At the hairdresser’s or how not to regret what you’ve done

If you are planning to live abroad for a long time, then sooner or later you will certainly need to go to a hairdresser's to make your hairstyle look like you want it to. But in order to talk to a hairdresser and explain to them exactly how you would like to transform your hair, you need to familiarize yourself with the appropriate vocabulary.

There are different types of hairstyles that you can order.

Men's haircuts are as follows:

  • crew cut
  • stubble
  • beard
  • bald head
  • mustache
  • flattop 
  • goatee 
  • sideburn
  • spiky 
  • dreadlocks 

Coming to the hairdresser, men can say: I would like to have my hair cut as crew cut.

Notice the construction we used in this sentence: have something done. It is very actively used to communicate about a service, such as a hairdresser. This construction means that you don't cut your hair yourself, but that you have this service offered by a professional. 

Now let's look at the names of women's hairstyles:

  • ponytail 
  • bob
  • cornrows
  • braids
  • French braid
  • pigtails
  • bun
  • French twist
  • chignon
  • braid
  • perm

Women at the hairdresser can also order a hair dyeing service, and then they can say: I would like to have my hair dyed.

The color palette of hair is very diverse. Consider the most popular hair colors:

  • blond
  • fair
  • dark
  • red (ginger)
  • auburn 
  • brown
  • grey

As for the structure of the hair, everything is even more individual here. You can describe how your hair looks now and the way you would like it to be.

So, hair types:

  • curled 
  • straight
  • curly 
  • wavy
  • bald
  • bald patch
  • frizzy
  • spiky 
  • medium length
  • shoulder length
  • long 
  • split ends
  • loose
  • short 
  • groomed 
  • silky
  • thick
  • thin
  • receding
  • tangled 

Now, to consolidate the learned vocabulary, let's read the dialogue in the hairdresser.


  • Hello, I would like to have a fashionable hairstyle and have my hair dyed!
  • Hello, please come in! We do great hairstyles and hair dyeing!
  • How much is it?
  • A hairstyle costs five dollars and hair dyeing is ten.
  • Yes, it will suit me!
  • Then, please come here! Now we will wash your hair with a very high quality shampoo, we also use an excellent rinsing balm.
  • Thanks!
  • And now sit in another chair, now I will dye your hair, and then we will do a hairstyle.
  • Okay, I hope I will like it!
  • Undoubtedly, because we are the best salon.
  • How wonderful you dyed my hair and made an amazing hairstyle!
  • Thank you very much!
  • Come to us again!
  • I will definitely come.
  • Goodbye, have a nice day!

Author: German Goryaynov

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