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Post by persembe » Wed Sep 14, 2005 5:11 pm


I'm a newcomer teacher of English and I'm going to give a lecture on "Hairdressing & Skin Care (Business English)" at a vocatioanal high school. I'm planning to make use of sample dialogues in the lessons for the students to gain practice. If anybody could give me any addresses on the internet about the subject, I would be grateful.

Thanks already!

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Post by Don McChesney » Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:10 am

May not be what you are looking for, but for Oral English for my students I buy second hand or outdated fashion mags for about 5Y, cut out all pages with fashion styles, cosmetics etc etc, and hand them out for the girls to look at, and ask them to discuss what they think. A good start for communication, and introduction to make-up, hair styles, fashion design, etc. Cheap and lots of fun for all.
Ads also have names and colour information, the mags like luci have 'how to apply mascara, do hair,' etc etc. Hope this helps.

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Post by persembe » Fri Oct 07, 2005 7:29 pm

Thanks for your advice, Don!

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Post by sayshamwari » Fri Nov 25, 2005 5:38 am

This is an example from this site....try it ....

blow dry
color (get/have your hair colored)
curl (get/have your hair curled)
cut (get/have your hair cut)
perm (get/have your hair permmed)
straighten (get/have your hair straightened)
style (get/have your hair styled)
thin out (get/have your hair thinned out)
trim (get/have your hair trimmed)

* Example: I'd like to get my hair cut ("get" is less formal than "have")
cut a little above the ears
remove the split ends
take a little off the top and sides
trim your bangs
hairstylist / hairdresser
hair salon
barber shop

There's lots more topics too!

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Post by tigertiger » Sat Feb 25, 2006 3:13 am

There are industry specific magazines on hair, skin care, cosmetics, that should give you up to date some jargon. Is there a mag called 'Waxing Weekly' ? I wonder :lol: :lol:

Also a hairdressing college will have course materials that can help with lexis.

Be aware the different markets will have different jargon (i.e. BrE, AmE).

Students will also benefit from social English and knowing how to chat about family, pets, whats on TV, and other small talk. As even the top stylists need rapport with the clients.
Most people go to get pampered and gossip, as much as anything else. Especially clients who go every week.

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Vintage Hairstyling

Post by Bakukenshin » Sat Aug 02, 2008 4:53 am

Hey everybody. A friend of mine back in the states just came out with this book on how to do classic hair styles. I've taken a look at it and it's a quality product with fairly easy to understand descriptions. I figure it may be helpful for anyone teaching English at a hairstyling academy or maybe if you just want to try some old-fashioned styles at home:

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Post by alexcase » Sun Sep 21, 2008 9:26 am

You might find stuff on personal appearance from General English textbooks like Headway is useful. Also maybe the language of advice, ways of being polite by being indirect, imperatives for giving instructions, colours (a good thing on this in the old low Advanced textbook distinction), taste and style, expressing preferences, adverbs of manner, case studies based on the cosmetics industry, articles on Metrosexuals and make up for men etc.

My head office has got a whole supplementary file of stuff stolen from General English and Business English textbooks for people who work with cosmetics, will try to remember to have a look at it for you on Thursday when I go in, but anyway hopefully it is at least reassuring that such a thing can be put together without any specialist books.

All the magazine ideas above are nice. A good game you can play with them is "magazine search"- people all have different magazines and they race to find something described by the teacher or other student, e.g. "She has green mascara"

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Heir and beauty

Post by eslweb » Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:56 am

Ages ago I had some all girl classes, anyway I did do some lessons on hair and make up, so you are welcome to them:

I hope its a start.


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Great Ideas

Post by millerd » Thu Dec 01, 2011 4:41 am

The ideas in this strand are great for introducing new English speakers to the language in a manner that is timely and updated. I believe that the way English is spoken colloquially in a barber shop/hair salon would all to the understanding of various "shades of meaning within the English language.

D. Miller

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Post by Herrybraun » Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:42 pm

I am a beautician at Leeds local cosmetic company Call Lane Aesthetics. I always appreciate beauty tips and ideas of skin care expert. Your posting about beauty lecture is really very helpful for me.

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