Our hair is a big part of our identities. But when it comes to finding an emoji that represents us, there aren’t that many options to choose from.
There’s some hope on the horizon. The Unicode Technical Committee simply added emoji for curly hair, white hair, cherry-red hair, and baldness as candidates for 2018 ‘s Unicode release. If accepted, they could be added to our emoji keyboards mid-2 018.
The addition of these four new characters intends to provide “methods of representing white hair, curly( or afro) hair, and baldness, ” according to the proposal submitted to the committee.
The proposal involves the creation of four new, standalone emoji which would support skin tones and genders.
Jeremy Burge founder of Emojipedia and Unicode Emoji Subcommittee member mentions a very early freeing date for the emoji would be mid-2 018.
Earlier this year, the possibility of a red-haired emoji was discussed at the Unicode Technical Committee meeting hosted by Apple at its campus in Cupertino, California. Several options were discussed, and it was concluded that the creation of a new, standalone “Person With Red Hair” emoji would be the most straightforward option. But this new development extends the representation to curly-haired, white-haired, and bald people.
Sadly though, there aren’t programs in this proposal to include “non-naturally occurring features, such as blue hair.” So, if you’re trying to find an emoji to represent your millennial pink balayage, you might have to wait a little longer.
Watch this space, people!