The color can be from the very pale blond (caused by a patchy, scarce distribution of pigment) to reddish "strawberry" blond or golden-brownish ("sandy") blond colors (the latter with more eumelanin).Because hair color tends to darken with age, natural blond hair is generally very rare in adulthood.The French (and thus also the derived English) word "blond" has two possible origins.Some linguists say it comes from Medieval Latin blundus, meaning "yellow", from Old Frankish blund which would relate it to Old English blonden-feax meaning "grey-haired", from blondan/blandan meaning "to mix" (Cf. Also, Old English beblonden meant "dyed", as ancient Germanic warriors were noted for dyeing their hair.
Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, was reputed to have blond hair.
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, scientific racists categorized blond hair and blue eyes as characteristics of the supreme Nordic race.
In contemporary culture, blond women are often stereotyped as sexually attractive, but unintelligent.
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.