“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”
You’ve heard that probably more times than you care to remember. And while it’s true and applies to numerous aspects of our lives – from job interviews to chance encounters to blind dates, and more – it’s also true that a first impression, especially a quick one, rarely tells the whole story.
First impressions, like any other story, are comprised of multiple ingredients. So, while you may have a warm smile, great sense of humor, and a straightforward manner, there are other factors being considered by that new – and potential – special someone. Let’s have a look.
Standing tall, shoulders pushed back, and spine straight make a person seem confident and approachable. Someone who is slouching, not making eye contact, and with sagging shoulders may be perceived as anxious, shy, nervous, or lacking self-esteem.
One of the most noticeable features about someone is their hair. If it’s kept trimmed, neat, and clean, it says this person probably takes good care of him or herself. On the other hand, dirty, tangled, or otherwise messy hair might make one question overall hygiene, neatness, and organization. Yes, “messy” hair styles are still in, just be sure it’s intended and not because you can’t be bothered to wash or brush it when you’re trying to make a good impression.
Hands and Nails
Stained hands and dirty, untrimmed nails are a no-no. Again, this brings overall hygiene into question. Whether your hands are soft and moisturized or calloused, keep them clean. And don’t bite your nails. It’s a bad habit that not only spreads germs but makes nails look messy.
It’s not so much about what you wear, but how you wear it. From casual t-shirts and jeans to a three-piece-suit or little black dress, take pride in what you put on. Avoid wearing dingy, stained, and smelly clothing – unless you’re mowing the lawn or cleaning out the garage. And don’t forget the fit. If, for example, that concert t-shirt from the 90s is cutting off circulation around your arms or midsection, perhaps it’s time to let it go.
Let’s face it, this one might be the biggest turn-on or turn-off of them all. No matter how tall you stand, how groomed you are, and how well dressed, if you have body odor, smell like the trout you fried last night, or wreak of an ash tray, it’s going to be hard to ignore. You don’t need to douse yourself in perfume or cologne, but a fresh, clean scent goes a long way.
If hair is so important, does it mean that lack of hair drops you back in the pack? Not necessarily. In fact, of far greater importance is how your hair – or lack thereof – makes you feel. Looking to regain a full head of hair? Then schedule a free consultation with DiStefano Hair Restoration Center today and let’s see what kind of magic we can work for you.