This is what your hair gestures say about you
Twisting highlights, swiping bangs from our forehead – these gestures say more about us than we think! Body language expert Joe Navarro explains what.
What does it mean when we wrap the strands of hair around our fingers?
A woman who wraps her hair around her finger is bored. Your thoughts seem far away. Twisting her hair, she whiles away the time until something more interesting happens. In a conversation, this is often a sign that the topic is not relevant to you.
What does it mean when we tuck our hair behind our ears?
A woman only reveals her face when she is interested. It’s a gesture to show she’s interested. A clear sign of flirting.
What if we keep brushing our bangs away from our faces?
For some, this is a form of stress management, almost like a nervous tic. The recurring movement helps us to relax. Others try to hide behind their hair. If you do decide to show yourself to the world, swiping the pony back is a gesture that is tantamount to breaking down a barrier.
And what does it say when we put individual strands of hair in our mouths?
Putting hair in our mouth is for the same reason we put a pen in our mouth, for example, or bite our lip. It plays here too calming and relaxation an essential role. Babies and children have the pacifier that soothes and relaxes them. As we get older, we no longer have such a tool to use. For this reason we start to substitute. The hair is a possibility. Things like chewing gum or biting your lip are others.
Why do we touch our hair so often?
Touching our hair relaxes us.When we touch our hair, impulses are sent to the brain to help us be calm. A conscious touch is a calming gesture. We often see this in toddlers who play with their hair just before they fall asleep, touching it – a calming gesture that helps them fall asleep.
When we are in stressful situations, we touch our hair more often. This can be the case when we are interviewing for a job, when we are facing a particularly difficult task or when meeting a new acquaintance.
When dating, we often see hair play because it gets the other person to look. The movement causes the reflex of the interlocutor to look at his opposite.
Does body language change when we change our hairstyle?
It does, in fact, most strongly right after the change is made. This mainly affects women but also occasionally men. You can often observe the positive effect of the change in small details: a small jump in step, a sweeping arm movement, an alert look. Our brain loves change. And just like a change of outfit, a change in hairstyle can have an equally positive effect. Suddenly the gait is more upright and the whole body says: “Look at me!” Change touches us subconsciously, just like our counterpart.
What are the three most common signals women send with their hair?
The first is a very subconscious signal and is related to vitality and good hair care. It says something like: I take care of myself, I take care of myself and my hair, I am worth something to myself. Then, when she runs her fingers through her hair, near her eyes, says this: I’m worth noticing, look at me. Playing with your hair, twisting it while talking to someone you like, especially when the inside of your wrist is turned toward them, says I’m content, I’m comfortable in your presence.