Posted by All-Nutrient Professional on Dec 12, 2017
Walking into a salon with an idea of what you want is a great way to bridge the gap between telling a stylist what you want and getting a similar result. But often times, you sit in the chair and describe what you want or throw out a term you think you know the meaning of but on planet hairstylist means something totally different. Imagine you walk into a salon ready to tell your stylist you want a blunt haircut. You saw this picture on Pinterest when searching “blunt hair cut” so you assume the shaggy, shoulder-length, angled, Lucy Hale lob is what you’re going to get. However, you leave the salon looking more like a back-up dancer for Sia.
* Que the instant tears*
To avoid leaving a salon with the wrong cut, check out our glossary to learn the basics and what’s trending so you and your stylist are on the same page.
What you think it means: Taking the smallest amount of hair as possible off the ends.
What your stylist thinks: Removing dead ends entirely. You may think those 3 inches at the bottom are length, but those thin and broken strands aren’t good for the health of your hair. So, if 3 inches is what it takes to remove that then that’s what your stylist will do. You may express your knowledge that you want all your dead ends chopped, but ask the stylist to show you where she is going to cut so you aren’t shocked by a “trim” because it’s not what you thought it was.
What you think it means: Sleek and simple
What your stylist thinks: A heavy, strong line, otherwise known as a motionless sheet of hair. Blunt cuts, especially bobs, have the power to be very fashion-forward and chic. But if you are simply looking for a plain old cut, blunt is not the term to use.
What you think it means: Posh Spice.
What your stylist thinks: A gradual slant from the back of head or nape of neck to your jaw line, with the longest pieces in front and shortest pieces in the back. Whether you want a bold angled cut, or a softer one, ask your stylist to follow the angle of your jawline when your head is tipped slightly forward. That way, unless you want it otherwise, there is a smooth transition from short-to-long.
What you think it means: Choppy, edgy, and flippy ends
What your stylist thinks: While razor cutting results in choppy, texturized looks, that’s not always the case. Razors can be a great way to create softness and blend layers together. If you’re worried your hair might have too much texture from a razor cut, just ask your stylist to use scissors.
What you think it means: A backwards way to cut hair, hair is cut when it's wet.
What your stylist thinks: Dry-cutting can be done when the hair is already styled and there a few touch-ups, but it can also be used as a primary cutting technique. It's a great way to see the cut in the way you prefer to wear your hair texture.
What you think it means: That ugly carpet that’s still in your grandma’s living room.
What your stylist thinks: That Pinterest worthy, messy and layered look. A shag cut has been more popular on those with shoulder length hair, but it can also be done on the Rapunzels out there. The key to making a shag cut work is how you style it. If you want that cool girl cut, but don’t think you have enough volume or texture for it, tell your stylist ahead of time so they can tailor the cut to suit your hair type best.
What you think it means: Straight, shoulder length cut.
What your stylist thinks: Rounded jawline cut. Since the popularity of the LOB (see term below), many people walk into a salon asking for a bob, expecting a shoulder length style. However a traditional BOB ends around the jawline, using rounded, in style framing of the face. Before your stylist grabs the scissors, make sure they know the desired length want for the cut.
What you think it means: A bob.
What your stylist thinks: A long bob. LOBs fall just beyond the shoulders and the clavicle bone and tend to be straighter in cut versus a rounded bob.
What you think it means: 3 or 4 sections of hair going from short to long.
What your stylist thinks: For hairstylists, the term "layered" means the hair is cut in such a way that the ends of the individual hairs fall to different points relative to one another. Layering is used to add volume in cases where the hair is so weighed down by its own length that it becomes flat at the top of the head, or when fine hair needs some motion and movement. It's also used to remove bulkiness or redistribute fullness in hair that is very curly.
What you think it means: The British word for bangs.
What your stylist thinks: 70’s bohemian, shaggy, curtain bangs that fall over your eyes to your cheekbones. Think of those effortless looking messy buns with the few pieces of face framing hair in the front, that’s fringe. When asking for bangs, it’s important to know that there are a variety of bangs: blunt, micro bangs, medium bangs, shaggy bangs, side-swept, the list continues… so, although you may love the look of one type, it may not be the best fit for your hair or face shape.
What you think it means: Chopping off long hair.
What your stylist thinks: You want your hair thinned. If you have thick, dense hair and want something that’s lighter and more free-flowing, then asking your stylist to take weight out of your hair is your best bet. This is done by using scissors or a razor to carve out slivers of hair and lighten up the overall effect. However, be aware that your hair will look and feel different afterwards, be sure to ask your stylist for tips to adjust to your new texture.