Do Women Like Bald Men? (Nationwide Survey Results)

We receive a flood of various questions from our readers on the topic of balding.

Two of the most common questions are:

  1. Do women like bald men?
  2. Should I shave my head?

Now we could give you our personal opinion on the matter but we thought it would be better to go to the source and ask hundreds of women these questions in order to come to conclusive answers.

So just as we had done for questions such as: “Do women like beards?” and “What type of body grooming do women find attractive?“, we had a nationwide survey be conducted by a reputable survey company to ensure a quality representative sample.

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Do Women Like Bald Men

Sample Design

Below is summary of the sample data and related precision estimates.

For more detail, refer to the Survey Methodology here.

Sample Size and Precision Estimate

Survey Results: Do Women Like Bald Men?

We asked women to rate how attractive they find men with clean-shaven heads on a scale of “very unattractive” to “very attractive”.

Below are the results and analysis:

Do women like bald men survey results

From a first glance as the overall results, they may not seem super encouraging for us balding men, but to be honest, it really isn’t that bad.

Only 36% of women find men with clean-shaven heads unattractive and 28% actually find it a plus!

Additionally, when you look at the breakdown between the different age groups, we see an interesting pattern:

As women get older, they find men with clean-shaven heads more attractive.

44% of women 35 to 44 find bald men attractive compared to only 19% of women 18 – 24.
Nationwide Survey Results

As a majority of men tend to really start losing their hair a little later in life, this is very encouraging.

Of the 44% of women 35 to 44 that find bald men “attractive”, 19% find them “very attractive”.

Additionally, only 19% of these women find the clean-shaven head “unattractive”, with only 7% finding it “very unattractive”.

Survey Results: When Should You Shave Your Head?

The next major question we wanted to address was at what point (i.e. level of baldness) should one consider shaving their head?

To assess this, we presented women with images of two levels of patterned hair loss on the Norwood Scale (Type II & Type III Vertex) that based on initial research seemed to be on the borderline of when a man should consider shaving their head.

The women were then asked what men with each level of baldness should do with their hair, ranging from growing it out to shaving it off completely.

Below are the results and analysis:

Should I Shave my head Survey Results

The majority of women believe men with only a mild level of balding (Type II) should simply keep their hair short (between 1 to 2 inches).

But women’s opinions change drastically when assessing a man with a moderate level of balding (Type III Vertex).

A majority of women believe men with a moderate level of balding (Type III Vertex) should shave their head completely.
Nationwide Survey Results

In terms of evaluating the results between the various age groups, the findings are primarily consistent besides that slightly more women 18 – 24 believe men should grow out their hair when they are a Type II or Type III Vertex level of hair loss.

Other Factors to Consider

It should be mentioned though that other factors come into play as to when one should consider shaving their head as head shape, facial features, etc., can make one look better or worse with a shaven head.

This was supported by many women’s additional commentary provided within the survey responses.

Some men look HOT bald. others don’t. I think it depends on the head.
Woman, 30-44
They must have the right head structure to make it work well.
Woman, 18-29
It’s sexy on some men
Woman, 30-44


So do women like bald men?

Obviously there are varying opinions but it seems to be clear that as women get older, they tend to find the clean-shaven head more and more attractive.

And on the topic of whether you should shave your head.

This is something you will have to decide for yourself, but I hope the results presented in this article provided some additional guidance and clarity on the matter.

Please don’t hesitate to provide any comments or questions down below and I will be sure to address them ASAP.

26 thoughts on “Do Women Like Bald Men? (Nationwide Survey Results)”

  1. I shaved my head when I was 56 and am now 63. I had more success with good looking women when I had hair on the sides & back & wore a hat than I do now. I do get more women after me, but the quality of the women that are after me are fat & or wrinkly from 45-65. I will brag & say that friends think I am even better looking than Sean Connery or George Clooney, but shaving my head has not made any women give me a 2nd look anywhere I have gone. I am in shape and try to smile everywhere I go, but for me, personally….aint done a thing at getting ATTRACTIVE women after me. Ugly ones all day long every day of the week, but hotties, nope never. I have been on Zoosk for over 10 years & can count on one hand how many hot women have initiated a conversation. On the other hand I have tried to reach out to 1000s of hotties from 39-55 years of age who will VIEW me but not respond to my initiating. So unfortunately for me despite my good looks & build, I am still alone. One more thing. EVERYONE & I sincerely mean EVERYONE thinks I am at most 50. That is 14 years younger than I am for the max. Lowest gaging me at 40. Average 47. So there you have it. Go figure. Bald equals NOT cool. I have lots of buddies that think I am very funny & that being romantic like I am is awesome. OK SO WHERE ARE THE WOMEN? I wish someone could look at my Zoosk pics & look at my SENT box. Tell me wtf I am doing wrong cuz I have tried for over 10 years to get just ONE hot looking woman to go out with. My opinion is the hotter the woman the more hair they want on the man. WHY? Because they warrant it

