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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ScissorsA cutting tool. Can be grouped with 'sharps'.

Sebaceous Cyst

Swelling oil gland.


A technique of putting and keeping hair in place.


ShampooA product to clean the hair or the act of using the product - to shampoo.

Shower Spray

A tap attachment to spread the water.


A bowl shaped fixture used for washing hands etc.


StraightenerA device for straightening the hair.

Strand Test

checking colour for development.