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Excited to get a new haircut, or do you want to try a new color for your hair? You can easily do both of these things, and more, at the hairdresser's or a barber shop. To ensure that you get the exact look that you want, why not get prepared for your visit by learning a few essential phrases?

We'll help you by teaching you the most common phrases and questions used at the hairdresser's. They'll help you communicate better and prevent the hairdresser or barber from making any mistakes. Let's check them out!

Questions: Hairdresser

Below, we've collected common questions that hairdressers and barbers will ask. Learn them so that you can better understand and answer them!
German German English English
Wie hätten Sie es gerne?
What are you looking to have done today?
Wie hätten Sie Ihre Haare gerne geschnitten?
How would you like me to cut your hair?
Wie viel soll ich abschneiden?
How much should I take off?
Wie kurz wollen Sie Ihre Haare haben?
How short do you want your hair?
Wie tragen Sie Ihr Haar normalerweise?
How do you normally wear your hair?
Soll ich sie auch waschen?
Would you like me to wash it too?
Glätten Sie normalerweise Ihre Haare?
Do you normally straighten your hair?
Welche Art von Shampoo verwenden Sie zu Hause?
What kind of shampoo do you use at home?
Wie tragen Sie Ihren Scheitel?
How do you usually part your hair?
Wollen Sie Ihren Pony so lassen?
Do you want to keep your bangs?
Was finden Sie es?
What do you think?

Questions and Statements: Customer

To ensure that you get the exact look that you want, you'll need to be able to describe how you want your hair done. The following phrases will help you do this. By learning them you'll prevent any misunderstandings between you and your hairdresser.
German German English English
Muss ich einen Termin vereinbaren, um meine Haare schneiden zu lassen?
Do I need to make an appointment to get a haircut?
Ich hätte meine Haare gerne gewaschen und geschnitten.
I'd like a wash and cut.
Ich möchte meine Haare rot färben.
I want to dye my hair red.
Könnte ich meine Haare einfach ein wenig kürzer haben?
Can I just get a trim, please?
Ich versuche, mir die Haare wachsen zu lassen.
I'm trying to grow my hair out a bit.
Ich möchte meine Haare so lange wie möglich lassen.
I would like to keep my hair as long as possible.
Normalerweise trage ich meine Haare in einem Pferdeschwanz.
I usually keep my hair up in a ponytail.
Ich wasche und föhne meine Haare jeden Tag.
I wash and blow dry my hair every day.
Ich würde gerne eine neue Frisur ausprobieren.
I'm hoping to try a new hairstyle.
Normalerweise trage ich meinen Scheitel rechts.
I normally part my hair to the left.

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Guten Tag. Haben Sie heute noch Termine frei für einen Haarschnitt?en
Ja, Sie haben Glück. Wenn Sie möchten, hätte ich jetzt sofort einen.en
Das wäre super.en

Answers to the Most Common Questions

What are the most essential German phrases to know while at the hairdresser's?
  • Wie hätten Sie es gerne?
    What are you looking to have done today?
  • Wie hätten Sie Ihre Haare gerne geschnitten?
    How would you like me to cut your hair?
  • Wie viel soll ich abschneiden?
    How much should I take off?
  • Wie kurz wollen Sie Ihre Haare haben?
    How short do you want your hair?
  • Ich hätte meine Haare gerne gewaschen und geschnitten.
    I'd like a wash and cut.
  • Ich möchte meine Haare rot färben.
    I want to dye my hair red.
  • Könnte ich meine Haare einfach ein wenig kürzer haben?
    Can I just get a trim, please?
  • Ich möchte meine Haare so lange wie möglich lassen.
    I would like to keep my hair as long as possible.

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