People with neat centre partings in their hair are less healthy than those with less immaculate hair styles, scientists have discovered.
Dr Herbert Kerls and his colleagues at the Institute of Trichology, Central Florida, collected photographs of hundreds of people (men and women aged between 14 and 40) with distinctive partings in their hair. Using standard morphing techniques they produced several versions of each photograph, varying the centrality of the hair parting.
The researchers then asked groups of young adults to rate each face for healthiness and attractiveness. Models featuring a 'dead-centre' parting were rated as less healthy and less attractive than those whose partings were 'off-centre'.
"People who insist on immaculate centre partings clearly spend a lot of time in front of a mirror, and may well be obsessive about other things too, " says Dr Kerls. "Spending such a disproportionate amount of time getting a parting properly centralized means that they are neglecting other aspects of their life such as full body exercising, fresh air and a decent night's sleep. No wonder their health is at risk."