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hairdressing

[hair-dres-ing] /ˈhɛərˌdrɛs ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act or process of cutting, styling, or dressing, hair.
2.
the vocation or occupation of a hairdresser.
3.
a style of arranging the hair; hairdo; coiffure.
4.
a preparation, as tonic, oil, pomade, or the like, applied to the hair for increased manageability.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; hair + dressing
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Examples for hairdressing
  • Other sectors include manufacturing, banking and finance, and services such as hairdressing or plumbing.
  • Local groups can select juries to judge the quality of local services, such as auto repair or hairdressing.
  • No one has yet invented ways to provide long-distance hairdressing or house cleaning.
  • Products of economic activity that you can't drop on your foot, ranging from hairdressing to websites.
  • The letter requests information on the safety of products used in the hairdressing profession.
Encyclopedia Article for hairdressing

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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Word Value for hairdressing

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