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... but like brunettes more

world Updated: Jan 03, 2012 00:22 IST

A study led by an Indian-origin researcher has found that while men are more likely to chat up with blondes on a night out, they actually find brunettes more attractive.

University of Westminster researchers sent a woman to three London nightclubs with her hair dyed brunette, blonde and then red, and watched how many men approached her. They then returned to the clubs and asked 130 men to rate pictures of her in the three guises.

She was chatted up the most as a blonde.

But she was rated most highly for attractiveness and intelligence when brunette.

Viren Swami said that his results may reflect a shift in fashion, with brunettes now being idealised in the way that blondes were several decades ago.

As a blonde, the woman was chatted up 60 times in total.

This compared with 42 approaches as a brunette and 18 as a red-head.

“One possible explanation is that men were more likely to assume sexual intent on the part of our confederate when she was blonde,” he said.