Ooh cool! My favourite artist to look at for hair is Alphonse Mucha’s sketches of girls.
Look at the way he reserves areas of white (girl w/ long hair on the right). I came to see those areas as ‘implied hair’ because you don’t need to draw every strand to let people know it’s hair. And then the mass of hair that’s flowing down - he’s bunched them up in the middle so there’s less lines (and more white) until the tips where there’s more definition. I’ve used this principle every time I’ve drawn hair (leaving the middle ‘implied’ with few strokes, then defining the strands at the tips as well as at the top of the head).
This is a drawing I did last year in July, and you can see (girl on right) there’s more detail at the roots and tips than middle
These were done by ‘deducemysoul’ on tumblr and I love how different the approach is. It’s not line based like Mucha but ‘shape’ based. She’s focused on the tone and values of masses of hair and then added a few flyaway hairs. In the first painting, it’s interesting to see how ‘sleek’ hair is portrayed with just colour/tone and no lines (until the tips).
Okay! Maybe you want to start a folder of nice hair pictures and draw from them (doing studies from other artists is also a great idea).
I love Amanda Norgaard’s hair in this photo, it’s got a nice colour and wispy-ness to it. So if I were to do a pencil drawing I’d draw some of the roots at the top of the head where the split is, between that and where the hair tucks over the ears I’d leave it as ‘implied’ hair. The shadows I’d draw in around the ear and where the hair does that plait curl. And then I’d pull a Mucha for the mass of hair that’s flowing down.
I hope that made sense haha. And don’t panic! Drawing hair can kinda be therapeutic, there’s no easy or fast way around it, so just take your time.