Bald men appear more masculine

George Dvorsky for io9:

Advice for guys who are struggling to deal with their receding hairlines: You might just want to shave it all off. A recent study involving three separate experiments has shown that men who shear the hair off their heads are perceived as being more dominant, taller, and even stronger.

To borrow Jim’s line for a moment, yep.

But the increased perception of masculinity comes at a price: namely, diminished attractiveness.


  • Guess it all depends on who you’re trying to attract, doesn’t it?

    • Peter Cohen

      The correct answer is “people with impeccable taste.”

    • Bob Cedrone

      As soon as I read the headline I knew that 1. It was Peter’s post and 2. Joel In Real Life would be replying to it.

  • The epitome of masculinity is being bald AND having a beard. Maximizes dominance, tallness, and strength.

    • Peter Cohen

      Hi there. bats eyelashes

  • Boo

    For a good chuckle check out the Oatmeals comic on the link between hair length/baldness and violence on Breaking Bad.

  • mangochutney

    Jean Luc Picard. That’s all I’m saying.

    • matthewmaurice

      Don’t forget Bruce Willis and Sean Connery.

  • Generalizations are fun.

  • JDSoCal

    Since male pattern baldness is caused by testosterone, it makes evolutionary sense.

  • matthewmaurice

    I’ll take “more dominant, taller, and even stronger” at the expense of “diminished attractiveness” any day of the week!