Hair Glossary

May 30, 2018

Here is a quick preview of a consultation with me....



Me: "What are we thinking about doing with your hair today?"


Guest: "I'm not sure. What do you think?"

Me: "Your new growth could be freshened up.  I'm thinking, we do a touch up on your base, maybe some bright balay pops along your part line.  If you want a more natural look, we could color melt it and that will give the color more longevity than a traditional foil.  I'd also love to see this fringe area lightened up right here from where it's a bit heavy. Would you like me to chisel out some weight back here in your occipital area as well?


Guest: ............. ummmmm...........yeah, sure. Whatever you think is good.....


Have you been to a salon and had that moment where you weren't sure if the stylist was even speaking the same language as you.  I get blank stares often, and while I try to keep my lingo simple and understandable, a lot of times the professional words pop out.  I assume it's the same way I feel when I take my car to the shop and they tell me everything they're going to need to do to it. 


Below are some common, professional words that cause the most confusion.  I will update this list as I find new words that put the "huh" look on guests faces.  Also, please let me know if there are other words that you may want an explanation of.






 highlighting the hair in which the lightner is painted on to create a graduated, natural-looking effect. Balayage is a technique, not a trend.


- I hand paint your hair to make pretty low maintenance highlights.  


color melt


a technique that blends the highlights with the base color of the hair so you don't have any harsh lines.


- Pretty, melty, and low maintenance color.




The thing that keeps your hair shiny and smooth.  It needs to stay healthy and lay flat.


- protective scales for your hair



fashion color


semi permanent colors that are not natural growth colors.  They're often bright to start out with and fade quickly


-High maintenance majestic unicorn mermaid goodness







the front portion of hair that lays around the face.  Most often it would be considered your "bangs".








use of a demi permanent color over hair or highlights to add shine, close the cuticle, or change the color of the hair.  Also, see toner.


- gloop that makes hair shiny. 



cutting the hair so that certain pieces lay shorter than others in a uniform way. Contrary to popular belief, layers can not be added by numbers, ex. 1 layer. 3 layers etc, as they are cut to blend in to one another


- there's no or.  Layers are what they are.



use of a demi permanent color over hair or highlights to add shine, close the cuticle, or change the color of the hair.  Also, see glaze.


- gloop that makes hair shiny. 



color that is darker at the top and fades into a lighter color on the bottom. Ombre is a trend not a technique.


-dark to light



the length of the hair 360 degrees around the head


- the border of the length of the haircut 


Stay tuned to this list as it will be update periodically.  If there's any verbiage you'd like me to explain, please let me know!






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