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Bald is beautiful … and maybe even more?

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  • Study: Men without hair are sometimes seen as more masculine, confident, and more dominant
  • Study author says own experiences as a bald man in business informed his research

Bruce Willis, Patrick Stewart, and Michael Jordan have long been the personification of “bald is beautiful”.  And now research shows that they, and millions of other chrome domes, have another edge: power.

A recent study by the University of Pennsylvania’s Albert Mannes reveals that men without hair are sometimes seen as more masculine, confident, and more dominant than their hairy counterparts. Mannes, who teaches at the Wharton School is bald. He says some of his own experiences as a bald man in business informed his research, The Guardian reports.

According to Mannes, Hollywood has helped give bald men, and those who shave their heads, a leg up, so to speak, in the power department. A number of rich and handsome celebrities (as mentioned above) are poster men for his theory.

Mannes acknowledges that perception and reality don’t necessarily coincide when it comes to ideas about hair, or lack thereof. "The broad takeaway is that perceptions about leadership and related traits like dominance can emerge from peculiar characteristics that aren't really related to leadership at all," Mannes said, The Guardian adds.

So, if a raise, a promotion, a better-looking girlfriend, or just a little more respect is on your agenda, you might want to break out your razor. Mr. Clean, lookout!

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