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Bald men appear more intelligent, masculine and sexier, according to a scientific study

What do the Dalai Lama, Bruce Willis and Jeff Bezos all have in common?

They are all tremendously influential.

And bald.

Is this a coincidence? Probably not, according to a research study from the University of Pennsylvania.

The study was titled “Shown Scalps and Perceptions of Male Dominance” and was conducted by the data scientist Albert E. Mannes, who happens to be bald himself.

Mannes wanted to find out how people react to men with shaved heads and showed 59 people different pictures of men with bald heads and with hair. The subjects got to see each photo twice, one of a man with a full head of hair and one of the same man with his hair shaved off.

The subjects consistently reported that they thought the bald men were more dominant, bigger and stronger.


There was an important caveat:

The men had to be completely hairless. Small patches of baldness were seen as weaker and less attractive.

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Bald men stand by what they have

Seth Godin is a tech-entrepreneur and has been bald for more than 20 years. He was quoted in the Wall Street Journal explaining why bald men appear to be more dominant: “I’m not saying that shaving your head makes you successful, but it starts the conversation that you’ve done something active.”

Bald men aren’t just perceived to have more power. They also come across as more intelligent and wiser. This was supported by the conclusions made by Ronald Henns of the University of Saarland in a study with over 20,000 subjects.

For a long time scientists also thought that bald men had more testosterone, but this isn’t borne out by the evidence. Hair loss is not directly caused by testosterone, but by the hormone DHT.

The practical implications of these findings

It’s worth noting the practical implications of these findings. Instead of spending billions of dollars each year trying to reverse of cure hair loss, it makes sense for men to simply shave their heads.

From a personal perspective, I decided to adopt this approach despite recommendations from my friends to consider the medical options before me for reversing my hair loss. A few years ago I decided to shave my head and have never looked back.

What do you think?

Embrace your balding head

If you’re balding, or know someone who is, don’t be discouraged. You have a simple option before you to embrace your hair loss and shave your head.

You’ll look more masculine, powerful and intelligent, which will probably help you appear to be more successful. Just like Bruce Willis, the Dalai Lama, Jeff Bezos and countless other successful bald men.

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Written by Justin Brown

I'm Justin Brown, the founder of Ideapod. I've overseen the evolution of Ideapod from a social network for ideas into a publishing and education platform with millions of monthly readers and multiple products helping people to think critically, see issues clearly and engage with the world responsibility.

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