Have Hair Lingo Questions?
We all know how that moment feels when you sit in the chair at the salon and your stylist says, “ So, tell me about your hair, and what you had in mind for today”… It can be a little overwhelming and confusing especially when you’re not sure what is the correct lingo or terminology to use when describing your particular hair situations wants and needs.
Hair lingo can seem subjective and can vary depending on whom you ask. For instance, we all have different opinions on what we believe our hair type is and what constitutes “medium,thick, coarse,long, fine, short, thin,”. But this misunderstanding between the stylist and client about hair type is why we’ve decided to cut the hoopla and give you a dictionary if you will. Hair lingo to use so that you feel comfortable and confident you are getting exactly what you expected and requested next time you visit the salon.
Let’s start with basic hair talk. One major misunderstanding about hair types is texture and amount.
Thin or Thick hair refers to the actual amount of hairs on one person’s head, usually expressed as hairs per square inch.
Fine or Coarse hair refers to the actual texture and density of the actual pieces of hair on your head.
Curly or Wavy hair refers to the hairs natural movement and shape it grows out like in spirals or big s shaped curls or kicks and flips.
There is sometimes a little confusion on the difference between thin hair and fine hair. Thin hair, is all about how many hairs per square inch where as describing hair as fine means that each hair is small in diameter. Fine hairs are small follicles that tend to be straighter rather than curly, and are often times described as “baby hair”. A person can have few, or many hairs, and these hairs can be fine or coarse.
Thick hair is the opposite of thin hair. Thick hair is categorized as hair that is plentiful in number. This has nothing to do with what each individual strand looks like or feels like but rather how many there are all together. Thick and coarse hair descriptions tend to get lumped in as one in the same when they are actually very different. Coarse hair can be thin, meaning that there are few amounts of textured coarse hairs on one head.
Hair texture and density can be easily effected by many things such as, chemical damage, mechanical damage, environmental changes, hormones, stress, diet, exercise, and hair care maintience or what you use at home.
Thinning hair can be caused by many of the above listed but especially hormone changes, stress, and malnutrition. It is not always easy to identify. One way to promote growth and prevent future loss is to massage the scalp and stimulate blood flow. You need to increase blood flow to allow your hair to absorb more nutrients it needs to grow and stay healthy.
Try massaging your scalp for five minutes a day to stimulate your scalp and feed it the blood flow it needs! There are also services and products we carry we can educate and prescribe to you to help with hair loss that will help to restore and regrow hair. The PLUMPING line from Kevin Murphy is a regimen of a daily wash, rinse, and root spray that help keep the follicle clean and healthy to regrow hair and make it instantly appear fuller. The products smell great and offer a daily dose of thickening power to revitalize limp thinning strands. Use the root spray on the scalp and base of the hair to offer volume and lift while promoting regrowth.
To Enable Your Hairdresser Share The Following:
- Your thoughts about your type of hair
- The products you use
- Any special exercise programs that impact hair (like swimming)
- How your hair responds to the current weather cycle
- What you like about your hair
- Where your frustrations with your hair lie
Not sure if you are using the most appropriate hair lingo? Just ask and we will help you get the great cut and style you want.