Those losing their hair attract 95 percent fewer responses than clean-shaven men boasting full heads of hair. Picture: Max Pixel

London - It is a bald but painful truth. If you are a man looking for love online it really pays to have a full head of hair.

Thinning on top or outright baldness is a big turn-off for women on dating websites, research suggests. 

Those losing their hair attract 95 percent fewer responses than clean-shaven men boasting full heads of hair. 

Model Ben Southerst, 29, registered on the Tinder dating app with five different looks. He posted his first profile with a full head of hair and goatee beard.

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He then made digital alterations to the picture and posted four profiles with different looks, ranging from a heavy beard to clean shaven, and thinning hair to completely bald. 

Southerst, who carried out the experiment for Crown Clinic in Manchester, got 120 matches for the clean-shaven look, 85 for his goatee beard, 30 for the heavy beard, 12 for thinning hair, and just three for the bald look.