Oh, Snap! (kutsuwamushi) wrote in little_details,
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Pre-industrial hair dyes; human population on a small island.

1. I have a character who has white hair, which gives her away as not being human. My question is: What kind of hair dye would be available and how long would it last? This is a pre-industrial society, so there are no bottles of Clairol. The color doesn't have to look convincing; she can look like a human who dyes their hair.

This is a fantasy universe, so I can invent plants, but I don't want it to be totally unrealistic.

2. I'm trying to write a story set on a reasonably small island. The people are completely isolated from the rest of the world and have been for a long time--they aren't even sure that the rest of the world still exists. Most of the society makes their living through fishing; they have pretty primitive, stone-age technology, and very few craftsmen. They don't even have currency, I think--they barter.

What would be the smallest realistic population size?

Actually, I'm trying to find a balance between a viable population and not--I want them to be straddling the edge. (The main character, a young woman, is one of the only ones her age, I think.) If it's necessary, to explain why the population is smaller than it was a few generations ago when it was definitely viable, there could have been an epidemic or a disaster like a flood.
Tags: ~human population, ~hygiene & grooming
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