We have found at Mobile Beauty UK that there are many beauty  hair terms which people do not know or understand? For this we have created a beauty glossary where all terms and meanings can be found!

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Glossary of beauty, health & hair related terms


A

  • A-line Bob
    An A-line Bob is a geometric bob with a straight fringe, so called because of the resemblance to the capital A, with its horizontal line, the fringe and its legs the hair passing your ears.
  • Abdomen
    The abdomen (belly) is an area between the rib cage and the pelvis. This area is often covered by excess hair.
  • Abdominoplasty
    A procedure that minimizes the abdominal area.  In adominoplasty the surgeon makes a long incision from one side of the hip bone to the other.  Excess skin and fat are then removed.  Also called a tummy tuck.
  • Accelerated Vellus (Hair) Syndrome
    Accelerated Vellus Syndrome is a condition that causes the hair strands to grow longer than usual. This condition is common among trans-gender males and females or menopausal women and can be caused by certain endocrine changes or drugs.
  • Accelerator
    An accelerator is a product that enhances melanin productions, allowing the skin to achieve a quicker tan. Accelerators are most effective when used a few hours after tanning or immediately after taking a shower.
  • Accent Colour
    An accent colour is an intense, sharp colour used to add punch or lift an existing colour scheme. Typically, accent colours are used to add a bit of excitement or provide a colour balance to an overall effect.
  • Acetone
    Acetone is a colourless, flammable, volatile and clear liquid that evaporates rapidly and has a sweetish, aromatic odour. It is produced inside the human body with the help of a normal metabolic process. When acetone forms, it can be a sign that the cells cannot use or do not have enough insulin.
  • Acid
    Acid is a corrosive liquid that has a pH lower than 7. It is the opposite of alkaline.
  • Acid Mantle
    An acid mantle is a combination of sebum and sweat that provides a protective coating to the skin.
  • Acid Perm

An acid perm is a method of treating hair that uses heat and chemicals. It has a pH of 6.5 to 8.0.

  • Acne
    Acne is a common skin inflammation caused by an overproduction of bacteria or oil.
  • Acne Keloidalis Nuchae
    Acne keloidalis nuchae is a common form of acne among Afro-males characterized by destructive and painful scarring on the scalp. This disease can persist for many years.
  • Acrylic

Acrylic is a term used for something that repels moisture or water.

  • Acrylic Nails

Acrylic Sculptured nail material. Combination of a liquid and powder that is mixed to the artificial nail.

  • Actinic Keratosis
    An actinic keratosis is a rough, small bump that forms on the surface of the skin as a result of overexposure to the sun. It occurs more frequently in people with fair skin.
  • Activator
    Activators are powerful and safe hair bleach ingredients. They are also known as boosters, bleach accelerators and beach boosters.
  • Active Ingredient
    Ana active ingredient is a key substance of a product that either imparts a particular action or property, or has a particular role.
  • Acupressure
    Acupressure is an Asian form of touch therapy that was developed over 5000 years ago. It is a slow and relaxing process that aims to stimulate the ki (also called chi or qi) and boost health.
  • Adhesive
    An adhesive is a product that bonds or adhere items together.
  • Adrenal
    The adrenal gland is located on the top of the kidneys. It is responsible for releasing certain hormones into the system; it also affects hair growth.
  • Afro Hairstyle
    A tightly, thick, rounded hair style.
  • Age spots
    Small flat pigmented spots that are most often seen on areas of the body that have been exposed to the sun over a period of years. Age spots usually occur after the age of 40.
  • AHA
    AHA is an acronym for alpha hydroxyl acid.
  • Airbrush Tanning

The art of applying a flawless natural tan through air compression.

  • Albinism
    Albinism is a genetic defect of melanin production characterized by little to no color in the eyes, hair and skin. This condition affects people from all races.
  • Alcohol
    Alcohol, or ethyl grain isopropyl, is a liquid frequently used for disinfecting skin prior and following treatment.
  • Alexandrite
    Alexandrite is a popular laser that emits 755 nm light and is used for hair removal.
  • Algae Extract
    Extracted from seaweed and pond scum, rich in minerals, algae extract is claimed to prevent wrinkles, very moisturizing
  • Alkali
    An alkali is a non-acidic substance that dissolves in water and has a pH greater than 7. They are commonly used in depilatory creams.
  • Alkaline Perm
    Alkaline hair perm solutions are used on hair that has low elasticity and is resistant in order to condition and strengthen it. Being stronger than an acid hair perm, the alkaline hair perm is designed to produce better results.
  • Allergen
    An allergen is a substance that causes an allergenic reaction.
  • Allergy
    An allergy is a disorder of the immune system. Allergies can be triggered by a number of things, including plants, laundry detergents and fragrant soap, to name a few.
  • Allantoin
    Allantoin is a skin calming, softening and soothing agent. Thanks to its moisturizing properties, allantoin softens the skin and stimulates cell regeneration.
  • Almond oil

Almond oil is vegetable oil made with almonds. It’s used in cosmetic products that soften the skin

  • Aloe Vera
    Aloe Vera is a succulent plant that has medicinal properties. Aloe Vera extract is an excellent hair moisturizer and can be found as an ingredient in many hair care products.
  • Alopecia
    Alopecia is a condition characterized by loss of hair, particularly from the head.
  • Alopecia Adnata
    Alopecia adnata is a technical term for congenital baldness (baldness at birth).
  • Alopecia Androgenetic
    Alopecia androgenetic is a technical term for pattern baldness.
  • Alopecia Areata
    Alopecia areata is a disease that is characterized by scalp hair loss, commonly in patches.
  • Alopecia Follicularis
    Alopecia follicularis is a condition characterized by hair loss due to inflammation of the hair follicles.
  • Alopecia Neurotica
    Alopecia neurotic is a condition characterized by hair loss that happens as a result of an injury of the nervous system or a nervous disorder.
  • Alopecia Senilis
    Alopecia senilis is characterized by hair loss due to old age.
  • Alopecia Totalis
    Alopecia totalis is a term that describes complete hair loss. This condition is often accompanied by loss of eyelashes or loss of eyebrows.
  • Alopecia Universalis
    Alopecia universalis is a condition characterized by hair loss throughout the whole body.
  • Alpha Hydroxy Acid
    Alpha hydroxyl acid, or just AHA, is a solution that has exfoliating properties. It can help improve the appearance of the skin and reduce ingrown hairs.
  • Alternative Medicine
    Alternative medicine refers to any type of healing practice that does not use conventional medicine.
  • Amma
    Amma is an Asian therapy that involves manipulating vital points (called “tsubos”) in order to bring balance and health.
  • Amino Acid
    An amino acid is a chemical substance that can be found in animals and plants. It is a crucial part of healthy hair growth.
  • Aminophenol
    Aminophenols are phenol derivatives; they are commonly used in permanent hair dyes.
  • Ammonia
    Ammonia is an alkaline ingredient that can sometimes be found in permanent hair colors. It is used to decolorize the hair.
  • Ammonium Hydroxide
    When used in skin peels and hair waving and straightening, it is used to stabilize and adjust the acids.
  • Ammonium Thioglycolate
    Ammonium thioglycolate is a very common ingredient of chemical depilatories.
  • Amortization
    Amortization is a process that converts one enzyme to another.
  • Ampere
    An ampere is a measure of electrical current.
  • Amphoteric
    An amphoteric is a substance that is frequently used in shampoos because it allows water to mix with oil. It leaves the hair gentle and manageable.
  • Anesthetic
    An anesthetic is a substance that causes anesthesia – loss of sensation, awareness or feeling.
  • Anesthesia
    Anesthesia is a drug induced loss of awareness and feeling. General anesthesia is a state of complete unconsciousness, while local anesthesia induces absence of sensation in only certain parts without affecting consciousness. During general anesthesia, certain medications may be applied in order to ensure analgesia, amnesia, hypnosis and relaxation of the muscles. There is another type of anesthesia called regional anesthesia. Regional anesthesia numbs a bigger part of the body while the patient remains conscious.
  • Anagen
    Anagen is a scientific term used to describe the growing phase of the hair growth cycle.
  • Analgesic
    An analgesic is a pain relieving substance.
  • Analysis
    A term used to describe the process of examining something.
  • Androgen
    Androgen, testoid, or androgenic hormone, is a term used to describe a synthetic or natural compound.
  • Androgens

Male sex hormones. Androgens can be found in women as well (where they are produced in the ovaries.) Androgenic hair appears in the pubic area, on the arms and/or legs as well as on the back, chest and face.

  • Anode
    An anode is a positive electrode.
  • Anomaly
    A health problem or feature not normally present in a healthy individual; a deviation from the normal.
  • Anorexia
    An eating disorder characterized by markedly reduced appetite or total aversion to food. Anorexia is a serious psychological disorder. Also called anorexia nervosa.
  • Antiadrogen
    An antiadrogen is a substance that blocks the effects of androgens.
  • Anti-aging
    Addresses how to prevent, slow, or reverse the effects of aging and help people live longer, healthier, happier lives. In contrast to life extension, which places more emphasis on the science behind aging, the term anti-aging is more often associated with specific remedies, which may or may not be scientific.
  • Antibiotic
    An antibiotic is a preparation or a drug that is useful in preventing and treating infection.
  • Antioxidant
    An antioxidant is a molecule that protects the tissues against oxidative stress, a condition that can lead to various other diseases including cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer.
  • Antiperspirant  A product, usually containing aluminum salt, used to prevent perspiration and the odor it causes. May contain an additional deodorant, but not necessarily.
  • Anti-Pollution
    Anti-Pollution are formulations that protect the skin against external aggressors
  • Antiseptic
    An antiseptic is a chemical agent that’s used to kill microbes.
  • Apert Syndrome
    A craniofacial abnormality characterized by an abnormal head shape, small upper jaw, and fusion of the fingers and toes.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
    Apple cider vinegar is a natural solvent in creams and oils. When used in rinses and shampoos, it separates each strand of hair so that they can be fully cleansed.
  • Apple Juice and Pectin

Clarifying agent, emulsifier, and thickener in shampoo.

