Types of Hairstyles in English

by | Last updated Jan 8, 2024 | English Learning

If you want to discuss hairstyles openly, it’s crucial to expand your hairstyle vocabulary. Here, we’ve compiled a variety of phrases featuring different hairstyle names.

The other day, I came up with a fantastic idea: to share with you the names of various hairstyles and types of hair in English.

This set of words will be extremely useful when you’re abroad and need to communicate your preferred hairstyle to a stylist. Additionally, when watching instructional videos on YouTube for different hairstyles, understanding specific English terms becomes crucial for finding the right content and comprehending instructions, doesn’t it?

Continue reading, and commit some new English words related to hair and hairstyles to memory. Most of these terms are applicable in both American English and British English.


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Types of Hair in English    

  •         blonde hair, light hair
  •         blonde
  •         brown hair
  •         brown-haired person
  •         grey hair, white hair
  •         red hair/ginger
  •        long hair
  •         short hair
  •         thick hair
  •         thinning hair
  •         receding hairline
  •         unmanageable hair, unruly hair
  •         curly hair
  •         kinky hair
  •         straight hair
  •         wavy hair
  •         wave
  •         sandy hair
  •         sandy girl
  •         auburn

Haircut and Hairstyle Names in English

For better organization, I’ve categorized the list into haircuts and hairstyles for both men and women.

For men:

  •         crew cut
  •         stubble
  •         moustache
  •         beard
  •         spiky (this is especially popular among those from Asian countries)
  •         shaved head/bald head/buzz cut
  •         flattop (at one time this was quite popular in the U.S.)
  •         goatee
  •         sideburn
  •         dreadlocks/dreads

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For women:

  •         bob
  •         layered hair
  •         pigtails (usually two)
  •         cornrows
  •         braids
  •         French braid
  •         braid
  •         bun
  •         French twist
  •         ponytail
  •         chignon
  •         perm

Various Hair Accessories

  •         hair band
  •         hairbrush
  •         hairdryer
  •         hairgrip, hair-slide (barrette – American name)
  •         hairnet
  •         hairpiece
  •         hairpin
  •         hairspray

English Verbs Related to Hair
– to cleanse, to wash hair
– to dye, to color, to tint hair
– to trim, to cut one’s hair
– to comb hair, to brush hair
– to tease hair, to backcomb hair
– to style, to set, to do, to braid hair

While this list includes several words, you may already be familiar with some and likely have heard the others. Enhance your English vocabulary, learn new words and phrases, and speak English confidently!

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