Hair Care Vocabulary

This hair care vocabulary will be helpful when you go to the drug store or beauty store to buy items to care for your hair. To hear the words pronounced in American English, please check out the video below. There is a pause after each item so that you can practice saying the words yourself.


Hear the hair care vocabulary pronounced

Now you can review this hair care vocabulary below.


a tool with small stiff bristles to smooth or groom the hair.


a tool used to groom or straighten the hair. A wide-tooth comb is used to more easily groom curly or wavy hair.


an electric tool that has a metal cylinder to curl the hair using heat.


an electric tool that straightens the hair by pressing them through two heated ceramic plates.


plastic or metal objects that are used to hold hair in place.


a chemical substance that is used to color (dye) the hair either permanently or to last for several washings of the hair.


a creamy liquid substance used to make the hair softer and less dry.


an electric tool used to dry the hair.


real or synthetic hair that is sewn into existing hair to make it look longer or thicker.


a sticky thick liquid substance that is used to style the hair and hold it in place.


round cylinders that are used to make curls or waves in the hair (often using heat).


a metal tool with two blades to cut the hair.


an electric tool that closely shaves hair on the face, neck and scalp.


a liquid substance that lathers into bubbles to clean the hair.


a bottle that contains water. It is often used to make the hair wet when a stylist is cutting the hair.

Hair colors and hair styles

Now that we've reviewed some hair care terms it would also be useful to describe some hair styles.

  • hair length:  short hair, medium-length hair, long hair
  • colors:  red (ginger), brown (brunette), auburn, black, blond/blonde, gray
  • texture:  straight, curly, wavy, kinky-curly, frizzy
  • bald = no hair
  • facial hair:  beard, goatee beard (only on the chin), moustache
  • hair styles:  updo (arranging hair up on the head in a style), ponytail, braids, dread locks.

hair care professional (someone who styles an cuts hair):  hairstylist, hair dresser or barber (for men). 

place to have hair styled:  hairdresser's, hair salon, beauty parlor, beauty salon or barber's shop.

As recently as the 1950s it was radical for men to have long hair (remember the Beatles musical group) but these days both men and women wear their hair in a variety of styles, lengths and colors.  Bot men and women color their hair, curl and straighten their hair, wear ponytails, etc.

What is very interesting about hair is that the vast majority (almost all people) want to change the style from their natural hair! And, almost everyone feels a lot better after they have their hair styled by a professional. 

Your turn: Practice this hair care vocabulary

Please leave a comment below to practice your English. What is your hair like? Do you style and cut your own hair or do you go to a hair stylist? How much does it cost to have a haircut in your country?


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