Last Updated: October 4, References Approved. This article was co-authored by Laura Martin. Laura Martin is a Licensed Cosmetologist in Georgia. She has been a hair stylist since and a cosmetology teacher since There are 25 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.
A full head of hair on a man has long been associated with vitality and virility — think of the Biblical hero Samson, whose strength was in his tresses. But new research suggests that when balding sets in, men might do better to just shave it off. Call it the Bruce Willis effect: men with shorn heads are seen as more dominant, confident and masculine than men with hair, according to a new study published online in July in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. A shaved head does strike a blow against a man's perceived attractiveness, however. So study researcher Albert Mannes, a lecturer at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, advised against picking up the razor unless natural balding is already underway. Mannes was inspired by personal experience to research shaved heads.
When your dad taught you how to shave, he focused his lesson on the cheeks and chin. That was practical for the first decade or two of your shaving years, but what about the suddenly balding crown that you also inherited? Luckily, barber Eric Holmes is. Pay close attention, and, as Holmes will remind you: Go slow.
So, you want to shave your head. Good on you. A shaved head can add a rugged, tough edge to any guy's style—all without any change to his wardrobe. Plus, the upkeep is impossibly easy: Just don't let those strands get too long.