Flo-Joe for Cambridge English Exams

Cambridge English: Preliminary

Vocabulary practice for the Cambridge PET exam

Describing People: Hair

On this page you will practise some of the vocabulary to describe different types of hair.


Complete each definition with the correct words:

A) This is a style of hair that is extremely short.
The word to describe light-coloured hair.
C) Somebody who has no hair at all is this.
D) The opposite of straight hair.
E) This kind of hair is in between straight and curly.
F) The opposite of blonde hair.
G) The opposite of short hair.
H) Hair worn tied up at the back is called this.
The front part of the hair combed forward over the forehead.
J) The opposite of thin hair.

Well done. The correct answers are: A) cropped, B) blonde, C) bald, D) curly, E) wavy, F) dark, G) long, H) ponytail, I) fringe, J) thick.Your answer has been saved.Check your answer


Complete the gaps in the following sentences with one of the words from the previous quiz.

A) I need to get my cut. It's hanging over my eyes.
Sarah has had her hair dyed . It's as yellow as the sun.
C) Lots of my daughter's friends seem to hate very hair and are always straightening theirs.
D) Have you got a hair band I could use to tie my hair in a ?
E) He used to have loads of hair ... now he's completely .
F) Tom's hair is . He say's it's much easier to manage very short hair.
G) Helen's hair isn't curly or straight. I suppose you'd call it .
H) My hair's so thin. I wish it was like yours.
I) Clare has such hair. It almost reaches down to her waist.
J) I'm bored having fair hair. I think I'll get it dyed and go , maybe even black.

Well done!The correct answers are: A) fringe, B) blonde, C) curly, D) ponytail, E) bald, F) cropped, G) wavy, H) thick, I) long, J) dark. Your answer has been saved.Check your answer


Is your hair straight, curly or wavy?
If you decided to dye your hair what colour would you go?
Have you ever considered having your hair cropped?
Do you have a fringe?


Study Tip

Looking for more practice in describing hair and hairstyles. Do a search in Google images for the particular style you're interested in. Or simply use these searches for 'male hairstyles' and 'female hairstyles' and describe what you can see:

Male hairstyles
Female hairstyles