Personal Care Vocabulary

After three months at home (where we can only go out for essential food shopping, or exercise) we probably won’t look our best!

Many of us go to the hairdresser every couple of months – but we might also have to miss non-essential dental appointments.

Here are some of the things that we might rush to do after lockdown ends!

Hair and Beauty

These are all things we can do in a hair salon or hairdresser’s.

We’ll need to book an appointment to get a hair-cut. Some of us will need to touch up our roots (dye / colour the roots of our hair).

We can also get a wax (use wax to remove unwanted body hair) or get a facial (pronounced fay-shul) to have our face massaged, cleansed and moisturised.

Men can go to the barber’s to get their beard trimmed (= cut to look neat) or even to get a shave.

Both men and women can go to the brow salon to have their eyebrows threaded (when the eyebrows are thinned to make them look neat).

Dental and Medical Care

Routine appointments, such as regular check-ups, have mostly been cancelled and you can only see a dentist if it’s urgent.

You’ll also have to wait to see a dental hygienist (pronounced “hi-gene-ist”) to have your teeth cleaned. Just make sure you brush your teeth twice a day, and floss at least once a day!

Most routine operations such as hip or knee replacements have also been postponed as there’s a shortage of hospital beds and staff.

Using “have” and “get”

We can use these verbs when we want to talk about services that other people do for us. It’s a type of passive form. Here’s the structure:

“have” or “get” + something + past participle

For example:

have my hair cut
get my nails done
have my car serviced
get my teeth cleaned

You can use either “have” or “get” in any situation. The only difference is that “get” is more informal than “have”.

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