  • Apricot Kernel Oil
    Apricot kernel oil contains linoleic, oleic and essential acids. The light emollient oil contains a high concentration of vitamin A and E. Regular applications maintain the skins elasticity and smoothness.
  • Areola
    Areola is the dark area around the nipple (not the nipple itself).
  • Arnica
    Plant that promotes healing and stimulates circulation.  It is used as an anti-irritant in scalp products.
  • Aromatherapy
    Aromatherapy is therapeutic practice that involves the use essential oils and aromatic essences.
  • Aromatherapy Facial

Aromatherapy Facial-essential oils are used to revitalize, cleanse and renew your skin.

  • Artificial Tanning
    A cosmetic applied to give skin the colour of a suntan
  • Ascorbic Acid(Vitamin C)

Helps increase the amount of collagen production in the skin.

  • Ash 
    A cool or green-based color when referring to makeup or hair color.
  • Aspirin
    Aspirin, or acetylsalicylic acid, is a drug that is frequently used to treat minor pains and aches, as an anti-inflammatory medication and to reduce fever. It was first discovered by a German chemist named Arthur Eichengrün (1867-1949).
  • Aston PatterinAston pattering is a complex system that includes gentle massages, myo-kinetics and arthro-kinetics. It helps reduce pain and release the accumulated tension.
  • Astringent

An astringent (a solution that removes oil from the skin) used  to treat skin disorders. The herb has also been used externally to treat bruises and sprains. It has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.

  • Asymmetry
    A cut that does not match on either side — opposite to symmetrical
  • Atopic Dermatitis
    Atopic dermatitis is a long-term skin disease that causes inflammation and itching. It is also known as eczema.
  • Autologen
    A material used in lip augmentation to produce a look of fuller lips. Autologen is derived from your own skin and then injected into the lips.
  • Autoclave
    An autoclave is a machine that is used to sterilize air removal devices and medical utensils.
  • Avocado Oil
    Avocado oil is obtained by pressing Persea Americana (avocado) fruit. It has great nourishing, healing and emollient properties. Due to the fact that it penetrates the skin deeper than other types of plant oil, it is an excellent base for acne treatments.
  • Axilla
    Axilla is the medical term for the armpit area.
  • Axillary Hair
    Hair that grows in the underarm area and around the nipples.
  • Azelaic Acid
    Azelaic acid is an organic compound used to treat acne and various other condition of the skin.

B

  • B5
    Vitamin B5, or pantothenic acid, is a nutrient that is required to sustain life. It is crucial for the synthesis and metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
  • Bach Flower Remedies
    Bach flower remedies are formulas thatuse the healing properties of flowers.
  • Backfill
    A backfill is a technique performed once every few weeks to fill off the white portion of the acrylic nails and replace the smile line.
  • Bacteria
    Bacteria are organisms that can grow and survive in an atmosphere with little to no oxygen. These organisms frequently cause infections.
  • Bambusa Vulgaris Extract – (bamboo extract)

Protects skin integrity, improves blood circulation and protects vessels

  • Banana Peel Extract
    Banana peel extract is a fat-free liquid that soothes burns, wrinkles, soreness and itchiness.
  • Barba

Barba is a medical term for beard.

  • Barbicide
    Barbicide is a brand name disinfectant.
  • Base

Also known as foundation, a skin-coloured makeup used to smooth the surface of the skin and even its coloration.  Prepares the face for other makeup.  Comes in liquid, cream, powder, cake, and stick forms.

  • Basecoat
    Clear, thick polish applied before nail color to create a smooth and adhesive surface for nail color. Used to prevent staining fingernails and to prolong life of nail colour
  • Basic Shade
    A neutral or natural colour.
  • Beehive
    The beehive is a woman’s hairstyle that resembles a beehive involving massive amounts of styling product and backcombing.
  • Beeswax
    Beeswax is commonly used in cosmetics thanks to its emulsifying properties.
  • Bentonite or Kaolin
    These are clays in powders and foundations that may clog pores. Generally, these clays are used in facial masks to absorb excess facial oil.
  • Benzyl Nicotinate

Benzyl nicotine is one of the most important ingredients in hot action complexes. It creates a warm and tingling sensation on the skin and can cause red flushes.

  • Benzoyl Peroxide
    Benzoyl peroxide is an anti-bacterial agent commonly used in acne treatments.
  • Beta Carotene
    Beta carotene is a dark red-orange pigment that can be found in fruits and plants. Once this carotenoid is in the body, it is converted into vitamin A, a fat-soluble compound that helps prevent retinal, cataract and dry eye disease in addition to keeping the skin supple. Researchers also believe that beta-carotene can prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer.
  • Beta Hydroxy Acid
    An oil-soluble exfoliant derived from fruit and milk sugars that is commonly found in skin-care products. Beta hydroxy acid is used to treat wrinkles, blackheads and photoaging. Salicylic acid is an example of a beta-hydroxy acid.
  • BHT 
    Preservative.
  • Bio Sculpture Nails
    A sculpture and soak-able gel that strengthens nails, applied to the nail.
  • Birthmark
    A birthmark is an irregularity on the skin that should be examined by a physician prior to hair removal.
  • Blackhead
    A blackhead is a blackish or yellow bump on the skin.
  • Bleach
    Bleach is a term commonly used for products that remove pigment and whiten the hair via oxidation.
  • Blemish
    A blemish is a pigment or blood based mark on the skin.
  • Bleeding
    Bleeding is a term used to describe lipstick that creases around the lips. Lip liners.
  • Blepharospasm
    A blepharospasm is a condition that is characterized by involuntary and continuous contraction of the eye muscles. Typically, the first symptom of benign essential blepharospasm is uncontrollable blinking. This condition is a form of focal dystonia.
  • Blood Clot
    A blood clot, or a thrombus, is a thick mass of blood.
  • Blood Pressure
    Blood pressure describes the pressure of the blood within the blood vessels.
  • Blotting

To remove excess oil or moisture from lipstick or any other creamy makeup to “set” it for longer wear.

  • Blueberry Extract
    Blueberry extract is a potent source of powerful antioxidants.
  • Blush
    Blush is a cream, gel or powder that adds definition and colour to the cheeks.
  • Boar Bristle

Commonly used in natural bristle brushes. Allows for better distribution of natural scalp oils through the hair.

  • Body
    The volume or springiness of hair.
  • Body Mind Centering
    Body mind centering refers to movement re-education. It is a method of better understanding how the human mind expresses through the body.
  • Body Rolling
    Body rolling is a mild form of workout that involves self-massage and stretching using an exercise ball.
  • Bodywork

Bodywork is a term used to describe any relaxing or therapeutic practice that involves the movement, massage or manipulation of body parts.

  • Bond (Eyelash)
    Bond is a term that refers to the joining of a fake eyelash onto a natural eyelash. This is normally done by using an adhesive.
  • Bond (Hair)
    A type of Keratin that is used to bond the hair extension with the clients hair.
  • Bonded Extension
    Bonded extensions have a keratin polymer bond that is applied to the tip/root of the hair
  • Bonding
    Hair bonding is a technique that involves attaching additional strands of hair to natural hair. Additional hair can be either human or synthetic.
  • Botanical
    Botanical is a term used to describe products that contain natural, plant based ingredients.
  • Botox
    Botox, or botulinum toxin, is a protein that affects the muscles and causes them to relax. Due to this, it can be used as a cosmetic treatment for facial fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. Botox is also one of the most powerful neurotoxins out there.
  • Botulism
    Botulism is a rare and serious illness that causes the muscles to paralyze. It can be of three types: adult or infant intestinal, wound and food-borne. Symptoms can range between mild, such as vomiting and nausea, and severe that can lead to lung and heart failure.
  • Bouffant

Big,voluminous hair, personified by Amy Winehouse.

  • Bulimia
    Also called bulimia nervosa. An eating disorder characterized by episodes of secretive excessive eating (binge-eating) followed by inappropriate methods of weight control, such as self-induced vomiting (purging), abuse of laxatives and diuretics, or excessive exercise.
  • Brassy
    Brassy is a term that describes warm hair colors created by damage or chemicals.
  • Brazilian Waxing
    Brazilian waxing, or bikini waxing, is a type of hair removal method that focuses on the bikini area. It is widely used by women.
  • Bronzer
    A cream, gel or powder that gives the skin a sun-tanned appearance without lying in the sun.
  • Brow Lift
    A surgical procedure in which the skin of the forehead and eyebrows is tightened to eliminate sagging eyebrows or correct frown lines in the forehead.
  • Breastfeeding
    Breastfeeding is a natural and cost effective method of providing proper nourishment to an infant via lactation. Mothers are recommended to breastfeed for at least six months. Human breast milk is the best type of milk that babies can drink.
  • Bristle Brush
    High quality brush used with hair extensions
  • Buffer
    An extremely fine-grit manicure tool used to shine the surface of the nail.
  • Bulb
    Term used to describe the root of the hair.
  • Bulk Hair
    Bulk hair is a bundle of loose hair that can be used for braiding or applied strand by strand.
  • Bun
    Type of hairstyle, typically worn by women, where the hair is pulled back from the face, twisted or plaited.
  • Butcherbroom Extract

Increases circulation and inhibits inflammation

  • Butylene Glycol

An agent that attracts moisture to the skin to aid in retention

C

  • C12-15 Alcohols Benzoate 

Emollient and provides a dry, silky feel to skin.

