Word of the Week: Betonfrisur

Sep 15, 2017

hairspray Enlarge image (© www.colourbox.com) Do you ever see people walking around with hair that looks like it's glued in place? In German, you would call that hairstyle a Betonfrisur.

The term means exactly what it sounds like. It comes from the word Beton (which means "concrete") and Frisur (which means "hairstyle"). Someone with a Betonfrisur looks like they poured concrete over their head to keep every stray hair in place.

Betonfrisur Enlarge image (© picture alliance / dpa) Usually people achieve a Betonfrisur by using excessive amounts of hairspray to keep their chosen hairstyle from shifting in any way. A Betonfrisur is especially common among older women with shorter hair who try a little too hard to keep that hairstyle in place. As a result, their hair looks rock hard - like (according to the Germans) concrete. You may have also noticed that they often dye their hair, resulting in a color that unintentionally looks light blue

So if someone tells you that you are sporting an unnatural Betonfrisur, maybe you should lay off the hairspray a little. Unless, of course, you enjoy that look.

By Nicole Glass, Editor of The Week in Germany

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