The concept of "hair" is often understood from context and thus doesn't need
a separate sign. if you are describing someone and you do the sign
"STRAIGHT HAIR" there is no need to also do the sign HAIR.
The general sign for "hair" starts as an open-"F"-hand held near
the head and then changes into a regular "F"-hand as the flat of the
thumbnail comes near and/or makes contact with the head.
The sign HAIR uses a "close, open, close" movement, but during high speed
signing of sentences it is common to use just a single movement. Especially
in compound signs like "brunette."
Here is a general way to say, "straight hair."
Move an upside down "4 hand" (straight fingers) downward however long the
hair is. In this example the hair would be straight and rather long.
To comment on the length of hair (without commenting on whether it is
straight or curly) you can use a "bent hand" to show the length of the hair.
Start at the head and then "drag" the hand down to the length of the hair.
Sometimes you'll see the length done with two hands. Usually you
wouldn't need to use two hands but if you were describing complex hair
styles or uneven hair lengths you would use two hands to be more clear and
HAIR-LENGTH: "Hair down to the shoulders"
Medium length hair:
Movement: Twist your forearms twice
Here is another way to say, "Hair down to here." If you added a side
to side wavy movement it would mean "wavy hair down to here." As it is below
though, the straight downward movement and the straight fingers refer to typical
When describing the color of people's hair you can simply combine the sign
"hair" and the color of their hair. For example, "brunette" would be "HAIR+BROWN."
Note: To sign "blonde" you do the "Y"-hand version of
GOLD but you start the movement by pointing at
the hair above the ear rather than by pointing at the earlobe.
Yes, yes, that's right, I saved the best for last! Here
is the sign for "no hair!"
For more "bald" versions (since I know you can't get enough) see:
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