Sean Connery was proclaimed ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ in ‘89, and a decade later, at age 69, was dubbed the ‘Sexiest Man of the Century.’ What makes this really interesting is that he has been bald for over 40 years now! Coincidence? Maybe not! This Hollywood legend is one of many that are living proof that some women really like bald men. Or do they? What is it about a receding hairline that supposedly makes men more virile?

Why Women Like Bald Men

‘The Transporter’ star, Jason Statham, is the quintessential fearless, hairless hero who does all his own stunts. Soccer star David Beckham packs quite a punch when it comes sizzling up the stadium or magazine covers. Bruce Willis, the German-born actor acclaimed for his work in movies such as ‘Die Hard,’ has blown away the world by how a bald man can be strong and sexy. What causes this aura of machismo to surround bald men?

An urban legend has popularized the theory that bald men have increased levels of the male hormone testosterone, which makes them more masculine and raises sex drive. The downside to this is that they lose their hair at a younger age than the usual. The reality, however, is not so simply explained.

The Science

Commonly referred as Male Pattern Baldness the genetic makeup or combination of this condition has been under the microscope for years. According to Department of Genomics, University of Bonn, Germany, susceptibility to premature male pattern baldness is mainly the cause of sex-influenced inheritance (males can pass on the trait to their sons which would be impossible if it were x-linked). Other genetic makeup has connections as well.

Truth is balding is dependent on testosterone. James B. Hamilton, in 1960 studied twenty-one boys undergoing castration diagnosed with behavioral or mental problems. The follow up that the Yale doctor conducted on them, several for as long as 18 years later, showed evidence that they had no signs of developing male pattern baldness as they grew up.

Alternatively, men of the same age who were unaffected and definitely producing testosterone already exhibited receding hairlines. This suggests that high levels of testosterone might lead to baldness, but in fact the level is irrelevant, providing there are some quantities of the hormone present. Castrated men, who have almost none, may retain their hair, but men with low testosterone levels can still go bald.

That’s because it is not the amount of testosterone circulating in the bloodstream that dictates baldness, but individual genetics. Several genes are thought to be involved, all resulting in hair follicles becoming particularly sensitive to tiny amounts of circulating testosterone.

Grab that Razor

“The shaved look is more attractive than the visibly balding look," Alfred Mannes, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania told Time. "So men suffering natural hair loss may enhance both their dominance and attractiveness by shaving." Mannes found that shaving your head is regarded as an act of boldness by the 60 participants of a study in the recent article for the Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science. Women like bald men with a shaved head, repeatedly conceiving them as ranking higher for "masculinity, strength, dominance and leadership potential."

Does Baldness mean he’s Old?

Some men start losing hair excessively in their 20s and 30s, and the younger the age at which this incidence occurs, the more extensive the loss is likely to be.  The Medem Medical Library's website says male pattern baldness (MPB) affects roughly 40 million men in the United States. Around 25 percent of men start the process by age 30; two-thirds begin balding by age 60.

The Bearded Ones

Which bald men do women like? Women love well groomed, neat and classy men. A bald man can give an excellent impression and turn heads by growing facial hair. It tends to distract women from the receding hairline. Whether men opt for a casual stubble, a goatee or a french beard (even a full beard), facial hair more than makes up for the lack of a hairy mane. Tough NY detective, Telly Savalas, the famed bald lieutenant Theo Kojak said it best: “We’re all born bald, baby!"