Intelligence & Hair Loss: Do Smart People Lose More Hair?

Intelligence and hair lossMany of us have preconceived notions about what baldness means on other people. While we often negatively think about baldness for ourselves, some positive stereotypes do go along with it. Among those positive associates are those who perceive male baldness as being a sign of intelligence, maturity, being better educated, and more successful.

If that association had not occurred to you; consider people like Jeff Bezos, Bruce Willis, Steve Jobs, and The Rock… and it does make sense. Even fictional men like Star Trek’s Captain Picard, Professor Charles Xavier from The X-Men, and Superman’s nemesis Lex Luthor are known for both their intelligence and their baldness.

These preconceived notions have had some people asking questions about whether there is a correlation between intelligence and losing your hair. So, is there?

Is Balding A Sign Of Intelligence?

While there are studies that show people may view bald men as being more intelligent, it is only an opinion. These studies are usually based on people rating pictures of men and not on any sort of tests of intelligence that the men in question may have been involved in. So, don’t expect to do any better the next time you play Trivial Pursuit if you have noticed you are experiencing a form of baldness.

Does Thinking Cause Hair Loss?

Yes and no. Thinking itself is not going to cause hair loss. However, thinking about certain things can be tied to stress. If you’re overthinking or stressing about things for a prolonged period of time, that will have adverse effects on your body.

One of those side effects can potentially be telogen effluvium, a type of temporary (but potentially permanent) hair loss caused by excessive stress. It could also lead to another form of hair loss, alopecia areata, where your body’s immune system ends up attacking its own hair follicles.

Is Body Hair Linked To Intelligence?

This is another similar topic that has been debated and studied regarding its validity. While these studies do things such as surveying intelligent professionals like doctors or members of Mensa finding that a higher percentage of them have more dense body hair than others; these are not conclusive studies.

There are other factors to keep in mind – such as what the definition of dense body hair is within these studies; what roles gender, region, ethnicity, and other factors play into it; and plenty more. So, while some studies may give those of us with denser body hair something to boast about in conversation, you will want to hold off on writing Mensa and asking for a membership.

RHRLI Can Help You Restore Your Hair No Matter How Smart You Are

Even though some of us may perceive other people who are bald as being intelligent and mature, that doesn’t mean you have to embrace your own baldness. Our team here at Robotic Hair Restoration Long Island is equipped with surgical and non-surgical approaches to restore your hairline and your confidence. As a board-certified surgeon, I utilize the minimally invasive ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant System, a procedure that produces exceptional results and will get you back to your day-to-day life in just a few days. Contact us today for a free consultation. It’s the smart thing to do.

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