  • CACI
    CACI is an acronym that stands for Computer Aided Cosmetology Instrument – a non-surgical form of face lift.
  • Caffeine

Has antioxidant properties, constricts blood vessels, potentially prevents and repairs sun damage.

  • Calamine
    Calamine is a pink cream that is sometimes used to relieve skin irritation.
  • Calcium Thioglycolate
    Calcium thioglycolate is a commonly used ingredient in cream depilatories.
  • Callus
    A callus is a temporary protective skin thickening layer caused by friction from an external force.
  • Camphor 

Used as an antiseptic, stimulant, and anti-inflammatory ingredient in toners, aftershaves, lipbalms, and after sun preparations.

  • Candela wax
    Candela wax is combined with oil to give more body to lipsticks.
  • Capillaries
    Capillaries are small blood vessels that feed the hair and connect the veins and arteries.
  • Caramel
    A natural colorant
  • Carbomer and Polyethylene thickeners.

Thickeners used similar to the waxes above. Gelling agents.

  • Carob (Locust Bean Gum)
    Derived from the seeds of the carob pod, locust bean gum is used as a stabiliser and thickener in cosmetics
  • Carrot Oil 

Primarily used as a fragrance and coloring agent in cosmetics. Thought to be good for both dry and oily skin.

  • Castor Oil 

Used in lipsticks, concealers, hair pomade, ointments, creams and lotions.

  • Catagen
    Catagen is a term that refers to the cessation phase of hair growth. This phase lasts between two and three weeks.
  • Cellulite
    Cellulite is a condition characterized by an abnormal collection of fat cells (most noticeably on the thighs and buttocks).
  • Certified Colours

Colorants approved by the FDA for use in cosmetics, food and drugs.

  • Cetearyl Alcohol
    Cetearyl alcohol is a mixture of fatty alcohols (stearyl and cetyl alcohol mostly) that is used as an agent for increasing the viscosity of emulsions and as an emollient. Emollients are substances that smooth and soften the skin.
  • Chamomile
    Chamomile, or camomile, is an ingredient commonly used in products designed to calm,help sleep and with stress.
  • Chelating 

A deep cleansing process which strips the hair lightly before a chemical service. Also known as clarifying.

  • Chemical Depilatories
    Chemical depilatories are cream or powder preparations designed to dissolve the hair. Due to their nature, they often cause skin irritations.
  • Chemical Peeling

Uses a chemical solution in order to improve the skin’s appearance. It can reduce or eliminate fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth, correct uneven skin pigmentation, remove pre-cancerous skin growths, and soften acne or treat the scars caused by acne.

  • Chignon
    A chignon is a sophisticated, elegant up style, where long hair is twisted (either in a roll or knot) and pinned from the nape of neck.
  • Chi Nei Tsang
    Chi Nei Tsang is a form of Tibetan abdominal massage.
  • Chronic

Chronic is a term used to describe an illnesses that frequently recurs or persists for a long time.

  • Citric Acid
    Derived from citrus fruit; natural food grade preservative that maintains proper pH balance in products.
  • Clarifying Shampoo  Slightly more alkaline (higher pH) than ordinary shampoo, used to remove excess build-up of products or water chemicals from hair.
  • Cleanser
    A cleanser is a skin product used to remove oil, dirt and makeup from the face. Cleansers can come in many forms and are designed for all skin types.
  • Cleansing Creams  Contain little or no soap or detergent, usually with an oily base. Meant to be applied, then removed with wiping rather than rinsing.
  • Clippering
    In beauty, clippering is an effective way to shorten body hair before waxing.
  • Clip Hair
    Clips can be attached to the wefts and then attached to clients hair
  • Clinical Trial

A clinical trial is a procedure in drug development and medical research insitute.

  • Clostridium
    Clostridium is a genus of bacteria that can survive without oxygen. There are more than 100 species of Clostridium in total. Three notable examples include Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which is responsible for food poisoning, Clostridium perfringens (or Clostridium welchii) which is a common cause for gas gangrene and Clostridium difficile, a frequent cause for colon infection.
  • Clove Oil 

Used in creams and lotions as an anti-irritant.

  • Club Hair
    Old, non-living hair that has not yet shed.
  • Coagulation
    Coagulation is a term used to describe the complex process by which blood clots or coagulates.
  • Coal Tar Colours

Most synthetic colors all called such because the first synthetic colors were made from coal tar products. A misnomer because most today are derived from petrochemicals.

  • Coarse
    Coarse is a classification for thicker, stronger hair types.
  • Cocamide DEA  Either made synthetically or derived from the kernel of the coconut, it gives lather and cleans skin and hair.
  • Cocoa Butter
    Cocoa butter, or theobroma oil, is a yellow vegetable fat that is obtained Theobroma cacao (cocoa tree) seeds. Theobroma cacao trees thrive only in moist, hot climates that are near the equator. In the beauty industry, cocoa butter is used as a skin protectant and as a moisturizer that softens and nourishes the skin. It can also help heal damaged skin faster, smooth blemishes, soothe itching caused by rashes and insect bites and soften stretch marks.
  • Coconut Oil 

Used as an emollient in soaps and as a shine enhancer in some hair products.

  • Cold Fusion Hair Extensions
    This fusion technique does not use heat, but electromagnetic energy to melt the keratin.
  • Cold Wax
    Cold wax is soft and pliable even when cold. Plastic strips coated with cold wax are pressed onto the skin in the direction of hair growth and immediately pulled off.
  • Collagen
    Collagen is a protein that supports and strengthens the skin.
  • Collagen/Fat Injectable Fillers
    (Also called soft-tissue augmentation). A plastic surgery technique used to correct wrinkles, depressions in the skin, and/or scarring.
  • Cologne
    Cologne is a mixture of fragrant oils, alcohol and water. Colognes should not be confused with concentrated perfumes.
  • Cooling Lotion
    A cooling lotion is a lightweight and hydrating moisturizer that provides immediate cooling relief. It also helps the user to achieve desired tanning results.
  • Comedones
    Comedones is the medical term used for blackheads.
  • Comedogenic  A cosmetic preparation known to promote acne. Pore clogging.
  • Comfrey  

Root from which allantoin is extracted. Anti-inflammatory, astringent, and emollient. Contains mucopolysaccharides

  • Concealer
    Concealer is a facial cosmetic designed to cover blemishes and dark circles.
  • Conditioner
    A hair conditioner is a creamy product designed to detangle and moisturize hair.
  • Connective Tissue Massage
    Connective tissue massage is a form of massage therapy that addresses the connective tissue of the body.
  • Contact Dermatitis
    Contact dermatitis is a localized skin inflammation or irritation that occurs due to contact with various hair removal creams.
  • Cool 

Refers to blue or violet based undertones in hair, skin, or makeup.

  • Copper Rings

Used as part of the micro-link hair extension method, these rings are used to connect the hair extensions to the clients hair.

  • Cornflower  

Used in toners, astringents, and healing creams. Can cause photosensitivity in some people.

  • Cornrow
    Term used to describe an on the scalp braid. These braids can be used to form a track for the cornrow weaving method.
  • Cortex  Middle layer of an individual hair shaft in which the pigment of the hair is contained.
  • Corticosteroids
    Corticosteroids are medications used to prevent androgen production and reduce excessive hair growth.
  • Cosmetics
    Some cosmetics are designed to conceal hair. Many men and women use cosmetics in conjunction with another method of hair removal for better results.
  • Cosmetic Plastic Surgery
    Also called aesthetic plastic surgery. One type of plastic surgery performed to repair or reshape otherwise normal structures of the body, primarily to improve the patient’s appearance and self-esteem.
  • Couture Cut
    An exclusive, high-fashion cut.
  • Cranialsacral Therapy
    Cranialsacral therapy is a type of massage that involves the manipulation of the lower back and the cranial bones.
  • Cream 

A preparation for the skin used to impart moisture. Usually thicker and more emollient than a lotion.

  • Cream Rinse
    A cream rinse is a mixture of chemicals, wax and thickeners used to remove soap curds.
  • Crop
    Originally the word crop was used as an alternative to haircut, without any specific meaning to the style of the cut.
  • Crown

Area at the top of the head.

  • Crows Feet

The fine lines found around the eyes. They are often caused by sun exposure, however, smoking also contributes to their formation.

  • Cucumber
    Used in facial creams, lotions, and cleansers. Known for its astringent and soothing properties
  • Cushing’s Disease
    Cushing’s disease, Cushing’s syndrome, or Cushingoid, is a hormone disorder that occurs due to high cortison levels.
  • Cuticle (Nails)
    A cuticle is a thin piece of skin that forms around the base of the toenails and fingernails.
  • Cuticles (Hair)
    The hair cuticles form a protective layer which covers the shaft of hair. If your hair is coloured or bleached they can spread out, split or become bloated due to over processing.
  • Cuticle Hair
    A term used to describe hair that has intact cuticles
  • Cutting- In
    The term used to describe getting a ’hair cut’ and having your new hairpiece styled for the first time when you first receive it. It involves a simple hair- cut and blending in of the hairpiece with your existing hair. A regular hair dresser can do this although it is sometimes recommended that a stylist familiar with hairpieces does it.

D

  • D&C 

A prefix designating that a certifiable color has been approved for use in drugs and cosmetics.

  • D&C Red No. 7 Calcium Lake 

Synthetic organic colours derived from coal and petroleum sources (not permitted for use around the eye).

  • Danazol
    Danazol is a drug that is linked with excess hair growth.
  • Dandruff
    Dandruff is a common conditionn of the scalp that leads to flaking and itching.
  • Day Cream
    A day cream, or moisturizer, is a cosmetic product that is designed to protect and hydrate the skin. Many day creams also come with SPF values, anti-aging properties and oil control.
  • Debriding
    The process of removing dead or devitalized tissue prior to reconstructive or cosmetic surgery.
  • Deep Penetrating Treatment

A conditioner for hair meant for occasional use. Of greater intensity than ordinary conditioners. Formulas usually contain protein, vitamins, and moisture to help dry, damaged hair.

