If you’re considering signing up to an online dating service, heed this one piece of advice – Photoshop your profile picture unless you’ve got the hair that you did in school.
If there was anywhere looks could take a backseat to personality you’d think it would be on the internet but a 2009 survey has found men with a full head of hair are five times more likely to get a date than those who have thinning hair.
Thumbs down to thinning hair
While some women say that bald is beautiful, it appears that a man’s locks really do matter when it comes to love. In a two month experiment, identical profiles of a man were posted on a variety of popular internet forums. The man was a successful London professional in his 30s, with interests in sport, music and travel. Sounds like a real catch, right? But one fared much better than the other.
Over the two months, one man had 108 replies from women while the other only got 22. But why the dramatic difference if their profiles even showed pictures of the same man? Well, one showed a man with a full head of hair while the other was a digitally altered version which showed him going bald.
According to dating and relationship coach Jo Hemmings, your image is just as much a selling point online as it is in real life.
“When people try internet dating, they will not read a profile if they do not like the person’s photo,” she said.
Clearly hair doesn’t mean the world to everyone (22 women did reply to the follicly challenged man), but some men worry about having a receding hairline and it can really have an impact on their confidence – which isn’t easy to hide when you’re on a date and can’t shroud behind a computer screen.
There are various ways a man can deal with hairloss – from accepting it and letting nature take its course, to shaving it off, exploring pharmaceutical hair loss solutions or even surgery to get it back – but the most important element is choosing one that makes him feel his most confident.
The most commonly cited examples of bald men that people find attractive are the actors Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson (formerly ‘The Rock’), Bruce Willis and Vin Diesel. But what each of these men has in common, besides their high profile and bald heads, is their confidence. The somewhat nonchalant charisma it takes to pull off the smooth-scalped look is not something that all men have or feel comfortable with.
Finding the right hair loss solution is about finding what works best for you and makes you feel your best; Elton John once commented that he couldn’t bear to go bald because he “looks like Shrek” without hair, and there are many men this sentiment speaks to.
For those wanting to regrow their thinning hair or receding hairline, there are clinically-proven hair loss treatments which can be used to help stabilise shedding and encourage accelerated regrowth, as well as preventing baldness with on-going use.
The first step here is to have a professional consultation so that a hair loss specialist can diagnose your condition and recommend a tailored hair regimen with appropriately formulated products, as well as answering any questions you might have about the process. We often find that men find the relief of knowing what the problem is and that there are well-established options open to them to remedy this, can be a huge sense of relief in itself.
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.