Don’t fret about losing hair. Study finds bald men look more confident, attractive
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Don’t fret about losing hair. Study finds bald men look more confident, attractive

Researchers, who found in a study that bald men are perceived as being stronger, taller and dominant, suggest that men experiencing baldness should shave their heads.

more lifestyle Updated: Sep 18, 2017 12:44 IST
Indo Asian News Service
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Researchers say shaving your head will increase your interpersonal standing on a host of dominance-related traits, including potential for leadership.(Shutterstock)

Is your receding hairline taking a toll on your confidence? It might actually work in your favour if a new study is to be believed. According to a study by researchers from The University of Pennsylvania, bald men are perceived as more attractive, confident and dominant.

“Choosing to dispense with one’s hair is arguably a form of nonverbal behaviour, a form of expression which communicates information about the self otherwise difficult to observe,” the researchers were quoted as saying by Britain’s Independent

The researchers also suggested that bald men might be more elusive than those with typical mops.

For the study, the team gave three major tests to college students, both men and women, asking them to rate images of men according to attractiveness, confidence and dominance. In the first study, men with shaved heads were rated as more dominant than similar men with full heads of hair.

In the second study, men whose hair was digitally removed were perceived as more dominant, taller and stronger than their authentic selves. This effect was due to a large degree by their higher perceived confidence and masculinity, the researchers noted.

The third study extended these results with nonphotographic stimuli and demonstrates how men experiencing natural hair loss may improve their interpersonal standing by shaving. Thus, instead of spending billions each year trying to reverse or cure their hair loss, the counterintuitive prescription of this research to men experiencing male pattern baldness is to shave their heads, the researchers emphasised.

Doing so will increase their interpersonal standing on a host of dominance-related traits, including their potential for leadership, they said.

First Published: Sep 18, 2017 12:43 IST