French Phrases To Use At The Hairdresser/Barber In France

Written byAmélie Pinon

So you're learning French and want to get a haircut in France?

In today's lesson, I'll teach you some of the most essential vocabulary and phrases for getting your hair done in French. Most of the content below can also apply to the barber shop for men.

If I miss anything, let me know.

CouperTo cut
TaillerTo trim
CoifferTo style
TeindreTo dye
LisserTo straighten
BouclerTo curl
DéfriserTo relax (hair)
BrushingTo blow dry
DémêlerTo detangle
FriserTo perm
Faire une couleurTo do a color treatment
Appliquer un masque capillaireTo apply a hair mask
Utiliser un fer à friserTo use a curling iron
Utiliser un fer à lisserTo use a straightening iron
Donner du volumeTo add volume
Faire un chignonTo do a bun
Faire une tresseTo braid
RaserTo shave
Taille de barbeBeard trim
ÉpilerTo wax (eyebrows)

Essential French phrases to use at the hairdresser in France

  1. Bonjour! - Hello!
  2. Je voudrais une coupe de cheveux, s'il vous plaît. - I would like a haircut, please.
  3. Je voudrais une coupe de cheveux courte / mi-longue / longue. - I would like a short / medium-length / long haircut.
  4. Je voudrais juste les pointes coupées. - I just want the ends trimmed.
  5. Je voudrais une frange. - I would like bangs.
  6. Je voudrais garder ma longueur actuelle, mais juste couper les pointes. - I would like to keep my current length, but just trim the ends.
  7. Je voudrais un dégradé. - I would like layers.
  8. Je voudrais une raie sur le côté / au milieu. - I would like a side / middle part.
  9. Je voudrais des mèches / des reflets. - I would like highlights.
  10. Je voudrais une permanente. - I would like a perm.
  11. Je voudrais un lissage brésilien. - I would like a Brazilian blowout.
  12. Je voudrais un chignon. - I would like a bun.
  13. Je voudrais des tresses. - I would like braids.
  14. Quelle est la longueur maximale que vous pouvez couper mes cheveux? - What is the maximum length you can cut my hair?
  15. Pouvez-vous me conseiller sur quelle coupe serait la meilleure pour moi? - Can you advise me on which haircut would be best for me?
  16. Vous pouvez raccourcir la longueur sur le dessus / sur les côtés. - You can shorten the length on top / on the sides.
  17. Est-ce que vous pouvez me montrer une photo de votre travail? - Can you show me a photo of your work?
  18. J'aime ma frange / ma coupe de cheveux actuelle. Pouvez-vous la rafraîchir? - I like my current bangs / haircut. Can you freshen it up?
  19. Pouvez-vous me laver les cheveux avant la coupe? - Can you wash my hair before the haircut?
  20. Merci beaucoup! - Thank you very much!

Useful French vocabulary for things you'll find at a hairdresser or barber

Coiffeur / CoiffeuseHairdresser
Barbier / BarbèreBarber
Fauteuil de CoiffeurHairdresser's Chair
Bac à ShampoingShampoo Basin
Gel CoiffantHair Gel
ColorantHair Dye
Masque CapillaireHair Mask
BoucleurCurling Iron

Sample French dialogue at the hairdresser

Personne: Bonjour! Je voudrais une coupe de cheveux, s'il vous plaît.

Hello! I would like a haircut, please.

Coiffeur/Coiffeuse: Bonjour! Bien sûr, quelle longueur voulez-vous?

Hello! Of course, what length would you like?

Personne: Je voudrais garder ma longueur actuelle, mais juste couper les pointes.

I would like to keep my current length, but just trim the ends.

Coiffeur/Coiffeuse: Très bien, je vais prendre soin de ça pour vous. Vous voulez un dégradé ou juste une coupe droite?

Very well, I will take care of that for you. Do you want layers or just a straight cut?

Personne: Juste une coupe droite, s'il vous plaît.

Just a straight cut, please.

Coiffeur/Coiffeuse: D'accord, je vais couper les pointes et les rendre un peu plus nettes. Vous voulez que je lave vos cheveux avant?

Okay, I will trim the ends and make them a bit sharper. Do you want me to wash your hair before?

Personne: Oui, s'il vous plaît.

Yes, please.

After the haircut:

Coiffeur/Coiffeuse: Voilà, c'est terminé. Que pensez-vous de votre nouvelle coupe?

There you go, it's finished. What do you think of your new haircut?

Personne: J'aime beaucoup, merci! Combien je vous dois?

I really like it, thank you! How much do I owe you?

Coiffeur/Coiffeuse: Cela fera 30 euros.

That will be 30 euros.

Personne: Très bien, voilà. Merci beaucoup!

Very well, here you go. Thank you very much!

Go get a haircut

Getting a haircut in France as an English speaker can be a intimidating experience, but with a few key phrases and some preparation, it can also be a good opportunity to level up your French.

Practise these vocabulary and phrases commonly used in a hair salon or barber shop, and you'll be able to get your hair done without stress.

Next time you're in France and in need of a haircut, challenge yourself to not speak English.

Need more lessons like this? See my French resource list.

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