• Bridie Adams

Blonde Versus Brunette

Are you debating a hair colour change? Look no further.

Recently, I saw a funny TikTok that said something along the lines of, “I was born blonde and now I pay $600 a year to stay that way” - but is this much investment in light-coloured hair really all that necessary?

Blondes famously draw attention and are used to getting their own way, while brown hair frequently has the unfortunate label ‘boring’ attached to it. However, the trend of ‘expensive’ brown hair is bringing about larger appreciation of lavish chocolate colours.

Although blondes supposedly have more fun, brunettes are cool, mysterious and desirable.

Now that a brunette can look equally as ‘expensive’ and ‘designed’ as light or vivid colours, many well known blonde names are interested in the deeper tones. Margot Zamet, Assistant Editor of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, is letting her blonde tresses grow out in favour of a more natural brown-haired look. She was inspired by model Hailey Bieber, who has traded her signature highlighted blonde locks for a soft hazel - and an easy, smooth, red-carpet style. And Little Women star Florence Pugh has not only hacked off her Malibu Barbie blonde tresses, but muted them into a deep brownish shade as well.

A post showing Margot Zamet's beach blonde hair


If you need another reason to go brunette, just think about how bad bleaching is for your hair. Leaving peroxide on your strands for more than the recommended time can bring about chemical damage, and it’s important to appreciate that turning your hair white is an extremely harsh process for your locks to undergo. This is why, if you’re determined to be blonde and you dye your hair at home, it’s essential to abide by the directions on the pack. You also have to wait for your hair to grow out before you can lighten it more.

How much time and money are you willing, or able, to invest into keeping your blonde looking healthy and clean? Sometimes brunettes have thicker heads of hair than blondies, so they may not have to pay out as much money on hair products. Also, grease shows up more obviously on blonde hair, so your hair might need washing more often - brunette hair gets away with a great deal more.

There are clear practical and stylistic benefits to going brunette, but if you’re not ready to let blonde go, I would suggest trying a more muted shade like ash-blonde - this way, you can take advantage of the current darker hair trend whilst still enjoying a blonde style. Ash-blonde has light brown tones, usually wheat or cappuccino, which make it stand out slightly from your typical bleach blonde shades.

I have to admit; I won’t be making the shift from blonde to brown any time soon, but it’s great to see all of the beautiful brunettes getting the attention and appreciation they deserve. At the end of the day, both blondes and brunettes can have fun if we all drop the stereotypes and instead focus on empowering ourselves and each other.


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