13 Hair Salon Terms You Should Know


For many of us, hair is a major part of our self-expression and identity. In fact, 73% of women between the ages of 18 and 24 say that hair is one of the first things they notice about another person.

Researchers have found that the average woman will experiment with different haircuts, styles, and colors up to 104 times in her life. That being said, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that almost three-quarters of women have regretted at least one of their hairstyle choices.

Bad hairstyles happen. Sometimes they are a product of the era -- like so many hairdos of the 80s -- while other times they happen because of a miscommunication between hairstylist and client. Let’s be honest, talking to a professional hairdresser can be like trying to understand a foreign language. If you are one of the 58% of women planning to try a new hairstyle in the near future, make sure you have at least some of the lingo down before stepping foot in the salon. Being able to tell your stylist what you want can mean the difference between those perfect Gisele waves and a poodle perm.

Important Terms for Hair Services and Products

  • Texturize: In terms of haircuts, this means adding various lengths and movement.

  • Point Cut: The scissors are used vertically rather than cutting horizontally. This gives hair a “piecey” appearance.

  • Dusting: This means getting a slight trim or cutting a minimal amount of hair just to clean up split ends.

  • Blunt: This is when a haircut is all one length, without layers or texture.

  • Chemical Cut: When hair is so damaged and overprocessed that it breaks.

  • Fringe: Another word for bangs.

  • Paper Thin Highlights: This refers to extremely subtle hair highlights.

  • Gloss: This is a finishing product that adds shine.

  • Glaze: This is a semi-permanent hair care product used to add shine and protect color.

  • Fillers: Fillers are used to even out hair color before dying it.

  • Dimensional Color: This refers to added color that accentuates the movement of a particular haircut.

  • Tipping: This is a coloring technique hair salon professionals do freehand. It involves lightening the ends of the hair.

  • Oxidation: Oxidation is a chemical change to hair color caused by the air, which results in highlights becoming yellow or orange.

What are some other important hair terms to know? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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