As I sat pondering in the hairdresser's chair, my mind floated to pageantry. As a disclaimer, you should know that my mind almost always drifts to pageantry no matter what the topic, but, I digress. I sat patiently as my roots were covered in bleach and I began the process from 97% blonde, to 100% blonde. My hair isn't naturally dark, it's actually more of a dirty blonde.
But many hours and processes have taken me from girl-next-door to pageant-ready Barbie blonde. Now, this isn't to say that processing and dye jobs are bad. I actually have a great relationship with my hair stylist, and going to the salon is a great way to vent about boys and school and chat about recent and upcoming hunting excursions. Who needs therapy when you have a great stylist? My main question I was asking myself was, does hair color make a difference in pageantry?
Is all of the pain I'm putting my hair through, worthwhile? So of course when I returned to cell service (the glory of the salon is that it is in an area without cell service), I researched Pageant Planet. The statistics I found were enough to leave me slightly shocked, but intrigued nonetheless.
former Miss America, Mallory Hagan
Miss America Statistics The approximated percentage for Miss America winners by hair color is: 6% Redheads, 24% Blondes, and 70% Brunettes.
Miss America, Nina Davuluri
Miss USA Statistics The approximate percentage for Miss USA winners by hair color is: 8% Redheads or "inbetween" (auburn) shades, 24% blondes, and 68% Brunettes.
former Miss USA, Alyssa Campanella
As you can see, pageantry tends to favor brunettes. Or, is it that brunettes favor pageantry? As pageant girls, we must realize that the color of our hair alone will not be a final determining factor on our performance and score. What does matter, though, is that our hair color compliments our skin tone and makes us look the best.
For example, if you have fair skin, going one dark, un-dimensional color can leave you looking washed out. On the flipside, if you're naturally dark, going too blonde can leave you looking either ashy, or too much like Malibu Barbie. How do you find a common ground? My suggestion is to find a hair color no more than three shades darker or lighter than your natural color. This can also help prevent over-processing of your hair, which can cause a) damage or b) a color disaster. So ladies, remember. Much like clothing, it's the girl that makes the hair--not the hair who makes the girl!
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