A Complete Guide To The Right Language To Use With A Hairdresser

Apr 18, 2021
01:00 A.M.
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Going to the hairdresser is our favorite thing to do, but it all gets gloomy when we don’t get the expected results. Knowing what language to use to communicate with your hairstylist is absolutely critical in determining how your haircut or hairstyle will turn out.


Hair-care has become our primary goal ever since the lockdown season graced us with its rather freaky presence. Next to skincare only, many of us found solace in switching our hair color, changing our style, and trying on a different cut.

Hairducation is extremely important, mainly if you aim to become a hair pro and take matters into your own hands. Scroll down to find a comprehensive guide on how to use the correct vocabulary with your hairdresser. You’re welcome!

Hairdressing Vocabulary

Photo By Adam Winger On Unsplash

Photo By Adam Winger On Unsplash

Choosing the correct words to explain what sort of hair cut or style you want can do you a whole lot of good. Speaking hairdressing vocabulary fluently will help you get the desired haircut and style. Here are some terms to keep in mind when considering a trip to your hairdresser:

  1. Trim: This is when a small amount of hair is cut to polish your existing style.
  2. Blow-dry versus Towel dry: Hair dried with a hairdryer versus hair dried using a towel.
  3. Thinning: The process of reducing the thick hair’s extra blown-out look to make it look settled.
  4. Highlights: The hair strands are lightened in color. Highlighting or streaking can also be done using highlighting caps.
  5. Foils: They are used to partition the hair when creating highlights.
  6. Balayage: The hair is dyed without the use of any foils or caps.
  7. Dyeing versus bleaching: Dye corresponds to coloring the hair, whereas bleaching means removing the color.
  8. Perm: Hair perming refers to creating permanent curls.
  9. Keratin Treatment: This is a frizz-tackling treatment that helps smooth out the hair.
  10. Scalp Treatment: A nourishing treatment that helps correct dry, flaky, itchy, and oily scalp and promotes healthy hair growth.
  11. Relax Treatment: A treatment meant for straightening and relaxing tightly curled hair.

Blunt Cuts


The classic one-length bob cut is an ultra-chic way to style your long and short hair. This layer-less sharp cut puts the face in focus, highlighting the overall face frame, including facial features and contours.

Layered Cut


Layered cuts have been around for a very long time. Layering involves cutting the top sections of the hair so that they appear shorter than the bottom layers. The process usually involves cutting the hair vertically.

Micro Fringe Cut


Micro fringes or baby bangs are low-maintenance and a classy departure from the usual bangs people have been wearing for quite some time. You can even let your baby bangs grow out and style them just the way you like.

Modern Mullets


Modern mullets have been a welcome haircut trend for spring, with everyone, including celebrities opting for it. It features a long mullet (long back hair and short side hair), with the top and front side hair in medium length.

Lob Cut


Lob is a closer relative of bob in that it is a comparatively more extended version of the bob, with the length cutting above the shoulders. Many people opt for a lob cut if they cannot decide whether to rock long or short hair.

Pixie Cut


The pixie cut is trendy in the short haircut category. It consists of short hair on the back and sides and slightly longer hair on the top. Some people also like to finish the look with mini bangs.

Bantu Knots


Bantu knots originated in southern Africa and are a chic hairstyle option for people with curly or afro hair. They consist of hair sections twisted and coiled so that they appear like small hair spirals.

Bubble Braids


Bubble braids are a classy twist on the same old ponytail and plaited hairstyles. And because Priyanka Chopra Jonas opted for a bubble braid for her BAFTAs look this year, we’re already rooting for this low-maintenance hair styling option.

French Twist


French Twist is a brilliant hair updo style (wearing your hair up and away from your face). This classic knot is perfect for formal occasions, ranging from engagement parties, weddings, and other celebrations.

Waterfall Braids

Waterfall or cascading braids are a great way to wear your hair down. It involves picking top hair sections and braiding them so that the unbraided and loosened hair strands resemble beachy waves.

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