Testosterone’s Effect on Balding and the Hero Hair Swap

For men, balding is a real fear around the onset of middle-age. Waving goodbye to your majestic mane can be a serious adjustment: studies have implied that it can affect everything from your libido to your mental attitude. Here’s just the short list on how your hair loss can be affecting your health:

The Science behind Hair Loss

Androgenic alopecia, male pattern baldness, the relocation of hair follicles…whatever you call it, hair loss in men isn’t uncommon. In fact, according to the American Hair Loss Association (AHLA), more than 85% of men in the United States experience some form of hair loss by age 50. While there are plenty of contributors to hair loss, science is beginning to center in on the differing levels in hormones.

Testosterone, the male hormone, exists inside your body in different forms: “free” testosterone that isn’t bound to proteins, testosterone bound to sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) and dihydrotestosterone (DHT), made from enzymes. Depending on how the testosterone levels are in your body, your hair loss may be different than anyone else’s.

Harvard Medical School recently completed a study that suggested men with vertical baldness are almost twice as likely to develop prostate cancer as men without bald spots. The risk of coronary artery disease also increased, leading researchers to believe there is a connection between DHT—the testosterone in your prostate—and baldness.

Another study done in the Czech Republic revealed that men with premature male pattern baldness had lower-than-average levels of testosterone. Researchers have compared lower levels of testosterone in men to polycystic ovarian syndrome (POS) in women, where varying levels of hormones have an impact on the overall health.

Bald Doesn’t Have to be Bad…Or Does it?

While the changing testosterone levels in your body certainly explain some of the mood changes you may undergo, it doesn’t excuse everything: plans to take over the world or destroy the city are still pretty bad ideas. We’ve taken a few of Hollywood’s baddest and added a new ‘do to see how the new look changes their attitudes. Spoiler alert: they’re just bad to the bone.


  • Cypher & Neo: In the Matrix, it’s hard to tell what’s real and what isn’t; while we can’t be sure this post is even real, we’re definitely sure that Cypher is the antagonist of the story. After regretting taking the red pill and seeing the truth, he conspires with Agent Smith to kill The One, Neo, and return to his world where “ignorance is bliss.”

Gollum and Frodo from Lord of the Rings swap hair to demonstrate balding villains are still bad.

  • Gollum & Frodo: While you can argue that Gollum isn’t really a villain here so much as another victim, he’s still a character that you love to hate. From the initial murder of his best friend to pitting Sam and Frodo against each other, there’s nothing good about Gollum (except that he’s sacrificed to Mt. Doom).

Darth Maul and Anakin from Star Wars swap hair to demonstrate villains are still bad.

  • Darth Maul & Anakin Skywalker: The villain you may know as Darth Vader wasn’t always such a villain: when he was Anakin, the Jedi battled his own villain—Darth Maul. Even though Maul was cut in half, the dark side still managed to grab a hold of Anakin. We guess sometimes the hair doesn’t care whether you’re good or evil—or sometimes both.

Bane and Bruce Wayne from Batman swap hairstyles to demonstrate villains are bad regardless of hair.

  • Bane & Bruce Wayne:  Despite Bane’s heartbreaking story of injustice, he still attempted to wipe out the entire city of Gotham—making him a villain. Bruce Wayne, the real identity of Batman, eventually overcomes a broken spine to defeat Bane. With a fabulous fro like that, we’re left wondering why Batman would ever want to wear a helmet.

Dr. Evil and Austin Powers swap hair to illustrate that balding villains are bad, even with hair.

  • Dr. Evil & Austin Powers: Whether it’s iconic pinky-to-lip pose or the adorable Mr. Bigglesworth on his lap, it’s hard to count Dr. Evil as the villain he is. Nevertheless, his myriad of plans to take over the world has earned him a spot on our list. Add in Austin Powers’ hair, and we’re afraid you simply can’t be afraid of Dr. Evil. Better luck next time?

Lord Voldemort and Harry Potter swap hair to demonstrate villains are bad, even with hair.

  • Lord Voldemort & Harry Potter: Seven years after the final book was published, it’s still hard to let this one go: the dark wizard and the Boy Who Lived make an extraordinary villain and hero pair. He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named wasn’t especially charming to begin with, but even Harry’s luscious locks can’t help him.


It’s hard to say what made these villains go bad, but it’s certain that a new hairstyle isn’t going to help bring them back. The same may not be true for you: if you need help getting your groove back, contact us! We’d love to sit and tell you all about hair transplantation and how testosterone levels affect everything from your head to your toes.

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