the act or process of cutting, styling, or dressing, hair.
the vocation or occupation of a hairdresser.
a style of arranging the hair; hairdo; coiffure.
a preparation, as tonic, oil, pomade, or the like, applied to the hair for increased manageability.

1765–75; hair + dressing Unabridged
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hairdresser (ˈhɛəˌdrɛsə)
1.  a person whose business is cutting, curling, colouring and arranging hair, esp that of women
2.  a hairdresser's establishmentRelated: tonsorial
Related: tonsorial

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custom of cutting and arranging the hair, practiced by men and women from ancient times to the present. Early records indicate that the ancient Assyrians wore elaborate curly hair styles; by contrast, the ancient Egyptians, men and women alike, shaved their heads and wore wigs. Whether ornate or simple, hairdressing has been employed by very nearly every society. In 400 BC some Greek women dyed their hair; in the Roman period dying and bleaching were common. Japanese women used lacquer (a precursor of modern-day hair spray) to secure their elaborate coiffures. The wig has come in and gone out of vogue throughout history.

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