Bald men may not have a good hairline on their side, but they have science to thank for some bragging rights.
According to Business Insider, a 2012 study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania doscovered that bald men are seen as more successful and dominant than men with a full head of hair. With A-listers like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and, Vin Diesel, & Jason Statham, this isn’t hard to believe.
The study compiled information from 59 subjects, which showed the participants multiple photos of men. The first photo featured a man with a full head of hair, and the second one showed that same man with no hair. Most participants reported that they found the bald men to be more attractive overall.
One explanation for the attraction is that baldness makes an immediate and obvious statement about a guy. “I’m not saying that shaving your head makes you successful, but it starts the conversation that you’ve done something active,” tech-entrepreneur Seth Godin told the Wall Street Journal.
Psychologist, Ronald Henss at University of Saarland in Germany conducted a study to establish how the world perceives bald men. After studying 20,000 participants, Henss learned that men without hair are often thought to be older, wiser and more intelligent.
There is one catch: bald spots don’t apply here. Men only seem more attractive, intelligent, and successful if they are completely hairless. Men with bald spots or patterned baldness tended to be seen as weaker and less attractive. So in that situation, one might consider breaking out the razor.