Getting a haircut in Mandarin Chinese

Getting a Haircut in Mandarin Chinese (14 Stylist-approved Phrases)

In Authentic Street Interviews, Practical Chinese Phrases by Angel Huang1 Comment

Thinking of visiting a hair salon in China?

Here are some key phrases to help you communicate with the stylist and boost your chances of coming away with a great cut!​

You can download the audio + a pdf to review the phrases from this video.

Let's Break It Down...

1

剪头发    jiǎn tóu fa

Cut (my) hair / Get a haircut

  • 剪 jiǎn:to cut with scissors
  • 头发 tóu fa:  hair (on the head)
2

剪短一点点    jiǎn duǎn yī diǎn diǎn

Cut it a little bit shorter

  • 剪 jiǎn:to cut with scissors
  • 短 duǎn :  short
  • 一点点 yī diǎn diǎn:  a little bit
3

洗头发    xǐ tóu fa

Wash (my) hair

  • 洗 xǐ:to wash
  • 头发 tóu fa:  hair (on the head)
4

烫头发    tàng tóu fa

Perm (my) hair

  • 烫 tàng:to perm
  • 头发 tóu fa :  hair (on the head)
5

染头发    rǎn tóu fa

Dye (my) hair

  • 染 rǎn:to dye
  • 头发 tóu fa:  hair (on the head)
6

修一下    xiū yī xià

Trim (my hair) a little bit

  • 修 xiū:to trim
  • 一下 yī xià :  (used after a verb) give it a go / to do (sth for a bit to give it a try)
7

修一下刘海    xiū yī xià liú hǎi

Trim (my) fringe a little bit

  • 修 rǎn:to trim
  • 一下 tóu fa:  (used after a verb) give it a go / to do (sth for a bit to give it a try)
  • 刘海 liú hǎi:fringe
8

修一下发尾    xiū yī xià fà wěi

Trim (my) hair ends a little bit

  • 修 xiū:to trim
  • 一下 yī xià :  (used after a verb) give it a go / to do (sth for a bit to give it a try)
  • 发尾 fà wěi: hair ends
9

打点发蜡    dǎ diǎn fà là

Put some wax in (my) hair

  • 打 dǎ:to hit / to beat / to mix up
  • 点 diǎn:  a little / a bit 
  • 发蜡 fà là:wax / pomade
10

打薄一点    dǎ báo yī diǎn

Thin out (my) hair a little bit

  • 打 dǎ:to hit / to beat / to mix up
  • 薄 báo:  thin / light
  • 一点 yī diǎn:a little / a bit
11

称我发型剪    chèn wǒ fà xíng jiǎn

(I'd like) a hairstyle that suits me

  • 称 chèn:to suit / to fit 
  • 我 wǒ:  me / I
  • 发型 fā xíng:  hairstyle / hairdo
  • 剪 jiǎn:  to cut with scissors
12

帮我设计一个比较称我脸型的发型  

bāng wǒ shè jì yī gè bǐ jiào chèn wǒ liǎn xíng de fà xíng  

Help me "design" a hairstyle that suits my face shape

  • 帮 bāng: to help
  • 我 wǒ:me / I

    • 设计 she jì: to design
    • 一 yī: a / one
    • 个 gè: classifier for people or objects in general / a common measure  word
    • 比较 bǐ jiào: quite / relatively
    • 称 chèn: to suit / to fit
    • 脸型 liǎn xíng: face shape
    • 的 de:  of / ~'s (possessive particle)
    • 发型 fà zíng: hairstyle / hairdo
    13

    清爽   qīng shuǎng

    (I'd like) a fresh and cool haircut

    • 清爽 qīng shuǎng:fresh and cool
    14

    我要剪这个发型   wǒ yào jiǎn zhè gè fà xíng

    I want this hairstyle

    • 我 wǒ:I / me
    • 要 yào:want
    • 剪 jiǎn:to cut with scissors 
    • 这个 zhè gè:this/ this one
    • 发型 fà xíng:hairstyle / hairdo

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