  • Deep Tissue Massage
    Deep tissue massage is a form of massage that makes use of certain techniques in order to affect the body’s deeper tissues (such as fascia, for example).
  • Deodorant  A product used to counteract odours caused by the decomposition of sweat on the body. Contain antiseptic substances to kill bacteria and strong fragrances to mask offensive smell. (Not to be confused with antiperspirants which actually inhibit production of sweat.)
  • Depilate
    Removal of hair from the body. Notable examples include depilatory creams and shaving.
  • Depilation
    Depilation is a popular cosmetic procedure of removing unwanted hair.
  • Depilatories
    Depilatory is a widely used term that refers to hair removal creams.
  • Depression
    Depression is a brain illness characterized by severe dejection and despondency.
  • Depth
    Depth is a term used to describe the lightness or darkness of a color.
  • Dermabrasion
    Dermabrasion is a procedure used to reduce scars and smooth skin.
  • Dermalogen
    A product derived from human donor tissue that is used in lip augmentation to produce a look of fuller lips.
  • Dermatitis
    An inflammation of the skin caused by an allergic reaction or contact with an irritant. Typical symptoms of dermatitis include redness and itching.
  • Dermatologist
    A dermatologist is a qualified specialist who specializes in hair and skin conditions.
  • Dermatology
    Dermatology is a branch of medicine that deals with the skin and its various diseases. Dermatologists are responsible for diagnosing the patient’s condition and delivering a proper treatment procedure that ensures the best outcome.
  • Dermatologist Tested
    A dermatologist tested product is a product that undergone skin safety trials under dermatological conditions
  • Dermis
    The dermis is a layer of the skin located between the epidermis and the subcutaneous tissues.
  • Developer

A product which oxidises artificial colour pigment.

  • Diazolidnyl 

Preservative.

  • Diffuser
    A Diffuser is an adapter you put on the end of your hair dryer; it’s generally circular with a number of pins sticking out from it.
  • Dihydroxyacetone (also known as DHA)

A simple carbohydrate that is primarily used as an ingredient in sunless tanning products. It is often derived from plant sources such as sugar beets and sugar cane, and by the fermentation of glycerine.

  • Dimethicone 

Moisturizing silicone skin and hair conditioner and anti-foam ingredient.

  • Dimethicone Copolyol 

Complex of natural silica, acts as a spreading agent for easy application of product; also functions as a moisturizer.

  • Diuretic
    A diuretic is a drug that helps the body excrete or remove excess water. Diuretics are commonly used in treating hirsutism.
  • DMDM Hydantoin 

Preservative, antimicrobial to fight bacteria.

  • DNA

Deoxyribonucleic acid. One of two types of molecules that encode genetic information. (The other is RNA. In humans DNA is the genetic material; RNA is transcribed from it. In some other organisms, RNA is the genetic material and, in reverse fashion, the DNA is transcribed from it.)

  • Double Process
    A color service which requires two steps to complete. First the hair is lightened and second the new color is added.

E

  • Ear Candles
    Hopi Ear Candles (often shortened to Ear Candles) are hollow tubes traditionally made from organically grown flax, extract of honey, beeswax and herbs.
  • Echinacea

Assists immune function, anti-inflammatory.

  • Ectropion
    Turning outward of an edge; generally refers to a rare condition of the eyelid in which the lining of the eyelid is exposed.
  • Eczema
    Eczema, or dermatitis, is a mild skin inflammation.
  • Edema
    Edema is a medical term that is used to describe swelling.
  • Efficacy
    Efficacy is a term that describes how effectively or well a cosmetic device or product works.
  • Elasticity
    Elasticity is a term that describes the ability of the hair to stretch and return to its original shape without breaking.
  • Elder Flower

Used in eye and skin creams for its astringent properties.

  • Electric File
    An electric file is a safe and professional machine used for nail shaping.
  • Electrode
    In hair removal, an electrode is a conductor that allows electricity to enter and exit the body. Electrologist needles, for example, are electrodes.
  • Electrologist

An electrologist is a certified professional who specializes in electrolysis.

  • Electrolysis
    Electrolysis refers to a hair removal method that uses electrical epilation.
  • Emollient
    An emollient is an agent that softens the skin.
  • Emulsifier
    An emulsifier is a binding or thickening agent used to change the physical composition of products.
  • Enamel (Nail)

Another name for nail polish

  • Endocrinologist
    An endocrinologist is a doctor that specializes in diseases that affect the endocrine system.
  • Epilation
    Epilation is a hair removal method (including the hair below the surface of the skin.) Laser, electrolysis, waxing and plucking are just a few methods of epilation.
  • Erythrosine 

The common name of FD&C Red No. 3

  • Esalen Massage
    A type of massage that combines Western and Eastern massage techniques.
  • Essential Fatty Acids
    A common ingredient for hair care products, essential fatty acids are used to preserve the flexibility of the hair.
  • Essential Oil
    Essential oil is a tree or plant product collected via distillation. They produce strong flavors and odors when used in products.
  • Ethanol (Alcohol)

Solvent used to dilute.

  • Exempt Color Additives 

Colors derived primarily from plant, animal and mineral (other than coal and petroleum) sources that are exempt from FDA certification.

  • Exfoliation

The process in which layers of tissue peel or are peeled off an organism, such as the distinctive ways in which bark peels off a tree in strips or flakes.

  • Extensions (Hair)

Hair extensions are pieces of real or synthetic weaved close to the scalp in order to achieve greater length and/or fullness. Nail extensions are synthetic additions which add length to the natural nail, such as nail tips, wraps, gels, and sculptured acrylic nails.

  • Eyelashes
    One of the familiar stiff hairs that project from the margin of the eyelid
  • Eyebrow Color
    Eyebrow color is a gel, powder or pencil used to define, shape and color eyebrows.
  • Eye Cream
    Eye cream is a product that hydrates the area around the eye where the thinnest skin on the body is found.
  • Eyelash Extensions
    Eyelash extensions are synthetic hair strands that replicate the appearance of natural eyelashes.
  • Eye Liner
    Eye liner is a cosmetic product used to enhance and define the eyes.
  • Eyelash Perm
    A cosmetic procedure to flip up eyelashes using perming technology
  • Eyelash Technician
    An eyelash technician is a professionally trained and certified beautician that does eyelash extensions.
  • Eyelash Tinting
    Eyelash tinting is a cosmetic procedure used to permanently color the lashes.
  • Eyelid
    An eyelid is a thin and movable layer of skin that covers the eye. The muscle that “opens” and “closes” the eye (the evator palpebrae superioris) can act either voluntarily or involuntarily.
  • Eye Makeup Remover
    Eye makeup remover is a product used to gently remove makeup. Oil-free versions are recommended for the best results.
  • Eye Shadow
    Eye shadow is a cosmetic product used to enhance the wearer’s eyes and make them stand out.

F

  • FDA
    The Food and Drug Administration (USFDA or FDA) is an agency that operates within the United States Department of Health and Human Services. It is responsible for promoting and protecting good health.
  • Face Lift
    A face lift is a surgical procedure that stretches and lifts the skin of the face in order to provide a more youthful look.
  • Facials
    A facial is a procedure involving a variety of skin treatments, including: steam, exfoliation, extraction, creams, lotions, facial masks, peels, and massage.
  • Facial Implant
    Cosmetic plastic surgery to change the shape of the chin, check, or jaw. This procedure is typically done to enhance certain facial features, or to bring a certain aspect of the face into proportion with the rest of the facial structures.
  • Facial Mask
    Facial mask is a creamy paste (or gel) applied to the entire, already-cleansed face. It often contains minerals, vitamins, essential oils, and/or fruit extracts.
  • Fascia
    A type of connective tissue used in lip augmentation to produce fuller lips. This product is made from human donor tissue.
  • Fake eyelashes
    Fake eyelashes are available on a strip and applied on the skin of the eyelid by some sort of adhesive material.
  • Fashion Shade
    A fashion shade is a term used to describe a basic color with added tone.
  • Feathering
    Feathering is a cutting technique hairdressers use to take hard lines out of the hair. By cutting into the hair softer lines are created.
  • Feldenkrais Method
    The Feldenkrais Method is a method of learning coordinated, efficient body movement. It is designed to give users body awareness.
  • Fiberglass Wraps
    Fiberglass wraps are small pieces of gauze-like fabric fitted to the nail bed with a form of adhesive.
  • Fibroblasts
    Fibroblasts are cells that produce collagen when stimulated.
  • Finishing Spray

A hairspray with medium hold used on a finished style to maintain its shape and hold.

  • The Flip

The hair is twisted in the hand before cutting to allow it to fall evenly, connecting the whole look together even when the cut is a complicated mix of long and short.

  • Fluence
    Fluence is a term used for Pulsed Light Sources and Lasers to measure the output energy.
  • Fly-Away Hair
    Fly-away Hair, is thin hair that is charged by static and is a particular problem with straight looks as the hair just won’t lie properly and can spoil your look.
  • Foils
    A term used to describe sections of foil-wrapped hair. Foils are used to darken or lighten sections of the hair.
  • Follicle
    A follicle is a gland that produces hair
  • Folliculitis
    Folliculitis, or razor burn, is a skin condition characterized by inflamed hair follicles.
  • Food Poisoning
    Food poisoning is a common and distressing health problem that affects many people around the world. Even though it is usually mild, food poisoning can also be deadly. Common symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramping, vomiting and nausea.
  • Fragrance
    Fragrance refers to any synthetic or natural substance used to impart a pleasant or sweet smell to a product.
  • Fragrance-Free

Products so labeled may still contain small amounts of fragrances to mask the fatty odor of soap or other unpleasant odors. (There is no official governmental definition for this term.)

