BALD men have less sex than hairy ones – but think they’re brilliant in bed a new survey has found. They are also more likely to cheat on their partners and suffer problems with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem because of their hair loss.

A fifth (20%) of brits suffering from hair loss feel less attractive to their preferred sex but at the same time rate themselves as better in bed than their hair-full counterparts: 38% of Brits with hair loss rate themselves as good, compared to 29% of those with hair.

A survey commissioned by the Harley Street Hair Clinic shows that over a third (34%) of balding people admit to cheating on their partners, compared to only a fifth (21%) of people with hair. A quarter (24%) of Brits would be less likely to date someone with noticeable hair loss. 41% are neutral on this matter, whilst 34% disagree. 31% of male respondents say this would make them less likely to date a person compares to 19% of female respondents.

38% of those in relationships say their partner suffers from hair loss or thinning hair and over a third (34%) of respondents admit that they find them less attractive now that they’ve started to lose their hair. Men are significantly more likely to be affected by their partner’s hair loss (64%) compared to women (21%).

The average age for hair loss in the UK is 40 years old. A third (31%) of those in relationships with someone with hair loss wishes their partner would do something about it, with 66% of men saying so, compared to just 16% of women.

Respondents who suffer from some degree of hair loss are more likely to describe themselves as very stressed (33%) in their daily lives, compared to those with hair (14%) according to the survey.

Over a third (36%) of those surveyed say they have suffered from anxiety as a result of stress, whilst a further 29% say it has led them to feel depressed. Others have felt more physical signs of extreme stress, with over a third (34%) suffering from headaches, a quarter (25%) having digestive issues and a fifth (19%) experiencing joint or back pain as a result of stress. 9% of those polled say they have suffered from hair loss as a direct result of the stress they feel in their daily lives, a figure which rises to a quarter (24%) of respondents under the age of 35.

People with hair loss are more likely to support a Premier League football team, with 53% supporting compared to a third (33%) of those who aren’t balding. The most popular teams are Manchester United (10% of those with hair loss support the Red Devils), 7% follow the Arsenal and Liverpool, and 83% of the Bournemouth fans surveyed in this study suffer from some element of hair loss.

Top 10 contributions to hair loss (by those who suffer):

  • Stress in personal life (32%)
  • Stress at work (21%)
  • Lack of sleep (18%)
  • Illness (16%)
  • Diet (15%)
  • Bereavement (10%)
  • Lack of exercise (10%)
  • Too much exercise (7%)
  • Menopause (7%)
  • Puberty (6%)

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