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How to talk hair: get gorgeous hair at the salon

It can be quite overwhelming when you’re sat in your seat at a hair salon and you hear your hair stylists murmur something about mixing formulas, tones and dimensions – are you in a hair salon or back at school? Knowing your way around the everyday vernacular of a hairdresser can help you communicate what you want from your appointment and get the hair you’re hoping to walk away with.

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 harsh and not at all something we’d be asking for in the salon but it is  in fact incredibly stylish and instantly tidies up anyone’s hair with a clean style. Not to mention this is a brilliant hair cut for any ladies with fine hair, as this gives the illusion of denser hair. A blunt cut involves no layers and a straight cut across the bottom of the hair so all of the hair is one length.

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 our number one rule for any hair appointment. If all else fails, take pictures with you.

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