Brunettes, Blondes or Readheads
Different people and epochs have different preferences for the colour of the female (and why not the male) hair. The different colour of hair has different meanings in individual cultures. For centuries in the western (European, then conveyed in American) culture, there is a preference for blondes (fairy beauties are usually blond, an exception is only Snow White!).
This is not a coincidence - in the Christian world, bright hair is associated with the angels, the light (from here with God), the good, the sublime, the feminine, the innocence (most European babies are born whitehead and light-haired), but also with weakness, fragility and frivolity… Blond hair in natural blondes is considered a sign of high estrogen. This subconsciously acts attractive for men, as it means increased fertility.
Black hair is usually a blond opposition - brunette against blonde, bad against good, male against female ...
Whatever we think, when we talk about the passion and colour of the hair, the image of a red-haired woman is inevitably in our mind. Although natural redheads in the world are less than 1% of the population, they have always attracted attention. In different cultures the attitude towards them is very different - from deification to demonization.
Red hair is usually a symbol of passion, impetuous (fiery) temper, unremittingness, free spirit, mind, power, but also witchcraft (involved in rituals of black magic), betrayal (in the Christian notion the traitor is a redhead), vengeance ... In the Middle Ages, the redheads had been connected with the Devil. In these dark times, they thought people with such hair were conceived during the forbidden period - menstruation. Red hair was thought to be a sign of animal sexual desire and moral degradation.
Today's popular stereotype about redheads is that they are hyper-sexual. Red hair often is often accompanied with green eyes - this is considered particularly beautiful today, but in the Middle Ages such people were considered witches, werewolves and vampires.
Naturally, it can not be denied that the colour of hair is often a
matter of fashion. In the Renaissance, artists of Botticelli's rank (his
Venus is a redhead) and Titian (we all know the Titican red - the
colour he used for women's hair in his paintings) often painted
red-haired women. Nowadays, the fashion axes advise us to be blond or
brunette or red-haired.