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Men with shaved heads more dominant, better leaders, study says

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Business School said that while those with male-pattern baldness may have low self-esteem, men who pre-emptively shave their heads are seen as having more leadership potential.

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A new study says that men with shaved heads are perceived as more dominant and better leaders (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

A new study suggests that people perceive those with shaved heads as better leaders and more dominant.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Business School said that while those with male-pattern baldness may have low self-esteem, men who preemptively shave their heads are seen as having more leadership potential.

The researchers used three tests to determine shaved bald superiority (full disclosure: the study author was bald, said the Daily Mail)

The first showed volunteers pictures of male peers, some bald, shaven and with a full head of hair, and were told to rank them in attractiveness, confidence, leadership and the power they exuded, said CBC News.

The next asked the same questions with the same pictures, yet with hair digitally added or removed.

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Finally, physical descriptions of men were given without pictures and the volunteers were asked to describe their impressions.

The study found that men with thinning hair were viewed as the least attractive and least powerful of the bunch, said the Wall Street Journal.

Yet, men with shaved heads were considered the most dominant and even an inch taller than their counterparts.

Men with shaved heads were also considered significantly stronger than other males.

35 million Americans suffer needlessly from male pattern baldness when the solution seems to be very simple - shave the rest off.

The findings were published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

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