Hi, I was just wondering if you have any tips on describing dreadlocks in a fantasy world where the word dreadlocks wouldn't exist? I will only use such a description on black characters.
Describing Dreadlocks in Fantasy
You could always call it locked hair.
From there, try looking at pictures and coming up with words to describe them for readers. Are the dreads thick, thin, long, short? Compressed, dense? You could also mention a resemblance to plaits or braids (though note dreadlocks are different; do some research)
He was tall, and broad, and very fat, and he seemed nonthreatening and kind. Shulamit studied his appearance, trying to parse his ethnicity. His skin was the same medium brown as her own and that of her people, but his hair was thick and coarse and pulled into the rough locks that looked like braids but weren’t, like the people to the south whose skin was darker.