Science has ruled: baldness makes you look at least eight years older than you actually are.
Crown Clinic, a hair transplant centre in Manchester, England, surveyed 1,000 people for a study, as reported by the Sun. They completed this study by presenting the people in question with a selection of photos of test subjects. These test subjects each had a unique physical trait. Survey takers would guess how old these people were, and then the difference between the estimate and the actual age would be recorded.
Their goal was to find the physical trait that added the most years in appearance to someone’s looks. That trait was baldness, which added at least a year more in age than any other physical traits, with several more being added due to others. Some of the others measured were: grey hair (seven years), beards (five years), goatees (four years), heavily unshaven (three years), excess weight and moustaches (two years.)
A striking example of their findings came from just next door: Prince William. The Prince is very well known for his head of hair, or lack thereof. He started balding at a very young age. He is only 34 years old, but has almost no hair.
Asim Shahmalak, a surgeon from the clinic, said, “Prince William was one of the most desirable men in the world when he was in his early 20s, but he has aged fast because he has done nothing to remedy the Windsors’ strong baldness gene which has also affected his father and his grandfather.” According to the study’s results, he should look around the age of 42. This seems accurate.
Shahmalak cited another prominent example in England: Manchester United soccer (or football, if you prefer) player Wayne Rooney. Rooney burst into the league at a very young age. This, combined with the fact that he was completely bald by his mid-20s, made it appear as though he was significantly older than his real age.
“Just imagine how much less attractive he would look to sponsors if had let nature take its course and and now had the looks of a 39-year-old man,” Shahmalak said. “I am sure it has also helped to prolong his football career because he looks younger and fresher with hair.” Anyone familiar with Rooney’s transformation would certainly agree.
Shahmalak has said he’s seen a 25 per cent increase in hair transplants since Rooney had his done, just over five years ago. This is a healthy trend, and we hope it continues. We age fast enough. Don’t let baldness speed it up. Get in touch with us today.