A new survey has found that men think blondes are better as girlfriends, but brunettes are the best for settling down with.
Almost one in five say blondes are sexier than other girls, with just under half saying they had more outgoing personalities.
When it comes to marriage, however, more than half said they would rather wed a dark-haired woman because they were more dependable and sensible.
Hairdresser Andrew Collinge's company carried out the poll.
"It's always been said that blondes have more fun and men obviously enjoy going out for dates with blondes as well as upgrading them to girlfriend status," he said.
"But when it comes to marriage, men seem to opt for brunettes as they see them as more dependable and down-to-earth.
"This is really surprising when you think we're in 2008 and the blonde versus brunette debate is still rumbling on - I'm surprised as I thought men were more modern than this! I'm obviously in the minority as I married a blonde."
Out of a poll of 3,000 men, almost half said dark-haired women were the most loving.
Mr Collinge added: "This just goes to show how important first impressions are to men, however it doesn't mean it's time to rush to the salon for a drastic image change - at the end of the day, men marry a person not just a head of hair.
"It's more important that women are happy and confident in who they are and how they look, and make the most of what they have.
"It's all about having a good relationship with yourself that makes you attractive."
Men also felt brunettes were the best homemakers with 51 per cent thinking they were best at organising the home, while 48 per cent thought they were the best cooks.Original here