The biggest concern for most people who battle hair loss is that the opposite sex will no longer find them attractive. Men pursue all kinds of treatments to get their hair back, including creams, pills, ointments, laser therapy, and hair transplant. They may even use pharmaceuticals at the cost of their libido (Merck warns that Propecia may cause sexual dysfunction, though not proven).
But do women really care when a man is bald? Do they find balding men less attractive? If Romeo had been bald, would Juliet have loved him anyway? While we would all like to believe that true love prevails, many blogs, forum discussions, and one online dating experiment reveal that this Shakespearean tale would have ended in tragedy for a different reason. Because hair transplant wasn’t around in the late 16th century.
What Women Say Online about Hair Transplant
Most commentary made by women reports that they don’t care if a man has hair or not, as long as he has confidence. But this is a counterintuitive stance, since hair loss is a major reason men lose confidence and self-esteem. Many men even become depressed and withdrawn due to their hair loss.
“Own that chrome dome,” says one comment. A few even state that men should not undergo hair transplant, but to wear their baldness proudly. However, if you’re not a movie star, it’s hard to maintain the perceived confidence and sex appeal of someone like Bruce Willis. Here and there appear comments from women who prefer a man with hair.
Reactions to Bald Men in Online Dating
A London-based hair company conducted a small study to find out how women view bald men in online dating. The experiment was not scientific, but the results have been published online and are worth some consideration.
The company created two separate dating profiles for the same man. The two profiles were completely identical, containing the exact same interests, age, personal information, and so forth. The single discrepancy was that in one account, the profile picture revealed a slick-bald man, while in the other account he had a full head of hair Photoshopped into place. Both profiles were monitored and kept active for two months.
The results revealed that a good hair transplant could get you a lot more online dates. The profile picturing a man with hair got five times the positive response than the other, with a total of 108 prospects versus only 22. This small study shows that, at least in London, women view a man with hair as more desirable.