As a social experiment, I recently shaved my head with a #3 guard. It was a tough decision to make, as I’ve always been in love with my hair. I haven’t had a shaved head since the Army.
I felt five pounds lighter. I didn’t overheat as much at the gym, and I use almost no shampoo. I get the same amount of looks from girls. A full head of hair doesn’t affect my game.
Recent research suggests that men with shaved heads are perceived to be more powerful:
In all three tests, the subjects reported finding the men with shaved heads as more dominant than their hirsute counterparts. In one test, men with shorn heads were even perceived as an inch taller and about 13% stronger than those with fuller manes. The paper, “Shorn Scalps and Perceptions of Male Dominance,” was published online, and will be included in a coming issue of journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.
As I noted in my post about hair loss and the game, just don’t rock thinning hair/a receding hairline:
The study found that men with thinning hair were viewed as the least attractive and powerful of the bunch, a finding that tracks with other studies showing that people perceive men with typical male-pattern baldness—which affects roughly 35 million Americans—as older and less attractive. For those men, the solution could be as cheap and simple as a shave.
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