Hairdresser Terms You Should Know!
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Lightening: Anywhere from brightening to bleaching. If you’re blonde, discuss “golden vs. pale” and dark “warm caramel vs. neutral brown”
- Texture: Has a lot of different meanings. From a natural wave to a full-on Farrah, this is important to be clear with.
- 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).
- 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!