The benefits of being bald, according to science

Mar 10, 2019

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Jason Statham. Vin Diesel. Bruce Willis. Patrick Stewart. Samuel L. Jackson. Aside from being some of the most popular bald men in show business, there are more things they have in common: they’re badasses, they’re likable, and they own everything they do. And, apparently, science says that all of those qualities are linked to their lack of hair up top.


Traditionally, bald men—or those who have a notable lack of a luscious head of hair—have been categorized by undesirable characteristics like being weak and lame. More often than not, people make fun of them. Meanwhile, those blessed with thick flowing manes have been tied to traits like power and attractiveness. But a research experiment in the University of Pennsylvania by Albert E. Mannes suggests otherwise.


The participants (men and women) of the experiment were asked to rate photos of bald men, and men with a full head of hair. And yes, the bald men were perceived to be slightly more agreeable, a lot more confident, substantially stronger, and much more dominant. The race of the men—African American and Caucasian—didn’t matter, and only them being bald (or not) was the big difference in how they were perceived.

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Of course, the researchers also needed to see if having thinning hair (but not bald) would make a difference. Again, they found that completely shaved bald men were perceived to be more dominant, masculine, and have marginally better leadership skills. The worst part is men whose hair are thinning fared far worse than either bald men and those with hair. If the results aren’t clear enough, simply put: If you are going bald, embrace it. This is a real case of ALL or NOTHING.

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