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The Body Language of Hair
Hair, it’s such a serious matter that millions get hair implants and hair replacement , yet somehow we can’t stop playing with it and, in doing so, showing nervousness through hair twirling body language. We’ll uncover why we can’t stop doing this hair twirling body language as we cover the essentials of hair twirling body language.
The Essentials of hair Twirling Body Language
Playing with your hair is often a sign of nervousness, just as fidgeting and nail biting are. You’ll often see children with low self esteem displaying these body language gestures, but why?
Our parents likely played with our hair when we were young, making the gesture feel reassuring as it reminds us of being in our parent’s arms. As we grow older and our parents stop playing with our hair we adopt this gesture for ourselves with an associated sense of comfort and reassurance.
Our parents may also have played with our hair when prettifying us, literally saying, “Look how pretty your hair is” as they twirled it. This gives the gesture a second quality of attention seeking, which when we become teens and adults may be used in courting. only where our parents may have said “Look how pretty you look” we now say to potential mates “Look at this hair. Do you see how pretty I look?”
So we have two main meanings of the hair twirling body language. The first is that a person is twirling their hair to provide comfort when feeling nervous or insecure, and the the second meaning is that a person is attracted to someone and seeking to gain their attention. To determine which of these readings is the right one when reading a person, it is necessary to take into account the other gestures they are performing with it (for instance, are they licking their lips? If so it is a clear attraction signal. If they are looking at the floor while crossing their arms over their chest, however, it’s a save bet the hair twirling represents a need for comfort and reassurance).
Many people have a compulsive habit of twirling their hair, in which case they may not be nervous at the time when you see the gesture, but instead have developed nervous body language as a result of repeated stress and insecurity perhaps taking place over many years.