In my native language, we use a phrase that roughly means "get well" if we notice that someone has had a haircut. When I encounter such a situation with a friend living in the UK, I really don't know what to say.

Is there any phrase (or expression) that includes a wish rather than a compliment?

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    This sounds more like a cultural thing than a language issue. In America we don't wish people anything after getting a haircut. We just compliment them on how nice it looks.
    – Barmar
    Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 0:07
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    Nice haircut! is enough
    – wrymug
    Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 2:02
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    If I notice someone has a new coat or other major clothing article I might say "wear it in good health" but I can't think of anything parallel for a haircut. I'd stick with a generic compliment.
    – arp
    Commented Jun 24, 2018 at 6:02
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    Greek and Turkish are notorious for having formulaic wishes for just about anything new in a person's life, and that is indeed a cultural thing. Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 5:02
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    The Greek expression for haircuts (as well as new clothes) means "with health", implying "may you have the good health to enjoy it". So in a roundabout way, it means "enjoy!" Like @arp said. Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 5:13

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There are no ‘wishes’ that go with haircuts, in the UK.

A normal thing to say would be ‘nice haircut!’ Or ‘I love your hair’ often followed by ‘where did you get it done?’.

But that’s about it.

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