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13 October 2016

Hairstyle Terminologies

At times, a comprehensive glossary for hair jargon is just what most men and women need because let’s face it; we are not all hair stylists and need to Google when hairdressers are quoting terms that we haven’t heard before. Here is your guide to hairstyle terminologies that are frequently used.

A line bob
A version of the bob hairstyle, featuring longer proportions towards the front of your head and shorter dimensions at the back

Blow Dry
Drying the hair while combing it through with a round bristle brush, lending bounce and volume to the hair.

Blunt Cut
No texture or dimension is intended at the bottom of the hair; locks are cut straight across, leaving a stark edge.

Bob
The hairstyle which is cut above the shoulders.

Bouffant
This hairstyle requires the hair backcombed away from the face.

Braids
Hair is interlaced between three or more strands and worn in different styles; think traditional milkmaids.

Buns
Hair is pulled back and fashioned into a ball like shape.

Disconnection
A hairstyle where there is a significant distinction between the top of the hair (which will be longer and fuller) and the shorter sides and back. Typically, versions of an undercut are good examples of a disconnected haircut.

Feathering
A popular hairstyle in the 70’s, where the hair is grown long and brushed back at the sides. Think Farrah Fawcett.

Fringe
Hair that is cut to hang over the forehead.

Graduated Hair
Hair with different layers.

Hair Extension
Either real or artificial hair (real is recommended) that is attached to hair; they can be permanent or clip-ins.

Keratin
A protein that forms the main structure of hair. Keratin also refers to a treatment where the hair is treated to be more manageable.

Layers
Hair that is cut at different lengths particularly used to frame one’s face.

Man Bun
The popularised hair trend where men embrace tying up their longer hair in a bun. This may or may not be accompanied by buzzed sides.

Mohawk
The sides of the head are shaven and a strip of hair is left in the centre of the head, spanning from the forehead to the back of the head. A common style for bikies or punk enthusiasts.

Mullet
Something that should not be present in any reasonable person’s vocabulary, let alone on their head. Just Google Billy Ray Cyrus in Achy Breaky Heart.

Point Cut
Where hair is cut vertically by hair stylists as opposed to horizontally straight across, lending dimension.

Pompadour
Where hair is voluminous up top and brushed up and back from the forehead.

Quiff
The styling of a man’s hair where it is pulled up and away from face and traditionally set with a hair product.

Razor Cutting
Hair is cut with a razor, leaving a distinctively shorter length.

Rough Blow Dry
Hair that is dried with a hair dryer without styling it; typically done by running your fingers through your mane as you dry.

Scissor Techniques
The variation of ways that a stylist can cut your hair.

Skin Fade
A Skin Fade is any haircut that blends to skin on the sides. This means the hair gradually fades from one length to another.

Side Part
Where the hair is parted on the side of the face.

Slicked Back
Hair is pulled back, particularly with a shinier mousse or wax product.

Tapering Skin Fade
Where a gentleman’s hair on the sides and back graduates from very short at the bottom to gradually longer at the top.

Texture
Dimension added to the hair by cutting it vertically.

Thinning
Portions of the hair that can be thinned out by cutting into the hairstyle when wet or dry.

Topknot
A descendent of the bun, a topknot involves arranging the hair in a knot-like shape above the head; typically done in a more messy manner.

Undercut
A hairstyle where the sides are short and distinctively less thick and full than the heavier proportions on the top of the head.

Updo
Where the hair is put up; and can be in multiple styles.

Vintage Styling
Typically curled hair that is brushed out and treated with thick and strong holding product. Think Dita Von Teese or the fictional favourite Betty Draper.

Volume
Adding the appearance of thickness to the hair.

Wedge Haircut
A variation of the bob where longer dimensions are towards the front of the face.

Weight Line
The area of hair that holds the most weight.

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