hair dresser terms

Hairdressers often use technical terms like “texturizing”, or “undercutting” when talking to you in a consultation or during the cut. It’s their way of describing what they want to achieve in the haircut. This hairdresser-lingo can be confusing and maddening, leaving you wondering what’s going on up top. So let’s look at what this fancy jargon really means for you.

Layering: This classic technique removes weight and bulkiness by cutting shorter pieces that fall above your desired length. Instead of having a haircut that is all one length, the length of the cut will be ‘layered’ to create tiers of hair around the shape of the face, adding texture and curves, looseness and freedom.

Movement: A hairdresser will often say: “I’m going to get your hair to swing and move.” This can be done with any number of cuts and means that they’re looking to create space and freedom in your haircut to allow your hair to move freely. For example, a layered haircut will have a lot more freedom and movement than a one-length haircut.

One-Length Cut: When a hairdresser says he’ll be cutting one-length, they are going for the strong geometric perimeter shape. Rather than cutting in layers or texturizing the interior, all the hair will reach the same length. These kind of cuts don’t have the same softness and movement as some of their counterparts, but it does provide a strong, solid structure and a bold, dramatic line.

Taking Weight Out: If you have thick, bulky hair, it’s likely your hairdresser will be taking out some of the weight. Literally, this means that they’re cutting the interior (rather than the exterior shape) of the hair to remove bulk and density. It can also be explained as “thinning out” the hair.

Under-cutting: This will make your haircut livelier and fuller by cutting the hair underneath shorter than the top layers. It allows the hair to fall effortlessly into place, creating a support structure for your style, and gives the illusion of extra body and bounce.

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