I’m Too Sexy For My…Hair?
I’m Too Sexy For My…Hair?
 by Jor-El of ManeManBlog

Last week TIME magazine published an article, written by Alexandra Sifferlin titled Shave it Off! How Bald Guys Can Look More Manly and Dominant,
encouraging balding men to completely shave off their wispy manes.
 Balding is a serious concern for many men who understand the social
impact of hair loss and perceived attractiveness. Well, now there’s some
scientific backing to the claim that a shaven dome makes you seem
stronger, and sexier, than if you let the last few wisps linger or opt
for the ill-fated comb-over.

Researcher Albert Mannes,
of the University of Pennsylvania, conducted a series of studies to
determine the perceptions about balding men versus completely shaven
men.  It turns out that participants found that men with completely bald
domes were perceived as more masculine and dominant than men who opt to
bald the natural way. Interesting, huh? Clean shaven men were also
perceived as taller and bigger in size than balding men.

But here’s the rub, bald men are still perceived as older and less
attractive than men with full heads of hair. Mannes, who is bald
himself, apparently stated that balding men may “better improve their
well-being by finishing what Mother Nature has started.”

Mannes seems to think that his studies will help more men change
their lives for the better by forging ahead with a completely bald head
rather than going the natural way.  I appreciate that Mannes is giving
balding men like him the chance to be perceived as more dominant and
powerful, but I guess my problem is that it reinforces the idea that’s
all men should really aim to be.  Has anyone done research on what makes
you look more responsible?  What about intelligent? Kind? I’m just
saying.

I haven’t been able to read the research itself therefore I can’t
speak that strongly to the methodology, but I can say that from what
I’ve read from some posts online, some of the sample sizes seem pretty
small to me.  I think only time, and replication, will really solidify
Mannes’ findings.  While I still have many questions, I  appreciate that
Mannes is giving guys with thinning manes some insight into how others
may be perceiving them. Who knows, there may be a day when I have to
make the decision myself.  To be honest, I don’t know what I would do.
 Do you?

For more reactions to this research, check out the following:

Men With Shaved Heads: Stronger, Taller, More Dominant But Older and Less Attractive

Men: Exude confidence, masculinity, authority, and power!

Shaved Heads: Less Attractive But More Powerful

What say you, ladies? Which do you prefer?!