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Hairstyle Dictionary
Our hairstyle dictionary keeps you on top of all things hair!
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Are you on the look-out for a new hairstyle? Where do you get your hairspiration from? Beach waves are pretty self-explanatory and faux bobs have been around for a while, but how about two-tone hair colour or a banana up-do?! The only problem is that there are so many different looks to choose from! Our hair dictionary gives you a simple list of all the possibilities!

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    Banana UpdoThe shape of this classic up-do resembles the shape of a banana styled in the back of the head. Banana updos come in several versions: vertical, diagonal or horizontal. The hair if folded under to achieve this shape. This style is very similar to the French twist, but still uniquely different.

    Beach Waves: Natural fuss-free beach waves - perfect for any time of the year!

    Blunt HaircutShoulder-length hair that is cut into a straight blunt finish.

    BobThe classic bob is about chin-length. However, a bobbed hairstyles is known for its versatility in length and style.

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    Chignon: The hair gathered into a ponytail, which in turn is twisted until it curls into a round shape. Chignons come in many styles and shapes from a neat twist to a un-done look.

    Clavi CutThe hair is cut to the level of the clavicles.

    Crew Cut: The hair is uniformly cut to a length of only a few millimetres. (See the four stages of military haircuts)

    Crimped Hair: Trendy 1990s style; the hair is crimped into tiny regular waves using a crimping iron.

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    Dip Dye: Only the ends of the hair show a colour, which is distinctly different to the rest of the hair colour. Ombré, Sombré (even softer Ombré) and two-tone hair are all part of the same family.

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    Emo Hairstyle: This style shows elements of the 1980s punk styles. This can include anything from bright colours to expressive styles, to asymmetry.

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    Fake Undercut:

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    At first, the hair seems to be undercut (see below). But this illusion is created braiding or twisting the hair.

    Faux BobLong hair is folded under to create the illusion of a bob. The hair is gathered in a very low ponytail. The ends of the ponytail are then folded under and secured with hair grips underneath a curtain of folded hair.

    Finger WavesThese accurately styled track-like waves were popular in the 1920s.

    French BraidA special technique creates this beautiful braid. As the braid grows, a small strand is pulled into the braid with every turn. As a result, the braid stays close to the scalp.

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    Garçon haircut - Boyish haircut  The short haircut is layered and blended to the hairline. Often, the hair on top of the head is slightly longer and combed forward from the crown of the head.

    Geo HaircutThis is a short precision haircut.

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    Hipster Hairstyle: 21st century urban hippie hairstyles may be of any length and style. Both men and women insist on their own personal styles, so these vary from undercuts to boy cuts to textured bobs.

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    Iroquois Haircut: Wartime haircut of Iroquois men - the modern version of a razor cut. The sides are styled upwards across the centre line of the head from the nape of the neck, then down to the middle of the forehead.

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    Long Bob:

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    Trendy haircut; the hair is cut to chin- or shoulder length

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    The hair is styled to in a simple un-done look.

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    New Crop: The hair is razor-cut to a length of only a few millimetres. In contrast to the crew cut, the hair on the crown of the head is a tad longer.

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    Ombré: The hair colour gradually changes from one colour to another. Often, the hair ends are lighter than the rest of the hair. (See also dip dye, Sombré and two-tone hair)

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    Pixie HaircutShort haircut; the hair is around 2 inches long and fringed. The hair at the back of the head is cut with layers. The sides are cut very short with the ears not covered by hair.

    PonytailThis is a well-loved hairstyle classic. The hair is gathered in a hair band either low or high at the back of the head.

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    Quiffs: Quiffs were popular in the 1950s. Wide strands of hair above the forehead are brushed up or rolled back to create these voluminous quiffs.

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    Razor Bob:

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    In this bob hair style, the hair is cut with a razor or scissor to various lengths.

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    Semi-updoPart of the hair is gathered into a ponytail or up-do and the rest of the hair is allowed to flow freely. Semi-up-dos allow for style and plenty of creativity.

    Side Cut: On one side, the hair is cut razor short from the hairline to the temple. (See also undercut)

    Side-Swept: Long hair is combed back on one side and swept over the other shoulder.

    Sleek: The hair is straight or straightened using straighteners or straightening products. The hair is styled close to the scalp.

    Sombré: This year the Sombré (soft Ombré) even came up! This look blends two contrasting colours even more subtly than an Ombré look.

    Spiky Hair: The hair spikes upward on the crown of the head.

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    Gel is applied to the front portion of the hair. This makes it easy to comb this part of the hair straight back. The rest of the hair and the long straight ends are allowed to flow freely.

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    Twirled Strands of HairIndividual strands of hair are twirled around each other to create pretty twists.

    Two-tone Hair: The hair is dyed, tinted or bleached to create two different colour blocks. (See also dip dye and ombre)

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    UndercutThe hair is razor-cut from the hairline upward either around the head or just on one side. The covering hair remains long. (See also side cut)

    Undone: The hair is styled to conceal all evidence of styling. Allowing some strands of hair to escape the style and styling products like salt spray and volumising powder help to create this look.

    Updo: The hair is pulled up and secured with hair grips and hair accessories to create various shapes.

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    Volume: The hairstyles of the 1980s are known for plenty of volume for both short and long hairstyles.

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    Wet Hairstyles:

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    The hair looks slick or wet.

    Wings Hairstyle: Blow-drying the ends of the hair into an outward pointing bouncy wave was a fashion hit in the 1950s. You can also use a curling iron or round brush to create this hairstyle. The modern version of this is often layered and feathered, giving it the 'wings hairstyle' name.