Weird news: Baldness is strength

New research says totally shorn scalps project power but wisps are a weakness

Published October 4, 2012 8:14PM (EDT)

 James Carville (Wikimedia)
James Carville (Wikimedia)

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School found that men with shaved heads appear more dominant than similar men with full heads of hair. Based on research looking at dominance and non-verbal behavior, the study found that men with no hair at all are perceived as more masculine, dominant and even taller. However, bald men who do not shave remaining wisps of hair are perceived as the least powerful of all.

Check out our slideshow of individuals who seem to support and challenge this study.


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By Natasha Lennard

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