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Blond hair: 11,000 years of love

Blond hair has a history of its own. Appearing suddenly a few millennia ago, they quickly entered legend, mythology and art.

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Blond hair, a blessing and a delight of our time. Platinum blonde, Titian blonde, cold blonde, strawberry blonde, streaks , balayage ... the list goes on. Everyone has wanted it at least once, each with a specific version of their own perfect blonde in mind. Yet, it is known that obtaining and preserving it has not always been a walk in the park (at least until today). Although natural non-blondes often require bleaching treatments and a constant maintenance routine, the fascination for golden hair knows no obstacles that can make us change our mind.

Thinking about blonde hair, it comes naturally to believe that they were born with us, as one of the different genetic options that decree hair color. But the truth is slightly different. Scientists and scholars from all over the world have come to the conclusion that blond hair did not always exist : in fact it would have appeared at some point in our relatively recent history .

Evolution and chance, as history teaches us, are often inseparable from each other.

Biondo… primordiale

The first blond-haired humans appeared during the last ice age. To establish this was a genetic research that identified the appearance of the gene responsible for this mutation, dating it to about 11,000 years ago .

In all likelihood, admiring those unusual golden locks sparkling in the sun, our ancestors immediately understood that blond hair was there to stay .

 

What would lead to the emergence of what would eventually become the most admired and reproduced hair color in history? Scientifically, the hypotheses are manifold. One of the most accredited theories traces this mutation to the production of vitamin D : for all human beings a daily intake of vitamin D, the "sun vitamin", often called this way, is essential for all human beings. able to synthesize it independently through exposure to UV rays. At latitudes where the sun exposure is shorter and less intense, a light color of skin and hair would be linked to a greater absorption of the sun's rays, and therefore would help with the synthesis of vitamin D

This would be one of the reasons for the persistence of the mutation over the millennia, which would have allowed it to cross history up to us, making its appearance in literature and artistic production.

Another theory would argue that the survival of the blond gene in our evolutionary history, would be traced back to sexual selection : this hypothesis would seem to give once and for all scientific foundation to the famous saying that, at least during the last ice age, men prefer blondes

Muses, ladies, saints: all shades of blond

Blond hair has always been associated with positive and "special" characteristics , this is because among the Italic, Greek and then Roman populations, golden hair was anything but common: hair blondes became extremely sought after, to the point that, especially after the first contacts of the Romans with the "barbarian" populations of Northern Europe, Roman women began to dye their hair with a mixture based on saffron powder, undergoing an expensive and rather unpleasant, just to ensure a sparkling hair.

From the Middle Ages to the divas of the Silver Screen

This fascination reaches unchanged up to the Middle Ages and continues in the Renaissance , centuries in which blond hair became a symbol of high social rank, as well as of maximum aesthetic expression. We find traces of it above all in literature and painting. Just think of the Petrarchian sonnets that describe a beautiful Laura and her "golden heads with a scattered aura", or the numerous Renaissance portraits, depicting elegant ladies with very light hair gathered in intricate hairstyles and protected by precious veils.

 

Sacred art is no exception , portraying the saints with their eyes turned to the sky and their faces crowned with blond flowing hair. This will be the case for centuries to come, in which golden blond will alternate with other shades of blond, such as the famous blond Titian , made famous by the great Italian painter, and characterized by a warmer and coppery shade .

 

At the beginning of the twentieth century, during the Roaring Twenties , the blond was momentarily pushed aside in favor of a very short brown bob, the hallmark of the style of the flapper girl . The cinema of the 1940s and 1950s will soon bring us back to our origins, with its Hollywood divas of unforgettable beauty, and inevitable golden hair styled in perfect waves. A few years later Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve and Monica Vitti , with their bangs and straight, voluminous hair, will be the ultimate icons of style and beauty and their very blond hair will set the standard for everyone's look the girls of those years, and more!

The blond today

Today, the search for the perfect blonde takes advantage of the progress made in the field of professional hair treatments. Years have passed since the first chemical bleaches, techniques have been incredibly refined, new ingredients and new technologies are available to facilitate the achievement of the desired blond. Insight Professional has developed the Blonde line specially dedicated to treated blond hair . This is a specific line for preserving the cold blonde reflections, eliminating the brass effect, ie yellowed, and keeping the color perfect and bright as on the first day.

In short, being blonde has never been easier.
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Origin and genetics of Blond Hair , on & nbsp; corriere.it

The genetics of blonde hair , on < i> sciencemag.org

Biondismo , on wikipedia.com

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