By Linda Hall • 25 May 2023 • 10:00
I WAS debating whether to call this Unisex because as far as hair – although not necessarily gender these days – is concerned, that’s how practically all hairdressing salons announce themselves.
Yes, that’s the way it goes chaps, if you want a haircut you’ll almost certainly need to get it done in the company of your female neighbours at a peluquería. As for a shave, that will have to be a DIY job at home.
Time was when Spanish men went to a barbero for a haircut and a shave too, but when barbers do exist they are usually tucked away in a side street, with a dwindling number of clients.
Therefore much of the following will be as applicable to men as women especially the young men I see when I go for my own hairdo (peinado), who are as likely as I am to be having streaks done.
A wash and blow-dry….. lavar y secar
I’d like a wash and blow-dry: quiero lavar y secar
I’d like to cut my hair…..quiero cortarme el pelo
I only want a trim…..quiero cortarme las puntas, nada más
I’d like a bob (okay, this won’t apply to many male readers)…..quiero una media melena
I’d like a lot of curls (nor, possibly, will this)…..quiero muchos rizos
I want it very short…..lo quiero muy corto
I want it chin-length/shoulder-length…..lo quiero hasta la barbilla/los hombros
I want it very straight…..lo quiero muy liso
I’d like a lot of volume…..quiero mucho volume/lo quiero muy hueco
I want/don’t want layers…..quiero/no quiero capas
I want/don’t want a fringe…..quiero/no quiero un flequillo
If you want to change the colour of your hair:
I’d like to dye my hair…..quiero teñirme el pelo
Or merely brighten it up
I’d like streaks…..quiero mechas
I’d like a colour rinse…..quiero un baño de color
To prevent temporary or permanent slipups you’ll be presented with a colour chart although, since we’re on the subject, remember that blonda is not a hair tone, but a type of lace.
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