Hair and who we are
October 8, 2012
Our hair says a lot about who we are.Â Thatâ€™s why losing it can be so traumatic. But for balding men, a new study may offer some hope. It turns out that a completely shorn head is viewed as masculine and powerful.Â Just think of all the macho action movie heroes played by Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, and Vin Diesel; or powerful CEOS like Dreamworkâ€™s Jeffrey Katzenberg and Amazonâ€™s Jeffrey Bezos; and there are plenty of bald sports stars — Andre Agassi and Michael Jordon. Â This hour, we explore the meaning of hair and how it identifies us.Â Weâ€™ll also learn about how close we are to a cure for baldness. Weâ€™ll talk with ALBERT MANNES, a lecturer at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and author of the new study on baldness and dominance.Â Weâ€™ll also talk about the science of hair loss with GEORGE COTARELIS, chair of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania.Â And weâ€™ll get a unique perspective on what hair loss means for women from SHERRY KREEK, a hair salon manager who has lost her hair twice to chemotherapy.
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