Doing Diversity in Writing

DDW - S3 Ep01 – How to Write Hair and Head Coverings

May 1, 2022

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


Here’s what we talk 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 

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