S3E1 – How to write hair and head coverings

In this first episode of Season 3 of Doing Diversity in Writing, we—Bethany and Mariëlle—discuss how to write hair and head coverings.  

Listen to it here on Podbean or find us on your favourite podcast app.

What we talked about

  • That hair, hair care, and head coverings are often ethnically dictated and gendered
  • That there is no such thing as “ethnic” hair: we all have ethnicity!
  • How to describe different natural hair colors
  • How to describe different hair textures
  • Whether dreadlocks are cultural appropriation
  • Who wears wigs and weaves, and for what reason
  • That head coverings for men and women come into play in many ways that go beyond religion and what one’s culture dictates
  • How you can use descriptions of hair and head coverings to add layers to your POV characters

(Re)sources mentioned on the show

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