Hairdresser Terms You Should Know!

21 Oct

I needed a haircut.  Bad.  Split End City!  Fortunately for me, I have an office in a Salon/Spa in Peabody!  Sitting in a new chair is always scary.  Our hair is very important to us!

I sat down, and said, “do whatever you want.”  She then handed me an article from Women’s Home Journal, October 2011.  I love articles.

Uncertain terms you give your hairdressers:

  1. Layers:  If you’re okay with adding movement but don’t like a choppy look, tell your stylist you’d like to keep the density of your hair.  Ask your stylist where the shortest layers will start and where the longest layers will finish.
  2. Bangs:  They can be anything from a think fringe to just a few strands swept across the forehead.  Specify length, width, weight, and angles.  I was talking into baby bangs once… also referred to as slow bangs… because they take FOREVER to grow back.
  3. Auburn:  Tends to suggest brown undertones to professionals, but many people envision something reddish.  The term “chestnut” causes the pros to think reddish, and the client to think rich brown.  I think Auburn as a purple undertone and chestnut as brown, and red… I would never think of in my hair personally.
  4. Ashy:  Client thinks dull or brassy, pro think subtly whitish.  The pro often adds warm or gold tones, which the client didn’t want.  Being“bleach blonde” for years… I actually did know the difference on this one!
  5. Brassy: most think “not pretty” or “dull”, but it actually refers to a metallic look.  I think of the greenish hue of a bad die job after coming out of the pool.
  6. Trim:  A standard trim gets rid of dead ends.  If you’re good at you’re upkeep (every 6 weeks or so) this could be a centimeter.  If you go every six months… it could be an inch or two.
  7. Lightening:  Anywhere from brightening to bleaching.  If you’re blonde, discuss “golden vs. pale” and dark “warm caramel vs. neutral brown”
  8. Texture:  Has a lot of different meanings.  From a natural wave to a full-on Farrah, this is important to be clear with.
  9. Volume:   A little goes a long way… (but in my opinion a lot is better!).  If you’re looking for a little lift at the root, or all-over volume, you should specify.  Or you could wind up with a mushroom cut.  Ask your stylist to teach you how to tease.  I like to wear my hair “Texas-style,” which to me is big!  (People from Texas do not actually wear their hair like this).
  10. Whatever you think is best:  Granting creative freedom without direction… not a great idea.  Remember, beauty is a personal, cultural, and universal perception.  Stylists are often culturally edgy and trendy (which is what I LOVE about them).  If I had my way, we’d all have huge lips, because personally, I love this look.  But does everyone want to look like a duck?  No.  (Not all lip augmentations results in the duck look either!).

With any beauty professional, make sure you are clear with what YOU think is beautiful.  I love my big Texas hair and Barbie bangs.  Thank you Michelle!

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One Response to “Hairdresser Terms You Should Know!”

  1. Frank Occhino January 8, 2012 at 6:12 am #

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