Spanish Vocabulary: Going to the Beauty Salon

Instructor: Raychelle Heath

Raychelle has a BA in Spanish and an MFA in Writing. She has studied in Puerto Rico and currently lives in Mexico. She has taught Spanish in various settings.

It's time for the big party and you want to look good. A new cut or color would be perfect. In this lesson you will learn useful vocabulary for a trip to the beauty salon.

Getting Beautiful at the Salon

It's time for the big fiesta, but you don't know what to do with your cabello (kah-bay-yo). Should you cut it? Or maybe get a new color? How about a nice updo? Maybe a trip to the salón de belleza (sah-lone day bay-yay-zah) can help. Let's go!

El Salon de Belleza
salon de belleza

Helpful Terms

Here's some vocabulary to get you started at the salón de belleza:

  • beauty salon - el salón de belleza (sah-lone day bay-yay-zah)
  • hair - el cabello (kah-bay-yo)
  • stylist - el/la estilista (eh-stee-lees-tah)
  • a cut - un corte (kor-tay)
  • a style - un peinado (pay-nah-doh)
  • hair dye - el tinte (teen-tay)
  • hair spray - el fijador (fee-hah-dor)
  • shampoo - el champú (chom-poo)
  • conditioner - el acondicionador (ah-cone-dee-see-oh-nah-dor)
  • gray hairs - las canas (kah-nahs)
  • a bun - un chongo (chong-oh)
  • to wash - lavar (lah-bar)
  • to dry - secar (say-kar)
  • a wash and dry - un lavado y secado (lah-bah-doh ee say-kah-doh)
  • to trim - cortar las puntas (kor-tar lahs poon-tahs)
  • to curl - enchinar (in-chee-nar)
  • to straighten - alaciar (ah-lah-see-ar)
  • to dye - colorear (koh-loh-ray-ar)

A Trip to El Salón de Belleza

Now that you've got some new vocabulary, you're ready to head to the salón de belleza. Let's see what your estilista can do to help you get ready for the fiesta.

Estilista: Hola! Bienvenida. Me llamo Sandra. Como puedo ayudarte?

You: Hola Sandra, me llamo Brenda. Voy a una fiesta, y quiero un peinado especial.

Estilista: ¡Muy bien! Primero lavo y seco el cabello.

You: Que tipo de champú y acondicionador usas?

Estilista: Tenemos champú y acondicionador de manzanas y de coco.

You: Ooh, me gusta el coco mucho.

Estilista: Muy bien.

Lavar el Cabello
lavado y secado

After your lavado y secado, your estilista puts you in the styling chair. What peinado will you get?

Estilista: Quieres un corte?

You: No, pero puedes cortar las puntas.

Estilista: Muy bien. Ahora para el peinado. Voy a enchinar la frente y hacer un chongo atrás.

You: Prefiero alaciar la frente.

Estilista: Muy bien. Hmm, tienes unas canas aquí. Puedo poner un tinte para cubrirlas.

You: Me gusta la idea. Tienes un tinte que es el mismo color de mi cabello?

Estilista: ¡Claro que sí! Y ahora un fijador para mantener el peinado.

You: ¡Me encanta! ¡Muchas gracias!

Un Peinado Bonito

Other Services at El Salón de Belleza

El salón de belleza is not just for cabello. There are various other services you can receive. Here are a few more helpful terms:

  • manicure - la manicura (mah-nee-coo-rah)
  • pedicure - la pedicura (peh-dee-coo-rah)
  • nails - las uñas (oon-yas)
  • nail polish - el esmalte (ez-mahl-tay)
  • massage - el masaje (mah-sah-hay)
  • facial - el facial (fah-see-al)
  • waxing - la depilación (deh-pee-lah-see-ohn)
  • eyebrows - las cejas (say-hahs)
  • makeup - el maquillaje (mah-kee-yah-hay)
  • makeover - el cambio de imagen (kahm-bee-oh day ee-mah-hen)

Let's head back to the salón de belleza to try out these services!

You: Me encanta mi cabello, pero mis uñas no están bonitas. Quiero una manicura y pedicura.

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