Good news for dudes with shorn scalps!

A recent study has found that hairless men are deemed stronger and more powerful than their hirsute brethren.

Led by Dr. Albert Mannes, a lecturer at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the study asked volunteers — college students and adults — to rate photos of men with bald heads and men with full heads of hair. The hairless gents were found to be more powerful, influential and authoritative.

And my favorite part of the study: bald men were also perceived as being nearly an inch taller and 13 percent stronger than men with solid hairlines!

Mannes offers three explanations for the enhanced perception of bald men:

1) Shaved heads are found in American culture in traditionally masculine professions, such as the military, law enforcement, and sports.

2) Men who shave their heads are viewed as unconventional. And there’s some evidence that the powerful are less inhibited about violating conventional norms.

3)  Since society places such a high aesthetic value on hair, it takes confidence for a man to dispense with it.

The only downside to a hairless head: study participants rated bald men less attractive and older looking than guys with healthy heads of hair.

Interesting in taking the head shaving plunge? All Natural Shaving Oil is a great way to achieve a smooth, nick-free shave.

via Cari Nierenberg for NBCNEWS.com

– Marisa

Despite my own unruly head of hair, I feel an uncanny connection to my bald(ing) brethren. Even before bald ambassadors like Bruce Willis and Kelly Slater (above — looking goooood) stood up for the cause, I’ve always held a special place for the guys who show some scalp.

Seems as if the world is finally catching up. In a recent article, The Wall Street Journal touted the benefits of embracing bald: “a man’s shaved head—whether it’s to-the-skin or with slight stubble—can suggest a sigh-inspiring combination of intellectual depth and machismo,” says WSJ reporter Christina Brinkley.

Now deep in the world of shaving, my respect for head shavers has grown even more. The do may look low maintenance, but it requires the right razor, the best shaving cream or oil and a skilled touch.

Go bald!

- Marisa

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