Body Language: The Head

 Reading body language is like listening to someone. Listed here are the possible meanings of many different body language signs. To avoid getting it wrong, please start with the short section “How Can You Read What People Think?” at the bottom of this page.

The Hair

– Twirling hair around their finger:

–> could be nervous

–> if it is a woman and she is showing other flirting cues, she could be interested in you

– Touching their hair (not twirling):

–> could be relaxed

–> could be re-arranging their hair showing your opinion of them matters

–> if it is a man and he is showing other flirting cues, he could be preening – showing a romantic interest


The Head

– Level:

–> could indicate self assurance, confidence

–> could be authoritative

– Tilt:

–> when you’re talking, they may be paying attention

–> when you’re asking them a question, they may be thinking of the best answer

Listening?... Or thinking of the best answer?
Listening?… Or thinking of the best answer?

– Nodding:

–> usually means “Yes” and reflects agreement in most parts of the world (but be careful they are exceptions – it can mean No in parts of India, Bolivia, or inability to understand you in parts of Asia)

–> could indicate genuine interest

If you use nodding to connect with others, be aware of this myth about nodding:…

Nodding while you are talking only reinforces what the other person has in mind at that moment – not what you are saying.

However, do nod occasionally while this person is talking to you – to show you are interested and focused on them.

– Shaking their head:

–> usually means “No”, or disagreement in most countries.

Beware of any cultural differences with the other person, it means Yes in some countries (see Nodding).

Want To Know For Sure…?

The Golden Rule of Reading Body Language: Look for at least
another 2 or 3 signals
with the same possible meaning – in
different areas of their body or communication.

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