This will be an ongoing series that will hopefully help you with character details and depth. Since I have really long hair, I decided to start it off with a little bit of humor at my expense.
There are a lot of reasons for selecting long hair for your characters. But be aware of the disadvantages:
- Long hair requires a lot of care. It takes more shampoo and conditioner. There are more knots and tangles. And we won’t even talk about how long it takes to dry.
- It gets caught on clothing. It can get tangled when taking off a shirt. It can get tucked into jeans - even underwear.
- It’s a challenge at meal times. Either tie it back or risk it getting into the food. (I can get away with this on spaghetti night, though.)
- Long hair accumulates faster on the floor, hairbrush, and in the shower drain.
- Long hair can get caught in drawers, doors, car windows, and even sun roofs.
- At night, long hair can become very tangled. The options are tie it up or flop it over the top of the pillow. Someone else could also roll over on it.
- Which leads to another scenario where long hair gets in the way. Enough said.
- With really long hair, when bending over to retrieve something from the floor, all that hair falls forward. Finding something on the floor can only be done by touch.
- When the wind blows, visibility is also greatly reduced. Your character isn’t the walking dead but the walking blind.
Just remember those problems if you give your character long hair. You may or may not want her to trip up on her own hair!