A new Canadian study shows that men are more self-conscious about their hair nowadays, which is linked to their self-image and masculinity. It seems men engage in grooming more often at the present time, taking more care of it. Moreover, a pleasant physical appearance automatically boosts a man’s self-esteem, making him more comfortable in his shoes and more confident.
Dr. Rose Ricciardelli, assistant professor of sociology at Memorial University in Newfoundland, author of the study, said that it wasn’t emasculating anymore to have hair concerns and to openly discuss them.
Ricciardelli stated that men were overly-absorbed by their hair primarily because they wanted to feel more attractive and comfortable at the same time. They want their reflection in the mirror to express virility, they want to look good. Men who are prone to go bald think they’re easily spotted by those around them, in their efforts of dealing with the situation.
It seems it’s also related to some men who like to show off. Doctor Michael Cunningham, psychologist at the University of Louisville, says that men who take a lot of care of their hair are more extroverted and, at the same time, concerned with what people think about them, about their physical appearance.
Different types of hairstyles are adopted by many men, in their wish to look younger, or like their peer, or idols and celebrities. Cunningham says they want to feel free-spirited, stronger, and they do succeed in expressing their intentions.
Another study suggested that some bald men are likely to have an inferiority complex in comparison to their peers who show off their locks. However, a contradictory study emphasized the fact that a bald head could also have its benefits, both men and women finding some bald men stronger-looking and more assertive.
The hippie look is still popular among younger men, whereas short hairdos are preferred by older men. Hippies, in general, try to show to the world their rebellious side.
Moreover, facial hair is able to make the wearer more established or even more aggressive, but, according to research, facial hair makes men more attractive in the eyes of women.
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