honest, women will do what women will do when it comes to beauty.  And while I am not trying to make all light haired women feel guilty, I do think something is wrong when we think that blond is best even if it doesn’t match your skin tone or look anywhere close to natural – this type of thinking which makes us risk our health for vanity.  It doesn’t help that blondness is emphasized in our popular culture as being synonymous with being sexy and desirable.  And in Hollywood, its a rite of passage.

Super blond to dark brow ratio at its height

Crazy brows

So, I was particularly delighted to see Scarlett Johansson with a more natural hair color while catching the Golden Globes Pre-show last Sunday.  I have long thought Scarlett Johansson was beautiful since seeing her in Ghost World and Lost in Translation.  Then we started to get really famous and decided to turn into a crazed looking Marilyn Munroe impersonator who had a few too many drinks and a couple of valiums.  What was strange to me was that no one else seemed to mind that she looked so artificial, and I began to wonder if this was simply the norm – and that my preference to the au naturel look was a minority.  Seriously, comment if you agree with me…did no one else think her dark brown eye brow/ platinum wig looked off?

Even stranger was the fact that after some online research, I found that many people thought that her more natural looking strands made her look boring and “a had a glamour factor of zero”.  Hmmm…

Well,I was happy she’s decided to go darker.  I think it both looks great and says that not all bombshells need to bleach their manes (now they just need huge boobs…and great lighting).

Yay!

Unfortunately, upcomer Emma Stone, like Carrie Mulligan, has drank the Johansson Kool-aid and also gone super-blond.  I personally like Emma Stone – I think she comes across as smart and quirky, and that the concept of Easy A was as much social commentary as a teen flick will get – but she was looking psycho blond at the Golden Globes this year.  Of course, I have only seen praise for her coral colored Calvin Klein gown online, and her nothing negative on her new, unnatural looking locks.  Yet, there are a plethora of sites damning Katy Perry’s pic of her without make up.

Emma Stone

Well, I’m going to say it: Emma Stone (a naturally gorgeous girl) looks nuts.  Maybe its also because she also looks way too skinny.  But alas, that’s another gripe for another post.

2012-06-14T16:07:21-04:00 By |Misc|5 Comments

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  1. Lindsey January 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Emma Stone absolutely looks insane – you hit the nail on the head. It’s the super blondness with the overzealous amounts of bronzer. All hair colours are lovely – hair is lovely! I wish the media (and of course the public) would embrace all that is natural and healthy looking.

    • kristen January 19, 2011 at 7:29 am - Reply

      You are absolutely right – all hair colors (including blond) are attractive. I guess the post is just about not looking at beauty in a preconceived way. Especially bc many ethic groups can’t put off blond without looking crazy, which also can make us feel excluded from the “ideal”. Yea, I just played it. Race card.

  2. Sandi M January 19, 2011 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Hi Kristen

    FYI bleaching your roots every 6 weeks when preggers is OK, or I wouldn’t do it. This is confirmed through mother risk if you’re still unsure. Also there is something to be said for the postive psychogical effect that blonde hair has when you are blowing up with pregnancy and feeling not your sexiest.

    I agree that hollywoods standards are way too fake and we must take a stand, but to be honest …some of us are born blonde and some of us are born to be blonde! 😉

    • kristen January 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your comment Sandi! I definitely think all beauty and grooming is about choices. I agree some women do look great when they color their hair, and its about making decisions we think are right for us. For instance, sometimes I use polish on my toes in the summer despite knowing polish can be quite toxic. Its give and take, I believe – and its all about balance.
      As for bleaching one’s hair during pregnancy, I think it again comes down to personal choice. I think many a healthy baby has been born to women who have bleached their hair, its just about cutting down on the amounts of chemicals we absorb if we can. Many physicians do advise against this in the first trimester, and highlights are also a great option to cut down on coloring. Of course, its not just for blonding our hair, but using chemical hair dyes of all pigments. But who knows, m’dear – I would actually be curious to see how you look with darker hair. I think, despite how you feel, you would still look fantabulous!

  3. Sandi January 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    I’ll show you a pic of when I had black hair, ya I was hot you”re right. LOL! Great blog, it’s really got us girls talking.

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