hairdressing

noun
hair·dress·ing | \ˈher-ˌdre-siŋ \

Definition of hairdressing 

1a : the action or process of washing, cutting, curling, or arranging the hair

b : the occupation of a hairdresser

2 : a preparation for grooming and styling the hair

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Employment in hairdressing—an indispensable industry but not a very productive one—is some 50% higher than in 2010. The Economist, "Britain’s era of abysmal productivity growth could be at an end," 12 Apr. 2018 Other business titans who have built mega-homes in the area include billionaire Anthony Pritzker , an heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune who owns a 49,300-square-foot compound with a bowling alley, hairdressing area and gym on nearby Angelo Drive. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Paul Allen Asks $150 Million for 120 Acres of L.A. Land," 10 July 2018 Options include fashion design, hairdressing and farming on land set aside by the state. The Economist, "Europe is sending African migrants home. Will they stay?," 28 Mar. 2018 Detectives quickly learned Sementilli had been a superstar in the world of hairdressing. CBS News, "Arrests in murder of L.A. beauty exec "like a twist in a nightmare"," 10 Mar. 2018 After a November ceremony in Lagos hosted by NAPTIP, one 29-year-old returnee could not afford a taxi to transport the hairdressing start-up kit she had been awarded. Molly O'toole, Washington Post, "Nigerians return from slavery in Libya to thriving sex-trafficking industry back home," 23 Jan. 2018 Missouri law requires a training course of 1,000 hours for barbering and 1,500 hours for hairdressing, followed by a licensing exam. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "African-style hair braiders lose appeal of Missouri licensing law," 11 Jan. 2018 After studying theater at Brooklyn College—and, in the grand tradition of theater majors everywhere, struggling to find a job after graduation—Cruz went back to hairdressing before falling on hard times. Yohana Desta, vanityfair.com, "Meet the Transgender Activist Fighting to Keep Marsha P. Johnson’s Legacy Alive," 3 Oct. 2017 Outside Union Station, with his mobile hairdressing gear in his backpack — a gown, razor, comb, some clips and scissors — Coombes came upon Thomas, a 70-year-old Vietnam veteran who has been homeless for 10 years. Mary Hui, Washington Post, "Meet the globe-trotting hairdresser who helps homeless people look sharp," 21 June 2017

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First Known Use of hairdressing

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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hairen

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