PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

HAIR



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HELPFUL TIP:

One trick to writing fresh emotional responses is to focus on different parts of the body. Think carefully about the character’s exact emotions in the scene and how the body might shift or move in response. Vividly describing the colors, shapes, or textures in the character's environment can also bring the scene to life for readers.
DESCRIPTORS AND KEY ELEMENTS:
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COMMON ACTIONS AND ALTERNATIVE WORDS TO DENOTE THEM:
Flip: toss, jerk, flick, shake
Blow (in the wind): float, flutter, sail, waft, fly, skim, whip, tear, thrash, twirl, buffet, lash, sway, slap, flap, drift
Bounce: bob, jounce, spring, shimmy
Hang: dangle, swing, droop, flop, fall, loll, drape

EMOTIONS AND RELATED GESTURES:
  • Though hair doesn’t do much on its own, people often touch their hair to indicate certain emotions. Nervousness and insecurity can be expressed when people fiddle too much with their hair, such as touching, patting, twisting, pulling, compulsively braiding and unbraiding, jerking, and finger-combing their locks. When a person is stressed or in high anxiety, she might actually pull her hair out, to the point of thinning her hair or going bald in spots.
  • A flirtatious person expressing desire for someone else might draw attention to her hair by flipping, shaking, or running her hands through it.
  • Frustration can be indicated by people grabbing their own hair, running their hands through it, or pulling on it. Anger or rage may cause a person to do something drastic, like chopping or shaving off her hair.

SIMILE AND METAPHOR EXAMPLES:
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CLICHÉS TO AVOID:
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BODY DESCRIPTION NOTES:
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