Bald men are more dominant than the average male

According to a study from the University of Pennsylvania, being bald can also make you appear taller and stronger than men with manes.

Meryl D'Souza February 6, 2017

You may have heard of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He’s a former WWE champion and currently the highest-paid actor in the world. The actor was also voted People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2016.

To think there was a time when people said he couldn’t hack it in Hollywood and enjoyed ridiculing the man after his role in Tooth Fairy. So what changed in that time? Well, going by appearances we’d say then man bulked up a bit more and decided to shave his head clean. But surely that alone can’t be the reason, right?

Turns out it can.

According to a study out of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Men with shaved heads are perceived to be more masculine, dominant and, in some cases, to have greater leadership potential than those with thick manes.

For the study titled Shorn Scalps and Perceptions of Male Dominance, Dr Albert Mannes conducted experiments to test peoples' perceptions of men with shaved heads. In his first experiment, he showed 344 subjects photos of men in two versions: with hair and without. In all tests, subjects reported the men with shaved heads as more dominant. Some even perceived the bald men to be about an inch taller and about 13 per cent stronger than those with hair.  

Furthermore, the study found that men with thinning hair were considered the least attractive and powerful of the bunch. This particular finding is consistent with other studies that people perceive men with typical male-pattern baldness as older and less attractive. If you fall into that bracket of men with receding hairlines, the answer seems simple: embrace the bald look.

Dr Mannes was inspired to conduct the study after noticing that people treated him differently when he shaved off his own thinning hair. He feels the results plays on stereotypes. He believes shaved heads “are often found on men in traditionally masculine professions, so dominance may emerge through stereotypical associations with these figures”.

Additionally, the study also looked into the psychological effects of going bald. The study suggests that balding men giving up on hair-loss products and embracing a shaved head could up their dominance and hence help them appear more confident.

However, all that confidence comes at a price. Mannes claims that those who “gain in terms of dominance, they lose in terms of attractiveness”. So while it’s alright for you to grab the clippers and get to work if you’re balding, you may need to deliberate if you have a full head of hair. Not everyone can be like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.