When you look at a bald man, what do you see? Well, the scientists at the American Hair Loss Association (AHLA) say that most women consider bald men to be strong, confident and have much more of a dominating presence than men with hair. If you can’t look like a rock star with flowing locks, what’s the point of hair anyway? Some more advice for the balding – but not quite 100% bald – men is to throw that toupee in the bin, it’s never going to look as good as a clean-shaven scalp.
What type of hair loss can men look forward to when they age? Well the AHLA claim that by the time they reach 50, up to 85% of men will have lost a lot of their hair. That’s an astounding figure, but it’s not only the older men who suffer – by age 35 most men have started to notice at least some receding hairline or hair loss, and if this happens before your 20s, well let’s just say you’re going to have a hard time taking your fedora off at college parties.
Why does being bald help with female attraction? One of the ideas is that bald men look like babies, and that women are drawn to them like they are to a young child – but the more plausible reason according to the AHLA (again), the number one feature that stands out in a first impression is hair. Without hair, the first stop is instead the eyes, which as we all know is the window to the soul. Seeing the eyes first makes an immediate impression, which feels like a man has made the move to connect.
Beards divided women slightly less, as most did not particularly sway one way or the other when it came to shaved or Viking-god-like proportions. When it comes to facial hair, preference is what it was all about.