First of all, you need to know where to go to get your hair cut. If you are amanyou can go to ahair salonorbarbershop, for a haircut. If you are awomanyou can go to ahair salonfor a haircut.
The people who cut hair at these places are called: a hairstylist (orstylist)– a person who cuts men’s or women’s hair a hairdresser– a person who cuts men’s or women’s hair. a barber– a person who cuts men’s hair
Before you get your hair cut you are going to need to make an appointment. Here are some common phrases to use when scheduling with a barber or hairdresser.
Do you have any openings today? What times do you have open for appointments today? Is there anyone free who can cut my hair now/at 3:00pm/in the next hour? When is your next opening? Can I make an appointment for a haircut today?
At your appointment your hairdresser, stylist, or barber is likely to ask one or more of these questions:
What are you looking to do today? What are you looking for today? What do you want me to do to your hair today? How much do you want taken off? When was your last haircut? Do you want a wash/a shampoo?
Now, you are going to have to talk with your hairdresser, stylist, or barber about what you want them to do to your hair! Here are some basic requests you can make (all of these requests/questions can be phrased as statement too):
Start your request with:I would like…
… a cut(This means you want some amount of hair cut off and you will have to be more specific about how much.)
… a trim(This means you only want a little bit of hair cut off, to make your current hairdo neat, but you don’t want to change your hairstyle entirely.)
… a wash and cut.(This means you want your hair washed before it is cut. The wash usually costs extra.)
… a wash, cut, and dry (or style). (If you want your hair to be dried and styled before you leave the salon, you will want to ask for that.)
Other hair treatments you can ask for include:
I would like…
… to get a perm.(This is a treatment that makes the hair curly) … to have my hair straightened.(This is a treatment that makes curly hair straight.) … to have my hair dyed or colored.(This involves changing the color of ones hair.)
Lastly, here are some other commonly used terms at a hair appointment: bangs= This is a hair cut with short hair across the forehead. (This term is used for women’s hair only.) buzz cut= This is when hair is shaved very short. (This term is used primarily for men’s cuts.) layers= This is when hair is cut in many different lengths. split ends= This means the ends of your hair are split in two and damaged. “Chop it all off.”= Chop is another word for cut. This is a request to cut off all of one’s hair and make it very short.