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I'm really new to French, as I've been living in France for a couple of weeks only. So I want to get a haircut that in many countries is called a #1 haircut, which is essentially the next-shortest after 0, but I've no idea how to do it. Any suggestions?

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Show a picture. They usually have glossy catalogues with all sorts of haircuts. – Laure Mar 17 '14 at 10:04
What is a “#1 haircut”? Is that the same thing as what Wikipedia references under induction cut? Is that phrase used anywhere outside the US? – Gilles Mar 17 '14 at 13:44
Une coupe para? – mouviciel Mar 17 '14 at 14:24

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I would ask for:

Une coupe à la tondeuse, sabot de 3 mm (ou 2,5 mm)

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thanks, this may be helpful) it seems there is no specific grading for this in France – Alex Mar 17 '14 at 10:24
though you rarely ask for it in France, there's a grading, which is the "sabot" as said in the answer. Usually the grade used is in mils, which makes it a 2.54mm step here… So I guess you'll have to choose a bit longer or a bit shorter but you won't be able to have the same length as in the US. – zmo Mar 18 '14 at 0:58

Even though the question is about France, I want to add some information for the Quebec province. Here in Quebec, we use the exact same system for clippers. So you could just ask something along:

Je voudrais me faire raser au [numéro] 1

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That would puzzle a haidresser in France. "Raser" is for the beard unless you specify something else "les cheveux, la moustache or whatever" and "au numero 1" is AFAIK unused here. – jlliagre Mar 17 '14 at 15:54
@jlliagre that's why I specified for Québec! – Hugo Dozois Mar 17 '14 at 15:55
That's why I specified "in France" ;-) – jlliagre Mar 17 '14 at 16:39
au numéro 1 could be also not clear for the coiffeur. I would specify using millimeters unless you are not afraid of a 1 mm cut! – Laurent G. Mar 17 '14 at 20:16
@LaurentG. Never heard anybody asking for haircuts in millimeters here in Quebec – Hugo Dozois Mar 17 '14 at 22:31

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