  • Freckle
    A light or moderately brown spot that appears on the skin as a result of exposure to sunlight. Freckles are most common in people with fair complexions.
  • Free-Edge
    The free-edge is the part of the nail that extends over the finger tip.
  • Free Radicals
    Free radicals, or just radicals, are ions, molecules or atoms with open shell configuration and unpaired electrons. They play a big role in many biological processes, many of which are also necessary to life. These molecules are produced when oxygen is used to create energy; they can also be produced as a response to trauma and toxins or when suffering from certain diseases. When the body has reduced levels of antioxidants, free radicals can initiate cancer development.
  • Freezing Spray
    Freezing sprays are products used to keep the hair in a “firm” position.
  • French Manicure
    French manicures designed to resemble natural nails and have a natural pink base with white tips.
  • Fringe

The hair that falls over the forehead

  • Full Lace Wig
    A full lace wig is a type of wig that is made entirely using mesh like lace.
  • Fusion

The process of attaching small pieces of human hair with a special adhesive and a thermal gun. This is a hair to hair process, no tracks are required. This method allows for free movement of hair extensions

  • Fusion Hair
    Fusion hair is a method in which hair extensions are applied using a cold or hot adhesive.

G

  • Gel
    A gel is a jelly like and complex substance that is formed by coagulation of liquid. Gels liquefy when applied to the skin or hair.
  • Gene Therapy
    Gene therapy is a method that works by manipulating genetic makeup.
  • Generic
    Generic is a common term used for products that are pertaining to a drug or substance that is not protected by a trademark. Generic products (such as sugar or salt) can be sold without a brand name.
  • Geriatric Massage
    Geriatric massages involve multiple touch-therapy methods that aim to alleviate pain resulted from age-related health issues.
  • Ginkgo Biloba

Anti-inflammatory agent.

  • Glabella
    Glabella is a medical term that describes the area between the eyebrows.
  • Glyceryl Monostearate

Emulsifier; also pearlescent agent.

  • Glycerin
    Glycerin is a humectant that attracts moisture to the skin.
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract

Natural oil used as a cosmetic preservative.

  • Grey Hair
    Gray hair is a term that describes hair without pigment, or white hair.
  • Grit 

The texture of a nail file ranging from coarse, medium, to fine.

  • Gynecomastia
    Gynecomastia is a medical condition characterized by excessive development of breasts in males.

H

  • Hair Cloning
    Hair cloning is a procedure under development by which hair follicles are multiplied and implanted into the scalp.
  • Hair Extensions
    Hair extensions are an easy method of adding more hair volume and length by adding real or synthetic hair to already existing hair.
  • Hair Growth Cycle
    The hair growth cycle is a natural process wherein new hair is generated. It describes the events that occur during hair growth.
  • Hair Installation
    Hair installation is a term used for the process of applying real hair extensions to natural hair.
  • Hair Integration
    Hair integration is a modern term that describes hair weaving.
  • Hair Shaft
    Term that describes the hair part that emerges from the epidermis.
  • Hairstyling
    Hairstyling is a term that refers to the styling of human hair. It can mean anything from applying hair products to styling the hair.
  • Hair Thickening
    Hair thickening is a popular method of adding fullness and volume to the hair.
  • Hakomi
    Hakomi is a type of psychotherapy that makes use of psychological and physical probes to promote health.
  • Hard Wax
    Hard wax should be used in the more sensitive areas. Hard wax does not stick to the skin and if used correctly will result in minimal discomfort.
  • Hellerwork
    Hellerwork is a system of structural education, movement and bodywork. It aims to positively influence the mind, spirit and the body.
  • Henna

Derived from the henna plant, a vegetable dye made from its leaves and stems into a powder. Traditionally, it imparts a reddish cast to the hair by coating it. Clear henna enhances shine. Henna cannot be dyed over since it coats the outer hair shaft, affecting the penetration of the chemical colorant

  • Highlighter
    A highlighter is usually a powder or liquid cosmetic that improves the appearance of the skin. Highlighters can emphasize facial features, hide wrinkles and provide brightness wherever applied.
  • Highlights
    A term commonly used to describe bleached blond streaks in the hair. Highlights are typically placed where they best emphasize the cut.
  • Hirsutism
    Hirsutism is a condition characterized by excess hair growth in women.
  • Holistic Medicine
    Holistic medicine recognizes that the mind, spirit, lifestyle, environment, and other aspects of a person’s existence, significantly affect the functioning of the physical body
  • Homeopathy
    Alternative healing method developed into a system by Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700s, and based on a “like cures like” principle–that is, if a substance can cause symptoms in a healthy person, then it can stimulate self-healing of similar symptoms in a sick person.
  • Honey

Humectant for skin and hair.

  • Humectant  An ingredient in skin or hair products that draws moisture from the air to moisturize.
  • Hot stone Massage
    hot stone massage is a type of treatment that uses warmed stones to relax muscles and induce a calming state of mind
  • Human Hair Extensions
    Human hair extensions are made entirely from authentic human hair
  • Humectant
    Humectants are ingredients found in hair or skin care products used to retain moisture.
  • Hydrate
    In beauty terms, to add moisture to the skin.
  • Hydrotherapy
    Hydrotherapy refers to the therapeutic use of water (immersion, pressure, spray, cold or hot)
  • Hypoallergenic
    A hypoallergenic is a term used to describe a product that is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction.
  • Hypo-Allergenic
    A hypo-allergenic is a product that does not contain any known allergens.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
    Hydrogen peroxide is an acid used to lighten natural color pigment.
  • Hydrolyzed Keratin  Protein for the hair derived from non-animal sources.
  • Hyperthyroidism
    Hyperthyroidism, or hyperthyroid, is a disorder that can lead to hirsutism.

I

  • IPL
    IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, is a hair reduction method that works by using a special xenon flash lamp. The broad, focused spectrum light is applied using either an articulated arm or a hand-held wand.
  • Indian Head Massage
    Indian Head Massage, the head, neck and face are massaged with the purpose of manipulating energy channels called Chakras with the goal being to clear blocks in these Chakras that cause a build-up of negative energy, which are purported to cause ailments. The belief is when the energy does not flow properly, negative energy builds up, causing common ailments, including stress, pain and nociception pains and aches, and baldness or hair loss
  • Indigotine 

The common name for uncertified FD&C Blue No. 2

  • Individual Lash Extensions
    Single lash is applied to each natural lash; the bond is designed to last until the lashes naturally fall out.
  • Infant Massage
    Infant massages involve a series of gentle touch-therapy techniques specially designed for infants.
  • In-fills
    The addition of acrylic to the new growth area of the nails, this procedure should take place every two to three weeks.
  • Informed Consent
    Informed consent is a legal procedure used to ensure that a client or patient fully understands the costs and risks involved in a certain treatment.
  • Infusion
    An infusion is a chemical process by which a flavor (herb leaves or flowers) is absorbed into liquid (usually water).
  • Ingrown Hair
    An ingrown hair is a hair that grows back into the skin. Ingrown hairs are a frequent side effect of tweezing, waxing and shaving.
  • Interlocking
    Interlocking is a method used to maintain or tighten hair using a tool.
  • In Vitro  From the Latin meaning “in glass”. In vitro tests do not involve the use of

living vertebrate animals.

  • Ionic
    Process that breaks down water molecules into smaller droplets with the help of ions. This allows the hair to absorb moisture and also gives it a healthy shine.
  • Iron Oxides  Inorganic pigments approved for cosmetic use, including the eye area.
  • Isopropyl Lanolate
    Isopropyl lanolate is a synthetic moisturizer.

J

  • Jojoba Oil
    Jojoba oil helps keep hair and skin soft. This oil is extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant.
  • Jin Shin Do
    Jin Shin Do is a type of acupressure that aims to balance the energy flow of the mind and body.
  • Joule
    The joule is an unit of energy.

K

  • Kanekalon
    Kanekalon is a synthetic fiber made by Kaneka, a company based in Japan. The product is very popular due to its efficiency.
  • Kaolin

A white clay used for absorbing impurities from the skin.

  • Keloids
    Keloids are a form of raised scar tissue common in dark skin.
  • Keratin
    Keratin is a protein found in nails, hair and skin. This natural substance allows the hair to return to its original conditioned, smooth, shiny and healthy state.
  • Kojic Acid
    A skin treatment product derived from a fungus that studies have shown is effective as a lightening agent and in inhibiting the production of melanin.

L

  • L-Ascorbic Acid
    L-ascorbic acid is the only form of Vitamin C that the body or skin can use as far as topical treatments are concerned. Vitamin C is the only antioxidant that has been proven to stimulate the synthesis of collagen.
  • La La Lashes
    La La Lashes are a variety of high-fashion, natural strip eyelashes. They come in daring sizes and shapes as well as in vibrant, bright colors.
  • Lace Frontal

A lace frontal is essentially half of a full lace wig used to simulate natural hair or hide hair damage.

  • Lanolin

A natural extract of sheep wool used as a moisturizer which is a common cause of allergic reactions, but is rarely used in pure form.

  • Laser
    Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. It is frequently used for surgical and cosmetic procedures.
  • Laserbeamer
    A Laserbeamer is a software controlled device . Hairdressers use Laserbeamers to apply multiple strands of hair at the same time.
  • Laser Hair Removal
    Laser stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Laser hair removal is a popular method of long term hair reduction.
  • Lauramide DEA

Emulsifier and foam booster.

  • Lavender Extract  

Anti-inflammatory, soothing agent.

