Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 28, 2010

200 Word Descriptive Hair List


Last year I put together a list of descriptive words for food. This year I thought a descriptive list for hair might help you when starting to describe your characters. I included colors, and words of items that adorn the hair. There must be more words, so let’s work together on this.  Please leave new words to add in the comment’s section.  Thanks!

Afro
Angled
Ash
Asymetrical
Auburn
Balding
Bandore
Bangs
Bevel
Bias
Bleached
Blended
Blunt
Bouncy
Brindle
Brown
Bump
Barrett
Barrett’s
Bed head
Beehive
Big hair
Black
Bleached
Blonde
Blow dry
Blow dryer
Bob
Bobby pins
Bonnet
Bouffant
Bowl cut
Braids
Bright
Brunette
Brushed
Bun
Busby
Bushy
Buzz-cut
Cap
Carmel
Carrot top
Chestnut
Chignon
Chocolate
Choppy
Clasps
Clipper-cut
Clips
Coarse
Coiffure
Colored
Conditioner
Combs
Comb over
Copper
Corkscrews
Cornrows
Coronet
Cowlick
Cream rinse
Crew cut
Crimped
Crimper
Cropped
Crown
Curlers
Curling iron
Curly
Damaged
Dandruff
Dark
Devilock
Diffuser
Dimension
Dingy
Dish-water blonde
Dirty blond
Do
Downy
Dreadlocks
Ducktail
Dull
Dyed
Ebony
Elasticity
Emo
Even
Face-framing
Fair
Fair-haired
Fall
Faux-hawk
Fine
Flat iron
Full
Feathered
Finger wave
Flattop
Flaxen
Flip
Flowing
Follicle
Forelock
French Knot
French Twist
Fringe
Frizzy
Frosted
Fuzzy
Gel
Glisten
Glossy
Golden
Gossamer
Greasy
Grey/Gray
Groomed
Hairdo
Hair extensions
Hairpiece
Hairpins
Hairspray
Hanging
Hat
Hat-hair
Healthy
Headband
Helmet
Highlights
Hi-Top
Honey blond
Hood
Jheri Curl
Kinky
Knotted
Lackluster
Layered
Limp
Light
Lock
Long
Loose
Lowlights
Luminous
Lustrous
Mane
Messy
Miter
Mohawk
Mop
Mousse
Mud gutter blond
Mullet
Nap
Nappy
Natural
Oily
Pageboy
Paste
Part
Peach Fuzz
Permanent
Permed
Pigtails
Pixie
Plait
Platinum
Pomade
Pompadour
Ponytail
Porous
Powder
Puffed
Rat’s nest
Rattail
Ratty
Razor Cut
Redhead
Ribbons
Ringlets
Rubber bands
Sable
Salt and pepper
Sandy
Scarf
Scissors
Shears
Short
Silhouette
Springy
Scrunched
Scrunchies
Shag
Shaggy
Shampoo
Shape
Shaved
Shiny
Shoulder-length
Sideburns
Silky
Silver
Shimmering
Skinhead
Sleek
Slick
Smarmy
Soft
Spikes
spiked
Spirals
Split ends
Spray
Strawberry blond
Straggly
Strand
Straight
Streak
Stringy
Stripped
Stubbly
Sun-streaked
Style
Tangled
Tapered
Tasselled
Tawny
Teased
Tendrils
Texture
Thick
Thinning
Tiara
Tight
Tinted
Titian
Tone
Top knot
Toupe
Touseled
Toque
Towhead
Tress
Trim
Turban
Un-even
Up-do
Unkempt
Upswept
Virgin
Voluminous
Wavy
Weave
White
Widow peak
Wig
Wild
Windblown
Windswept
Wings
Wiry
Wispy
Wooly

Agent Scott Treimel says all his manuscripts have a girl with curly hair.  Maybe this will help give your protagonist a different look. Hope this helps.

Kathy


Responses

  1. My hair is thick, curly and a pain in the bottom. These words are the polite words I use to describe it. Course, stubborn, pinging, flappy and sticking out all over the place like a witches birch broom.
    Maureen. http://www.thepizzagang.com

    • Maureen,

      Excellent description. I bet it is pretty, too.

      Kathy

  2. Auburn and Rat’s Nest

    • Yousei,

      I’m laughing. How could I forget auburn? That was the color of my hair for most of my life. Now it has lighten to Strawberry blonde.

      Kathy

  3. Cute post!

    anita

  4. Tousled

    • Good word! I’m running out the door for the SCBWI conference. If I can get on line, I will answer your questions about “Exclusive submissions.” If not, I’ll answer it on Sunday.

      Kathy

  5. feathered
    peach fuzz
    bobby pins

    • Kayeleen,

      Thanks! These are great ones to add. I’ll do that when I get back from the SCBWI conference in NYC.

