In previous posts, we’ve discussed the importance of writing about your ancestor’s physical appearance and how to find details about their physique, if you don’t have photos to aid your writing. Today, let’s give you a quick list of adjectives that can help you describe your ancestor’s hair color and style if perhaps you have a photo to draw inspiration from.
Hair color is the easiest to assess in color photographs. It’s more challenging in black and white images. Pick the adjectives that best create a mental picture for you.Hair ColorBlonde Strawberry Blonde Golden Blonde Mousy Ash Brown Brunette Jet Black Salt and Pepper Ebony RavenFlaxen Tawny Chestnut Russet Sandy Auburn Copper Silver Snowy Sooty Black
Hair texture is often overlooked but an essential aspect of describing hair. Be sure to use one of these words to narrow down what type of hair your ancestor had, or didn’t have:Hair TextureBald Wispy Fuzzy Wavy Frizzy Wild Untamed Unmanagable Straight ScragglySpiky Stiff Buzzed Shaved Parted Neatly-combed Cascading Close-cropped Bristly Receding
Finally, the style in which your ancestor wore their hair is the crowning glory of a physical description. Give these words a try:Hair StyleBouffant Braids Bun Twist Bob Ringlets Flip Cornrows Buzz LayeredFeathered Gelled Slicked down 5-Point Cut Pixie Buster Brown Mop Tops Pompadour Chignons Bedford Crop
What do you think? Will any of these words fit to describe the locks on your ancestor’s head? Did I miss any words that you’ve used? Let me know in the comments.
The important thing to remember when describing your ancestor is to do your best to help paint a picture for your readers. If someone disagrees with your word choice, tell them to go write their own story!
What great words have you used to describe your ancestors? A few folks have shared so great words. Be sure to add yours in the comments section.
Further Reading – Describing Our Ancestors Series:
Over 60 Words to Describe Your Ancestor’s Hair (You Are Here)