  • Lazy Eye
    A lazy eye (strabismus) is a general term that is characterized by poor performance in the vision and movement of the eye. This problem can be due to exotropia or esotropia which are two types of eye misalignment.
  • Layering
    Layering is a technique used to change hair thickness, creating either a thicker or a thinning look. It gives the hair movement, more texture and a fuller appearance.
  • Lentigo
    A lentigo (plural: lentigines) is a small, harmless and pigmented area of the skin that has a sharply circumscribed border.
  • Lip Augmentation
    A procedure done to improve deflated, drooping or sagging lips, correct their symmetry or to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around them. This is often done through injections or implants.
  • Lipid Layer
    Lipids are fat-like molecules that cannot dissolve in water. They are an important part of hair structure and form a protective layer.
  • Lip Gloss
    Lip gloss is a product used to add gloss and shine to lips. It is normally found in tinted or sheer versions.
  • Lip Liner
    Lip liner, or lip pencil, is a product that adds definition to lips.
  • Liposomes 

Microscopic sacs manufactured from natural or synthetic fatty substances which include phospholipids (components of cell membranes). When properly mixed with water, phospholipids can “trap” any substance that will dissolve in water or oil. Manufacturers say that liposomes act like a delivery system, depositing product ingredients into the skin. When the liposomes “melt” the ingredients, such as moisturizers, are released.

  • Liposuction
    A procedure that removes excess fat through a suctioning process. Although liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss, it is a way of changing the body’s shape and contour.
  • Lipstick
    A lipstick is a colored cosmetic used to color the lips.
  • Liquid Hair
    Liquid Hair is a product that rebuilds and strengthens hair structure.
  • Lomi Lomi
    Lomi lomi is a massage technique developed in Hawaii. It uses long, relaxing strokes to calm and relax the body
  • Lowlights
    Lowlights are used to provide depth to the hair, and darken the hair.
  • Lubricant
    A lubricant is an oil, lotion or crème that slows moisture loss and lubricates the skin.

M

  • Machine Weft
    Machine wefts are easy to use hair wefts that were processed using state of the art machines and tools.
  • Magnesium Aluminum Silicate Absorbent

Anti-caking agent

  • Manicure
    A manicure is a standard cosmetic treatment performed by nail technicians. Manicures include hand care and massage as well as fingernail polishing and trimming.
  • Manual Lymph Drainage
    Manual lymph drainage involves a series of relaxing, rhythmic manipulations that aim to stimulate the lymph flow through the body.
  • Mascara
    Mascara is a cosmetic product used to thicken and darken the eyelashes.
  • Mask
    Masks are composed of sea extracts, mineral clays, aromatherapy oils, Hydrating Alpha Hydroxy Acids and other skin softeners.
  • Massage Therapist
    A massage therapist is a trained professional that practices therapeutic massage.
  • Matrix  Spot under the skin of the fingernail mantle where the nail plate begins to grow.
  • Matte
    Matte is a term used to describe a surface that absorbs light (non-reflective).
  • Mattify
    Mattification is a term that describes the process of applying a non-shiny, matte appearance.
  • Medical Massage
    Medical massages use various massaging techniques in order to treat specific conditions.
  • Melanin
    Melanin is a pigment that can be found in most organisms. In humans, it is the most important determinant of hair and skin color.
  • Melanoma
    Melanoma is a serious and potentially deadly form of skin cancer.
  • Melanocytes
    Melanocytes are cells that produce melanin. These cells can be found in the heart, bones, meninges, the inner ear, the uvea and in the epidermis.
  • Metabolism
    The metabolism is a set of chemical reactions that transform food into energy.
  • Metallic
    Metallic is a term that refers to the effect created by reflective colors such as bronze, copper, silver and gold.
  • Methylisothiazolinone

Antimicrobial, a preservative.

  • Methylparaben

Preservative

  • Mica
    Derived from minerals; lubricating, provides natural coloring, adds shine
  • Microdermabrasion
    A cosmetic technique that uses a mechanical medium for exfoliation to remove the outermost layer of dead skin.
  • Micro Graft
    A micro graft is a small hair graft that typically consists of one or two hairs.
  • Microlines System
    The Microlines system is a method of adding natural volume to the hair located on top of the head. This method is widely used by people with thin hair or advanced hair loss.
  • Micro Linking Technique
    The micro linking technique is a method of attaching hair wefts without using braids.
  • Mineral Makeup
    Mineral makeup is a form of makeup that is free from chemicals.
  • Mini Graft
    A mini graft is a small hair graft that typically consists of between three to ten hairs.
  • Moisturizer
    A moisturizer is a mixture of chemical agents designed to soften and hydrate the outer layer of the skin. Commercial skin moisturizers commonly contain skin sterols and lipids as well as natural or artificial lubricants, emollients, humectants, oils, etc.
  • Monomers
    Monomers are the building blocks of polymers.
  • Muscle
    Muscle is a contractile body tissue that has the function of producing force and causing motion. There are three types of muscles in the human body: skeletal, cardiac and smooth. The skeletal muscle is responsible for moving external areas of the body and extremities, the heart muscle is also called the “cardiac muscle” and the smooth muscle is found in the walls of the bowel and arteries.
  • Myofascial Release
    Myofascial release is a safe method of affecting the connective tissue through applied, gentle pressure.
  • Myotherapy
    Myotherapy is a form of therapy that focuses on managing and treating musculoskeletal pain.
  • Myristate
    A synthetic moisturizer.

N

  • Nail Art
    Nail art consists of beautiful, artistic designs created by individual nail artists
  • Nail Tip
    A nail tip is a piece of nail-shaped plastic that is adhered to the natural nail in order to add length.
  • Nail Overlay
    Natural nail overlays are used to give your natural nail strength and enable growth
  • Nasal
    Relating to the nose.
  • Natural
    Natural is a term used to describe ingredients that are extracted directly from animal products, earth minerals or plants and are not created synthetically.
  • Nettle 

A botanical additive used in hair and skin products, particularly eye creams and treatments for the scalp.

  • Neutralize
    To reduce or cancel an effect.
  • New Growth
    Term used to describe the area where the nail grows (near the cuticle).
  • Non-Invasive
    A non-invasive procedure is a procedure that does not physically enter the body or use tools that break the skin.
  • Norwood Scale

The Norwood scale is a commonly used tool that classifies hair loss.

  • Neurological
    Neurological is a term that describes the nervous system.
  • Non-Comedogenic
    Non-comedogenic is a term used to describe skin creams, lotions and oils that don’t block pores.
  • Neuromuscular Therapy
    Neuromuscular therapy is a form of manual therapy that works by applying to the skin and stimulating various parts of the skeletal muscle.
  • Non-Comedogenic

Substances that are less likely to clog pores or promote acne. (There is no official government definition for this term.)

  • Nutrient
    A Nutrient is a substance that provides nourishment to the body

O

  • Oat Derived Polysaccharide 

Natural complex derived from oats that functions to assist the body’s immune system, to maintain healthy skin.

  • Oat Oil 

Powerful antioxidant and emollient; provides deep antioxidant activity.

  • Octoxynol-9 

Anti-inflammatory agent.

  • Oleic Acid (Olive Oil)

Oil with acneigenic tendencies.

  • Ophthalmologist-Tested
    Referring to a product that has been approved by ophthalmologists. Ophthalmologist-tested products are very useful for people who wear contact lens.
  • Organic
    Term used to describe compounds produced by synthetic processes or by living plants or animals.
  • Overtreatment
    An overtreatment is an overly aggressive hair treatment that leads to skin damage.
  • Oxidation
    Oxidation, or oxidative stress, is a condition characterized by low levels of antioxidants. If left uncorrected, oxidative stress can lead to aging, damaged skin. A few common sources of oxidative stress include cigarette smoke, cooked fats, alcohol, radioactivity, pharmaceuticals and UV rays.

P

  • PVP
    PVP, or polyvinylpyrrolidone, is an ingredient that can be found in a wide selection of products like hair sprays, hair conditioners, eyeliner and mascara. It is a faint yellow solid.
  • PABA
    PABA is a white crystalline powder used as an ingredient in sun protection products mostly. It can also be found in other makeup, cleansing, hair and skin products.
  • Palmitate
    Palmitate is a synthetic moisturizer.
  • Papilla
    The papilla is a tiny area located at the base of the hair root. Its role is to stimulate hair growth.
  • Patch Test
    A skin test performed using a potential allergen in order to determine sensitivity.
  • Panthenol 

Vitamin B-5, good for human tissue. Plumps and moisturizes hair shaft to make it appear thicker.

  • Paraguay Tea 

Augments action of theophylline, also contains antioxidant to help maintain healthy skin.

  • Permanent
    A permanent, or a permanent wave, is a curl or wave set into the hair using a chemical preparation.
  • Permanently
    Completely change the hair’s natural color.
  • Petroleum Mixture of hydrocarbons with similar properties as mineral oil. Industrially it is used as a grease component. (Example: Vaseline is a petroleum jelly.)
  • PH
    A unit of measure that shows how “basic” or “acidic” a substance is. It is useful for determining the acidity of a cosmetic preparation.
  • Phenyl Trimethicone

Emollient, moisturizer.

  • Pigment
    Color.
  • Photoaging
    The changes that occur to the skin due to exposure to the sun. This includes wrinkles and age spots.
  • Plastic Surgery
    The surgical specialty that deals with the reconstruction of facial and body tissue that requires a reshaping or remolding due to disease, a defect, or disorder, in order to approximate a normal appearance or to repair working ability.
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
    The polycystic ovarian syndrome is a disorder characterized by abnormal hormone production.
  • Polydactyly
    A congenital problem characterized by an increase in the number of fingers or toes.
  • Polyquaternium-37
    Emulsifier.
  • Polysorbates

Emulsifier

  • Polysorbate 80Surface active agent that provides smooth and complete spreading of the cleanser.
  • Polydactyly
    A congenital problem characterized by an increase in the number of fingers or toes.
  • Pore
    A pore is a small skin opening. Pores have the role of maintaining the skin hydrated and healthy.
  • Port-Wine Stain
    A type of hemangioma characterized by a mark on the skin that resembles the rich red color of port wine. Port-wine stains are caused by an abnormal concentration of capillaries. This type of birthmark is also referred to as nevus flammeus.
  • Propylene GlycolCombination of glycerin and water, a humectant in cosmetics. The most common moisture-carrying vehicle in cosmetics other than water. (Actually, this is the major ingredient in brake and hydraulic fluid.)
  • Propylparaben

Preservative.

