We all want to look good. Attractive people get better jobs with higher salaries, get out of speeding tickets more often and get tons of other little bonuses in life. They’re seen as smarter, friendlier and more physically able to perform tasks. Psychologists call it the halo effect, and it happens without us realizing.

In my opinion, use it to your advantage. Look good. Feel Better.

Your hair is a great place to start because it’s easy to change. It can also say a lot about your personality. Here are some simple tips for girls to have better-looking hair:

Penelope Cruz

1. Apply highlights

A 2004 study at Florida State University found guys like dark hair. Of course, that’s in married men. Brunettes are seen as more down to earth, blondes are lively, and redheads are wild. What’s more important is adding visual texture to your hair. Adding highlights makes hair more eye-catching because of the change in colors. Think of it this way: would you rather stare at a blank wall or one with a mural?

2. Apply lift to the front of your hair

From personal experience, nothing looks weirder than seeing someone with a cone-shaped head. From a non-personal science perspective, cone-shaped heads looks weird. One of the major causes of cone-shaped-head syndrome is the hair on the crown of your head sticking up higher than in the front.

There are some simple fixes to this major medical issue. First, hair spray works wonders. Don’t go overboard, but just holding up your bangs a little can help a lot. On the other hand, ponytails also work pretty well by pulling down the hair in the back. It’s like cheating, but there aren’t actually rules to break.

3. Layer your hair (or have your hair stylist do it)

Youthfulness is attractive. I probably could have mentioned this at many earlier points in time, but I didn’t. Anyway, the more youthful someone’s appearance, the more attractive they are

Why does layering work? Voluminous hair makes a person appear healthy and youthful. Also, that 2004 study shows men like longer hair as well. Volume: good. Length: good. Volume and length: good. Layering creates both, so it makes sense to do it.

 

If you’re a guy, or are interested in how guys can have better-looking hair, check out my simple tips for that, too.

There are certainly more posts like this one to come, so if you like reading about this, be sure to follow my blog by clicking the button on the side of the home page and follow me on Twitter @IllusionofMatt.

Peace. -Matt

We all want to look good. Attractive people get better jobs with higher salaries, get out of speeding tickets more often and get tons of other little bonuses in life. They’re seen as smarter, friendlier and more physically able to perform tasks. Psychologists call it the halo effect, and it happens without us realizing.

In my opinion, use it to your advantage. Look good. Feel Better.

Your hair is a great place to start because it’s easy to change. It can also say a lot about your personality. Here are some simple tips for guys to have better-looking hair:

Ryan Reynolds

1. Use conditioner

Healthy is attractive, and healthy hair shines. Conditioner gives hair moisture, which allows it to reflect light. That shine suggests your body has adequate nutrients for growth and other bodily maintenance, so it’s more attractive.

Showering is good because it promotes soft hair, but better-looking hair has a glimmer to it. Soap can take away some of that shine, and conditioner puts it right back.

2. Keep it short

A major factor in what is attractive is highlighting gender differences. Shaving and hair-cutting have been around for ages, but the popularity of short hair for men starts in 300 BC. The Macedonians started shaving their beards so they could not be pulled in battle. Shaved heads also followed. That tradition continues today in armies around the world, and it also remains in society though the purpose is defunct.

Short hair is commonly seen as a major gender signal for guys, so shorter hair is more attractive. Plus, it’s easier to take care of.

3. Tidy up

Most guys just don’t care about their hair. Girls do. Society does. Just combing your hair is an easy way to look like you care enough to take care of yourself. If you can’t take care of yourself, there’s no way you will take care of anybody else, and society frowns on that.

 

If you’re a girl, or are interested in how girls can have better-looking hair, check out my simple tips for that, too.

There are certainly more posts like this one to come, so if you like reading about this, be sure to follow my blog by clicking the button on the side of the home page and follow me on Twitter @IllusionofMatt.

Peace. -Matt

I recently attended my first Tweetchat. Thanks to the guys who run #InfluenceChat for a wonderful discussion yesterday. The topic: what starts a trend?

First, we framed the discussion. We focused on why and how things become popular and what keeps them popular. People threw around a lot of ideas. The overriding thought was that trends tend to spread by one person influencing another person who influences another, etc. It’s not necessarily that one person can influence millions of people unless their sphere is large enough.

Personally, I linked trending to a mob mentality. If an idea carries some stigma, positive or negative, it has the ability to trend. One person latches on, and soon enough everyone joins the wagon train without really knowing why. They might say, “Because it’s cool,” but being cool is really only a measure of how trendy something is in the first place.

Interestingly enough, Twitter (the actual web service) marked our hashtag, #InfluenceChat, as one of the trending topics during the hour of our conversation.

Our blossoming influence

We posted 467 tweets. These 467 tweets reached over 147,000 people through our contributors’ networks. They left more than 1.4 million impressions. Not bad for a day’s work! If you’re interested in more stats or some of our discussion, check out the transcript.

About #InfluenceChat

Just a quick note about the wonderful tweetchat I attended: it’s a chat about social media and other business marketing whatnots. They talk about how these methods influence the public sphere. It’s pretty interesting stuff. They meet every other Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m., and the next gathering of minds is May 15. I encourage everyone to check it out.

If you know of any interesting discussion groups on Twitter, let everyone know about it in the comments below. I, for example, believe I am an interesting discussion, and you should follow me on Twitter @IllusionOfMatt if you aren’t already. While you’re clicking random things, click that button on the right under “Follow Blog via Email.” Until next time!

Peace. ~Matt