Women today are well aware of the impact their hair has on the opposite sex. Just think of these old associations, ‘Blondes have more fun, redheads are more sexual and brunettes are more intelligent.’
Hair that is pulled back into a tight ponytail or bun conveys conservatism, while short, cropped hairstyles show a no fuss attitude. Immaculately groomed hair suggests aloofness and a full, heavy fringe indicates shyness. The soft, windswept look is still universally considered the most sexy and desirable.
Even the way a woman fusses with her hair can have an underlying meaning. See our checklist to find out what women are really saying when they touch their hair in the company of other men…
- Undoing her hair while talking to a man: When a woman lets her hair down during a conversation with a man, she signals a playfulness that still exerts control, or even hinting that undoing her hair is the first step to undressing.
- Twisting a strand of hair into a tight line: This can mean that although she is uncertain of a man’s intentions, she is prepared to continue the conversation before coming to any conclusions.
- Flipping or tossing her hair while talking: This signal is only available to women with long hair and conveys confidence in their sexuality.
- Sucking a strand of hair: This is one of the most potent come-on signals available to women with longer hair.
- Running her fingers through her hair: A subconscious signal inviting a man to touch her hair. A woman who is confident that a man is attracted to her will often use both hands to fluff up her hair in a preening gesture.
- Tugging her hair: A sign of exasperation, usually used when a woman realises that she isn’t going to get very far with a man.
- Brushing imaginary hair off her shoulders: A sign of shyness and lack of confidence, this signal is also used by women who want to appear shy.
So next time you start fiddling with your hair during a conversation, be more aware of what message you might be sending with your fussing, and to whom!