  • Protein Treatment
    A protein treatment is a treatment that adds elasticity and strength to the hair.
  • Ptosis
    The drooping of a body part, especially the eyelids or the breasts.
  • Quaternium-15 Preservative used in cosmetics. Fights bacteria.

Q

  • Q-Switch
    A q-switch is a laser device that produces short high-energy pulses.
  • Regular Trims
    Very important for keeping your hair in good condition.
  • Reflexology
    Reflexology is an alternative therapy that works by stimulating different areas of the hands and feet.
  • Reiki
    Reiki is an energetic healing system based on the principle that energy can be channeled into the body to stimulate the natural healing process.

R

  • Relax
    A term that describes the process of straightening hair chemically in order to create a straight style or reduce fuzz.
  • Relaxer
    A relaxer is a chemical process that permanently straightens hair. It works by penetrating the cortex and breaking the natural chemical bonds which caused the hair to be curly.
  • Remy Hair
    Remy hair is real human hair that has the cuticle layer intact and one of the best types of hair extensions available.
  • Resistant
    Opposes or stops treatment.
  • Retin-A
    Retin-A, or retinoic acid, is a compound that is useful in improving the texture and appearance of the skin.
  • Retinol
    A derivative of Vitamin A commonly found in many skin care cream.
  • Retinyl Palmitate(Vitamin A)

Essential skin nutrient necessary for healthy skin maintenance and repair.

  • Rhinoplasty
    The surgical repair of a defect of the nose, including reshaping or resizing the nose. Rhinoplasty may be performed to change the size of the nose, change the shape of the nose, narrow the nostrils, and/or change the angle between the nose and lips. Rhinoplasty involves the resculpting of the bone and cartilage.
  • Rhytidectomy
    Also called facelift. A surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess facial fat, the tightening of facial muscles, and the stretching of facial skin  to approximate a smoother, firmer appearance. The procedure takes place on either the face, neck, or both.
  • Rolfing
    Rolfing, or structural integration, is a therapy system that aims to re-align various segments of the body. This therapy consists of deep tissue work.
  • Rosacea
    A skin disease of unknown causes that causes an array of symptoms, including redness and puffiness on several areas of the face, including cheeks and nose. Rosacea cannot be cured, but treatment should be sought since the condition can worsen over time if not treated correctly or promptly.
  • Rosemary Extract

Natural antioxidant

  • Rosen Method
    Rosen method is a powerful method of dialogue and touch that balances the body and helps remove tension.
  • Rough Blow Dry
    A Rough Blow Dry is just to remove the moisture from wet hair, i.e. just to dry the hair without styling.
  • Rubenfeld Synergy Method
    Rubenfeld synergy method is a form of massage that uses various mind and body therapy elements to relax and relieve the body of tension and stress.
  • Ruby
    A frequently used type of laser for tattoo and hair removal.
  • Satin
    Satin is a smooth, non-shiny color formula.
  • Saw Palmetto
    Saw palmetto is an herb that has antiandrogenic properties.

S

  • Scar
    The body’s natural way of healing and replacing lost or damaged skin. A scar is usually composed of fibrous tissue. Scars may be formed for many different reasons, including as a result of infections, surgery, injuries, or inflammation of tissue.
  • Scleroderma

Scleroderma is a skin and connective tissue disease that sometimes causes hair loss.

  • Sclerotherapy
    A medical procedure used to eliminate varicose veins and “spider veins.” During the procedure, an injection of a solution (generally sodium chloride) in placed directly into the vein.
  • Scrunch Dry
    A technique for drying your hair which creates a style at the same time. Using a diffuser on your hairdryer, put the dryer underneath and literally scrunch your hair with your free hand.
  • Seasonal Coloring

A principal of coordinating certain groups of colors that are flattering to particular kinds of coloring. Broken into four categories: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

  • Seated Massage
    Seated massage is a quick type of massage that uses acupressure and/or various massage techniques to alleviate headaches and relax the muscles and joints.
  • Sebaceous
    Greasy or fatty, normally referring to the glands of the scalp.
  • Sebaceous Gland
    The sebaceous gland is an oil-producing gland that sits inside the dermis.
  • Sebaceous Tissue
    The sebaceous tissue is a skin layer that lies below the dermis.
  • Sebum
    The sebum is a secretion of lipids and fats produced by the sebaceous glands.
  • Sectioning
    Sectioning your hair allows you to only pay attention to a particular area or panel of hair.
  • Semi-Permanent
    Semi-permanent is a term used to describe a color that lasts between six and eight shampoos.
  • Semi-Permanent Eyelash Extensions
    Semi-permanent eyelash extensions are synthetic thread-like materials that are applied to the ends of natural eyelashes in order to create a longer and thicker appearance.
  • Serum
    A serum is a product used to keep hair straight and smooth. These products can be found for every hair type.
  • Setting Powder
    A setting powder is a product used to “set” the foundation.
  • Sheer
    Sheer refers to cosmetic colors with minimum color pigment.
  • Shiatsu
    Shiatsu is a form of Japanese therapy that uses the same principles as acupuncture. This therapy works by applying pressure to specific energy points (tsubos) located along the meridian lines. It is an excellent way to improve health and create energy flow.
  • Shimmer
    A shimmer is a liquid or powder that creates a light glow skin effect.
  • Silicone

A compound of silicon used in shine-enhancing hair products to seal the cuticle of hair and in many oil-free cosmetics.

  • Silicone Oil
    Silicone oils is a type of oil often used in cosmetics to maintain products in liquid form.
  • Silica 
    Derived from sand, water repellent
  • Silk Wrap Nails
    A synthetic nail reinforcement made from pieces of silk material
  • Single Drawn
    A term used for hair that was collected only from one donor. Single drawn hair is among the best types of hair extensions available.
  • Skin Grafts
    A skin graft may be used to cover skin that has been damaged and/or is missing. This surgical procedure involves removing healthy portions of skin from one part of the body to restore normal appearance and/or function to another portion of the same body. The location where the skin is removed is called the donor site. There are various types of skin grafts that may be utilized, depending upon the size and location of needed skin.
  • Skin Peel
    Skin Peels is a body treatment technique used to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin using a chemical solution.
  • Skin Weft
    A skin weft is a type of hair extension that blends perfectly with the natural hair. They are great for adding fullness and length.
  • Sodium Chloride

Common table salt used as an astringent/antiseptic.

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate 

A white powder used as a detergent, emulsifier, and surfectant in cosmetics. A very strong degreaser. Also used as a water “softener”.

  • Somatic Therapy
    Somatic therapy refers to the connection of the mind and body using the fundamentals of Rolfing, Hakomi, Gestalt, Feldenkrais and other forms of therapy. Somatic therapy is characterized by body, movement and touch awareness.
  • Soothing
    A term used to describe something that brings comfort, quietude, composure, peace, solace.
  • Soothing (Skin)
    Reducing skin irritation, blemishes and discomforts.
  • SPF (Sun Protection Factor)
    The sun protection factor is a parameter that indicates the performance of a sunscreen formulation against ultraviolet radiation. The higher the SPF value is, the more efficient the product.
  • Spa Pedicure
    A Procedure which cleans and removes dead skin cells from feet or toenails
  • Spider vein
    A widened vein that can be seen through the surface of the skin.
  • Split Ends

A split end is when the hair-shaft splits or flays due to excessive heat and misuse. There is no way to repair split ends; when they occur, the hair must be trimmed.

  • Sports Massage
    A combination of massage techniques applied before, during and/or after athletic competitions or training sessions.
  • Spray Tan
    Spray tanning, sunless tanning, UV-free tanning, or self-tanning, is a safe alternative to suntans or solarium tans
  • Spritz
    Spritz is a light mist or spray, which when used as a verb means to lightly spray your hair.
    Squalene
  • Shark-liver oil

Used for health purposed and is one if not THE best source of Omega 3. Shark liver oil contains incredible amounts of alkylglycerols which is most commonly found on a mothers breast milk and can be used to strengthen the immune system.

  • Stearic Acid and Stearyl Alcohol

           Used for its emollient properties and as a moisturizing ingredient.

  • Strabismus
    Strabismus is a serious eye problem that should be treated early. This condition is characterized by the misalignment of one or both eyes.
  • Straightening Iron
    A straightening iron is an efficient and widely used hair styling tool that temporarily straightens or curls the hair.
  • Stratum Corneum
    The outer most layer of the epidermis.
  • Stress
    Stress is a reaction of the human body to a problem or an event that requires an emotional, mental or physical response or adjustment.
  • Strip Wax
    Strip wax is thin type of wax with honey-like consistency. It is generally used for hair removal on larger areas of the body.
  • Subcutaneous
    A term referring to below the skin.
  • Sugar Wax
    Sugar waxing, also known as sugaring, is another method of hair removal, it uses a water-soluble substance with a honey- or sugar-base.
  • Sugaring
    Sugaring is a hair removal technique that shares many similarities with waxing. Sugaring is done by spreading sugar paste across the skin and removing it using a single stroke. Unlike waxing, sugaring does not require heat.
  • Sunless Tan

Cosmetic substance applied to the skin to simulate a suntan

  • Sunscreen
    Sunscreen is a lotion or cream that prevents UV rays from penetrating the skin.
  • Swedish Massage
    Swedish massage is a gentle, soft type of massage that is perfect for stressed and tired bodies. This method includes long strokes, friction, kneading, vibration, percussion and shaking motions.
  • Synthetic Eyelashes
    Synthetic eyelashes are a flexible type of fake lashes made using special micro polyester fibers that are identical to human hair.

