Despite the challenging economic climate, the majority of people would rather have more hair than more money, according to an online survey conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
In fact, 59.8 percent of the 1,407 respondents to the “Hair Transplant Challenge Survey” indicated they would rather have fuller locks than filled wallets, or even friends.  Meanwhile, 26.2 percent of participants selected more money and 13.9 percent said more friends. 
Slightly more women (64.2 percent) than men (59.1 percent) said they wanted more hair than more money or more friends. 

“This survey confirms that even during tough economic times, the desire for more hair is undeniably strong and seen by many as an investment with real dividends – both personally and professionally,” said William M. Parsley, MD, president of the ISHRS, in a prepared statement.  “These days, men and women are looking for any edge in this tight job market. Getting their hair restored can help make people more marketable to employers in looking more youthful, not to mention more confident in their overall appearance.”

The survey was made available on the ISHRS Web site between late May of 2008 and January 2009. 

As of January 2009, 1,878 respondents had participated in the survey and provided valid responses.  A sample size of 1,878 has a margin of error of about +/- 2.3% at the 95% confidence level. 

For a full reprint of the Hair Transplant Challenge Survey report, prepared by RH Research of Chicago, IL, click here.

[Source: Original press release]