Understanding Haircut Lingo

Understanding Haircut Lingo: How to Get the Perfect Cut

Many people are unsure of how to describe their desired haircut to their stylist. If you’ve ever visited your stylist and gotten the perfect haircut, sometimes a picture isn’t enough to recreate that style! Here’s some haircut lingo you can use to achieve the perfect haircut.

Haircut Lingo Dictionary

  • Neck Cleanup / Lineup:  Using trimmers on the perimeter of the hair to clean up the edges.
  • Bang Trim: Cutting the bangs only to get them out of your little one’s eyes.
  • Guard Numbers: Guards go from 0-8, with each number referring to the length of hair that will be left behind.There’s 1/8 of an inch of difference between each guard number, and you can determine the exact amount of length left of the head by multiplying the guard number by 1/8 of an inch. If you like the way a certain cut looks, take note of the guard number by asking your stylist.
  • Bob: A short, somewhat blunt cut that ends around the jawline. These are a specialty cut, and require booking as such.
  • Undercut:  This is a style that is shaved on the bottom half of the head. For those with longer, thicker hair, this helps take some weight off of their head while still giving the appearance of a full head of hair. For those with shorter hair, it leaves longer hair on the top, with a shaved side and back.
  • Fade: A fade is a very tight taper on boy’s hair. It gradually takes the hair down to the skin in a smooth transition. 
  • Finger blow dry: A blow dry style without any tools, using the fingers to move the hair around.
  • Detangling Service: A timed service focused on detangling your little one’s hair.
  • Timed Service: A service with a varied price depending on how long it takes. Generally, a consultation is required. We can do this virtually if you send us a photo of your little one’s hair and the style you’re going for, or you can call us and book some time in the salon so we can chat face to face.
  • Trim: Cutting off the dead ends while maintaining the rest of the hair’s length.

We hope you’ve found this guide useful and that you feel empowered to achieve the perfect haircut! Now that you know some haircut lingo, you can perfectly describe your desired ‘do to your stylists.


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Scissor Haircuts vs Clipper Cuts

Scissor Cuts vs Clipper Cuts: What's the Difference?

When it’s time to get a haircut, it’s important to understand the difference between scissor cuts and clipper cuts. Each technique offers unique advantages depending on your hair type, desired style, and maintenance preferences.

Clipper Cuts

Clippers are designed for shorter hair lengths and most clipper cuts will use scissors to achieve the desired style. They come with detachable guards that allow for easy control of length, making them ideal for shorter styles such as fades, buzz cuts, or crew cuts. Clipper cuts are popular among those who want a shorter, low-maintenance look. Most clipper cuts will also include the use of scissors.


  • Efficient and quick haircuts, making clipper cuts great for people who prefer short haircuts.
  • Clipper guards make it simple to achieve uniform hair length across the head, ensuring a neat and clean look
  • If you prefer a shorter style and want to go longer between appointments, clipper cuts are great as they maintain their shape well and require less frequent touch ups.

Scissor Cuts

Scissors are primarily intended for longer hair lengths and offer a high level of precision and control. They can be used for creating texture, maintaining the shape of a style, and adding beautiful layers or bangs. Scissor cuts are often favored for achieving a more natural looking and blended finish. 


  • Scissor cuts allow the stylists to have complete control over the length and shape of the hair, enabling them to create intricate and customized styles.
  • Scissors are perfect for adding texture and layers to hair, creating impressive dimension and movement.
  • Scissor cuts tend to produce softer, more natural looking results.

Things to Consider

When choosing between a clipper cut and a scissors cut, there are several factors to consider.


1. Your hair style goals. Determine the length and style you want to achieve. If you’d like longer hair or specific layering and texture, scissor cuts are the better choice. For shorter styles, clipper cuts would be more appropriate.


2. Time between appointments. Consider how often you want to visit the salon for touch-ups. Clipper cuts tend to maintain their shape for a longer period of time, making them a good choice for those who want to visit the salon less often.


3. Hair texture. The texture of your hair can play a role in determining athe best cutting technique. Scissor cuts allow for more versatility in working with different hair textures and creating personalizd style.


4. Cowlicks. If you have cowlicks, or areas where the hair grows in different directions, a skilled stylist can address them using either technique. However, scissor cuts offer more precision in managing cowlicks due to the ability to work with shorter lengths.

We hope you found this article helpful and gained a better understanding of the difference between scissor cuts and clipper cuts!


