Naturally-occurring blond hair is primarily found in populations of northern European descent and is believed to have evolved to enable more efficient synthesis of Vitamin D, due to northern Europe's lower levels of sunlight.Blond hair has also developed in other populations, although it is usually not as common, and can be found among natives of the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Fiji, among the Berbers of North Africa, and among some Asians.Blond (male), blonde (female), or fair hair, is a hair color characterized by low levels of the dark pigment eumelanin.The resultant visible hue depends on various factors, but always has some sort of yellowish color.In human culture, blond hair has long been associated with female beauty.Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, was reputed to have blond hair.
In contemporary culture, blond women are often stereotyped as sexually attractive, but unintelligent.
In western Europe during the Middle Ages, long, blond hair was idealized as the paragon of female beauty.
The Norse goddess Sif and the medieval heroine Iseult were both significantly portrayed as blond and, in medieval artwork, Eve, Mary Magdalene, and the Virgin Mary are often shown with blond hair.
Light pigmentation traits had already existed in pre-Indo-European Europeans (both farmers and hunter-gatherers), and long-standing philological attempts to correlate them with the arrival of Indo-Europeans from the steppes were misguided.
It is now hypothesized by researchers that blond hair evolved more than once.
In ancient Greece and Rome, blond hair was frequently associated with prostitutes, who dyed their hair using saffron dyes in order to attract customers.