      Kathy

  6. Her hair is deep brown, the color of chocolate.

    His hair is a golden color she has never seen before, like the color of the sunset on the sand.

    Lol! Hope you like these because I’m really using them!

  7. I just love this list. It’s like a categorized thesaurus! Hey! Do they MAKE categorized thesauruses? I do have Descriptionary, but that’s not the same thing. I also wish there was a way to get that book that psychiatrists used of all the different personality types; there was some wonderfully ridiculous amount of descriptive words that I thought would be perfect when fleshing out character’s characteristics.
    Donna

  8. I love these kind of lists, Kathy. It is fun to break away from the traditional and common descriptions and try something new. Thanks for taking the time to list them.

    • Darlene,

      Thanks! I’m up in NYC at the SCBWI conference. Hope to have a lot of good information to share when I return.

      Kathy

  9. Kathy, I’ve thought of you several times since yesterday, hoping you’re having a great time at the conference! I was actually wondering if you were going to post here! You are the epitome of a multi-tasker, woman! lol Enjoy!
    Donna

  10. what about New Jersey Big Hair?!! Ha ha!
    Loved the list, Kathy — You’re the best!

  11. Hey Kathy, love all your lists. How about Flat Iron and/or Flat-Ironed

    • Terri,

      Like when women would iron their hair to make it straight?

      Kathy

      • Hey Kathy,
        Yes. Girls and salons are using what is called the flat iron to straighten their hair. It is very popular. I thought it would be a good addition to your list. I know my 14 y/o grand daughter and her friends would not be without one. I use one myself.

        Thanks for your informative site. I check it almost every day for your updates. I’m a new author and have found many helpful imformation here. Keep up the great work. Please!

  12. mouse brown

  13. the pictures are unrepresentative. needs to add some pictures of African-American and middle-eastern women too since clearly their hair textures are described

  14. You forgot shaggy. :D

  15. I am writing a book, a sort of dynastic love story starting in a housing commission suburb in Sydney in the 1950’s. He met a girl at a dance called Michel and she had a nick name “Pretty Mickie” as there was a song of that name around a bit earlier on.

    Now she had the best hair he had ever seen, it was jet black and shining with health and her curls were lush and were all the same, The curls were all the same that is, I described them as regular curls but that isn’t quite what i am looking for, I’ve used a thesaurus and i can’t find a good word.

    Incidentally he took her home after the dance things got quite pashionate but it turned out she was getting over a the break up of a long term romance and so was he; and she had parted from her lover for the same reason he had, religion; and they were on different sides of the divide. She was Italian Catholic and he was Scottish Protestant.

    If it helps she looked very much like a Spanish senorita and he was a typical celtic young man about town.

    Regars Ian

    • Ian,

      Good luck with the book. If you ever find that perfect word, please let us know, so I can add it to the list.

      Kathy

  16. Hi, I don’t mean to be rude, but you forgot the word “forelock” and it’s a pretty good hair-related word too! :) Ooh, and “Titian”!

    • Vanilla,

      No you are not being rude. You came up with two words that I probably never would have thought about. Good additions!

      Thanks,

      Kathy

  17. I don’t know if it’s just me or if perhaps everyone else
    experiencing problems with your site. It appears as
    though some of the text in your posts are running off
    the screen. Can somebody else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them
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    • Biwa,

      I don’t see what you are seeing. I will check it out on some other browsers. What are you using? Thanks for letting me know. I could report it to WordPress if it doesn’t clear up for you.

      Hope 2013 is a great year for you,

      Kathy

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    • agreed

  21. burned is another word and curly hair rocks!!!!

  22. very good

  23. Hi,
    It’s good work though I can’t always imagine all (more than half, really).
    I think one of the latest words you may add is “cockscomb”.
    A.T.

  24. Fishtail Braid….Rapunzel Bun (this is for VERY long hair; it is rather like a beehive, but it is one long braid wrapped around and around.

  25. Angled
    Ash
    Asymetrical
    Bevel
    Bias
    Bleached
    Blended
    Blunt
    Bouncy
    Brindle
    Brown
    Bump
    Carmel
    Coarse (not course)
    Colored
    Conditioner
    Clipper-cut
    Cream rinse
    Damaged
    Dimension
    Dingy
    Dish-water blonde
    Dull
    Elasticity
    Even
    Face-framing
    Fine
    Flat iron
    Full
    Grey/Gray
    Healthy
    Limp
    Light
    Long
    Lowlights
    Luminous
    Natural
    Paste
    Porous
    Powder
    Salt and pepper
    Scarf
    Scissors
    Shears
    Short
    Silhouette
    Springy
    Tapered
    Tight
    Tone
    Top knot
    Un-even
    Up-do
    Virgin
    Voluminous
    White

    I’m a hairstylist, I hear it all (:

    • Kelly,

      Wow! Thanks for adding to the list. This is great!

      Kathy

  26. Nice list !


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