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How to talk hair: get gorgeous hair at the salon

How to talk hair: get gorgeous hair at the salon

When you’re entering a hair salon with a clear image in mind of what you want, putting that vision into words can be tasking if you don’t quite know how to talk hair. And by that we mean the language of hair, the terms we hear at the hair salon which out of context can sound pretty weird. Hair razoring anyone?

There are a lot of technical terms that come with cutting and styling hair and translating what you to achieve from your visit to the hair salon can be made simpler by scrubbing up on how to talk hair.

Blunt cut: A blunt hair cut sounds incredibly harsh but it is incredibly stylish and instantly tidies up anyone’s hair with a clean style. A blunt cut involves no layers and a straight cut across the bottom of the hair so all of the hair is one length.

If you have thin or fine hair then this may be a really good option for you as it gives the look of dense hair.

Removing weight: If you have exceptionally thick hair that can be difficult to style day-to-day and to work with when you’re in the salon chair then your hairdresser may recommend removing some of the weight. They literally mean to cut or use a razor to take out slivers of your hair which are unnoticeable to look at and won’t affect your cut but will make hair less dense and lighten the overall look and feel of your hair.

Dry cut: A dry cut is when your hairdresser will cut your hair while it is still dry and styled. This often gives a better indication of how the style will look as when hair is when it tends to have a lot more elasticity to it and therefore stretches and can appear longer than it is. If you cut your hair wet, especially if your hair texture is curly, it will often spring back up once dried and you may have lost an whole extra inch than you were expecting once your hair is dry and styled.

Connecting the hair: The tell-tale sign of a bad haircut is when it looks ‘disconnected’ and by that we mean  the front and the back of your hair don’t match and the haircut has been blended with seamless layers and a graduation in the layers, the length and thickness of your hair as it frames your face and sits on your back.

Hair razoring: No, this does not mean you’ll be sporting a super short buzz cut when you’re done at the salon, instead a razor lightly cuts away at dense, heavy hair and is a great tool to introduce some texture and volume, too.

Point Cutting: Point cutting is when your hairdresser uses the scissors in a vertical fashion; cutting up, into the hair line. This is often a technique used on to soften the ends of hair.

So there’s your ready-made dictionary on how to talk hair. And remember, if all else fails. Take pictures with you.

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Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones

Writer and expert

Among wedding-planning and baking (I make a mean lemon drizzle cake), my main passions are writing and good hair. On the eternal quest for long, luscious locks I’ve tried my fair share of shampoos and I’m confident I know what products make the cut.


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