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Lyria and hair

Something [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith posted ages ago, I finally got around to reading. It was about writing about characters of color. One of the parts of it mentioned ethnic hairstyles like bantu knots and zulu knots, so today I looked those up on Google Images so I could see what they look like. I also looked up some other ethnic hairstyles, like Afro puffs, jheri curls, and "twists." I find myself most awed by Long Senegalese Twists: http://www.upalmit.com/twostrandtwist.html

I was looking up all these styles because my sorceress character Lyria Spellspinner is black, as are some of her staff and family (I say it this way, because she has a diverse staff, and some of her family members aren't even human). There is also an entire continent (at least one, if not more) in that world which is like Africa in many ways, which is where Lyria came from. I was looking up hairstyles mainly for characters other than Lyria, because I thought I had her hair style worked out already. But when I saw the Long Senegalese Twists, I felt that feeling I get sometimes of Lyria being like "MUST HAVE!!!" So looks like I'm going to have to change her hairstyle. :-)

If anyone knows of any other ethnic hairstyles for black persons, please let me know.

This reminds me... I might change Lyria's name a little. Add a middle name or make "Spellspinner" a middle name, give her a name that reminds people of her ethnicity. Just begun to think the way, so it will take a while to decide if I'm even going to do it, or what it would change to if I did.

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Aug. 7th, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
Did not know there was a word for those! I've always found them pretty.
Aug. 7th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Well, a black person of any gender can always get by with a 'fro - anything from a conservative half-inch of fuzz, to an exuberant puffball the size of a bushel basket.

My own thoroughly Caucasian hair is long, very fine, and very straight - even getting a "perm" never gives it more than a vaguely wiggly texture. I gave up long ago on trying to "style" it; I just wash it, comb it, touch up the dye when necessary, and get the ends trimmed back two or three times a year to keep it from looking too scraggly.

A long time ago, I lived in an apartment overlooking the Hudson River, in a suburb just north of New York City. Directly across the river from me was a part of the Palisades, a vast cliff that rises up straight from the edge of the river. A scenic highway runs along the top of the cliff, and there happened to be a "scenic overlook" area just across from my back door. One three-day weekend, my husband and I decided to go for a drive across the river, and stop in the overlook to see if we could spot our apartment.

When we got there, a motorcycle club was just arriving; it consisted entirely of African-American women. The leader of the club dismounted and took off her helmet, and I was amazed at the amount of hair she'd managed to stuff into that helmet; her 'fro instantly fluffed out by itself, and it was at least as wide as her shoulders. She and her biker gang were doing their best to look badass and threatening, and many of the white and Asian tourists shrank away in fear. I just wanted to put some quarters in the binoculars thingie and look for my house. I found it, and then we went to the snack bar for a bit. Soon I needed to use the ladies' restroom, but there was a long line waiting to get in, long enough to wind around the perimeter of the room.

The black biker leader was far enough ahead of me in the line that I was looking diagonally across at her. I couldn't help but look at her impressive hair, and I wondered to myself, "I wonder what it feels like to have hair that does that?" After a few moments she sensed me looking at her, and turned around. I didn't want her to think I'd been staring at her (although I had) and get angry, so I looked away. She looked at me for several long moments, but the expression on her face was thoughtful, not hostile - and I suddenly realized that she was looking at my long, straight, (then) dark-blonde hair and thinking, "I wonder what it feels like to have hair that does that?" (When I finally got my turn in the bathroom and went out, she and her crew were stuffing their hair back into their helmets, getting ready to leave.)

Aug. 10th, 2012 12:39 am (UTC)
Come to think of it... my Ah'Koi Bahnis have always come in an enormous number of skin, eye, and hair colors, everywhere from human shades to distinctly non-human shades (I believe one AKB character has neon green hair, and it's not a dye job). But it just occurred to me that I've neglected hair texture! Not even just in the sense of giving AKB "ethnic" hair, even; most AKB characters so far have had hair very similar to my own: straight and long. Some had straight and short hair, but I haven't even given any AKB so much as a Caucasian style curly type hair, or a Hermione Granger type frizz. Damn, what a stupid oversight! And hairstyles... most AKB so far have just had their hair "down," which is odd because I almost always wear my own hair in braided pigtails. D'oh!
Aug. 10th, 2012 03:37 am (UTC)
Give one of them a sideways Mohawk, or a "tonsure", or a French braid, or dreadlocks, or a Bettie Page hairdo :-D
Aug. 10th, 2012 04:10 am (UTC)
I think tonsures look weird enough on humans, they'd look weirder on AKB.

Sideways mohawk?
Aug. 10th, 2012 04:22 am (UTC)
The strip of standing-up hair runs from ear to ear over the top of the head, instead of from forehead to nape.

You could also use any of "Queen Amidala"'s hairdos from Star Wars :-D

Jun. 16th, 2013 12:41 am (UTC)
This is what Lyria's hair looks like:

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