Just as women worry about wrinkles on their face as they get older, men worry about going bald. Anxiety from hair loss is real for many men. Some men decide to grow their hair longer on the sides so they can do a comb-over and cover the bald spot. Although going bald is not the ideal choice for a hairstyle, studies show there are advantages to going bald. Some of these advantages include:
- Lower chance of cancer
Studies have shown that men who started to lose their hair earlier in life had a 45% less chance of developing prostate cancer than men with an adequate amount of hair. These studies also noted that continued exposure to large quantities of testosterone can slow the growth of tumors.
- Testosterone can boost your metabolism
Although high amounts of testosterone causes havoc on the hair, it has a positive effect on the shape of the body. Testosterone can boost the metabolism and help get men in shape. In addition, the fat content on the facial area tends to lessen which allows the face to appear more sculpted and stronger.
- Bald men are considered more “manly”
A study on male baldness was conducted where hundreds of young men and women were asked to give their opinion of men with or without hair. During the study, photos of men with full heads of hair and photos of the same men with digitally removed hair were presented. The study showed the men without hair were seen as more assertive, stronger and taller. In addition, the study suggested that bald men were associated more with “manly” professions such as policemen, fire fighters and soldiers.
- Bald guys are seen as business savvy
Men who shave their balding heads are often viewed as more assertive, powerful and possessing superior leadership abilities. Some of our strongest and most influential leaders were Gandhi, Churchill and Lenin. If baldness is seen as being powerful, this gives men with no hair a “leg up” in the business world. On the other hand, some studies show that men who do not shave their heads and try to maintain their thinning hair are essentially seen as weak and lacking confidence.
- Age resistant
When a man first decides that bald is the way to go, he may feel like he looks older. However, as men continue to age, baldness can make them seem age resistant because there is no hair to lose or turn grey. There will be a few wrinkles but men will continue to look relatively the same age. Some examples of men who don’t seem to age include Bruce Willis and Patrick Stewart.
- Get rid of the fear
The fear of going bald is one of the worst fears men deal with in their lives. Some men spend a fortune on medications, shampoos and products to keep their hair longer. However, once the hair is gone, the fear is gone too. Learning to deal with hair loss and accepting it can help a person become stronger and more confident.
- A confident man is attractive
The clean shaven look has a number of benefits including a look of confidence. Another benefit of having no hair is saving a ton of money on hair care products since no combing or styling is necessary.