Nearly three quarters of British people think it is better for a man to go grey than to go bald, our poll has discovered. Fewer than one in ten people have a preference for a hairless head over a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
The poll also revealed that over 60s are particularly adverse to baldness (though 40 to 59 year olds are slightly more accepting).
- 74% of British people think it is better for a man to go grey than bald
- While just 7% think it’s better to go bald
- The over 60s are particularly adverse to baldness with 79% preferring to men to go grey
- That’s compared to 69% of 40 to 59 year olds
Silver foxes in the public eye help support the idea that grey is better than bald: Hollywood favourite George Clooney (pictured), suave Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho and former Bond star turned ABBA singer Pierce Brosnan are just some of the popular figures sporting a healthy head of grey hair.
However, the minority preferring the bald effect might be in better company than it seems. Bearing their scalp clearly hasn’t hurt action men Bruce Willis and Vin Diesel, while many women have also chosen the shaven-headed look, albeit temporarily; a bald Natalie Portman graced many a red carpet while filming 2006 smash hit V for Vendetta, while Ridley Scott’s 1997 movie G.I. Jane saw actress Demi Moore shave her head on screen and remain bald for much of the rest of the film.