NEW data shows American men feel insecure about their appearance three times a week, and it’s not just about their gray hair.
While a significant proportion of grey-haired men feel insecure about their hair color, men have also been found to be conscious of their weight and the look of their eyes.
According to a new study, half of men currently have gray hair (49 percent), and two-fifths of them are embarrassed because of it (44 percent).
The survey of 2,000 men of all generations examined how they deal with natural changes in their appearance as they age.
It found that most men with gray hair are concerned that it makes them look older (70 percent), and a further 42 percent are concerned about what others think, particularly that having gray hair makes them less attractive .
While graying may be something some start seeing as early as their 20s, Gen Xers and baby boomers shared that they weren’t comfortable until they were almost 50.
Perhaps that’s why 38 percent choose to cover up their gray hair.
The survey, conducted by OnePoll in partnership with L’Oreal Paris, also found that more than half of American men sometimes feel insecure about their general appearance (56 percent).
Millennials feel the most insecure about their appearance (78 percent) compared to 62 percent of Gen Zers and 55 percent of Gen Xers.
The data suggests that men, on average, feel insecure about their appearance three times a week, worrying about factors such as their weight (37 percent) and the way their eyes look (22 percent).
While nearly two-thirds of all respondents like their overall natural looks (64 percent), 56 percent said they feel less confident if they don’t look their best.
One of the top concerns for Millennials (34 percent) and Gen X men (39 percent) is going gray, which may contribute to 45 percent of men admitting they sometimes feel pressure to look younger than they are.
Millennials (88 percent) and the silent generation (79 percent) are particularly concerned about looking as young as other men their age group.
“The physical, outward signs of aging can be an emotional journey,” said Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, international spokesman for L’Oreal Paris.
“We are all on our own path and embracing the process can mean many things – for example, some feel safe and empowered going completely grey, while others feel the same way when applying hair dye.
“Ultimately, it’s important to be the best you can be at any age, and only you can define that for yourself.”
And half of all men said they put more effort into maintaining their looks than others might think (51 percent).
More than a third of respondents spend more than half an hour a day looking good (36 percent), with Gen Xers and Millennials putting in the most time.
Looking and feeling their best varies from generation to generation, with Gen Zers prioritizing showering (48 percent) and choosing nice clothes (39 percent).
Meanwhile, baby boomers (34 percent) shave and style their hair (33 percent) to get that extra boost of confidence.
It’s no surprise, then, that 61 percent of respondents said receiving compliments helps them feel more confident.
“As a hairstylist and colorist, I see firsthand the impact appearance can have on confidence,” said hairstylist Rob McMillan.
“Men are often overlooked in this regard, but in reality they can be influenced by women as well.
“When my clients choose to cover their grays, I always encourage them to make sure it’s coming from within and not because they feel pressured by external factors.”
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