A recent study found evidence to suggest white bald men are perceived by women as less attractive and less successful.
That seems like a bit of a raw deal, especially given that, according to research by supplements brand Vitl, 48% of British men over 50 suffer from male pattern baldness, and the balding tends to start at 35 on average.
So, we wanted to hear from people who disagree and find baldness, regardless of race, attractive.
Beatrix, a 27-year-old copywriter, tells Metro.co.uk she likes people who don’t have a lot of hair because it helps make their eyes ‘pop’, adding: ‘Brows and beards really come into their own – they can be sculpted into dazzling masculine facial assets.’
Journalist Jess tells us that, while she’s never ‘actively had a preference’ for bald men over their hairier counterparts, she’s really pleased that her partner has braved the shave.
‘My boyfriend’s hairline is slowly heading backwards,’ the 27-year-old says, ‘so I convinced him to shave it during lockdown.
‘His hair – or lack of – looks amazing with his mod-style clothes, and he isn’t constantly fixing his fringe to hide any gaps – a win-win for both of us.’
Jess adds that baldness ‘can be styled so cool depending on the clothes you wear, and is always way better than an awkward comb-over or straggly ponytail.’
Looking back, Beatrix says her fondness for bald men began when she first saw the 1996 film Trainspotting, starring a buzz cut-sporting Ewan McGregor.
Mwika, an SEO executive whose top bald celebrity crushes are Stanley Tucci, George the Poet, Morris Chestnut and Common, tells us ‘a good head shape is a must’ for her.
She says she tends to be attracted to men who are bald that have ‘nice features – or a beard, which is a nice touch.’
AJ, 27, says that, while he also ‘enjoys a bald guy that has strong facial hair’, really it comes down to the vibe for him – whether his dates have hair or not.
‘For me, it’s about laughter, a good personality and effort,’ the charity worker tells us. ‘If they give me those things, I don’t care if they have hair on their head.’
‘I think life is too short to care about little things like hair’, he continues.
‘Someone could have the most perfect quaffed movie star up-do, but have the personality of a bowl of own brand Crunchy Nut – and trust me, I’ve been on dates with those kinds of people.’
Journalist Jess says confidence tends to be one of the more attractive qualities bald people, in general, seem to have, comparing it to ‘big d**k energy’.
‘Bald guys have already dealt with people being sh***y about their hair loss, and have a sense of confidence about them,’ she says, adding: ‘In the past, I’ve found bald guys – at least the ones I’ve been with – can take a joke but give as good as they get, and that calm self-assuredness is sexy.’
Indeed, the self-assurance of bald men appears to be a common theme here.
‘I think it takes a lot of confidence to go bald because your face is so exposed,’ 22-year-old Mwika tells us.
‘On a purely physical level,’ Beatrix says, ‘[baldness] can be a big statement look, but it also amplifies some super sexy character qualities – for men and for women.
‘I think the main one is confidence. Having the self-assurance to shave a receding hairline and to embrace baldness is hot – it speaks of knowing your worth beyond your hair, of resilience.
‘Why would that not also signal success?’
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