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    Beauty Parlour/Parlor or Beauty Salon

    Which one is more commonly used in the United States?

    Beauty Parlor or Beauty Salon?

    Which one is more commonly used in the United Kingdom?

    Beauty Parlour or Beauty Salon?

    We use "Beauty Parlour", while we speak Urdu, but it would sound a little awkward to me to use "beauty parlour" while I speak English. So I wanted to confirm which one is more common in the English speaking countries.

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    Re: Beauty Parlour/Parlor or Beauty Salon

    I think hair salon has become more common in the US.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Beauty Parlour/Parlor or Beauty Salon

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    Which one is more commonly used
    Ngrams are useful for that kind of question.

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    Re: Beauty Parlour/Parlor or Beauty Salon

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I think hair salon has become more common in the US.
    I am not talking about hair salon. In beauty salon they provide all types of services related to make up, like hair styling, pedicure, manicure, make up. They do party make up, bridal make up, stuff like that. Whereas hair salon only provide services related to hair.

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    #5

    Re: Beauty Parlour/Parlor or Beauty Salon

    Have you clicked on the ngram links provided by Piscean?

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    Re: Beauty Parlour/Parlor or Beauty Salon

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    I am not talking about hair salon. In beauty salon they provide all types of services related to make up, like hair styling, pedicure, manicure, make up. They do party make up, bridal make up, stuff like that. Whereas hair salon only provide services related to hair.
    I'm no expert in the subject, but I wouldn't be surprised if many American hair salons offer non-hair-related services too. Google N-grams supports my intuition that this term has rapidly gained favor, but of course it doesn't tell us what services the establishments provide.
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    Re: Beauty Parlour/Parlor or Beauty Salon

    When I (an American) hear the phrase "beauty parlor" I think of something from my mother's day as a young woman with those old fashioned dyers you'd sit under with your hair in curlers as you waited for your "hairdo" to "set."

    I definitely call the place where I get my hair cut a "hair salon" and their official name is "Escape Salon and Spa" since you can get a manicure, pedicure, or waxing done there too. I'm sure they have make-up artists they could bring in for a wedding party.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Beauty Parlour/Parlor or Beauty Salon

    I agree with Barb_D that parlour sounds old-fashioned. I have a similar image in mind. There's one at the end of my road, which I think calls itself a 'studio.'

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    Re: Beauty Parlour/Parlor or Beauty Salon

    In my part of the US, it's usually called a hairdresser. A lot of them also call themselves day spas.

    And in the US, parlor doesn't have a u.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Beauty Parlour/Parlor or Beauty Salon

    A "beauty salon" in the UK usually offers things like haircuts, manicures, makeovers, waxing, facials, massages and more.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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