Why are curly-haired characters always brushing their hair? And why do authors not ever seem to have curly-haired test readers who can tell them to stop this?
The immediate impetus of this post is Sydney Salter’s MY BIG NOSE AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS, but it’s a longstanding puzzle/complaint of mine. In Salter’s book, the protagonist thinks her long blond curls are her only attractive feature, and as such, she’s often… brushing them.
Except. I have curly hair, so I can tell you this is the last thing you should do, unless your goal is a big bush of hair a la certain particularly awesome music videos from the decade of my birth:
And I feel confident in saying that this is not, in fact, your goal. So what’s with all the curly-hair brushing in books?
Back me up on this one, Emily.