  2. My hair started thinning badly in my mid-30s so I decided to shave it off to see what I looked like bald ….. it instantly made me look 10 -15 years older. Women instantly lost interest in me.

    From my experience, being bald is bad. I personally dont care if I’m bald and it doesnt bother me one bit, but the lack of attention from women is very depressing and is what makes baldness hated by men.

    1. Hey David,

      Thanks for sharing and I’m sorry to hear that. For some going the shaved head look makes them look younger and for some, it makes them look older.

      I think too many people try to hang on to the little hair they have and it definitely is not doing them any favors, but it really is a cases by case basis.

      There are some options out there. The most expensive but possibly most effective is hair transplant. They have come a long way in this procedure.

      The other I think is worth considering is micro-pigmentation.

      It is a much more affordable option and the results that I have seen on others is pretty impressive. Have you looked into either of these?

  3. After I went bald at 26, the number of women who showed interest in me drastically went down. Even now at 33, I am seen to be over 40. If I had the money, then Id get a hair transplant. In dating, confidence and having a good job are the 2 most important things to have. However, I have neither right now. Anyways, in summary, women don’t like bald men.

    1. Hey Mike,

      Sorry to hear about your struggles with women since going bald. I had a pretty decent receded hairline by 26 as well. Before I wasn’t keeping it tight and clean by shaving it a couple times a week and I was not doing myself any favors. But since I have been keeping it really well shaved, I feel I look way better and whether it be from the boost of confidence, the fact that I look better, or a combination of both, I have had more success with women.

      Hair transplants are expensive but it might be worth looking into micro pigmentation. It is a far cheaper alternative and maybe something that would fit you. You have to do your research though.

      Good luck!

    2. Listen to yourselves. Women do not want guys who think they can’t get a woman I started going bald when I was 22 years old you guys have it easy. I’m 29 right now I rock the bald head and it’s a girl doesn’t like me so what move onto the next it’s a law of averages you will find one eventually if you let yourself down and sell yourself short then guess what you will be alone be confident I did it a model last year. I am white and bald she just liked my personality. I’m not the best looking guy and I’m not the worst but confidence is key. And try to meet people in the real world when was the last time you actually tried to initiate a date I’ll see about 30 board guys a day with a female on their arm. It’s all in your head and what’s not on it

  4. I started losing my hair in my twenties. I have a brother with perfect hair. I tried shaving for two years and it was not well received. As soon as my hair fell out so did my chances with attractive women. My brother is two years younger and 38 and still attracts girls in their twenties. It’s disgusting. I got two hair transplants just to look mildly normal.

      1. dont know if I would call “mildly normal” a success. I still need more work and Ill never have the head of hair he has. Recently I was helping him at his house and his girlfriend was there who is a knockout hard body. She said I had a good body and butt and wanted my brother to work out more cause shes a fitness person, but he has a decent natural build. I said “he doesnt need to look at his head of hair”. She made another comment and I asked, “you like his hair or want him to have a nice butt” and she thought for about 5 seconds and replied “I really like his hair”.

        Losing my hair is a daily struggle, it has nothing to do with confidence and all this study shows is younger guys with hairloss are basically stuck chasing old, gross cougars with kids.

        When I shaved my head I had a vast difference in the girl I attracted. They all seemed ghetto, chubby and openly stated their kids right off the bat. So basically if your bald get used to taking care of some “not bald” guys kids for him financially.

  5. I completely disagree with the opinions, but off course cannot dispute the experiences. I have had NO problems and I am bald since the age of about 25. I have also had great jobs – I turned down great jobs too! Off course I have been confused by all of this and wondered, then I asked a few women about me. Sometimes they couldn’t explain my attraction in words – they seem to struggle a bit – but very clearly they were trying to mean something like “style” or “personality” “smile” and facial expressions, went up to “good looking”, only wife uses the word “handsome.”. Still not sure what it is. I can have great conversations about various topics, I know that I am respectful and caring (or try to be!) I have read a lot and quite highly educated – up to postgraduate Masters level. So guys I have been bald for nearly all my adult life. I am now 61, and I can tell you even at this age, I have to be careful about unwanted attention – because I am happily married and devoted to my wife. She is so damn jealous to this day, and our little arguments continue to happen – despite all my attempts to convince her of my love and loyalty for over forty years!!! So there!!!

