A new study indicates men, who choose to go bald by shaving their heads, are perceived as being more masculine and powerful. The study, published in the journal Social Psychological & Personality Science, included 3 tests of people’s perceptions of men based on how much hair they had. The results were consistent. Hair loss is often caused by an excess of testosterone. It also takes some confidence to choose to go bald. So, no wonder baldness is perceived as a more masculine trait. SHARE with your balding friends!
The study also suggests that bald men are seen as less attractive than their counterparts who have a thick head of hair. In the US shaved heads are often associated with men in traditionally masculine professions: the military, police, firefighting, professional sports. That could be the explanation of that perception.
Two-thirds of men face hair loss by age 35. Male-pattern baldness is an inherited sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT, a by-product of testosterone), which leads to finer hair, a receding hairline. However, thinning that spreads across the scalp and not to the crown or temples often indicates an underlying health issue. It could be triggered by hormonal or nutritional deficiencies, such as thyroid problems, low iron, or low protein. Seeing a dermatologist as soon as thinning begins is the best thing to do.
There are dozens of pills and treatments that claim to make your hair thicker. Most of them are just a waste of money. They haven’t been clinically approved. Same with shampoos. Only one ingredient has been shown to truly preserve hair. Ketoconazole, an antifungal used to fight dandruff, may save your mane by reducing production of testosterone (and therefore DHT) in hair follicles, say scientists at the University of British Columbia. In a Belgian study, balding men who used a 1% ketoconazole shampoo 2-3 times a week for 6 months saw a 17% reduction in hair loss.
Cleaning up your diet may also help you save your mane. Avoiding fried foods may reduce oil-gland activity, slowing the switch from T to DHT, according to research from India. Slow down on the desserts: the insulin flood from consuming a lot of sugar can trigger the release of testosterone.