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Should I say that she "draped over the towel on her hair" or " draped on the towel on her hairs"? or should I use wrapped instead of draped?

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    Drape implies the towel is simply lying on her head, with no structure: lifeless. Since that is not how women wear a towel when they are drying their hair, you want to say wrapped. However, the towel isn't typically wrapped around her hair (soley), per se; it's wrapped around her head, so you probably want to say that (which is how it is most commonly and idiomatically described). Also important: it's hair (mass) not hairs (plural). If that seems weird to you, you might also like to check out our sister site, English Language Learners. – Dan Bron Apr 10 '15 at 9:26
  • @DanBron -not weird ,but helpful. – Vibhu Apr 10 '15 at 17:35
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drape means thing is covered, but not encircled; the cloth that is draped does not go under the thing being covered.

http://pozasalon.com/images/uploads/towel_dry_hair_no_rub.JPG

wrap means to surround completely

So if she did not enclose all her hair in the towel, she draped the towel over (or on) her hair.

If she got virtually all of her hair inside the towel, so you couldn't see it (as in a turban, http://www.google.com/search?q=hair+towel+turban&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en then you'd say she wrapped her hair.

However, your syntax is wrong.

  • She draped the towel over her hair.

    Or

  • She wrapped the towel around her hair. (or She wrapped up her hair in a towel.)

As used here, "hair" is a mass noun ; we do not use plural to mean all of one's hair.

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