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Haircuts for Kids with Sensory Issues

Haircuts for Kids with Sensory Issues

Every child has a unique experience when it comes to getting a haircut. While some kids are excited to visit Pigtails & Crewcuts, others may find it overwhelming or even a little frightening, especially those with special needs or sensory sensitivities. Our goal at Pigtails & Crewcuts is to ensure that every haircut is a positive and enjoyable experience. Our skilled stylists are prepared to assist you and your child through any challenges, like wiggling, tears, or anxiety, to ensure they not only look great but also feel great after the haircut. Discover how we can enhance the haircut experience for children with special needs and sensory differences, and explore some helpful tips to try before and after each haircut.

Preparing for the Haircut

First, know that our stylists have experience working with kids who need extra TLC when getting a haircut. We do this every day, so nothing is new to us. When planning your kid’s haircut, call us in advance and let us know if your child has any special needs or sensory differences that have made haircuts challenging. For instance, if noise or bright lights can overstimulate your child, letting us know ahead of time helps us prepare ahead of time so that we can work around that.

Keep your child’s schedule in mind and plan for a time of day when they are less likely to feel overwhelmed. Coming to the salon immediately after school when your child is overstimulated or exhausted from the day’s activities might not be the best idea. You can also give us a call to see when peak times are so you can plan to come when there are fewer people and less noise inside the salon.

Additional Tips

  • Make haircuts routine events. Many children with special needs thrive with routines, so adding haircuts into your regular schedule can help them feel more comfortable. As a general guideline, most kids need a trim every six weeks.
  • Book with the same stylist! This will provide an extra level of familiarity and routine.
  • Talk to your children about the experience. Show them pictures and videos of other children getting haircuts, and explain to them what is happening.
  • Consider bringing a fidget toy, your child’s favorite stuffed animal, or any other kind of comfort item.

During the Haircut

We’ll follow your lead in regard to what your child is comfortable with, taking care to avoid anything that makes your child scared or uncomfortable. Our stylists will consult with you at the beginning of the haircut to understand your child’s specific needs. For example, if your child doesn’t like their ears being touched, we may recommend a haircut that covers the ears. If you have a specific haircut in mind that you’re looking for, but are unsure of how to describe it, check out our haircut lingo guide!


It’s important for you to remember that we need open communication between you and your stylist so we can create the best experience for you and your child. If you know that there is something that could be bothersome or uncomfortable for your kid, don’t be afraid to speak up!


Our stylists have a few tricks up their sleeve to help calm your child’s fears or nerves and distract them from the haircut. From magnetic toys to games and silly songs, or even completing a haircut sitting on the couch or the floor, we’ll do everything in our power to keep your child comfortable so they leave with a great haircut and a smile.

After the Haircut

Once the haircut is finished, we can all celebrate your kid’s brand new haircut and praise them for being brave, even if there are some tears. For some children, getting a haircut is a really big deal, so a little praise can go a long way to set the stage for the next salon visit. We’ll also reward your child with a visit to the treasure chest for a special prize for a job well done!

Snap some pictures to help your child show off their brand new ‘do! The pictures both capture the memory and help remind your child of the great experience they had before their next visit to Pigtails & Crewcuts.

We know haircuts aren’t always easy, but our goal is to make each haircut better than the last. The tears and nerves may not go away in one visit, but we promise to work with you and your child to take what was once a scary event and turn  it into something special over time. Contact us today to learn how we can make haircuts for children with special needs and sensory differences a better experience.

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Ear Piercing FAQ

Ear Piercing FAQ

Getting your kid’s ears pierced is a major milestone for them and for you. At Pigtails & Crewcuts, we do our best to make the experience quick and easy, but we completely understand that you may have some questions! Hopefully, we can clear some of those up for you before you come in. Here are some of our frequently asked questions about our ear piercing service:

1. Do you use a piercing gun?

We use a piercing tool that is loaded with a sterile piercing earring.

2. Can you pierce cartilage?

We can not pierce cartilage. Because we use a piercing tool and not a needle, we cannot pierce anything other than an earlobe.

3. Can I bring in my own earrings to pierce with?

No. The earrings we use to pierce are sterile and allergen-free, and we can’t put in earrings that you bring because it would disrupt the healing process.

4. Are your earrings nickel-free?

Yes! Our earrings are nickel-free and made for sensitive ears.

5. Which metal should I choose?

We offer both stainless steel and 14k gold-plated earrings. Both are made for sensitive ears, so it’s really up to you! We only advise that you choose one over the other if you have a family history of sensitivity to certain metals.

6. Do you pierce both ears at the same time?

Yes! The ear piercing specialist taking care of you will ask another trained employee to assist them. We’ll make sure everyone is ready, count to three, and then pierce both ears at the same time!

