Hair and Beauty Glossary

This is a glossary of terms for hair and beauty to aid the D/deaf. Select the term you are interested in and click on the word video to open it full screen or press the play button on the embedded video clip. 

The signs used in these clips are known and used by the learners at Vision West Nottinghamshire College. 

They are intended to be used solely as a resource and do not necessarily represent definitive BSL signs.

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Hair Papilla

Feeds hair with blood supply.

Hair Spray

Hair sprayUsed to hold style in place and protects from weather.

Hair Texture

Fine, medium or thick.

Hair Type

Dry, brittle, normal, greasy, wiry.


Takes in water, as in hair is Hygroscopic.



kitA collection of the required tools.



Hair depth, how dark or light hair is.

Light Hair

Hair depth. How dark or light the hair is.



Middle of the hair.


MirrorA shiny surface for reflecting an image.

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