One of the things I like to do in my exploration of fandom is take cliches and give them a different spin. Sometimes I can do it, sometimes I think I do it but I really fail spectacularly.
The idea of the medieval woman with long, flowing hair is common. And while long hair is nice and lovely and looks good and you can do stuff with it, it’s not always practical.
My Warden has long hair. She’s a Cousland. I like long hair. It looks good on her. It wasn’t that difficult a decision to portray her with long hair. But then I remember writing and drawing her in the early days and thinking…why does her hair look/sound so goddamn manageable? This is a dark fantasy setting, and she likes to stab things. Be realistic, Tanya. Well, as realistic as you can get in a fantasy setting where you get to kill dragons.
Eilin’s hair is long and it can look nice. But it’s also a ridiculous mop of red curls and frizz. It’s heavy and she has to keep it tied up in braids that whack her in the face when she runs around. It gets in her eyes and in her mouth, it takes her forever to brush, and there’s red strands all over her clothing. The pins she uses to hold it up hurt her head constantly. In my headcanon, Leliana tells her she could cut it, and Eilin reacts with the same amount of horror as if she’d asked her to murder a puppy.
If you feel like it, tell me about your character’s hair. Is their hair long? Short? Why is it that way? How do they feel about it? What problems do they have with it?
I have an original character with really, really long hair—it’s down to her knees, heavy, dark, straight, basically Asian hair (because she’s basically Asian). It takes her a lot of time and effort to keep it nice and to put it up and take care of it, but since she’s a professional musician and performer, it’s part of her lifestyle and image. She was also born to nobility, and her long hair is something fairly common amongst noblewomen where she comes from.
In terms of Dragon Age, Reda has short hair, down to her chin, with little braids in it. She doesn’t usually unbraid those braids because they take a lot of time to redo. Other than that, she has dark red-brown hair. It’s thick and kind of silky. Arelan also has red hair? I didn’t intend for this to happen, haha. But his is much brighter, very coppery-red. He keeps it fairly short, but it’s always mussed and tousled, because he doesn’t always keep it trimmed, and it’s very thick.