Do you want to try a new look? Going to the hairdresser's or barber's is a great way to really change up your style. Knowing how to explain to a hairdresser how you want your hair cut, is important so that they don't make any mistakes.

Here we've collected helpful phrases that you can use the next time you get your hair cut. Take a look and get ready for your next hair cut!

Things a Hairdresser Says

Below, you'll find common questions that hairdressers and barbers will ask you. It's useful to learn these so that you can both better understand and answer them.
What are you looking to have done today?
 
How would you like me to cut your hair?
 
How much should I take off?
 
How short do you want your hair?
 
How do you normally wear your hair?
 
Would you like me to wash it too?
 
Do you normally straighten your hair?
 
What kind of shampoo do you use at home?
 
How do you usually part your hair?
 
Do you want to keep your bangs?
 
What do you think?
 
 

Things a Customer Says

The following phrases will help you describe how you want your hair cut. These are important to know so that that there will be no misunderstandings between you and your hairdresser.
Do I need to make an appointment to get a haircut?
 
I'd like a wash and cut.
 
I want to dye my hair red.
 
Can I just get a trim, please?
 
I'm trying to grow my hair out a bit.
 
I would like to keep my hair as long as possible.
 
I usually keep my hair up in a ponytail.
 
I wash and blow dry my hair every day.
 
I'm hoping to try a new hairstyle.
 
I normally part my hair to the left.
 
 

Answers to the Most Common Questions

What are the most essential English phrases to know while at the hairdresser's?
  • What are you looking to have done today?
  • How much should I take off?
  • I'd like a wash and cut.
  • Can I just get a trim, please?
  • How would you like me to cut your hair?
  • How short do you want your hair?
  • I want to dye my hair red.
  • I would like to keep my hair as long as possible.