A few studies have indicated that men and women have conflicting views on male hair and the lack thereof. For many men hair loss signals a loss of youth and sex appeal. Equally, women like a man with a bit of stubble but as far as hair on the head is concerned, women aren’t as concerned with their man losing it as he is.
Apparently balding is easier to watch than experience and according to a Psychology Today poll, women were relatively unconcerned about male hair loss. “Of those whose partner had a full head of hair, only 13 per cent would be “very upset” and 24 per cent “somewhat upset” at the prospect of his hair thinning. A mere 18 per cent of women whose partners had already lost some hair acknowledged being very or somewhat upset,” the article said.
Hair on the face however is another matter though. Researchers at Northumbria University found that women associate facial hair with masculinity, dominance and aggression and that faces with more hair looked older and more socially mature. In the study of 60 women, women gauged the clean-shaven and fully bearded faces as least attractive but their favourite male faces were the ones with light stubble.
Whilst they may be happy to scrape the hair from their faces, men, as a rule, don’t like to be follicularly challenged as Psychology Today found. The study confirmed that men are terrified of losing their hair and those with a full head of hair are the most concerned.
“Thirty-eight per cent indicated they would be “very upset” if they discovered they were rapidly losing hair. But anticipation may be worse than reality, since only 23 per cent of men with thinning hair answered ‘very upset’ on the same item,” the article said. But men seem to be worrying for nothing.
“Fifty-two percent of men thought women would endorse the statement, ‘I generally find bald men unattractive.’ Only 40 percent of women agreed, and they tended to be younger and more attractive.”
Although, a study at St Andrews University found that as women are getting more financially independent, they’re choosing men more on the basis of their looks rather than on the size of their wallet. But this doesn’t mean they’re choosing men with hair over bald men – some women said they found bald men cute. It’s really all about confidence. But if balding is affecting your confidence, what can you do about it?
Amazingly, Psychology Today found that most men agreed that the best way to cope with encroaching baldness was to “do nothing.” Hair transplants came in a distant second, with head shaving the third-favourite choice. Buying a hairpiece was dead last. Only eight male participants admitted to wearing a toupee.
Male pattern baldness affects about two-thirds of men by the age of 50 but there are treatments such as Propecia and minoxidil that can stop hair loss and generate hair growth. Propecia is a one-a-day tablet that has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of male pattern baldness and some studies suggest that it may even decrease the risk of prostate cancer. In two-thirds of men, Propecia not only stabilises hair loss but generates new hair growth. Minoxidil is a topical hair growth agent, also approved by the FDA for the treatment of male pattern baldness, which increases blood circulation to the scalp, stimulating the hair follicles so they can begin to accept nutrients again and produce new hair.
Of course not all hair loss is straightforward so if you’re concerned about thinning hair or hair loss you should always consult a hair loss professional. The Belgravia Centre trichologists find the most effective treatment for male pattern baldness to be a combination of Propecia and minoxidil, although the degree of success will depend on the strength of minoxidil and the supporting hair growth boosters.
Some men enjoy their distinguished look and the sense of power and masculinity it portrays but if you’re a little less than thrilled about the prospect of a receding hairline, you can contact the Belgravia Centre for more information about what you’re options are. Consultations are confidential and free and you can book online or by calling 020 7730 6666. Alternatively by completing the online diagnostic form you can receive expert advice and, if necessary, the most effective hair loss treatment for you without the need to visit the centre.