Depending on your genetic makeup, baldness is sometimes unavoidable. There are ways to slow down this process, but perhaps embracing this change isn’t such a bad plan either.
Are you always trying to Google the latest treatments for hair loss? Then put your phone down. A study at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 may have completely changed the way we look at baldness.
The study, which involved three separate hair loss studies, found evidence that suggests that men with shaved heads are sexier. In the first study, 59 male and female students at the University of Pennsylvania were asked by researchers to assess photographs of men – some bald, some not – based on perceived trust, attractiveness and dominance. In the second study, 367 male and female students were asked to rate pictures of men on which the researchers had digitally removed hair. The third study was a non-visual exercise in which 552 adult men and women were asked to read descriptions of men. In this exercise, the job, age, weight and height of the person were mentioned, as well as whether or not the man had hair.
The first two studies concluded that men with a shaved head are seen as more dominant than men with a full head of hair. Participants in study 2 also considered bald men to be taller and stronger. The third study, in which the descriptions of men without a photograph were assessed, showed the same results. Given these findings, balding men may want to consider shaving their heads, even if it’s just to test it out.
“Instead of spending billions a year to prevent or cure hair loss, it’s unexpected advice for men who go bald to shave their heads”. The researchers behind this study also assume that the assumption that men who shave their heads are more confident, and therefore, interpreted as sexy. Other studies have linked the perceived sexiness to men with a lower voice and – surprise! – friendliness, the latter is one of the attributes that makes everyone more attractive, according to science.
An additional study, published in Social Psychology and Personality Science by evolutionary psychologist, Dr Frank Muscarella, adds another layer of complexity to the subject. He suggests that bald men are seen as more dominant, but also friendlier. “I assumed that male baldness has evolved into a signal of reconciliation to emanate benign, non-threatening dominance,” Dr Muscarella told the BBC. Muscarella conducted a large number of studies that seem to suggest that women are attracted to dominant men.
So what does this mean for men who go bald? If you’ve already tried all the ways to prevent hair loss without results, grab a razor and give your bald head a chance.