  6. I think it is down to confidence. I started going bald in my 20s which didn’t help. As a result, I lost a bit of confidence with women. I started shaving it in my 30s and had great results. I also forced myself to be more confident and I regretted not doing it sooner. You have to do it and be confident though and consider the ho;e package – dress well, get fit, smell nice etc… and you will have women approaching you. I did and it was better than when I had a full head of hair.

  7. When I dated the model I would ask her if she liked it shaven or grown out. She didn’t care at all. Find a girl who isn’t a bitch and can see past that. I am so pale and white when people saw me with her they said how???? Confidence!!!! My old boss used to say I was the ugliest dude he ever met but he had no idea how I was getting hot women most of them 19 to 21. I will say it is definitely harder to get a date but if you don’t let it get to you it just gives you thicker skin. I have never met one girl successfully online dating being bald but I have dated plenty of girls that I met in person. Get off the computer and go out!

  8. You are asking too general of a question. You should ask the same women & age groups even if they found bald guys attractive, would they pick them over a guy with hair . It should be pointed out that the men in your polls are average looking, not movie or tv star caliber i.e. Jason Statham & all the other hottest looking bald men. I bet that the percentages would drop in the attracted column dramaticallay. I shaved my head & I get mostly homely or fat women on the singles sites viewing me and wanting to chat. THEY think I am hot. When I approach the hotter, younger women I get NOWHERE. Here also is another factor. Who are you asking? General public? Try asking women in your surveys who are hot looking & I bet almost ALL of them will say sorrrrrry no way,to bald dudes or shaved ones. I know it sounds negative & pessimistic but if I had hair on my head I would look like George Clooney even handsomer some girls have told me. Baldness is not a healthy look. Women just like us, love stroking locks of hair. The romance novels show you what they like on the covers. Guys like you see in Magic Mike are the ones chicks drool over or Chippendale dancers. They arent going to go to those places to look at average guys with receding hairlines or shaved heads that might only be 10 pounds overweight. Like us guys being picky, the men that almost all women would love to have sex with are like Patrick Swayze and or tall guys with hair. You take off the hair & there go your chances of meeting someone thats hot (if you are average looking) I am just saying that I am a 8-9 in the 1-10 looks dept but not having hair makes me a 5-6 compared to men of the same caliber with hair. Looking younger does help by shaving the head of all the gray though I will say that. It has made me more popular with the women over 40 but 99% of my responses are ugly women, old women, smokers & biker chick types that smoke & want a guy like me with tatts & cigarettes which I am not. I have read that if you are bald get muscle bound & tan & all that so that you do indeed look like the Jason Statham types or badass Vin Diesel type. That is much easier said than done. Most men do not have the time or energy to pump iron & stick with it. All things considered personally I feel good looking women are a lot pickier than good looking guys are. A buddy of mine thats 20 years younger hit the nail on the head. He said “a few guys like women with big butts but most dont. A few women like guys that are bald but most dont. All you have to do is look around anywhere you go & see how it works. This new scientific study is right about things too. If you are an 8 you can get an 8 or less. If you are a 5 you can get a 5 or less. So me being a bald man with seriously handsome face & decent body….I have to choose women that are 5-6 or less in my own age group too which sucks cuz almost all women in it are U G L Y…….!

  9. Its all confidence,
    I have moderate hair loss receeding hairline.
    I am secure in my personality.
    Whether they are 5 or 6 or 10.
    Its all personality and confidence.
    I did short hair, and picked up women.
    Long bad hair and picked up women.
    I also have done with hats too.
    Skinned, and women hand over phone numbers. I wasn’t even asking, when I was completely bald. They would stare at my face and just hand it over. Lol

    It’s how you hook them in a conversation, and of they like you.
    I told my friend I didn’t want to shave it off, Because I got unwanted attention.
    I have a 6 to 7 now. That can be 7 plus,
    But if we don’t stay together there is someone else. My buddy is not good looking at all very short buzzed hair but, get hot women hitting on him online profiles and when he’s confidant in real life too.

