My recent “3 of the Week” centered on my current focus on female fronts – wow, lots of f-words. Something else that sort of poked at my thinking pattern was the different hair colors that differentiated some of the fronts (females only please) we seem to give most of our attention to. Bear with me for a moment – I read an article on the topic of connecting hair color with personalities. It explained the key difference between females with red hair, brunettes, blondes, and finally the girls with black hair – all of whom had their own unique attributes (stereotypical attributes that is). And so, based on the current theme in my mind, this article made me think of some of the important female figures in music today. Did they also share these attributes based solely on what color sat atop their head? My guess was no. But still it seemed interesting to me to at least look into it. So here is the plan: I am going to analyze the different hair colors and use a current female front within the pop/punk genre to categorize this classification. Each hair color will have its own representation and analysis, and from that we should be able to conclude as to whether or not these stereotypes have any validity whatsoever. Sounds smart, right?
Allow me to get scientific and stuff.
Hayley Williams (Paramore) – “The Red Head”
Redheads are usually feisty and passionate. They seem to portray a very independent and fiery attitude when it comes to the way they interact and live their life. Studies have shown that even females who dye their hair red will eventually become a hot-headed redhead. This holds true for Ms. Williams. An original blonde, Hayley Williams has been a redhead throughout most of her career as the front-woman for Paramore. While she is no doubt (Gwen Stefani idol joke) passionate about what she does, as well as extremely independent and feisty, not many would classify her as hot-headed. It was the one and only thing that stood out to me when reading the article, which did not match Williams’ character. She is very outspoken and driven, traits that a typical redhead shows. They are often the center of attention (See also: blondes), and Williams also falls into this category (most female lead singers actually fall into this category, regardless of hair color – disregard).
Overall, I would say that Hayley Williams is a typical redhead. She has characteristics that definitely fall into the major theme that redheads play by their own rules. Although she is not necessarily a hot-head, we simply do not see what goes on behind closed doors. Until we are able to see that side of Williams, she will only score an 8 (out of 10) on the redhead scale (Pretend this scale exists, thanks).
Jenna McDougall (Tonight Alive) – “The Blonde”
Blondes have all the fun, right? The opening line in the research article I used, with regard to blondes made me laugh out loud – it stated “Blondes are often thought of as the sex bomb.” While this is of course not entirely true, it did remind me that men often think in the blonde mentality. The scientific reasoning is that the blonde hair color represents youthfulness and femininity. While blondes are often thought of as dumb(er) than the normal female, this is actually false. It is not overly surprising that their average marriage age is the lowest of all the females. Most importantly and often overlooked, blondes have a terrific sense of humor. When it comes to relating all of this to Jenna McDougall, it is clear that the most important piece, her humor, definitely co-exists with the stereotype. She is well-spoken and not dumb, so that can go either way really. Her Australian accent is a bit of a wild card, especially since I have always related accents with a level of maturity (British, French, etc.). This obviously counters the youthfulness, but not necessarily the femininity. While McDougall’s personality is extremely fun and youthful, it is something her accent would counter and creates a minor dilemma.
With Jenna McDougall, the answer is not as clear as it was with Williams and her redhead tendencies. McDougall is (in my mind anyway) not a typical sex bomb. She is more the cute, fun-loving lead singer with an Aussie accent. Although her personality is extremely youthful, she does not fit the stereotype to a T. I would rate her blonde-meter at a 5.
Taylor Jardine (We Are The In Crowd) – “The Brunette”
Brunettes are typically perceived as responsible and extremely smart/hard-working. They take on the “Good Girl” mentality and it lasts with them over their lifetime. Brunettes are the most common pursuers to dye their hair in hopes of changing their personality and relieve themselves from the stresses of being so responsible and gifted. The fact that they are the most hard-working of all the women is a bit of a stretch, but studies show it to be true. Perhaps, it is only because they have the largest percentage of representation? Who knows? This brings us to Taylor Jardine, lead singer of We Are The In Crowd. Does she mesh with the typical brunette? She is first and foremost extremely well-spoken which would suggest she is smart, correct? Anyways, she has often been seen with differing hair colors (tips, whatever you call it), so that would also fall into the ”typical” brunette category. I had mentioned brunettes being gifted – this is an obvious one, considering they are each (all four singers) gifted.
Jardine fits into the most common hair color very nicely. While she is still a front-woman (mostly categorized by blondes’ and redheads’ personality styles), she retains a very stable persona. This is a definitive trait when analyzing her with respect to her brunette hair (which she sports most of the time). The fact that she messes with the coloring is not the most important fact, but it does fit with “the norm.” Overall, I would score Jardine as a 9 on the brunette scale.
Sierra Kusterbeck (VersaEmerge) – “The One With Black Hair”
Females with black hair can often be categorized with the arts. They are the most poetic and odd, and upon maturity, they are the most confident. They can be categorized as being the most in touch with their spirituality, of all the hair colors that is. Girls with black hair are also the most serious and self-centered, but they remain to have shining personalities despite their flaws. In essence, they are the deepest and most self-focused. Okay, so Sierra Kusterbeck is not always sporting black hair. She can be seen with black, brown, blonde, blue – pretty much any color. I would say more than 50% of the time though, her hair is mostly dark. Kusterbeck, I would say, has the most unique style when it comes to her fashion. This obviously fits with the black hair stereotype. With regard to spirituality, that is a bit of a question mark. Being artsy and poetic is definitely a match, however the serious and self-centered aspects do not fit well. While her personality is strong, like that of most females with black hair, there are some major misses here.
Kusterbeck most definitely scores the lowest of the four females here. The hits are too vague in my opinion and the fact that she is artsy, confident, poetic and fashionable seems to fit more based on her overall position as a female lead. Chalk it up to the fact that she can be seen with any variation of hair color at any given time and I figure that to be the reasoning for the key differences between herself and the standard black-haired female. Kusterbeck scores a modest 4 on the black hair-meter.
So, for those females out there: Where do you stand? Does your personality match the color of your hair?