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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An item for sitting on.


ClipsA device for holding the hair in sections.


CombsA device used for disentangling hair. Usually flat with pointed teeth on one edge.


A product that makes hair soft, rebuilds hair, closes down cuticles.conditioner


A hair layer under cuticle has pigment and bonds.


The outside layer of hair overlap like tiles on a roof.


The act of shortening by chopping off the ends. An activity often carried out with scissors.