7. Do I need an appointment?

No, you don’t need an appointment! We happily serve walk-ins as long as we have an ear piercing specialist available.

8. Can you pierce a baby's ears?

Yes, we can pierce a baby’s ears. With babies, it isn’t easy to pierce both ears at the same time, so we pierce one ear, give your little one some time to calm down, then pierce the other ear.

9. Do we get to choose our earrings?

Yes! We have over 35 different designs to choose from.

Lice Myths

Lice Myths

There’s nothing scarier than hearing about a lice outbreak at your child’s school and worrying about what will happen if your little one gets lice. But are lice really such a big deal? There are tons of lice myths on social media, so let’s clear some of them up and discuss how to protect your kid from lice.

1. Only kids with poor hygience get lice.

Head lice do not result from poor hygiene, but proper hygiene can help prevent head lice. For example, sharing hats, brushes, or any other item that touches your little one’s hair for an extended time should not be shared without proper cleaning between uses.

2. Head lice can "jump" from one head to another.

Head lice are crawling insects that cannot jump, hop, or fly. The primary way lice spread is from close, maintained head-to-head contact.

3. Your little one can get lice from a dog or cat.

Head lice like humans best— your child is free to hang out with all of their animal friends!

4. Lice can be spread in a swimming pool.

 While lice can survive underwater for several hours, it’s not likely that they’ll be spread in a swimming pool. Head lice have been shown to hold onto human hair tightly when submerged under water, and they won’t let go.

5. Head lice live a long time off the scalp.

Without a host, head lice will survive for less than a day or two. Their eggs won’t make it a week, and it’s not likely that they’ll hatch in that time.

6. You can suffocate head lice by covering your hair with a fatty substance.

This is an old wive’s tale that has not been proven effective.It’s best to use an FDA-approved treatment recommended by a hair stylist or doctor.

How to Prevent Lice

  • Avoid head-to-head contact during play and other activities.
  • Don’t share clothing or accessories that touch your hair without proper cleaning.
  • Do not share combs, brushes, or towels without cleaning them first.
  • To prevent spread or re-infestation after treatment, machine wash and dry clothing, linens, and other items used by an infested person using high heat on both cycles. Anything that cannot be washed or dry-cleaned should be sealed in a plastic bag for two weeks.
  • Use a rosemary spray, conditioner, or shampoo to repel lice. We recommend the Rosemary Repel® line by Fairy Tales. You can pick up their products from Pigtails & Crewcuts East Cobb!

How to Prevent Hair Damage and Promote Hair Growth

Pro Tips : How to Prevent Hair Damage and Promote Hair Growth

Proper care is vital to healthy hair, and it’s important to establish good routines while your children are still little! Here are some easy tips and tricks for how to prevent hair damage and promote hair growth!

1. Instead of towel-drying, use an old t-shirt.

Traditional towels are too rough for your hair and can cause breakage over time. Soft cotton t-shirts are more gentle on your hair, and you can give old t-shirts new life!

2. Dry your hair naturally.

Blow drying your hair is fast and convenient, but excessive heat styling can cause serious damage to your hair and scalp. Save the heat styling for special occasions, and use a good heat protectant! If you absolutely must blow dry your hair, use the lowest heat setting. Aim to use heat tools at most once a week.

3. Wash your hair with lukewarm water.

Hot showers are relaxing, but the hot water can strip the natural protective oils from your hair. Not only does this dry out your hair, but it can dull your hair’s natural shine! To protect your hair’s natural oils, use lukewarm water to wash your hair.


4. Concentrate shampoo on your scalp and conditioner on the ends of your hair.

Shampoo is meant to clear product build-up and oils from your hair, the majority of which is concentrated on your scalp. The water and suds running down your hair when you rinse are enough to clean it— applying shampoo directly to the length and ends of your hair will dry it out. Applying conditioner to your scalp makes your roots too greasy, and you’ll lose volume. Your scalp produces its own natural oils, so it’s best to keep the conditioner on the mid-length to ends of your hair to avoid greasy hair and build-up on your scalp.

5. When you tie your back, keep it loose!

It’s okay to wear your hair tightly pulled back every so often, but for day-to-day styling, you want to keep it loose, as the constant pulling of tight hairstyles can cause your hair to break or fall out. It can even result in a receding hairline if you’re not careful! Additionally, make sure to use hair-safe elastics on your hair.

We’ve hope you’ve found these tips helpful and gained a better understanding of how to prevent hair damage and promote hair growth!


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