  10. For anyone that (somehow) didn’t know.. “neutral” is female for “no, thanks” / “fuck, no” so generally it’s about 1/3 chance of getting a date / finding love compared to with hair

    And I think the vast majority of bald guys would attest to this kind of percentage

    But, of course, women really go for PERSONALITY. Because they aren’t actually human. They are a more perfect species than that. I mean, duh?

  11. I made an account just to post this. Some of these guys just sound sad! Damn, no wonder, ladies lost interest with those attitudes. I am 42, shaved my head for over 15 years. Dated tons of beautiful women. Now, I am married to a terrific beautiful wife. I sincerely hope you guys get some more confidence, quit worrying about your hair and grab some good life. Women can sense your attitude a mile away. I say this with the most helpful intentions. Take it or not, it is up to you!

  12. Guys, don’t waste your Money on a hair transplant as results will never give you back a full lush head of hair,been there done that.A good hair piece is the only way to go.They are not cheap and high maintenance,but it has given me back my confidence and youthful appearance.

  13. It’s not whether bald or a full head of hair… For me… I have tried both I have been rated 8 9 and 10 on dating sites yeah I have about the same luck that the guy said he had on top of all these comments… No it’s not in my head like the one said… And it’s not on my head with hair or without as we are all saying… It just doesn’t make any difference we have a different type of breed of women nowadays and is basically arrogance Independence. …..And quite frankly in my opinion…. annoyance… Women just aren’t what they used to be there finding ways with fake hair body squishing girdles… Fake push-up bras okay… And enough makeup to make a transformation that is no longer identify Bible to the original girl… And it’s making them arrogant… And quite frankly maybe not useless, but in my opinion no good for a man’s expectation… I mean the basics… Just a bad breed… And we’re in a bad time… I haven’t had this problem with foreign women, like Filipino and Hispanics just the American Woman

  14. I was in my early twenties and already experience MPB male pattern baldness and my confidence went with it, because for so long I enjoyed being able to style my hair as I wanted to. I grew it out long, I cut it short, I died my hair on halloween and 4th of july. I didn’t realize how much I would miss having a thick head of hair.
    So now all I can do is shave my head. And not only have I been looked down on because of my height which i’m only 5.4ft tall which is shorter than most males, now i have deal with my hair. never being able to style it like these other guys.

    I’d rather be fat or chubby than lose my hair and be short. I really hate the dating and beauty standards that I will never be able to live up to in this postmodernist dating world and feminist social heirarchy even in church we see this going on in the dating scene at church.

    I’ve known people who were ex-drug users and even had problems cutting themselves be able to married divorced then remarried. It seems there’s no lowest level a man can stoop to in life and still find women willing to date him even when he’s a drug addict sticking needles in his arms and has deep cut marks all over his body or ugly tattoo’s.

    I’ve seen women get away with all kinds of perversions and still find men willing to date them even obese women who want their hot stud boys.

    Is it just me, or do women have a unfair advantage in the dating scene. I’ve even tried interracial dating and that didn’t workout.

    1. Thanks for sharing your struggles Steven, I know it’s not easy.

      If it really bugs you, you can always try out the various solutions. Obviously there is hair restoration, but that is very expensive and has mixed results. But, may I suggest you consider Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)? I personally just had it done a few months ago and I couldn’t be happier! It’s far more affordable and I think it looks great. It’s not for everyone, but worth looking into. But word of warning, go with a professional that is highly qualified and has a long history of happy customers. Don’t try to cut corners or go for the budget option.

      Hope this helps!

  15. Prefer to be anonymous

    Has nothing to do with looks.
    Some say money. CORRECT…in a sense.
    Some say look. CORRECT! in a sense.
    Vin Diesel, The Rock, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Tyrese, Terry Crews.
    All bald, all sexy, all can have any woman they want.
    Here’s the thing…their sex appeal didn’t disintegrate with age. Especially The Rock, who is still recruited by all of Hollywood. They all have confidence and success, and continued ambition….these, more than anything, are what attracts a woman.
    I’m a 35 year old and started developing a small bald patch in the back and I decided to go clean shaven…it was a tough decision but then I read an article about how going through with it will boost confidence…AND IT DID!
    I’m now seeing a wonderful, gorgeous, skinny, bubbly 23 year old, despite not having a great job or great build…but I am so comfortable and confident with her that it doesn’t matter. I say she looks like a teenage version of Jennifer Aniston…some might say Britt Robertson…still…she’s drop dead gorgeous.

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