Tuesday, July 30, 2013

How to Describe Hair Color

How to Describe Hair Color

From natural colors to funky streaks of blue and pink, hair color can help a reader visualize and even understand your character better. There are a few basic shades; blonde, brown, red, black, gray, and white. Why leave it at that? You want a vivid description of your characters so the reader can place together the different attributes the author has given them to create a fictional character in their mind.
Below is a list of descriptive words to liven up the natural colors, but don't stop at just describing the colors differently with fancy-dancy words. Remember characters can have almost any color hair you want to give them thanks to an invention called hair dye. There are highlights and lowlights. Natural hair color has highlights too. Exposed roots from where the hair has grown out which is a good description for explaining a disheveled character or someone who isn't vain about their looks and carefree.
Don't forget you can also describe hair color without using color at all.
Example: Her hair was as smooth and dark as melted decadent chocolate.  

Here are a list of different words to expand from the natural hair colors.

Blonde: ash, flaxen, golden, honey, platinum, tawny, wheaten, sandy, strawberry, dishwater, fair, bleached

Brown: bronze, mousy, sandy, chestnut, mahogany, russet, sorrel, ash, muddy

Red: ginger, copper, flaming, fiery, auburn, sable, terra-cotta, ruby, crimson, carrot, burgundy

Black: ebony, sooty, raven, jet, greasy, ink, midnight, obsidian, onyx

Gray: steel, silver, ash, salt and pepper, iron

White: ivory, pearl, snowy, cotton ball, milky, fleecy

You can find some of these descriptions in my debut novel, Culture Shock. I like to bring my characters alive with descriptive writing. Hair color is just one aspect, but it can say a lot  about a character, so don't skip over this seemingly insignificant detail.

***Read an excerpt from Culture Shock, my debut novel and a love story with a dangerous edge.

CULTURE SHOCK is a witty tale of mystery and romance with a large helping of southern hospitality.
Macy Holmes is a seventeen-year-old socially-isolated introvert since her best friend's death a year ago. When her family decides to move from Manhattan to the quaint country town of Bougainvillea, Florida, Macy finds she's in a completely different world. Macy is no longer the outsider hiding behind designer clothes when she is sought out by three strange students, one of whom she is particularly interested in. The more time she spends with Chad the more things don't add up. When his true identity is finally revealed, Macy is pulled into a supernatural society with its saturation of inhabitants residing in Bougainvillea.
You would think she has enough on her plate, but no, then her dreams become infiltrated by an external magical force, Macy and her band of supernatural misfits must find the culprit behind the magic-induced nightmares. They must dodge zombie assassins, shifty shape-shifters and high school bullies in order to stop this perpetrator before Macy, her friends or her parents pay the ultimate price. Especially when Macy has the sneaking suspicion that these dreams are reality...
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Happy Reading!!!

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