Prediction: You’ll start seeing a lot more guys with bald heads after hearing this piece. That’s because a new Ivy League study found that bald is a symbol of power. University of Pennsylvania researchers had volunteers rate how powerful men looked in a series of photographs. One shot featured them with a full head of hair. Shot #2 was digitally altered so they had thinning hair and in photo #3, they were bald.
The result? The bald men were considered significantly more powerful than their hairy and thinning-haired counterparts! In fact, bald men were described as “dominant, powerful, confident and influential.” Also volunteers thought the bald men were an inch taller, and 13-percent physically stronger than men with hair.
So why does having no hair convey power? Lead researcher Dr. Albert Mannes points out that a lot of people automatically associate bald heads with tough guy-groups, like soldiers, or police officers, where short hair is part of the dress code. Also society places a lot of emphasis on having hair and manufacturers push balding guys to buy products like Rogaine to increase hair growth. So people think it takes a ton of confidence for a man to choose to be bald.