What are we talking about? Hair. Mine, yours, and our characters.
I think I’ve mentioned here before that I don’t like change. Any kind of change. I wore my hair the same way for over twenty years. My daughters kept telling me I should change. (Both are much more okay with change than I am.) I didn’t believe them until I went through some photo albums for a project for my husband. OMG! They were right. I was a curly headed blonde for over twenty years. I got perms and had it highlighted—expensive, but I felt like I looked good pretty much all the time and I didn’t have to do too much too it. Definite benefit. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it is my moto. Very, very highlighted blond on wedding day. (We’ve both improved with age. :))
Hair says a lot about us. I was busy and needed something that was fast to keep up. Kind of no-nonsense, but fun. (I’m not sure the daughters would agree it was fun. LOL) Still very blond, but not so high.
Ever since I’d been in college I’d wanted to have red hair. I played a role in a play that I used a rinse on my blonde hair to fit in more with the family. I remember the first time I looked in the make-up mirror after I’d put in the hair color. I’m not kidding, my eyes seemed to jump right out of my face. Play ended. Life went on, but that memory remained.
My husband over the years commented about how much he like red-heads. I told him one day I’d surprise him. (Neither of us are high on the spontaneity scale—it takes us two years to decide to buy a car.) I can’t remember how many years ago it was that I took the plunge and changed my hair color. Kept the curls. Can’t do too much at one time. Don’t remember what my older daughter (in pic above, too) & I were doing here. Don’t even recognize location. 🙂
Met my husband for supper and sat across from him for over ten minutes before he asked if I’d done something to my hair. LOL Since then I’ve lost the curls. And I love it. People who haven’t known me for a long time think the color is real. And I do like how my eyes look now. I must’ve been meant to be a redhead. My mother had red highlights in her hair when she was a child and I did, too. So it is kind of natural. 🙂
In researching for this post, I found I’d worn nearly this same hairstyle (but in my natural dishwater blonde hair color) as a young mom.)
Our character’s hair say a lot about them, too. In my first book, VERMONT ESCAPE. One of the things the hero doesn’t like about the heroine is she’s blonde. His ex had bleached blonde hair and wore it in a high bubble—stereotypical of Texas women’s hair styles. Well, it’s stereotypical because a whole bunch of us wore our hair like that for years. (See wedding pic above.) The heroine’s hair was more the color of corn and she wore it in a low ponytail down her back. You learn some things about the hero from all of this. He notices details-like hair, and he was very hurt by his ex. We learn about the heroine. She wants a no-nonsense hair style. What’s easier than pulling your hair back in a ponytail? The low ponytail is classy. When my daughters were kids, I wore mine like that. Easy upkeep. (Couldn’t find the pic of me just before I cut it.)
Each of the women in the Second Chances Series has a different hair style and color. I found pics of 4 actresses to suggest the characters. Really helps with keeping them straight. One is dishwater blonde (surprise), another brunette, another red-haired, and the last is a very dark almost black color.
Do you use hair to say something about your characters? Are you a fan of change? Do you want a different style every year or so or every six months?
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