Beauty salon vocabulary

Beauty and hair salon

A place where beautician, hairdresser (also called hairstylist) or a masseur works to give people beauty treatment is called a beauty salon or beauty parlour (US beauty sop or beauty shop)
A place where barber works to cuts men’s hair and shave their beard is called a barber’s (US barbershop)

See:  Professions

Beauty salon services can include:

  • Facial (noun): a beauty treatment to make the skin of the face soft, smooth and bright with creams, lotions or face masks. She did a facial for the dry flaky skin on my face.
  • Manicure (noun): a beauty treatment to make hands and fingernails healthy, soft and good-looking.
  • Pedicure (noun): a beauty treatment to make feet and toenails healthy, soft and good-looking.  She usually has a manicure and pedicure at home.
  • Blow-dry (noun): a beauty treatment that involves drying and shaping hair. She had a cut and blow-dry.
  • Dye (verb): to give your hair a new colour by using a substance. She decided to dye her hair red.
  • Curl (verb): to give hair a curved shape by using hair rollers or curling iron. She is thinking of curling her hair.
  • Perm (verb): to give your hair curl for a long time using chemicals. It is also known as ‘permanent wave’. I had my hair permed yesterday.
  • Perm (noun): a chemical treatment to give your hair curl for a long time. My hair is naturally curly. I haven’t had a perm.
  • Shampoo (verb): to wash your hair with shampoo [liquid for cleaning hair]. She shampooed her hair after dyeing it.
  • Straighten (verb): to make hair straight by using a flat iron (also called straightener). She wants to straighten her curly hair.
  • Trim (verb): to make hair tidy by cutting it. I see she’s had her hair trimmed.
  • Rinse (verb): to use clean water in order to remove soap or dirt. First rinse your hair thoroughly then apply conditioner.
  • Wax: (verb) to remove hair by using hot wax or wax strip. She got her legs and armpits waxed at the salon.

List of tools used in beauty salon and barber’s

  • Towel
  • Hairdresser’s chair
  • Highlights
  • Hair roller/curler
  • Comb
  • Brush
  • Styling brush
  • Curling iron
  • Flat iron (straightener)
  • Scissors
  • Hand mirror
  • Hair clipper
  • Hairdryer


  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Styling gel

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