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[*] posted on 7-2-2011 at 11:41 PM
Ways to describe hair colours... other than 'chocolate' >:|


So with the amount of time I've been writing and reading I've come across a million stories with the word 'chocolate' to describe the colour of someone's brown hair and it's starting to really irk me.
I've got a character with the same colour hair as Anne Hathaway and Liv Tyler (dark brown) and I refuse to use 'chocolate' to describe it.

Please help me out with some descriptive words for her hair colour people! I know this sounds weird but I'm totally stumped in my writing now because of this...
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[*] posted on 7-2-2011 at 11:49 PM


Well I'd say you could call it "the colour of _______" and use some object relevant to the story/time period of the story, like say... you had a character with blonde hair and they were a richer person you might describe it as the colour of golden jewelry, but they're a simpler girl and it might be the golden colour of dried grasses in the fields by where they live.

And thesaurus.com has some suggestions as well if you're looking for simple one-word alternatives.




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[*] posted on 7-2-2011 at 11:54 PM


Thanks so much :) I've got some ideas now




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[*] posted on 7-2-2011 at 11:56 PM


Glad I could help! Good luck with all your descriptive troubles here and for the rest of the month!



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[*] posted on 7-3-2011 at 08:05 AM


Just in case you get stuck again... The following are all descriptions that imply 'brown' the shade varies, however...

chestnut, mahagony, coffee, mud (if you're being derrogatory), bronze, cinnamon, russet, cocoa, copper, nut, umber, burnt sienna, butterscotch...


plus 'x-brown' eg... rich-brown, dark-brown, deep-brown, light-brown, reddish-brown, etc..

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[*] posted on 7-11-2011 at 08:54 PM


What is so wrong with "dark brown"? Unless it is some lover describing his/her love, excessive elaboration on hair-colours can often seem to me too much. Why is the colour important, and what kind of impression/ tone do you want to convey with the description?




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[*] posted on 7-12-2011 at 07:44 PM


1. Dark ash brown
2. a dark brown, highlighted by reddish tones
3. as brown as a well-polished chestnut
4. acorn brown
5. the color of teak
6. the color of dark ale

There's a few, at any rate. I rarely use chocolate as a descriptive. Not only does it get old fast, but what if you have a world where chocolate is unknown?
Good luck, and may the descriptives flow easily!
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[*] posted on 7-18-2011 at 05:06 AM


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