For example, a man with long hair pulled back into a pony tail holding a paintbrush creates a different impression than a man with the same hairstyle holding up evidence in court as a lawyer. The second seems out of norm and can work well for a writer.
So what does the style and length of men's hair normally mean? Now, keep in mind, these are generalization. This is what we generally think of people when they look a certain way. I love it when writers take generalizations and throw them on their heads.
- radical nature
- artistic nature
- doesn't want to conform
- was in the military
- works for an organization that requires short hair
- perhaps he prefers easier to care-for hair
- part of a gang
- undergoing medical treatment
- involved in sports where wind factors in
- poor judgement or unawareness of others' perception
- wants to keep their use
- obsession with appearance (people have to save up money for this type of surgery so that means he's got a health income)
- resistance to grow up or older
- if they wear the hat indoors it could mean self-conciousness or insecurity
- if they wear it outdoors, they could be worried about sunburns or warmth
- if the attire matches the hair, it could be a "power" image
- concerned with impressing others
For example, could a bum collecting garbage have coiffed hair? Why does he have coiffed hair, what is his background? Perhaps he was a model turned schizophrenic?
Could the CEO of a company die his hair purple? Why would he do it? Perhaps we find out he's supporting a cause - in the protection of purple monkeys. A bit off the wall, I admit.
What are your favorite off the wall characters - where the hair doesn't match the personality... at first?
Source: reading people