Magazine article USA TODAY

Men's Gray Hair Has Negative Impact

Magazine article USA TODAY

Men's Gray Hair Has Negative Impact

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Men with gray hair command lower salaries compared to their non-gray counterparts, a survey of 100 image consultants by Combe Inc., White Plains, N.Y., found. They earn an average of almost $10,000 less than those without gray hair ($61,157, compared with $70,345).

In addition, gray-haired men are considered less effective. When respondents were asked to judge how capable each man appeared, just 27% of the gray-haired participants were rated "very capable." The same men were reviewed with colored hair and the percentage rated "very capable" jumped to 47%.

"In today's competitive marketplace, it's not easy for a man who looks less than his best to get and advance in a job," maintains John Molloy, author of Dress for Success and an image consultant to Fortune 500 companies. "I advise men who want to remain vital in their jobs to remember that people do judge a book by its cover. If your performance is good, but if you're still not advancing as quickly as you would like, take a look in the mirror and evaluate your image."

In 87% of cases, the image consultants rated men without gray hair as "dynamic and energetic," compared to 60% for those with gray hair. …

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