8 of the most Basic hairdresser Terminology

So this week ladies I am going to bring it back to basics with some Hairdresser lingo! 

Next time your sat in the salon chair by understanding some of the hairdressers terminology and 

language you will both get an understanding,  which will result in Hair Success.



Bellow I will discuss some hair colouring words/terms and techniques we use daily when consulting with a client.


 Level: Think of a hair colour chart that has 10 levels. 1 being the darkest which is black. And 10 being the lightest which is pale yellow. When we talk about levels we are referring to how light or dark your hair is. If you have medium brown hair, you are most likely a level 6. If you have light blonde hair, You are a level 9. And so on and so on.


Tones: Tones are the base of hair colours. Beige, Gold, Ash, and neutral are bases of hair colour. You also have warms and cools when dealing with tones. A beige is generally a cool tone but some lines have more gold in the hair colour thus making it a warm tone


Toner: You may hear your stylist say you need a toner after bleaching or lightening. A toner is simply a hair colour that is applied on damp hair for between 3-10 minutes. Toners are a great way to cancel out yellow tones while lightening. Also they give you the desired hair colour effect when lightening. For example: When adding caramel highlights, the stylist will bleach you to a higher level, then tone you with the correct caramel colour after.


Highlights: consist of selecting thin or thick strands of hair that are then lightened at least 2 shades lighter than the rest of your hair. Highlights should compliment your natural or artificial hair colour. One misconception of highlighting is that highlights are only blonde in colour. This is not true. Highlights can be any tone or any shade of light or dark. As long as they are lighter than your overall hair colour, these are considered highlights. For example: If your hair colour is black, and you get dark brown tones put in, those are highlights. If your hair is brown, and you have lighter, caramel tones added, those would be also considered highlights.


Lowlights: Adding darker strands, chunks or parts to your overall colour. This is a great way to break up a highlight. Adding lowlights will prevent your hair colour from becoming a solid colour thus making it more of a natural effect.


Ombre: Adding a deeper shade to the roots and then the shade getting gradually lighter as it goes to the ends of the hair, very dark to very light its quiet a daring look.


Lift: This just means to lighten.