Shaved heads more intimidating
“Ratings of dominance, confidence, masculinity, age, height, and strength were all higher for these men when pictured with a digitally shaved head,” Mannes reports.
Dear gentlemen, sharpen up your razors and lather up that dome, it may be time to shed your locks for a more dominant look — bald.
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But a confident bald man — there's your diamond in the rough."The study conducted three experiments in which participants rated photos and descriptions of bald men and those with hair on characteristics such as dominance, confidence, masculinity and attractiveness.
The participants rated each man in terms of how powerful, influential and authoritative they looked.
The person who tipped me off to this process was Al Gore.
Gore, then 39, was billing himself as a Young New Voice.
When I got home, I reported to my wife that the Young New Voice had a patch of thin growth sitting in the center of his head, like a yolk in a fried egg -- whereupon my wife told me that people who lived in thinning heads should not throw stones.
But this hair loss, the consequence of time's steady trickle, was slow and partial.
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But, sorry fellas, dominance doesn't necessarily translate to good looks.