How To Describe Hair In Writing To Readers


Describing hair in words is not easy for a reader without a picture.

Phrases for Hair Movement

You must find great phrases to convey a person's hair movement and hairstyle to a reader. It can also be related to the activity, whether natural hair movement or movement due to dancing.

Some phrases to describe hair movement are:

  • Lively
  • Flowing in the wind
  • Breezing in the air
  • Blown on the wind
  • Moving fluidly
  • Windswept
  • Featherweight 
  • Fluffy
  • The wind running through hair
  • Spectacular 
  • Elegant
  • Bouncing
  • Swaying 
  • Swinging side-by-side
  • Lightweight

Phrases for Beautiful Hair 

To describe beautiful hair requires positive phrases and adjectives and should be used with other words on hair texture and length for readers to visualize.

Some phrases to describe beautiful hair are

  • Silky smooth
  • Alluring wavy hair
  • Dazzling
  • Gorgeous
  • Glamorous
  • Magnificant
  • Lovely Tresses

Phrases for Hair Colors

For describing hair color, one tip is to look at hair dye colors for ideas too.  

How to describe hair color in writing 

  • Pitch Dark
  • Jet Black
  • Ash Brown
  • Light Golden Brown
  • Umber Brown
  • Ebony Brown
  • Raven Brown
  • Snowy White
  • Silver Gray Hair
  • Bleach White
  • Ombre Purple
  • Fiery Red
  • Amber Red
  • Auburn Red
  • Chestnut Red
  • Crimson Red
  • Copper Red
  • Mahogany Red
  • Maroon

You should also be familiar with the different textures of the hair and different styles of hair. 

What you should keep in mind is that when using the adjectives to describe the hair, you should not overdo it, just make sure that you are giving enough description of the hair for the purpose of the writing.

You can do research about the phrases that can be used in the description of the color or the texture and the style of the hair, using the specific phrases that are understandable in the world of beauty is very important. You should also note the colors of the hair, they are different.

Tips used in writing hair descriptions

  • Combination of words
  • You should know well how to combine different phrases to give a detailed description of the hair you are trying to describe. 

    A combination of different phrases is able to give a reader a full description of the hair, for example, using a description like; ‘braided black hair’ or 'straight hair' will let a person knows more about the black hair.

    Hair style

  • Find the work that has been done 
  • If you just can’t describe hair well it is advisable that you check out the descriptions that have been done to see how things are done.

    The hairstyle could be dreadlocks on African American hair,  natural afro Hair common in black women, cute hairstyles with short hair, box braids, crochet braids, pixie cut, plaited, ponytail, permed hair, French braids, Dutch braids (read our posts on the different in French and Dutch braids and history of European braids).

    Special Hair

    How to describe hair texture

    There are very many textures that you need to check out because you will need to know every before attempting to describe any, you should check on the thickness of the hair, check on the density, and determine how the hair is curly. There are three types of texture that you will have to dwell on in your descriptions; these are the thick texture, the medium texture, and the fine texture.

    • Thick texture- this is the kind of hair that has all the layers of hair, if you make a description as thick then the hair is really a lot of the head. The hair holds water for a long time compared to other textures
    • Medium texture- the hair might not be as thick as the first texture but it has just enough to cover the head well, it has two layers unlike the thick texture, The hair is lighter then the thick texture, this means that it can be changed into many styles.
    • Fine texture- the hair has only one layer, this means it is very light; it is very delicate just like that one of a young child, this hair cannot be able to stand straight on the head. It can have a problem with using many products.

    Short Dark Hair

    How to describe the smell of hair

    Describing smell can be difficult for a reader to relate because unless you get the right words to describe the smell.

    A good way is to use food like honey, refreshing cucumber which is infused in shampoo.

    Observe the smell, then you will need to find the right description words to able to describe, check out for better adjectives and nouns that can fit the description. You should note that only accurate descriptions will communicate the intended message.

    Hope you find this guide useful for your writing ideas.



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    Sky Hoon
    Hair Lover, Idea Starter. He started HairQueenie, which is ranked #27 in the FeedSpot Top 40 Hair Care Blogs and mentions in ManeAddicts and Tempest. Hair is not everything but something. He started Hairqueenie to share great hair products. Over time, he found there are more value to share answers to hair problems that cannot be found easily.

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