How to Win the Heart of a Leo Man

Leo men care how you look, are showy and flirty

A couple in the park
Loving a Leo is an adventure. Martin Dimitrov / Getty Images

Most men are visually oriented, and Leo is doubly so. That's why it pays to take the time to do your hair and wear your most flattering outfit.

Go ahead and bring out the glamor reserved for special nights, even if you're going to the neighborhood Chinese restaurant. The overall effect and how confident you are with your own presentation are key.

How Does the Leo in Love React?

The Leo in love is showy, flirty, and eager to get you laughing.

He's enamored of a look as the natural expression of who you are. So it's all about exaggerating the special way you shine and being confident about who you are.

Leo men are show-oriented; if you want a Leo, you'll have to accept that. He's drawn to those who make him look good. He wants to be admired, but how is he treating you?

Respect is a big issue with Leo, and he may test you that way, especially if he's immature. If he's not making an effort or he's not treating you with respect, that's a sign to move on. When dating a Leo, his attentiveness tells you if he's interested or not.

A Male's Leo Nature

Consider the Lion in nature. He's basically a lazy animal, except for short bursts of action when he's hunting. The rest of the time, he lounges with his pride of lionesses.

The Leo Lion is hyper-aware of his status and is competitive with other guys.

This can be a fun social game, as the pair of you hit the town. He wants to show you off and bask in the glory of having caught you. In the beginning, you might feel like the queen to his king, showered with goodies and fun times. He's hotheaded and all-man, a partner who is energizing to be around. He's a romantic, passionate, warm-hearted, and it could be the time of your life...while it lasts.

The Downside

Leo men, however, are known to be eternal bachelors always on the hunt. Just ask Jerry Hall, whose Leo ex Mick Jagger "never grew up," even though she hoped he would. She's a Cancer (July 2) who dazzled him as a total Texas original and a whole lotta woman, but in the end, that lion couldn't be tamed.

She's tried to hide her wounded heart with humor. Leo men attract with their swagger and masculine bravado, and with their steamy, hungry eyes. There's a Leo quality of wanting to be the king of the pride, sought by many, and answerable to no one. It's that sense of entitlement that's both intoxicating and leads to lots of heartache.

Leo May or May Not Be Mature

That's not to say a lion can't be loyal. He's got a true heart when the timing is right (that is, if he's matured), and your life together can be epic, filled with dramatic love. Fiery Leo wants life to be filled with celebrations and adventures.

So if you're full of joie de vivre, he'll respond to that. Creating stand-out memories together will help form a strong bond. Another key is exploring different sides to who you are and sharing that with him. When you take risks, he'll champion your efforts. He appears confident, but he actually needs lots of praise and attention. If you genuinely believe in him and respect him, it'll show. You'll have no problem pumping him up when he needs it.

Beyond Stereotypes

If you've met a Leo, keep in mind that all the other planets have their say in his nature. For example, your Leo man might have an earth sign moon (Capricorn, Taurus, or Virgo), making him crave shared stability in his emotional life. Look also to Venus and Mars for clues to his complex nature.

And above all, never let what you've heard about Leos keep you from taking a chance and getting to know who he really is. Astrology gives us the outline of possibilities, but only in real life do our energies play out.