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Terms to Know About Hairdressers
If you want to change your look, visit a hairdresser because a cut and style just might suffice. At the salon you can get just a simple cut or the total package including a shampoo, color, cosmetic application and more. Here are some terms to know about hairdressers and beauty salons.
Fringe – A fringe, sometimes used synonymously with bangs, refers to hair that is cut short framing the face. Fringes must be regularly trimmed, brushed and styled.
Layering – Layering is a hair style where the stylist cuts hair to hang at multiple lengths. This style makes hair look more thick and full.
Highlights – Highlights are strands of hair dyed a lighter color than the person’s natural shade.
Feathering – Feathering us a cutting technique which requires special scissors that cut the ends of hairs at multiple nearly even levels. Feathering reduces the look of a straight flat line across the base of a hair style.
Thermal Straightening – Thermal straightening is a Japanese technique which completely straightens curly hair with the use of chemicals and specialized hairdresser supplies.
Flat Brush – Stylists keep a wide range of brushes in their supplies for all different hair types. The most common is a flat brush which has even bristles and a large rectangular head and is appropriate for all different hair and styling services from bridal styling to children.
Cool Button – Modern hair dryers often feature a cool button while changes the air from the dryer from hot to cooler in temperature which helps hair holds it shape and style longer.
Some may be surprised to learn that salons and hairdressers are not a modern invention. Throughout history, hair cuts and styles have played as important a role as clothing in marking the social and economic status of men and women. While their importance may seem confined to the beauty industry, hairdressers and barbers have long been important tastemakers in society and have gone a long way in shaping a culture's beauty ideals.
Now, the job of the hairdresser goes well beyond cutting and styling customers' locks. Most full service salons offer regular shampoos and blow-outs, hair coloring and highlights services, as well as deep conditioning, straightening and perm treatments. In addition to wielding scissors, some of the leading stylists also offer tips on skin care and cosmetics application for special events. For bridal parties or girls attending their prom, specialty salons are fully stocked with supplies and hair accessories to provide them with a special look on a big day.
Specialty salons also exist to style customers with a variety of hair needs. Those that cater to clients of African descent carry the equipment and supplies necessary to do treatments such as relaxing. They also stock brushes, conditioners and other products that will work well on richly textured hair. Salons that cater to children will often use special shears to ensure that no nicks or cuts occur, and may even have small brushes that are sized for small school children. These, and specially trained hairdressers work to give their clients the confidence and self-esteem that comes with looking great.