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The Complete A-L Hairdressing Terms

Welcome to the complete dictionary of hairdressing terms at Wisteria Avenue, our Abingdon hairdressers! From A to Z, this comprehensive list will cover everything you need to know about the world of hair.

A is for

  • Alopecia: A medical condition that causes hair loss.
  • Amino Acid: The building blocks of protein, which is essential for healthy hair growth.
  • Anagen: The active growth phase of the hair follicle.
  • Ammonia: A common ingredient found in hair colour that helps to open the hair cuticle, allowing the colour to penetrate.

B is for

  • Barbicide: A blue liquid disinfectant used to clean hairdressing tools and equipment.
  • Beachwaves: A popular hairstyle that features loose, tousled waves reminiscent of a day at the beach.
  • Bob: A classic haircut that is typically chin-length and features a blunt cut.
  • Body: Refers to the amount of volume or fullness in the hair.
  • Bleach: A chemical treatment used to lighten hair colour.
  • Blending: The process of seamlessly combining different shades of hair colour to create a natural-looking result.
  • Blunt cut: A haircut that features straight, even ends with no layers or texture.
  • Brassy: Refers to unwanted warm or yellow tones in hair colour.
  • Brazilian Blowdry: A popular hair treatment that smooths and straightens hair while reducing frizz.
  • Buzz cut: A very short haircut that is typically achieved with clippers.

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Terms C-G

C is for

  • Catagen: The transitional phase of the hair growth cycle.
  • Choppy haircut: A haircut that features choppy, uneven layers for a textured, edgy look.
  • Chignon: A classic updo hairstyle that is typically worn for formal occasions.
  • Clarifying Shampoo: A special type of shampoo that removes buildup and residue from the hair and scalp.
  • Clippers: Hairdressing tools used to cut hair very short or create fades and other short hairstyles.
  • Comb over: A hairstyle where the hair is combed to one side to cover a bald spot or thinning hair.
  • Consultation: A meeting between a hairdresser and client to discuss the desired hairstyle and any concerns or issues.
  • Cowlick: A section of hair that grows in a different direction from the rest of the hair.
  • Cornrows: A hairstyle where the hair is braided in rows along the scalp.
  • Crown: The top part of the head where the hair naturally grows in a circular pattern.
  • Cuticle: The outermost layer of the hair shaft.

D is for

  • Depth: Refers to the darkness or lightness of a hair colour.
  • Diffuser: A hairdressing tool that attaches to a hairdryer to help create defined curls or waves.
  • Disconnected: Refers to a hairstyle that features disconnected or separated sections of hair that don’t flow together.
  • Dreadlocks: A hairstyle where the hair is twisted and knotted into rope-like strands.

E is for

  • Face-Framing: Refers to a haircut or hairstyle that frames the face and draws attention to the features.

F is for

  • Fade: A hairstyle that gradually goes from short to long, creating a faded effect.
  • Feathering: A hair cutting technique that creates soft, feather-like layers.
  • Finishing Spray: A type of hairspray used to set and hold a hairstyle in place.

G is for

  • Hair Growth Cycle: The natural cycle of hair growth and shedding.

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Terms H-L

H is for:

  • Hair Growth Cycle – the natural process of hair growth, which consists of three phases: anagen, catagen, and telogen.
  • Highlights – a hair colouring technique where selected strands of hair are lightened to create a contrast with the base colour.
  • Hot Tools – styling tools that use heat to shape and style hair, such as flat irons, curling irons, and hair dryers.

I is for:

  • Ionic – a technology used in some hair dryers that breaks down water molecules to reduce drying time and leave hair looking smoother.
  • Inverted Bob – a hairstyle where the hair is shorter in the back and longer in the front.
  • Keratin – a protein naturally found in hair that is also used in some hair treatments to strengthen and smooth hair.

J is for:

  • Jumbo Braids – thick braids that are larger in size than traditional braids.
  • Jheri Curl – a hairstyle that was popular in the 1980s, which involved perming the hair to create loose, defined curls.
  • Jojoba Oil – a natural oil that is often used in hair care products to moisturise and nourish the hair and scalp.

K is for:

  • Keratin Treatment – a hair smoothing treatment that uses a high concentration of keratin to temporarily straighten and smooth hair.
  • Layers – a hair cutting technique where the hair is cut at different lengths to create texture and movement.
  • Lightening – the process of lifting the natural hair colour to a lighter shade using bleach or other hair lightening products.

L is for:

  • Lob – a long bob haircut that falls between the chin and collarbone.
  • Long Layers – a hair cutting technique where the longest layers are cut near the bottom of the hair to create movement and volume.
  • Lowlights – a hair colouring technique where selected strands of hair are darkened to create a contrast with the base colour.

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