Haircut Terms With Pictures

Understanding haircut terminology is crucial when communicating with a barber to achieve your desired look. Here are some important terms:

Taper Fade

A taper fade involves gradually shortening the hair from the top to the sides and back. It can be styled in various ways, such as a comb over, quiff, or pompadour.

Comb Over

A comb-over is a hairstyle where the hair is combed to one side to create a sleek look. The length of the top determines how it can be styled.


A quiff is a hairstyle with volume and height at the front of the hair, often brushed up and back. It can be tailored to suit individual preferences.


A pompadour hairstyle features voluminous hair swept up and back from the forehead. It is an iconic and classic look.

Back and Sides

A short back and sides haircut involves shortening the hair on the sides and back while leaving longer layers on top. It can be styled in various ways.


An A-line cut has shorter sections at the back that gradually lengthen towards the front, forming an “A” shape. It is a popular face-framing style, ideal for fine or thin hair.


Layers add depth and dimension to any haircut. They create movement, texture, and volume. Layers work well for different hair lengths and thicknesses.


Framing layers draw attention to specific facial features while softening the overall look. Medium-length hair can benefit from this layering technique.

Remember to consult a professional hairstylist for the best results and to consider your face shape and preferred style.