Stepping into a salon can be daunting, especially if you’re heading in for a makeover. And if you and your hairstylist are not on the same page, you can bet your blunt bob that it will probably result in a bad cut (read: not what you were dreaming about) and an ugly cry.
But fear not, we’re here to give you the low down on the hair lingo you need to know so that you can get the look you’ve been obsessing over…
Hair lingo and terms you need to know before your next hair appointment:
This is a small bend at the end of your hair. Your stylist will either bring the ends under to make your bob look sleek, or take them outwards for a gorgeous flick.
A technique that takes hard lines out of your hair. By cutting into your hair, it can soften the edges and create a more flattering look.
Adding layers will change the thickness of your hair (or at least how thick your hair appears to be). Depending on the layers you get, it can either make your hair look thinner or thicker. It can also give your hair more texture and movement.
This is the build-up of a shape. It creates a curve in your hair and is the opposite of layering. You can use this technique to frame your face more dramatically.
This cutting technique will give a blunt cut a softer shape so hair has different lengths and moves more.
If you’re always scared that your hairdresser is going to chop off too much, then you need to memorise this term. Dusting is a nice way to ask for a delicate trim when you’re a little nervous about taking off too much length.
A nifty technique where hair is lifted over the head while cutting to create bounce and volume. This technique is usually used to create layers.
This is ideal for those with thick, dense hair. Super-fine layers eliminate bulkiness while adding dimension.
From the French word meaning ‘to sweep’. Your colourist will literally paint the colour on your hair freehand for natural-looking tresses.
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The most subtle form of highlights where the colour appears as more of a glisten than a noticeable streak.
A semi-permanent shiny overlay applied to coloured hair as a finishing product – it helps to close the cuticle (which, in turn, will protect your colour) while creating a smooth surface which will reflect light for even more shine.
Hair that is damaged, broken and overprocessed, and as a result looks like a bad haircut.
This will leave frizzy hair straight for up to six weeks – it’s not cheap, but it’s worth every cent if you want to enjoy a frizz-free life.
Allows you to create the style at the same time as drying your hair. Just pop a diffuser on your hairdryer, aim the nozzle underneath your hair, and literally scrunch it with your free hand.