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Why is there stigma around male baldness?

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Scientists say a drug normally prescribed for osteoporosis could potentially lead to a new treatment for hair loss. But why is there stigma around male baldness? And why do men try to “cure” themselves of it anyway?

Whether it’s actors Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham or business titans Jeff Bezos or Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein, there is no shortage of men in the spotlight who are bald.

Forget wigs, hairpieces or other attempts to hide their baldness, all of them have shaved heads that draw attention to, rather than disguise, their sparse locks.

Why is there stigma around male baldness?
Why is there stigma around male baldness?

And it seems there may be good reason to embrace baldness rather than cover it up.

Some studies have indicated that men with shaved heads are perceived to be more masculine and dominant than their full-haired counterparts.

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