15 Hairstyle Terms to Know Before Your Next Salon Visit
Even if you bring a photo of your dream ‘do, knowing this hair lingo will help you score the exact style you want.
The main color applied all over the head or at the root area, before a more dimensional color technique is applied. If you usually just get highlights, your base color is your natural haircolor. If you choose to color your base, you’ll be back to the salon sooner, as your roots will show faster than if you used a highlighting technique.
A French word meaning to sweep or paint. A colorist will area-paint highlights onto the hair in a sweeping motion. This gives a much more natural, sun-kissed look, as opposed to streaky, top-to-bottom highlights. With balayage, regrowth lines are less noticeable, so the color still looks great long after your appointment. (Don’t miss the myths about hair you need to stop believing.)
Hair color that is dark at the root and gradually fades to lighter towards the ends of the hair. There are variations on this theme, including “sombré,” a more subtle version of ombré. Hair still gets gradually lighter from root to tip, but the color contrast is far less severe. Here are the secrets stylists won’t tell you—about getting the perfect color and more.
Delicate, extremely subtle highlights that are applied to very thin wisps of hair, as opposed to large sections. Babylights add a shimmer of color, look natural, and will be placed strategically.
A blunt cut is when a stylist cuts horizontally across the ends of your hair with scissors, leaving your ends in a perfectly straight line. Picture Vogue editor Anna Wintour’s razor-sharp bob and bangs.
This is a way to describe layers cut into large pieces, instead of straight and even. It can also be used to describe the placement of highlights, which tends to add volume, depth, and dimension to hair.
To style your hair in a wispy fashion involves creating texture that leaves the ends of your hair pointing in many different directions, not falling straight down.
These layers do not cascade smoothly, but are applied at noticeably different levels. They are distinct, and often created using a razor. This look has a lot of movement and texture and is great for people who want less bulk to the hair. This is what your hairstyle says about your personality.
This word means exactly what you’d imagine: One side of the haircut is intentionally longer than the other, and therefore will fall lower on one shoulder or side of your face. It’s an artistic, edgy haircut.