Hair Lingo you need to know before your next salon visit

by | Mar 13, 2019

I chatted to celebrity hair-guru, David Gillson and interviewed him on ‘Hair lingo you need to know before your next appointment with your hair stylist’. It’s important to know what you’re asking for when chatting to your stylist. Using the right terminology can save you a lot of time and heartache. These are some key words to use this Autumn.


  1. Graduation: This is a cut where weight is built up within the shape – a gradual progression of lengths from short to longer. Graduation can be performed at any length, however at longer lengths the results can be more noticeable.
  2. Layering: This is a hairstyle that gives the illusion of length and volume using long hair for the illusion of length and short hair for volume, as an easy style to manage. Hair is arranged into layers, with the top layers (those that grow nearer the crown) cut shorter than the layers beneath.
  3. Texturising: Texturising is used to thin out hair and make it look textured. If you have a thick or thin head of hair, both can benefit from a short textured hairstyle. Texturing the hair usually involves a straightedge razor or a pair of thinning scissors. For thinning or fine hair, texturizing helps create volume and movement, giving the appearance of a fuller head of hair


  1. Keratin therapy smoothing treatment: A keratin therapy smoothing treatment is a smoothing treatment that seals the hair cuticle with a coating of protein that eliminates frizz, and adds softness and shine.
  2. Davines colour locking treatment: A Davines colour locking treatment seals the cuticles and locks color pigments into the hair immediately after the hair-colouring process. It neutralises alkaline and peroxide residues without weighing down the hair, it also seals-in the colour and strengthens the hair to prevent breakage.
  3. Repairing hair treatment: This treatment gives new life to hairdamaged from heat styling, sun, chlorine and frequent colour services. This treatment restores healthy shine, nourishment and softness to hair. Also perfect for those who love outdoor sports or swimming. This treatment is highly conditioning, adds shine, and provides deep nourishment.

Colour techniques:

  1. Balyage:  With traditional foils, the highlights are uniform and defined. Balayage, is a freehand technique in which swatches of hair are sectioned and hand painted against a backing board with a lightening agent.
  2. Colour-melt: Colour melting is a technique that blends highlights with the base colour of your hair so there’s no harsh lines or clear distinction between the different colours. Multiple shades are used in colour melt hair to create the smooth transition.
  3. Colour kiss: Colour kiss iswashed through the hair, and gives you a veil of colour, a soft, translucent nuiance of colour. It seals the cuticles and locks color pigments into the hair immediately after the hair-colouring process. 

Styles / colours 2019:

  1. Anti-blowout: This is when you apply product and allow your hair to air-dry.
  2. Coral hair is a big trend in 2019: It is after all the pantone colour of the year.
  3. Blonde: Metallic blonde, grey blonde, slate grey, champagne, and platinum are all in this 2019.

David Gillson can be found at Carlton Hyde Park, you’ll recognize him by his trademark glasses and impeccable fashion sense. Tell him you read about him on

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