Long, thick locks of hair are seen as a badge of youth, meaning men spend thousands of pounds doing their best to reverse the process, or hang onto the few strands they have left.
New research however shows it’s time to be bald and proud, as men who have got rid of all their hair were seen as more confident and strong.
Admittedly the study, Shorn Scalps and Perceptions of Male Dominance by Albert E. Mannes does come at the compliment from a rather acute angle.
He opens the study with this brutal attack on bald men:
Across time and cultures, a thick mane has been associated with strength, youth, and virility and its absence with weakness, age, and impotence.
Steve McKeown, Psychoanalyst, founder of MindFixers and owner of The McKeown Clinic, told UNILAD:
With the way we look in today’s society becoming even more prominent, men feeling a sense or normative discontent, its even more important to fit a stereotype.
Men, through the ages have been suffering hair loss, research indicates that 50 per cent of all men will experience some kind of male pattern baldness by the age of 50.
It has also afforded terms like poor self esteem, the perception of being ‘past it’ and depression. It’s no wonder, worldwide, men are forking out well over £4 billion trying to either stave off or hide the effects of hair loss.
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.
It’s not all doom and gloom for hair loss sufferers.
In a study, researchers have found there are positives gains psychologically, where bald men have been perceived more dominant, more confident and more masculine, stronger and taller.
The study included a group of participants who would score photos of men with full heads of hair and another group that would score the same men, but with their hair computer digitally removed and because only their hair was adjusted any dissimilarities between the groups had to be due to baldness.
Researchers also wanted ascertain whether this idea was consistent even when men were described in words with no photos were studied. This time they used men whereby their hair was just thinning but not completely bald.
The researchers noted bald men were again perceived as more confident, dominant, masculine and stronger but men who were thinning or trying to hold on were worse off apposed to bald men or those with a full head of hair.
So basically men who choose to shave their heads are confident enough in their masculinity to overcome historical bias and any possible negativity from their baldness.
Confidence is also a very attractive trait to women, so bald men are signalling that too.