Self-conscious generation: 4 in 5 millennial men insecure about their looks

Half of men currently have gray hair (49%), and many of them are quite self-conscious about it (44%). That’s the conclusion from a survey of 2,000 adult men across all generations that looked into how they deal with natural changes to their appearance that come with aging.

Results show that most men who have gray hair worry that it makes them look older (70%). Another 42 percent are concerned about others’ opinions, specifically that other will see them as less attractive with gray hair.

While going gray can be something that some start to see as early as their 20s, Gen Xers and baby boomers shared that they weren’t comfortable being gray until they were nearly 50. Perhaps this is why 38 percent opt to cover up their gray hair. Conducted by OnePoll in partnership with L’Oreal Paris, the survey also found that more than half of American men sometimes feel insecure about their overall looks (56%).

Millennials feel the most self-conscious about their physical appearance (78%) versus 62 percent of Gen Zers and 55 percent of Gen Xers.