To look tougher, just shave your head
There seems to be an upside to losing hair, at least for men! According to a new research, bald men appear tougher and more powerful than others.
Men with shaved heads are not only perceived by others as more manly and dominant than other men, but also taller, stronger and having greater potential as leaders, researcher Albert Mannes from the University of Pennsylvania has found, the Time magazine reported.
In the first experiment, nearly 60 participants looked at a series of photos of men who were similar in age and attire.
The difference was that some men had shaved heads while others had full manes. The participants rated each man in terms of how powerful, influential and authoritative they looked. When the results were averaged, shaved men topped the ratings. In the second study, Mannes showed participants images of four men.
Each man was shown twice, once with hair and once without. Not only were the men perceived as more dominant when they were shown digitally balded, but they were also viewed as nearly an inch taller and 13% stronger.
In the final study, Mannes gave the participants verbal and written descriptions men. Some men were described as having thick hair and others had shaved heads. Once again, the participants rated the men with shaved heads highest for masculinity, strength, dominance and leadership potential.
"I was surprised that perceptions of dominance and masculinity extended to concrete, physical characteristics such as height and strength," Mannes said. Mannes theorizes that it's the boldness of the act of head-shaving that feeds into the perception of dominance.
He also found that men with thinning hair - those who are presumably just resigning themselves to their own baldness - were rated as less dominant than men who took the initiative to shave their heads altogether.
Hair styles of men have been changing over the years. From long tresses in the age old days to trimmed look of modern days the hair styles sported by men have changed phenomenally and continue to change as per the dictates of fashion.
Men’s hair styles are also seen as related to their profession or living styles. While those in media. Advertising and Show Industry spot totally untraditional hair styles, majority of men opt for well cut hair styles.
In India while long hair in women is considered an asset and attraction and looked at with envy by other women, long hair among men is seldom regarded as proper.
Scientists view long hair as playing a large part in natural selection among many species, since long, thick and healthy hair is frequently a sign of fertility and youth. As hair grows slowly, long hair may reveal several years of a person's health status and reproductive fitness.
Ways of life often viewed as more rigid, such as soldiers and religious cultures, often have explicit rules regarding hair length. For example, Buddhist monks shave their heads as part of their order of worship. Even outside religious structures, cultures often associate male long hair with ways of life outside of what is culturally accepted.
In a study conducted on women’s perception on men with hair styles, it was revaled that men with a formal hair style are precerved as professional and competent.
Men with hair which has gracefully gone grey, are perceived as experienced and dependable by majority of the women respondents in the age group of 30-45.
Men with grey hair are also regarded as gentle in their human relations. Young men and boys with unkempt hair are considered as sporty and take – it - easy types
While another study has shown that men with fully shaven head or bald are seen as dominant and authorities, men with good hair are rated as attractive and are considered to have an ‘wow’ factor depending on their hair style.