That test was to take place on Tinder, the behemoth of dating apps. It was ridiculous in comparison to the brunette profile and it took forever to get through 200 swipes because the It’s A Match! Tinder experiment screengrabs " data-medium-file="https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/file_001.png?

To make this experiment as fair as possible, I set up the following ground rules: 1) I would spend three days using photos of me as each hair colour 2) I would start a completely new profile each time, so my prior use of Tinder before the experiment wouldn’t affect results 3) To get a fair sample, I would swipe right 200 times for each in the same location 4) I wouldn’t message my matches first as I wanted to measure matches vs actual people talking to me And once those were decided, I was ready to get swipe-happy. w=576" class="img-align-none wp-image-5697331" src="https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/file_000-4.png? w=352&h=626" alt="Tinder experiment screengrabs" width="352" height="626" / I had 28 matches, meaning I’d matched with 14 per cent of people I’d swiped right on. w=576" class="img-align-none alignnone wp-image-5697073" src="https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/img_2264.png? w=352&h=626" alt="Tinder experiment screengrabs" width="352" height="626" / But those were honestly the highlights. After a fairly muted experience as a brunette, I deleted the profile and started again as a blonde. The difference was unbelievably obvious and it was immediate.

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That wasn’t an encouraging statistic to start with, especially as I hadn’t been selective.

So began the conversations, and I hate to say it but it was very tame affair – hardly any of the poorly thought-out sexual innuendos, come-ons or requests for dick pics that Tinder has become so famous for. w=576" class="img-align-none wp-image-5697069" src="https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/img_2225.png? w=353&h=628" alt="Tinder experiment screengrabs" width="353" height="628" / I love getting flowers, even virtual ones.

It’s my current hair colour, so it made sense to start with being brunette. w=169" data-large-file="https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/file_000-4.png? However, only six of those then actually messaged me. w=169" data-large-file="https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/img_2264.png? I’d been blonde for most of my adult and teenage life, so I made sure to use fairly recent blonde photos of me, such as university photos, so age wouldn’t be too much of a factor.

I filled my profile with a mix of photos of just me and photos with friends, and a fairly innocuous bio with a bit about me and my personal interests. Tinder experiment screengrabs " data-medium-file="https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/file_000-4.png? So, in the end, three per cent of people I said yes to decided they wanted to talk me. Tinder experiment screengrabs " data-medium-file="https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/img_2264.png?

I’ve changed my hair colour regularly since the age of 15.

Particularly, as my friends have pointed out, after a difficult break-up. So, after the final end of a messy, long on-off relationship in October, I changed my hair colour once more – to brunette, for the first time. It was reflected precisely in the number of total matches I received over the three day period. w=576" class="img-align-none wp-image-5697332" src="https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/file_001-1.png? w=352&h=626" alt="Tinder experiment screengrabs" width="352" height="626" / By the end of the three days, 20 of those men had sent me messages. w=576" class="img-align-none wp-image-5697078" src="https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/img_2270.png? w=352&h=626" alt="Tinder experiment screengrabs" width="352" height="626" / Oh, Tinder. After some reflection, I came to the conclusion it might be to do with the type of pictures I chose as well – maybe my experiment wasn’t as clean as it could have been.

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As if somehow your hair colour dictates how much you will enjoy life.

But, as a former natural blonde, I’ve never paid that much attention to all that.

I'm not sure how the tick boxes are perceived but I'm looking to date. I don't want to play mind games, clock up numbers or mess anyone around.