T

  • Talc 

A soft mineral, magnesium silicate, used as a powder to absorb excess moisture. Scrutinized as a possible carcinogen because of its close relation to asbestos.

  • Tanning Bed
    A tanning bed, sun tanning bed, or sunbed, is a device that emits UV radiation in order to produce a cosmetic tan.
  • Tartrazine 

A common name for uncertified FD&C Yellow No. 5.

  • Telogen
    Telogen is the third and last hair growth phase. Telogen hair is hair that is no longer connected to the blood supply and papilla in the dermis – “dead” hair as it is sometimes called.
  • Temporary Colour
    Temporary color is a term that describes a short-lasting hair color formula.
  • Terminal Hair
    Terminal hair is dark, visible hair that starts growing at birth (such as the hair above the eyes or along the scalp).
  • Terminal Hairs
    Terminal hairs are dark, long and thick hairs found on the armpits, chest, beard and scalp.
  • Texturizer
    A texturizer is a mild relaxing treatment. Instead of causing the hair to be ’bone straight,’ this chemical treatment is left on for a shorter period of time. The idea is to slightly relax the natural curl in African hair so that it’s more manageable and with proper maintenance.
  • Thai Massage
    Thai massage is a form of massage that involves deep and stretching massage. Benefits of Thai massage include increased blood circulation, mobility, mind concentration, detoxification and muscle relaxation.
  • Thai Yoga Massage
    Thai yoga massage is a type of massage that blends Ayurvedic principles, yoga and Thai massage.
  • Therapy
    A treatment for a disease.
  • Therapeutic
    Therapeutic is a term that refers to therapeutics – a part of medicine concerned with the science of healing.
  • Therapeutic Touch
    Therapeutic touch is a popular form of healing that is based on several ancient healing methods.
  • Threading
    Threading involves the use of a twisted thread of cotton which, when rolled over the skin, catches the hairs and plucks them out.
  • Tingle
    A tingle is an ingredient that appears in some tanning lotions. Tingle products stimulate the epidermal skin layer by bringing blood near the surface of the skin. Since blood brings melanin with it, users achieve a darker tan. Tingle products are only recommended for experienced tanners.
  • Tinted Moisturizer
    Tinted moisturizer is a type of moisturizer that comes with a slight color tint and evens out the skin tone. Tinted moisturizers often contain sunscreen.
  • Tissue Expansion
    A surgical procedure that involves inserting a balloon-like device (called an expander) under the skin. The expander then slowly secretes liquid into the area to be repaired to actually stretch and expand the skin. This serves the function of “growing” extra skin to repair nearby lost or damaged skin.
  • Tocopherol
    Vitamin E, or Tocopherol, is an effective antioxidant often used in cosmetic formulas
  • Tone
    Tone is a term that describes the distribution of warm and ashen pigments; a visual effect of ash or gold hair color.
  • Topical Anesthetic
    A topical anesthetic is a drug that is used to prevent pain during hair removal.
  • Touch for Health
    Touch for Health is a safe and simple system used to relieve stress, pains and aches as well as balance the patient’s life energy, attitude and posture.
  • Toupee
    A toupee is a small wig that is used to hide pattern baldness. Toupees are usually used by men.
  • Toxin
    A toxin is a dangerous substance that is produced within living organisms or cells, which means that man-made substances made using artificial processes are excluded. This term was first used by a German chemist named Ludwig Brieger (1849-1919).
  • Trager Work
    Trager work is a form of bodywork that involves shaking and rocking movements in order to promote relaxation.
  • Translucent
    Translucent is a term used to describe a substance that has a nearly transparent finish.
  • Transparent Soap

Superfatted soap with a high glycerin content. Usually used for sensitive and normal-to-oily skin. (Example: Neutrogena, Pears.)

  • Treatment
    A treatment is used in between Shampoo and Conditioner to put protein back into the hair.
  • Tretinoin
    A prescription drug related to vitamin A used to treat acne and other skin disorders.
  • Trideceth-6

Emulsifier.

  • Triethanolamine 

pH adjuster used mostly in transparent soap.

  • Tuina
    Tuina is a method of treating illnesses that uses the elbows, fingers, hands and arms as tools.
  • Tweezers
    Tweezers are inexpensive, small tools that are used to maneuver, remove, hold and/or pickup small objects.
  • T-Zone
    The t-zone is a part of the face that consists of the area around the mouth, nose and the forehead.

U

  • Ulcer
    An ulcer is an area of tissue erosion. They can become inflamed or infected as they grow.
  • Ultrasonic Irons
    Also known as cold fusion irons used for melting the keratin on hair extensions without heat
  • Urea

Preservative.

  • U-Tipped Extensions
    U-tipped extensions are premium-quality hair extensions made from natural human hair.
  • UV
    UV is an acronym for ultraviolet (radiation) – an invisible spectrum of sun radiation.
  • UVA
    UVA, Ultraviolet A, black light, or long wave, is a type of ultraviolet radiation that has a wavelength range of 400 nm – 315 nm. UVA is also known as the “tanning” ray. Because it penetrates deeper into the skin than other radiation types, it can cause cellular damage and skin aging if not controlled.
  • UVB
    UVB, Ultraviolet B, or medium wave, is a type of ultraviolet radiation that has a wavelength range of 315 nm – 300 nm. UVB is also known as the “burning” ray. Like UVA, UVB contributes to tanning as well because it stimulates the human skin to produce melanin.
  • UVC
    UVC, Ultraviolet C, germicidal, or short wave, is a type of ultraviolet radiation that has a wavelength range of 280 nm – 100 nm. UVC is frequently used in UV sterilization, water purification and germicidal lamps.
  • UV Curved Gel

An UV (ultraviolet) curved gel, or a light-curved gel, is a type of gel that hardens when exposed to a halogen or an UV source of light.  It is  used with artificial nails.

  • Varicose Veins
    Twisted, widened veins caused by swollen or enlarged blood vessels. The blood vessels have enlarged due a weakening in the vein’s wall or valves.
  • Vajazzle
    To give the female genitals a sparkly makeover with crystals so as to enhance their appearance.
  • Vellus Hair
    vellus is short and soft type of hair that covers the body.
  • Vertex
    The highest area of the head where hair grows in a spiral pattern.
  • Vesiculation
    Term that describes small blister-like elevations caused by thermal damage.

V

  • Virgin Hair
    A term that refers to hair that was not chemically processed or colored; original hair that is in the same state as it was when cut from the owner.
  • Vitamin A
    Vitamin A, Vitamin A Retinol, or retinal, is a vitamin that improves the smoothness, elasticity and tone of the skin. Most importantly, however, vitamin A is an excellent skin nutrient.
  • Vitamin E
    Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that promotes young looking, vibrant, healthy skin by protecting it from oxidation and free radicals.
  • Vitamins  Foods containing vitamins A, D, E, K, and some of the B complex group are necessary in diets to maintain healthy skin and hair.
  • Vitiligo
    Vitiligo is a skin condition characterized by loss of pigmentation in small or large areas. The exact reason why it happens is unknown, but some people speculate that it is due to melanin failure. Vitiligo affects around 2% of the world’s population.
  • Volume

Indicates the fullness of hair in the finished look.

  • Walnut Extract
    Walnut extract is typically made entirely from leaves and hulls of the walnut tree. It was initially used in China as a form of medicine against intestine, lung and kidney problems. Walnut extract is presently used as a bronzing agent to help create a natural looking tan color, among others.

W

  • Warm  Refers to yellow, red or orange based undertones in hair, skin, or makeup.
  • Water Resistant
    Repels water or moisture.
  • Watsu
    Watsu is a gentle type of massage that combines elements of dance, muscle stretching, shiatsu and joint mobilization and is performed in body-temperature water (around 36°C).
  • Waxing
    Waxing is a popular hair removal method that works by applying wax to the skin and quickly removing it. Waxing removes hair from the root.
  • Weave
    A hair weave is a fake piece of hair that does not belong to another person. It is added to real hair in order to improve appearance.
  • Weft
    A weft, or track, is a small grouping of hair that is attached to the top of the head using a variety of methods.
  • Wheat Germ Oil
    Wheat germ oil is a sensitive and nutritious type of oil that is extracted from wheat germ. It has the highest content of vitamin E of any type of food that was not subjected to prior vitamin fortification or preparation. Wheat germ oil also has amazing antioxidant properties.
  • Wolff Bed
    Wolff bed is a frequently misused term. Friedrich Wolff, a German scientist, is the inventor of the present style tanning lamp which other companies use to make tanning beds. His company, Wolff Systems, does not create any tanning beds, but it collects a royalty for further developing lamps and for the use of its name.
  • White Hair
    Hair that does not have pigment. Possible causes for white hair include vitamin B deficiency, misuse of certain medications and other health or genetic factors.
  • Wig
    A wig is an affordable set of false hair that helps create your ideal look.

X

  • Xanthan Gum

Derived from natural carbohydrates; thickens the formula; also soothes the skin

Y

  • Yeast Extract
    Yeast extract is a common term used to describe various types of yeast products. As an ingredient, yeast extract is a common component of oily skin preparations.

Z

  • Zinc Oxide
    Zinc oxide is an antiseptic agent that also protects and calms the skin. Sunscreens that contain zinc oxide prevent UV rays from reaching the skin.
  • Zero Balancing
    Zero balancing is a form of body-mind therapy that promotes wellbeing and health through gentle touches. It is performed on seated, clothed clients.
  • Zinc Stearate 

Used in powder to improve texture and lubrication.